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Egyptian Media: Country’s Religious Authority Is Cultivating Extremism

TEL AVIV – Elements of the Egyptian press are slamming the country’s supreme religious authority, Al Azhar institutions, for continuing to cultivate extremism despite the authority’s claim that it welcomes President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s call for a religious revolution to combat extremist Islamist ideology.

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Vatican Expert: Pope Francis a ‘Friend of Islam’

In an analysis of Monday’s meeting between Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of the al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Vatican expert John L. Allen said that there is no Christian leader in the world today with a more credible claim to the title of a “friend of Islam.”

Pope Francis (L) greets a foreign diplomat during an audience with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican on March 22, 2013.

Gaza’s Unemployed University Grads Target Hamas with Hunger Strike

JAFFA, Israel – Protesting the economic conditions in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, university graduates in the territory on Sunday launched a campaign protesting rampant unemployment and their inability to find jobs, setting up a tent encampment in the city center and starting a hunger strike in protest of their “uncertain future.”

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