The Christians of Egypt are furious while their compatriots in Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon are extremely worried.

Pope Benedict XVI has said that he would hold an interfaith meeting in Assisi, Italy, in October to mark the 25th anniversary of a watershed meeting held there by his predecessor, John Paul II

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his messages to his Christian counterparts expressed hope that the year 2011 would be the year of friendship, peace and tranquility for the human community.

Iranian bikers and peace, friendship messengers Abdullah Mesbah and Karamat Aziz-zadeh continuing their travel around the world arrived in Lisbon, capital of Portugal, and planted a sapling of peace and friendship in the city.

Iran has condemned a deadly bombing outside a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, which killed dozens during a New Year's Eve service.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has congratulated the New Year to his Christian counterparts, hoping that 2011 will be the year of friendship, peace, and tranquility.

Visiting Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister of Turkey said here Wednesday night brotherly and friendly relations between neighboring countries Iran and Turkey would God willing, last for good.

Israel is threatening to launch a new assault against the Gaza Strip and in response Palestinian resistance movements have declared that they are ready for battle.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has congratulated all Christians, particularly Iranian Christians, on the occasion of New Year, wishing them a happy and prosperous year.

In a further blow to peace in the Middle East, Israel's foreign minister has ruled out a comprehensive agreement with Palestinians as “impossible” and “forbidden.”


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