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A Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble in the Syrian city of Kobani (AP)

The road back to peace

The Middle East is more polarised along religious lines than ever before. Yet recent history shows the region can return to the enlightened tolerance it once enjoyed

Mourners commemorate the Christian martyrs inside the Virgin Mary Church in the village of el-Aour, near Minya (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

The church will commemorate 21 men beheaded on a Libyan beach

Members of the Egyptian security services stand guard at the site of a July 16 bomb blast in Cairo (CNS)

Human rights groups have criticised the laws, which prescribe tough penalties against citizens judged to be supporting terrorism

Protesters outside the US embassy in London (PA)

ISIS are not isolated fanatics, but highly organised and have a hinterland of support in many Western nations

Bishop Angaelos, general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK (CNS)

Bishop Angaelos, the general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, has released a statement following murder of Christians in Libya

A screen shot from the video

Terrorists release propaganda video showing two massacres of Christians from Ethiopia

Washing and kissing feet: Mama Maggie’s attention is always focused on the children (AP)

Amid the filth and despair of Cairo’s worst slums, a middle-class ‘lady in white’ feels called by God to protect the children who must sort rubbish to stay alive

An icon of the 21 Coptic martyrs of Libya by artist Tony Rezk

Established charity will support at least 12 orphans who lost fathers at hands of Islamists

Women pray during a mass lead by Pope Tawadros II last week (PA)

The names of the martyrs will be entered into the Church’s calendar, Pope Tawadros II has announced

Cologne Cathedral in Germany (AP)

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