Muslims, Copts rebuild church destroyed in sectarian clashes in Egypt

Christian woman lights a candle at Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit, in Cairo, Egypt on April 23, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 21 February 2018
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Muslims, Copts rebuild church destroyed in sectarian clashes in Egypt

CAIRO: Muslims and Coptic Christians in the Upper Egypt governorate of Minya began rebuilding a church that has been destroyed in sectarian clashes, which erupted last April.
In the name of love, unity and cooperation, residents of the “Kom Al-Loufi” village in the city of Samalut are rebuilding a church, called “The Virgin and the Martyr Abanoub,” after it was destroyed during clashes between Muslims and Copts.
The reconstruction plans commenced in December, said Ibrahim Mohammed, a village resident quoted by Al-Masry el-Youm.
Member of Parliament, Magdy Malak, was quoted saying they are known for their honesty and cooperation regardless of religion, color or creed. He stressed that their collaboration to construct the church proves their deep ties.
Clashes at the time erupted when Muslim families noticed groups of Copts performing ecclesiastical rituals inside a house without permission. Altercations between between both sides led to violent clashes.


Elton John signs with Universal ‘for the rest of his career’

Updated 22 September 2018
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Elton John signs with Universal ‘for the rest of his career’

LONDON: Elton John has signed a deal with Universal Music Group for his back catalogue and any new work as well as brand management, merchandising and licensing rights, the company said on Friday.
Under the agreement signed with John’s company Rocket Entertainment, Universal Music Group (UMG) will represent the veteran British singer’s new music “for the rest of his career” on top of his work from the last 50 years.
“The multi-faceted agreement marks the beginning of a new era of expanded collaboration between Elton John and UMG and significantly expands their global business partnership,” the company said in a statement.
The agreement covers publishing rights to John’s “iconic song writing catalogue to be administrated by Universal Music Publishing Group long into the future.”
The group’s brand-management company Bravado will work with Rocket on merchandising, branding and retail licensing around the singer’s three-year final world tour, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.”
No financial details of the deal were given.
The 71-year-old kicked off the tour in the United States this month. John, who has two children with husband David Furnish, has said he wanted to stop traveling to focus on family life.