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Copts, Islamists face off in Minya run-offs

  MINYA: Copts and Islamists face off in southern province of Minya in the run-offs of the final stage of the parliamentary elections as a Coptic candidate fielded by the secular Egyptian Bloc competes with a Salafi candidate for the workers’ seat of the third constituency of the single winner seats.   Minya, known to …


Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, Copts compete in Minya

MINYA: Competition intensified in Minya between the ultra conservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya’s Building and Development Party (BDP) and Coptic candidates in the Upper Egyptian province that enjoys the second highest Coptic population and the strongest concentration of the Islamic group. Contesting eight single winner seats in four constituencies are 243 candidates, while 10 parties are contesting …


Childhood Council to reconcile ‘missing’ Minya girls with families

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: Two girls who had left their Upper Egypt homes and said they converted to Islam are to take part in “reconciliation sessions” with their families, a lawyer said. The two Christian girls from the southern governorate of Minya went willingly to the Qasr El-Nil Prosecution office in Cairo last Friday after their …


Minya Copts end protest after promises to find missing girls

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: Hundreds of Copts ended their strike in front of the Minya Security Headquarters after promises to find two Coptic girls who went missing last Sunday. Clashes broke out between protesters and police forces Wednesday evening, leaving six Copts and three policemen injured, when police attempted to forcibly open one of the streets …


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