Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Coptic Christians in Egypt choose new leader

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Coptic Christians choose new leader

A bishop was chosen to lead the Coptic Orthodox Church on Sunday when a blindfolded altar boy picked his name from a glass chalice in a ceremony resonate with tradition but marked by anxiety over heightening tensions between Christians and Muslims across Egypt.

Bishop Tawadros became the church's 118th pope after his name was selected from three finalists at a Mass in St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo. He succeeds Pope Shenouda III, who died in March after four decades as patriarch of the largest Christian community in the Middle East. About 10 percent of Egypt's population of 82 million are Copts.

Tawadros inherits a church uneasy over simmering sectarianism and the rise of hard-line Islamists. Many wonder if he will choose to be a vibrant voice for a Christian community that has endured recent church burnings, deadly attacks and fears that Copts will be further isolated.

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Suicide rate rose in U.S. during recession

The rate of suicide in the United States rose sharply during the first few years since the start of the recession, a new analysis has found.

In the report, which appeared Sunday on the website of the Lancet, a medical journal, researchers found that the rate between 2008 and 2010 increased four times faster than it did in the eight years before the recession. The rate had been increasing by an average of 0.12 deaths per 100,000 people from 1999 through 2007. In 2008, the rate began increasing by an average of 0.51 deaths per 100,000 people a year. Without the increase in the rate, the total deaths from suicide each year in the United States would have been lower by about 1,500, the study said.

New York

Nanny is charged with killing two children

A nanny accused of killing the two young children she was caring for on Oct. 25 in their New York apartment was charged on Saturday night with first-degree murder, police said.

The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, 50, was charged with fatally stabbing the children, Lucia Krim, 6, and her brother, Leo, 2, shortly before their mother, Marina Krim, returned from a swimming lesson with her other young daughter.

China

Tibetan artist sets self on fire, groups report

A Tibetan artist died after setting himself on fire in the latest self-immolation protesting Chinese rule, the Tibetan government-in-exile and an activist group said Sunday.

The man, Dorje Lungdup, 25, set fire to himself in Tongren, a monastery town in western China's Qinghai province, said the exile government based in Dharamsala, India, and London-based Free Tibet.

Dozens have set themselves on fire in heavily Tibetan regions since March 2011 to protest what activists say is Beijing's heavy-handed rule in the region.

Elsewhere

Libya: Five people were wounded Sunday when rival Libyan militias using heavy weapons clashed in Tripoli, according to Libyan officials. The clash highlighted the dangers posed by thousands of armed men who refuse to yield to the new government's control.

Russia: President Vladimir Putin on Sunday made his first public appearance since speculation about his health rose last week. He walked slowly but without assistance as he marked the Unity Day holiday by laying flowers at a monument in Red Square commemorating the organizers of fighters who drove out Polish-Lithuanian occupiers in 1612.

Times wires

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