1. According to The Times of Israel, Israeli President Shimon Peres addressed the World Economic Forum and warned of the danger posed by Iran’s nuclear program — not only to Israel, but to the rest of the international community as well. He said, “Iran wants to rule over the Middle East, and no country wants that to happen. Peres also praised President Obama for leading sanctions against Iran and called on the Arab League to assemble a force to stop the bloodshed in Syria.
2. According to The Jerusalem Post, Jordan’s King Ab-dull-ah II says the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine will only be viable while President Obama is still in office. In his speech to the World Economic Forum, he stated that “The time to take action in the Middle East is now. The two state solution will only last as long as Obama’s term. If it doesn’t happen by then I don’t think it will happen.” He said that the Palestinians must be granted their rights to their own future and called upon the international community to “end this conflict once and for all.”
3. According to Reuters, five people were shot dead in the Egyptian city of Suez during nationwide protests against President Mohamed Morsi on the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Another 280 civilians and 55 security personnel were injured in demonstrations fuelled by anger at the president and his Islamist allies in the Muslim Brotherhood. Thousands of protesters massed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to rekindle the demands of a revolution they say has been hijacked by Islamists who have betrayed its goals.
4. According to Reuters, North Korea threatened to attack rival South Korea if Seoul joined a new round of tightened U.N. sanctions, as Washington unveiled more of its own economic restrictions following North Korea’s rocket launch last month. In a third straight day of fiery rhetoric, the North directed its verbal onslaught at its neighbor saying: “‘Sanctions’ mean a war and a declaration of war against us.”
5. According to Reuters, Britain’s economy shrank more than expected at the end of 2012 with a North Sea oil production slump, lower factory output and a hangover from London’s Olympics pushing it perilously close to a “triple-dip” recession. The news is a blow for Britain’s Conservative-led government, which a day earlier defended its austerity program against criticism from the International Monetary Fund. It needs solid growth to meet its budget targets, keep a triple-A debt rating and bolster its chances of winning a 2015 election.
The Bible says in James 5:7: “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.”
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