Egypt detains another monk linked to abbot’s death

A man cries during the funeral of victims killed in the bombing of Cairo's Coptic cathedral, at the Mokattam Cemetery in Cairo, Egypt December 12, 2016. (Reuters)
Updated 12 August 2018

Egypt detains another monk linked to abbot’s death

  • The 33-year-old monk by his monastic name, Valtos
  • MENA said he is under police guard after an attempted suicide

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have detained another monk as part of their investigation into the death of an abbot in a monastery north of Cairo last month.
The state-run MENA news agency identified the 33-year-old monk by his monastic name, Valtos, and said Sunday that he is under police guard after an attempted suicide.
Word of the arrest came a day after prosecutors said a detained and recently defrocked monk, identified as Isaiah, confessed to collaborating with others to kill Bishop Epiphanius, abbot of St. Macarius Monastery. The bishop was found dead on July 29.
His funeral was attended by Pope Tawadros II, the spiritual leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christians, one the world’s oldest Christian communities.


Iran’s supreme leader rules out negotiations with US

Updated 11 min 53 sec ago

Iran’s supreme leader rules out negotiations with US

  • US policy of maximum pressure will fail says Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday ruled out negotiations with the US, as tensions mount between the arch-foes after Washington blamed Tehran for attacks on Saudi oil installations.
“The policy of ‘maximum pressure’ against the Iranian nation is worthless and all Islamic Republic of Iran officials unanimously believe there will be no negotiations with the US at any level,” he said, quoted on his official website.