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.


UAE confirms 624 new coronavirus cases

Updated 49 min 3 sec ago

UAE confirms 624 new coronavirus cases

  • There was one death overnight
  • A total of 765 people were cleared of COVID-19 infections

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 624 new coronavirus cases overnight after conducting additional 44,000 tests, raising the country’s caseload to 37,642, health ministry officials said.

There was also one death overnight, putting the UAE death toll to 274, state news agency WAM reported.

Another 765 people meanwhile were cleared of COVID-19 infections, bringing patient recoveries to 20,337.

The health ministry reiterated its advisory for people to follow social distancing and other preventive measures to avoid coronavirus transmission.