Top of the Morning: Bombings in Northern Nigeria; A Weekend of Unrest in Egypt

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At Least 15 People Killed in Church Bombings in Northern Nigeria Kill

Yet more sectarian violence in restive northern Nigeria. Presumably, Boko Haram is to blame. “Two church bombings in northern Nigeria killed at least 15 people and wounded 38 others Sunday morning, the Red Cross said. Six children are among the wounded, Red Cross spokesman Andronicus Adeyemo said. One attack took place at the Living Faith church as the congregation was leaving the Sunday service in the Yelwatudu area of Bauchi state, about 12 km (7 miles) from the state capital. The other took place at the Church of Christ, in the same area. There are no suspects and no one has claimed responsibility, said Muhammad Inuwa Bello, chairman of the state emergency operation team. (CNN

A Weekend of Protest in Egypt

Egypt’s once again flocked to Tahrir square this weekend to vent frustration over verdicts in the Hosni Mubarak trial. Egypt’s liberals are also frustrated that they have to chose between a former Mubarak crony and a strict Islamist in the second round of presidential elections this month. Here is an interesting selection of viewpoints from Tahrir square. “Crowds have continued to fill Cairo’s Tahrir Square in protest at the verdicts in the trial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak and others. Mubarak and former interior minister Habib al-Adly were given life sentences while six former police chiefs were acquitted. Many demonstrators are also frustrated by the presidential elections which will see Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, in a run-off against the candidate of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Mursi.” (BBC