Coptic Christian expats keep a wary eye on Egyptian elections

LOS ANGELES (RNS) Abdel is an Egyptian Christian, so fearful of retribution that he asked that only his first name be used. Fellow Coptic Christians, he says, can't get jobs in Egypt, and he was jailed for nine days for handling out Christian pamphlets.  By Lilly Fowler.

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Louis Farrakhan blasts Jews, Obama

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) Saying “I'm not anti-Semitic, I'm just telling the truth,” Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told followers that Jews control the media and entertainment industries, and said President Obama could be assassinated in an inside plot that could be blamed on Muslims. By Omar Sacirbey

Middle East Christians keep wary eye on Arab Spring

Oren Dorell and Sarah Lynch |

CAIRO (RNS) The Arab Spring uprisings that toppled secular dictatorships have unleashed long-suppressed freedoms that have allowed Islamic parties to gain a share of political power. But their rise is creating near-panic among ancient Christian communities that dot the Muslim world and predate Islam by centuries. By Oren Dorell and Sarah Lynch.

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