Read BBC's feature on uncertainty facing Egypt's Coptic Christians as they prepare to celebrate Christmas on January 7. Also this week, the latest on upcoming elections in Israel, Sunni protests in Iraq, and the situation in Syria.
- BBC: Worry taints Egyptian Coptic Christmas (Bethany Bell, January 3)
"About 10% of Egyptians are Copts, making up the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But many are concerned about the rise of President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and the more radical Salafis. And there are fears that the newly approved constitution fails to protect the rights of Christians."