Egypt

Sectarian violence in the Arab Republic of Egypt has continued to threaten the fragile stabilization of the Arab world’s most populous nation, which is still locked in turmoil as the Muslim Brotherhood attempts to consolidate political power and fend off opposition protests. On April 7, Coptic Christian worshippers at Egypt’s famous Abbassiyah Cathedral were attacked by armed civilians, resulting in multiple deaths. Following the latest round of violence against Copts, the community’s spiritual leader Pope Tawadrous II charged Egyptian president Morsi with negligence). In addition, the retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak was adjourned after the lead judge recused himself from the case and referred it to a Cairo appeals court. (April 9, 2013  The Guardian; April 11, 2013 Reuters; April 13, 2013 BBC News)