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Archbishop Welby On ‘Visit Of Condolence’ For Murdered Egyptian Christians

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Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has travelled to Egypt for a “visit of condolence” following the murders of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. The group of migrant workers were kidnapped and beheaded by Islamic State (IS) militants in February. BBC reports:

The Archbishop will be meeting religious and political leaders leaders on his visit, including the Coptic Christian Pope and the Grand Imam. He has called for more support for Christians facing persecution.

He is also hoping to meet Egypt’s president Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, says BBC religious affairs reporter Alex Strangwayes-Booth. Mr Sisi has publicly supported the Coptic Christian communities in his country.

In his Easter message, the archbishop highlighted the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa, including the 148 victims of a Kenyan university attack earlier this month. He said those living in peaceful societies should “stand as witness” to what was happening to Christians elsewhere. BBC chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet said the Archbishop had warned that the treatment of Christians was the worst it had been since the 13th Century.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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