Christians, Muslims clash in Egypt over church construction

CAIRO – Thee people have been wounded in inter-religious clashes in the southern Egyptian village of Awlad Khalaf, local media said on Sunday, Ria Novosti reports.  A local security chief said Muslim residents of the village rallied on Saturday outside Christian-owned land where construction of a church was under way.

Christians fired gunshots and the two sides scuffled. Three Muslims were shot, including one in serious condition. A Christian man was stabbed.

On Saturday, pro- and anti-Mubarak demonstrators hurled Molotov cocktails, empty bottles and stones at each other, creating a mini war zone, Africa News informs. Police forces blocked the main thoroughfare for pedestrians and cars not to be damaged. Police and military forces eventually contained the situation and restored order. Before the violence erupted, tens of protesters constructed a small stage, lifted banners and chanted pro-Mubarak slogans.

Former Trade Minister sentenced in absentia

Egypt’s former Trade Minister Rachid Mohamed Rachid has been sentenced to five years in prison in absentia for embezzling public funds, BBC informs. Rachid, who fled Cairo after Egypt’s uprising earlier this year, was also fined USD 1.6 M.

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