MidEast Christian News to Suspend Operations
MidEast Christian News to Suspend Operations

Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2016)— Mideast Christian News (MCN) will halt operations today, four years after its launch on March 11, 2012. William Weessa, MCN founder and editor-in-chief made the announcement, saying that financial losses had taken their toll, with MCN struggling to amass a sufficient number of paying subscribers. Most interested readers, he said, expected the highly specialized service to be free and that, Weessa said, “was not realistic.” ...more

Iraqi parliament speaker: We are keen on safeguarding rights of minorities, ensuring return of Christians to their areas
Iraqi parliament speaker: We are keen on safeguarding rights of minorities, ensuring return of Christians to their areas

Baghdad, February 29 /MCN/ “Iraqi MPs are keen on accomplishing laws that safeguard the rights of minorities,” said Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Jubouri on Monday. ...more

Exclusive: Coptic conscript did not commit suicide but was murdered, says brother
Exclusive: Coptic conscript did not commit suicide but was murdered, says brother

Assiut (Upper Egypt), Feb. 23 /MCN/ “My brother did not commit suicide as they alleged in his military unit, but he was killed intentionally,” said Osama Gamal Mansour, brother of Michael, a Coptic conscript who was allegedly killed in his military unit. ...more

Report filed against priest in Upper Egypt over preparation of metal tent for prayers
Report filed against priest in Upper Egypt over preparation of metal tent for prayers

Qena (Upper Egypt), February 22/MCN/ The local unit of Quos center in Qena governorate, Upper Egypt, filed a report against Hegazah church priest, because he built a metal tent above a school building. ...more

Egyptian politician: Constitution gives Christians right to assume highest positions, but only in theory
Egyptian politician: Constitution gives Christians right to assume highest positions, but only in theory

Cairo, February 22 /MCN/ - by Maria Alfi "Copts are suffering wounds," said Dr. Refaat al-Saeed, an Egyptian politician and former president of the Tagammu Party. ...more

Christian framed for seizing Christian houses by security forces: Saliwa
Christian framed for seizing Christian houses by security forces: Saliwa

Baghdad (Iraq), February 19 Iraqi MP Joseph Saliwa called on the parliamentary Security and Defense Committee to reveal the name of the Christian involved in seizing property of Christians, claiming this man is being framed. ...more

Chairman of Chaldean League: Iraqi extremism not limited to Islamic State
Chairman of Chaldean League: Iraqi extremism not limited to Islamic State

Iraq, February 18/MCN/ Extremist thought in Iraq is not limited to the Islamic State (IS) and the government shares responsibility for displaced Iraqi Christians, said Safa Sabah, the chairman of Chaldean League of Iraq and the World. ...more

Legal advisor for St. Catherine's monastery: more than 7 acres seized under pretext of  public interst
Legal advisor for St. Catherine's monastery: more than 7 acres seized under pretext of public interst

Cairo, February 18/MCN/ by Erin Moussa Monir Samy, legal advisor for St. Catherine's monastery in South Sinai, told MCN that more than seven acres owned by the monastery in Qalyubia governorate were seized under the pretext of public interest. ...more

Coptic lawyer Hany Ramsis: Killing of Copts in Egyptian army becoming phenomenon
Coptic lawyer Hany Ramsis: Killing of Copts in Egyptian army becoming phenomenon

Cairo, February 18/MCN/ Hany Ramsis, lawyer in the cassation court, said it is a new thing to hear that Copts commit suicide in the Egyptian army, and the strange thing is that they commit suicide at the current time, not before when Egypt was in continuous war and threat. “The killing of Copts in the Egyptian army has became a phenomenon,” he added. ...more

Exclusive: Coptic lawyer says Egyptian society allows marriage of underage Christian girls to Muslim husbands
Exclusive: Coptic lawyer says Egyptian society allows marriage of underage Christian girls to Muslim husbands

Cairo, February 16 /MCN/ A young Coptic woman named Mary Wagih, 18, disappeared in a village in Samalout, Minya, Upper Egypt. ...more