Associated Press/Photo by Nariman El-Mofty

Egyptian president strong-arms voters

International | Abdel Fattah al-Sisi uses coercion and threats, just like his predecessor
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/03/18, 03:11 pm

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday won his second four-year term in an election in which he faced no serious opponents. His victory follows an electoral process marred by reports of coerced voting, media censorship, and growing frustration with his governance.

Official results revealed al-Sisi emerged the winner with more than 97 percent of the vote after a 41 percent voter turnout, matching his total in the 2014 elections when he became Egypt’s first elected president following the Arab Spring protests.

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Trump family hosts Easter egg roll

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/02/18, 01:37 pm

About 30,000 children and adults were expected at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll Monday. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their son Barron kicked off the event, which includes an egg roll, egg hunt, egg dyeing, and other outdoor activities, including a music stage, a reading nook where members of the Trump administration read aloud to the children, and a station for kids to make greeting cards for U.S. troops. Before the event, the president made remarks touting the health of the U.S.

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Good Friday in hard places

Grief & Suffering | Suffering Christians around the world display the surpassing joy of Easter Sunday
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/30/18, 12:22 pm

Every spring, I realize all over again that Easter is my favorite holiday of the year. And it often brings memories of springtime spent in difficult places.

A few years ago, I spent the week before Easter in a refugee camp on the border between South Sudan and northern Sudan—a remote expanse where some 20,000 men, women, and children had fled deprivation and bombing campaigns inflicted by the Khartoum-based government in the north. 

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