Syrian Rebels Demand 1,000-Hostage Swap to Free Kidnapped Nuns

By GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE - 6/12/13 A Syrian rebel group calling themselves "Free Qalamoun" has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of 12 nuns in Maaloula, and demanded the release of 1,000 female prisoners of the Assad government, in exchange for their hostages. The unfortunate nuns were kidnapped from St Tecla Orthodox monastery in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula, a major tourist attraction and a ...

Morsi Supporters Attack Coptic Churches in Sohag, Menya and Dilg

By GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE – 14/8/13 Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi have attacked churches in Dilga, Menya and Sohag after government security forces backed by armoured cars and bulldozers stormed protest camps outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. Coptic churches were attacked after hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members were feared dead when troops used live bullet rounds and teargas to ...