U.S. blames Iran for Persian Gulf cyberattacks. According to The Associated Press, a former US government official says American authorities firmly believe that Iranian hackers, likely supported by the Tehran government, were responsible for recent cyberattacks against oil and gas companies in the Persian Gulf and that they appeared to be in retaliation for the latest round of US sanctions against the country. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in a speech to business leaders in New York City, became the first US official to publicly acknowledge the computer-based assaults. He said they were probably the most destructive cyberattacks the private sector has seen to date.
Russia says it will not renew arms agreement with U.S. According to Reuters, Russia will not renew a decades-old agreement with Washington on dismantling nuclear and chemical weapons when it expires next year. The death of the 1991 agreement is the latest in a series of hitches in relations between the United States and Russia and casts doubt on the future of the much-vaunted “reset” in relations between the Cold War-era foes. The project had resulted in the deactivation of more than 7,650 strategic warheads.
More Israeli Jews express desire to control the Temple Mount and build a third temple. According to Haaretz, just last year, temple activists were firmly planted in the far-right messianic fringes of Orthodox Judaism and were shunned by most religious Jews. This has ceased to be the case, however, and the Temple Mount Faithful take pride in the growing list of rabbis who withdrew their ban on visiting the Temple Mount. For the first time, activists have created a political program calling for changing the legal status of the Temple Mount as well as allocating prayer times for Jews. The change is evident in the unprecedented proliferation of movements and pressure groups focusing on the Temple Mount and the rebuilding of the temple itself.
The Bible says in Mark 13:26-27: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”
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