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Conflict & Justice

An Eritrean refugee endured brutal torture. But he may find hope on a ranch in California

Philemon Semere has a harrowing story to tell. For seven months, the Eritrean refugee was held captive in the middle of the Sinai desert for a huge ransom. He managed to be set free last year after his family paid some of the $25,000 his captors demanded. Now, an American woman is offering him a place to stay and work — on her remote ranch in California.

Lifestyle & Belief

Coptic Christians fearful for what an Islamist Egypt will mean for them

As the democratic process in Egypt winds up, Coptic Christians find themselves facing a number of restrictions and proclamations that would leave them with fewer rights than they already have. They're worried that the newly empowered Islamists will force them to pay special taxes or wear veils not called for by their religion.

Global Politics

For Egypt's government, being funny is no laughing matter

A new Onion-like fake news outlet in Egypt publishes a fake news story about how Swedish police used laughing gas to disperse a women's-rights protest. Egypt's government and independent media reprint the story as if its real. An ad by an Egyptian mobile phone company features a puppet explaining how to use a sim card. A nationalist blogger charges that the ad is a coded message by the Muslim Brotherhood to incite violence. What's going on?