Amid an escalating sectarian divide, a predominantly Muslim Egypt is touting the completed renovation of the world's oldest monastery as a symbol of tolerance and harmony with the Christian faith community.
Egypt TV showed President Hosni Mubarak sitting up and talking after having surgery last week. The incident had sparked speculation over whether he was too unwell to lead Egypt after nearly three decades in power.
Religious ringtones featuring koranic verses irk Egypt's grand mufti, who says answering one is like interrupting God to talk on the mobile phone.
Swiss minaret vote leads to Muslim anger, but the Swiss aren't alone in restricting religious freedom.