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Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III said Copts will be celebrating the New Year and Eastern Orthodox Christmas normally because they are not scared of any possible threats, noting peace and quiet are prevailing in Egypt thanks to the efforts of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the interior ministry. [Ashraf Ghayth, 'Imād Khalīl and Muhammad Jawīsh, Al-Misrī al-Yawm, p. 3, Dec. 30] Read original text in Arabic
Copts are making about 5% of an Egyptian population of 81 million, which is growing by 4500 souls daily, said Abū Bakr al-Jindī, the president of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). [Majdī Salāmah, Al-Wafd, Dec. 29, p. 12] Read original text in Arabic
Activist 'Alā' 'Abd al-Fattāh said that assaults on women will have a strong reaction on January 25, 2012, adding "we will take revenge for women." ['Alā' al-Dīn Sālim and Safā' Shākir, Al-Ahrām, Dec. 28, p. 5] Read the original text in Arabic
The committee concerned with the law on developing the Azhar finalized the draft and will refer it to the Islamic Research Academy. The development includes restructuring the senior ulema board and choosing the Azhar’s Grand Shaykh among them. [Muhammad 'Abd al-Khāliq, al-Ahrām, Dec. 27, p. 14] Read original text in Arabic
In a step that is expected to spark row, Egypt Free Shops Company (EFSCO) received instructions from the finance ministry to refrain from selling liquor and cigarettes in its branches outside airports. [Hishām Yassa and Yūsuf al-'Ūmī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Dec. 26, p. 4] Read the original text in Arabic
Coptic businessman Najīb Sawirus said the Muslim Brotherhood’s attacks on him and “false allegations” is yet another episode in the MB’s standard practice of turning political rivalry into religious battles. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Dec. 24, p. 8] Read the original text in Arabic
Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III will lead the Christmas mass, said Bishop Marqus of Shubrā al-Khaymah, denying rumors that the church was going to cancel this year’s celebrations of the Eastern Christmas on January 7, 2012. [Ashraf Sādiq, al-Ahrām, December 23, 2011, p.10] Read the original text in Arabic
Supporters of the Salafī al-Nūr (Light) Party in al-Beheira governorate handed out fliers in which they urged voters to cast their ballots in favor of the party and that anyone not voting for al-Nūr would be "a sinner in the heart, profligate and dishonest because they letting down the party that seeks implementing the sharī'ah (Muslim law) of Allāh." [Muhammad Khayāl, Al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, Dec. 22, p. 3] Read the original text in Arabic
The trial of suspects from the military involved in the virginity tests and the October 9 Maspero incidents before a court martial is underway, according to Maj. General 'Ādil al-Mursī, the president of the military judiciary organization. ['Alī Shām, Al-Ahrām, Dec. 21, p. 3] Read the original text in Arabic
Dr. Muhammad al-Biltājī, Secretary-General of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, attacked the practices of business tycoon Najīb Sawirus in establishing parties, channels and newspapers to divide the nation.
In his rally in Shibīn al-Qanātir area, Biltājī said that Sawirus seeks to divide the nation into factions and spread rumors about the Muslim Brotherhood.
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