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June 23, 2018

Pope Francis refuses bullet-proof car during Egypt trip

Pope Francis refused to use bulletproof vehicle during his trip to Egypt last weekend, despite recent terror attacks against Christians in the country, according to Reuters. The Pope rather used a closed car to move around, but not an armoured one,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed. “That’s how he wanted it.” This is not the first time Pope Francis has done so – he typically prefers to travel in more open vehicles, or ones that are not bulletproof, because he feels that allows him to better interact with the people on the streets. Pope Francis traveled to Cairo, Egypt, April…

Our only ‘fanaticism’ should be love – Pope tells Egypt’s Catholics

Last week Saturday Pope Francis told Egyptian Catholics that truly living the faith means ridding ourselves of hypocritical attitudes and focusing on the only obsession that counts: loving others, no matter how hard it is. “God is pleased only by a faith that is proclaimed by our lives, for the only fanaticism believers can have is that of charity! Any other fanaticism does not come from God and is not pleasing to him!” the Pope said April 29. True faith, he said, “is one that makes us more charitable, more merciful, more honest and more humane. It moves our hearts…

Why Nigeria Needs to Refrain From Membership of the Islamic Military Alliance

The Nigerian government must withdraw its steps from joining the alliance, particularly within the context of the “Islamic” label attached to the alliance… The non-inclusion of key players in the region – Iran, Iraq, and Syria – should be a tell-all sign that the intentions of Saudi Arabia for pushing forth the alliance are intrinsically hidden. Therefore, the focus of the government must be to make decisions that not only reflect Nigeria’s commitment to credible international action, but also favour all Nigerian’s irrespective of ethnic or religious affiliation. In the joint statement released by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry…

Life History of Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau

Abubakar Shekau who has led the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, has carried out series of deadly attacks, in parts of northern regions since 2009. Shekau is said to be a fearless loner, a complex, paradoxical man – partly intellectual, partly gangster. Fondly called imam or leader by his followers, Abubakar Muhammad Shekau was born in Shekau village in Yobe State. He is said to be originally from Kaduna State but settled in Shekau village in Yobe state. He later adopted the name of the village as an almajiri who went to Maiduguri to learn about Islam. He did not…

Obama condemns Egypt bloodshed

US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the violence in Egypt, and cancelled joint military exercises planned for later this month. He said force was not the way to resolve political differences. Mr Obama’s comments come a day after security forces broke up the protest camps of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, leaving at least 500 people dead. Brotherhood members had been protesting for weeks about the army’s overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in July. In the latest violence on Thursday, hundreds of Brotherhood members set fire to a government building near Cairo. Scores of bodies have not been registered, because the…

Egypt crisis: US-EU call to end ‘dangerous stalemate’

The US and the European Union have called on all sides in Egypt’s political crisis to end “a dangerous stalemate” after the interim government said foreign mediation had failed. In a joint statement, they said the Egyptian government bore a special responsibility to begin this process. The army-backed government says it will break up sit-ins in Cairo being held by supporters of ousted President Morsi. Scores have died in unrest since Mohammed Morsi was ousted on 3 July. Since then, diplomats from the US, EU, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have all tried to bring Egypt’s political process back…

U.S. to delay F-16 delivery to Egypt

Uncertain how to describe the removal of the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, President Barack Obama has decided to delay the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in a sign of U.S. pressure for the military there to move quickly restore civilian rule following its ouster of President  Mohamed Morsy. Pentagon spokesman George Little said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Egypt’s military chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, on Wednesday to inform him of the decision. Hagel and al-Sisi also discussed the general’s call on Wednesday for mass demonstrations in Egypt for support of the military. The Obama administration has so…

Egyptians awake to uncertainty as Adly Mansour is sworn in as New Interim President

Egyptians awoke up on Thursday to an uncertain new political order, a day after the military deposed and reportedly detained the country’s first democratically elected president, put a top judge in his place and suspended the constitution. The coup that toppled Mohamed Morsy as president on Wednesday prompted hundreds of thousands of people in the streets across Egypt to both applaud and assail the generals’ decision to step into the country’s political fray for the second time in a little over two years. It also left a series of significant questions unanswered. What will happen to Morsy, who insists he…