1. According to The Associated Press, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israel on Tuesday as tensions are mounting in the region weeks ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit. A police spokesman said remains of the rocket were found south of the city of Ash-ke-lon, in southern Israel. The attack caused damage to a road but no injuries. It was the first such projectile from the Palestinian territory to hit Israel since hostilities ended in a ceasefire last November.
2. According to Agence France Presse, Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed El-Ba-ra-dei warned of chaos in the troubled nation if parliamentary elections go ahead in April, as protesters demonstrated in Cairo against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. The leading figure in the National Salvation Front coalition said that torture, abductions and a lack of social justice were still blighting Egyptian society. He said that to press ahead in those circumstances risked setting the country on a “road to total chaos and instability.”
3. According to The Associated Press, Iraqis increasingly fear that militants on both sides of the country’s sectarian divide are gearing up for a new round of violence that could undo the fragile gains Iraq has made in recent years. Leaflets from a militant group with ties to Iran have begun showing up at Sunni households demanding that the families leave or face “great agony.” Many Sunnis who received the messages are taking the warnings at face value and considering making a move.
4. According to The Associated Press, futurists have long proclaimed the coming of a cashless society, where dollar bills and plastic cards are replaced by fingerprint and retina scanners smart enough to distinguish a living, breathing account holder from an identity thief. At a college in South Dakota, students are now experimenting with bio-cryp-tology — a mix of biometrics and cryptology — for the processing of financial transactions. Students have already begun purchasing items on campus by typing in their birth date and scanning their fingerprint at the register. Many believe that this type of technology will easily be adopted by other industries.
5. According to Reuters, South Korea’s new president urged North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions, and to stop wasting its scarce resources on arms, less than two weeks after the country carried out its third nuclear test. The country’s first female president has yet to decide whether her policy will be to attempt to pay of the North or isolate it further in order to get it to drop its nuclear program.
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