The Palm Sunday attack prompted President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to declare a three-month state of emergency and deploy armed forces to help police in guarding vital installations, including churches across the country. It is a UNESCO world heritage site, and is known to have contained ancient Bible texts and manuscripts. The country's Christian minority, which makes up about 10 percent of the total population, has become a frequent target of militants over the past several months.
On Thursday, President Trump authorized the use of military force in Syria, via a cruise missile strike, which targeted one of Bashar Al-Assad's airfields. USA military presence in northern Syria is "illegal" and their aim to control area makes them "occupation" forces, the statement added. The US strike against Syria was strongly condemned by Russian Federation, which also threatened to cut cooperation with the Americans in the fight against terror in Syria.
The problem was that the carrier, the Carl Vinson , and the three other warships in its strike force were at that very moment sailing in the opposite direction, to take part in joint exercises with the Australian navy in the Indian Ocean, 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group claimed the Sunday attacks, which killed 45 people and followed a Dec 11 suicide bombing that killed 29 in a Cairo church. Egypt's president has picked three former leaders at state news organizations during the era of deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak to lead new media watchdog agencies, part of measures to tighten his control over the country following a pair of horrific Islamic State church bombings last weekend.
Senior party leader and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, asserted that his party highly respected its leaders - veterans L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, along with Union Minister Uma Bharti and others - who are to be tried now.
The SC on Wednesday excluded BJP leader Kalyan Singh from the charges saying that till he holds the post of Governor of Rajasthan, no case would be registered against him. Hindu hard-liners, including BJP members, say they want to build a new temple to Ram on the site. Allahabad High Court to drop criminal conspiracy charges against Advani and other leaders in a Babri Masjid demolition case.