Jacob Wirtschafter is a correspondent with Associated Reporters Abroad based in Israel.
The 1,044-year-old Al-Azhar University seeks to reach Muslims globally through its website and social media, combating extremist ideology.
Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population, have seen increasing violence against them since 2013.
An Iraqi-British team hopes to excavate an ancient Assyrian palace found under the demolished shrine, which local authorities are eager to restore.
Some members of the 2,000-year-old church worry that the veneration of those martyred by militants goes too far.
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