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Uyghur people kicked out of Egypt have vanished

HONG KONG (UCAN): At least 12 Uyghur students in Egypt were arrested and deported back to China last month in a demonstration of how far-reaching China’s arm is when it comes to keeping a grip on the beleaguered Muslim minority.
 
Since July, it has been reported that 150 Uyghur students in Egypt were rounded up and told there were some irregularities with their residency papers.
 

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Churches only safe for foreigners

CAIRO (SE): Christians in Egypt are being advised to stay away from churches and monasteries in order to protect themselves.
 
The minister for the Interior, Magdi Abdel Ghaffar, said on June 8 the government has put high security in place to protect the civilian population, but churches and monasteries are regarded as high risk areas and prime targets of terrorists.
 

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An ecumenical pilgrim in Egypt

VATICAN (SE): Father Rafic Greiche described the recent visit of Pope Francis to the land of pharaohs and pyramids as a great blessing to the whole of Egypt, both Muslim and Christian.
 
“It boosted the morale of the Egyptian people, especially after the Palm Sunday blasts,” the spokesperson for the Catholic bishops of Egypt said.
 

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Education the key to dispelling violence

CAIRO (SE): Pope Francis began his epic and much publicised visit to Egypt on April 28 by stressing that one of the prime obligations of a religious leader is to denounce violations of human rights and expose attempts to justify hatred in the name of God, in speaking to an International Peace Conference hosted by the seat of Islamic wisdom in Cairo, the Al-Azhar University.

Arguably the main event of his two-day visit, it was the first appointment on the agenda after a courtesy call to the president of the country, Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi.

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The pope of peace comes to the Egypt of peace

CAIRO (SE): “With a joyful and grateful heart I will come in a few days’ time to visit your dear homeland: cradle of civilisation, gift of the Nile, land of sun and hospitality,” Pope Francis said to the people of Egypt prior to his arrival in Cairo on April 28.

He described it as a land where patriarchs and prophets lived and where God made his voice heard.

He added that he was coming as a friend, messenger of peace and a pilgrim to the country that more than 2,000 years ago gave refuge and hospitality to the Holy Family in its flight from King Herod.

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Pope faces tough challenge in Egypt