Coptic Christians

Rising death toll from Muslim-Coptic strife turns up heat on Mursi

Copts faced a barrage of rocks and firebombs as they left a Cairo cathedral after a funeral for victims of sectarian clashes. Photo: AFP

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi faced growing turmoil as clashes between Muslims and Christians led to another death after a religious service held for Copts killed in violence in the previous two days.

Tuesday, 9 April, 2013, 3:57am

Bishop Tawadros chosen as 118th pope of the Egyptian Coptic Church

A blindfolded altar boy, Bishoy Girgis Masaad, picks the name of Bishop Tawadros as the new pope of Egypt's Coptic Christians. Photo: AFP

Egypt's Coptic Orthodox church chose a new pope, Bishop Tawadros, in a sumptuous service yesterday that Christians hope will lead them through an Islamist-dominated landscape and protect what is the Middle East's biggest Christian community.

5 Nov 2012 - 4:14am

Briefs, October 30, 2012

Bishop Pachomius, acting pope, registers to vote. Photo: AFP

Inquiry launched into BBC culture, practices

30 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

Middle East mobile chief has sky-high ambitions

Orascom Telecom chairman plans to expand to Asia's emerging markets

For Naguib Sawiris, the chairman and chief executive of Orascom Telecom Holding, the sky is not the limit - it is his domain.

Mr Sawiris, who controls the largest wireless communications company in the Middle East, hails from a wealthy Coptic family.

29 May 2006 - 12:00am

Today in history

In Hong Kong

1964: Thirteen-year-old Katusha Ostroumoff and Doug Wilson overcame choppy seas to win the women's and men's sections of the Hong Kong Water Ski Championship at Deep Water Bay.

1966: Seven-year-old Chan Lup-kwok won a $13,000 MG1100 in a raffle conducted by the St Joseph's College's Old Boys' Association.

22 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

French leave

There is an air of none-too-quiet desperation about the summit of 49 supposedly French-speaking countries in Hanoi this weekend. Francophonie, as this grouping of nations is now officially called, has developed since its establishment in 1986 into what is primarily a Paris-led rear-guard action against the dominance of American-English language and culture.

16 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

New start at the UN

There are many doubts but only one certainty as the recently elected chief of the United Nations assumes his post at the beginning of a new year. The certainty is that the international community has unrealistic expectations of Ghanaian Kofi Annan if it believes that his appointment is enough to bring about the necessary reforms to the organisation.

3 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Widening security

The decision to award a seat on the United Nations' Security Council to Japan is no great surprise. But whether it was the wisest choice is open to question.

23 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Foreign policy should top presidential agenda

The world of geo-politics truly takes on a different shine depending on whether the observer is standing inside or outside the United States.

19 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Boutros-Ghali hails Beijing, slams US

UN Secretary-General Dr Boutros Boutros-Ghali sought to bolster his re-election campaign yesterday by praising China and condemning the US in a message at the opening of the Interparliamentary Council's conference in Beijing.

17 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

America's bullying tactics at UN anger friends and foes

THE United Nations, the international body devised as the world's great unifying force, is set to be the stage for a global shootout on its own doorstep.

America's desire to mount a coup d'etat and oust General-Secretary Dr Boutros Boutros-Ghali in favour of someone who will trim the body has put it on a collision course with its allies as well as opponents.

23 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

The candidate

No one should shed any tears over the United States' decision to block United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali's re-election for a second term. In his five years in the post, he has squandered opportunities presented by the end of the cold war which should have been the signal for the global body to play a key role in building a new world order.

21 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Jiang's praise opens summit

AS a military band played China's national anthem in the Great Hall of the People, President Jiang Zemin formally opened the United Nations World Conference on Women, praising them for 'holding up half the sky'.

5 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Reforms unlock gate

WHEN a high-powered Egyptian Government delegation visited Hong Kong last year to learn about free enterprise, the ministers were decidedly impressed.

They admired the speed with which companies could set up shop; specifically, the hackneyed local adage that an enterprise could be established in a morning, operational by lunch and profitable by dinner.

23 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Bridge across all cultures

IN 1995, the 100 members of the Asian Youth Orchestra celebrate six years of bringing their music to the world.

They also commemorate another milestone as this year's tour honours the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

As the world contemplates the efforts and achievements of the United Nations over the past half-century, the focus is on the future.

20 Jul 1995 - 12:00am