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Egypt's el-Sissi attends Christmas Mass amid tight security

Egypt's el-Sissi attends Christmas Mass amid tight securityCAIRO (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Egypt's embattled Christians, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi Saturday made a symbolic appearance at an Orthodox Christmas Mass in a new cathedral as tens of thousands of soldiers and police deployed outside churches across the country in anticipation of possible attacks by Islamic militants.



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Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas amid tight security

Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas amid tight securityThe head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, led midnight mass in the cathedral of Egypt’s new administrative capital on Saturday, a service attended by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi. The mass, on the eve of Coptic Christmas which is celebrated on Jan. 7, was the first to be held in the newly-built cathedral and took place amid tight security. Sisi was cheered by worshippers as he entered the building.



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Hundreds killed in Egypt's worst-recorded militant attack

Hundreds killed in Egypt's worst-recorded militant attackAt least 235 have been killed in the deadliest insurgent attack to strike Egypt of modern times, where attackers bombed a Sinai mosque and gunned down fleeing worshipers and ambulance services. Matthew Larotonda reports.



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Coming to you from a Cairo village: Egypt's first minicar

Coming to you from a Cairo village: Egypt's first minicarKERDASA, Egypt (AP) — In Egypt, where many suffer under economic hardship, 35-year-old entrepreneur Ahmed Saeed el-Feki has been working hard to make something of himself. He has launched his own business building a minicar in a country that relies heavily on imports of small automobiles.



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Egypt's el-Sissi sees vindication in moves against Qatar

Egypt's el-Sissi sees vindication in moves against QatarCAIRO (AP) — The alliance with Gulf countries to isolate Qatar has given a significant boost to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who over the past three years has been trying to find backers in what he calls a "comprehensive" war on militancy.



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AP Explains: Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?

AP Explains: Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church is enduring a dark chapter in its history with the community increasingly victimized by attacks from Islamic militants, including Friday's attack by gunmen on a bus transporting Copts to a monastery south of Cairo, leaving 29 dead.



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Pope Francis set to pray with Egypt's Christians

Pope Francis set to pray with Egypt's ChristiansPope Francis is set to lead a mass for Egypt’s small Catholic community on Saturday as he visits the country in support of its Christians following a series of deadly church bombings. Egypt’s Catholic community is estimated at about 272,000. “By coming to Egypt, the pope is showing us that nothing can prevent us from praying, including terrorism,” he said, referring to recent church bombings.



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Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?

Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders but his message of peace comes as Egypt’s Coptic Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out. Below are some facts about Egypt’s Coptic Christians: — The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of oldest in the world.



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Mummies discovered in ancient tomb near Egypt's Luxor

Mummies discovered in ancient tomb near Egypt's LuxorEgyptian archaeologists have unearthed several mummies, colourful wooden sarcophagi and more than 1,000 funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the city of Luxor hailed as an “important discovery”. Antiquities officials had initially said six mummies along with partial remains were discovered near the southern city, but said they had later identified two more mummies. “There are 10 coffins and eight mummies.



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Egypt's Christian minority in somber mood for Easter holiday

Egypt's Christian minority in somber mood for Easter holidayBy Osama Naguib ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – Members of Egypt’s Christian minority flocked to traditional services this Easter weekend in somber mood following attacks last Sunday that killed 45 people, and security was especially tight at the two churches hit by the bombers. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on Palm Sunday targeting Egypt’s nearly 2,000-year-old Coptic Christian community and has warned of more attacks to come. The militants are waging an insurgency against security forces in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.



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