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Sunday, 11 December 2016

BREAKING NEWS Egyptian Security Reports Explosion Near Cairo’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral

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On Sunday, according to a source in Egyptian security, an explosion took place near Cairo’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral. Citing Egypt’s Ministry of Health, local media reported that the explosion killed at least five people and injured ten more. There’s been no claim of responsibility yet.

11 December 2016

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/africa/201612111048419372-cairo-blast-coptic-cathedral/

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Citing Egyptian state TV, Reuters reported that an explosion near Cairo’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral killed at least 20 people and 25 injured others. No one claimed responsibility for the blast yet. The latest attack comes two days after two roadside bombs (one in Cairo, and one to the north of the capital) left six police dead and six others injured.

11 December 2016

RT

https://www.rt.com/news/369924-cairo-coptic-blast-cathedral/

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This is a developing story and we don’t have much solid detail at present. There’ll be conflicting reports for the next several hours, I fear. Stay tuned…

BMD

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

RT Presents… Orthodox Christmas Celebrations in Russia and Abroad

00 global orthodox christmas 01. 07.01.15Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias gave the traditional Christmas address to believers at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF on 6 January

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Believers gathered for Christmas Eve services at the Church of the Nativity in Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District) RF

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Christmas Day in Russia marks the birth of Jesus Christ according to Orthodox Christian Orthodox tradition

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Serbian believers took part in a ceremonial burning of the badnjak (dried oak branches), a Yule log symbol for Orthodox Christmas Eve, in front of a church in Smederevo, some 60 kilometres east of Belgrade, on 6 January 2015

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The vast majority of people in Georgia are Orthodox Christians. Early on 7 January, Georgian Orthodox believers went to Christmas services at Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi

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Songs play an important role in Christmas traditions, and Georgian Christmas carols have a spirit of beauty and dignity

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Christmas is a major holy day in the Orthodox world; in Cairo, Coptic Pope Tawadros blessed the communion bread during Christmas Eve services at St Mark Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate

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The total number of Orthodox Christians around the world is about 300 million… Bosnian Serb Orthodox Hieromonk Andrej Kovacevic prayed on the eve of Orthodox Christmas in Sokolica Church, in Ravna Romanija, on 6 January 2015

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Greek Orthodox clergy waiting for the arrival of the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos before the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 6 January 2015

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7 January 2015

RT

http://rt.com/in-vision/christmas/

ITAR-TASS Presents… Orthodox Christmas Celebrations Throughout the World

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Christmas celebration after services at the Orthodox parish in Sosnovka (Zhaiyl Raion. Chui Oblast) KYRGYZSTAN, 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the capital city of Bishkek

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President V V Putin attended Christmas Eve services at a parish in Otradnoye (Voronezh Oblast. Central Federal District) RF

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Christmas services at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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Chairman of the Government D A Medvedev and his wife S V Medvedeva attended Christmas services at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow

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Bishop Panteleimon Shatov (head of MP Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Services) amongst children during Christmas services in Moscow

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People arrive for Christmas Eve services at St Sava Cathedral in Belgrade (Okruz-City of Belgrade) SERBIA

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Coptic Orthodox Christmas Eve services at the Cave Cathedral of St Sama’ans in the Mokattam Hills overlooking Cairo (Cairo Governorate) EGYPT

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Palestinian Christian Greek Orthodox worshippers celebrate Christmas at St Porphyrios Church in Gaza City (Gaza Governorate) PALESTINE

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Georgian Orthodox believers gather at Trinity Cathedral for Christmas services in Tbilisi (First-Level City of Tbilisi) GEORGIA

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Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January, according to the Julian calendar, which is 13 days behind the Catholic Gregorian calendar. On the night before 7 January, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias led the Christmas service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. President V V Putin attended Christmas services at a village church in southern Russia.

7 January 2015

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/non-political/770452

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Egyptian Army Cans Morsi, Suspends Constitution

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On Wednesday, Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said in a televised address to the nation that the armed forces deposed President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the constitution. He added that a panel would review and amend the constitution in accordance with the people’s demands. He said that Adly Mahmud Mansour, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, would be the interim head of state during a transition period until there’s an early presidential election. A RIA-Novosti correspondent reported that millions of Egyptians took to the streets across the country welcoming the armed forces’ statement. Al Jazeera reported that Mansour would be sworn in on Thursday.

The Qatar-based broadcaster reported that Islamist supporters of deposed President Moḥamed Morsi Isa al-Ayyat gathered in a Cairo suburb, reacting angrily to the army’s announcement, with some of them breaking up paving stones and forming piles of rocks. Egyptian news portal Ahram Online said, “Ex-President Mohamed Morsi issued a statement on his official Facebook page saying the Wednesday military announcement amounts to a coup. The procedures announced by the general command of the armed forces represents a full coup d’état that’s completely unacceptable”.

Earlier on Wednesday, Muslim Brotherhood leader Morsi proposed forming a coalition government to pave the way to parliamentary elections in a bid to end the current standoff. The presidential office said that Morsi also proposed setting up an independent commission to introduce amendments to the country’s constitution, saying in a Facebook statement, “The presidency envisions the formation of a consensus coalition government to oversee the next parliamentary election”. Morsi’s statement came as the deadline passed Wednesday afternoon on the army’s ultimatum asking him to meet the people’s demands and put an end to huge protests against his rule or face a military takeover.

The move to oust the president followed four days of mass demonstrations against Morsi across Egypt starting Sunday. On Sunday, the first anniversary of his presidency, millions of protesters gathered across the country demanding Morsi’s ouster. Hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered outside the presidential palace in Cairo and in Tahrir Square, the focus of the 2011 revolution and the key venue of many opposition rallies. Reportedly, since Sunday, clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents killed dozens and injured hundreds more. Al Jazeera said that many believe that the overthrown leader is holed up at a Republican Guard barracks in the capital Cairo, surrounded by barbed wire, barriers, and troops. It was unclear if he was under arrest. The AP reported that the US Department of State ordered nonessential American diplomats and the families of all US Embassy personnel to leave Egypt.

4 July 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20130704/182046498/Egypt-Army-Ousts-Morsi-Suspends-Constitution.html

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