1. According to The Associated Press, for the United States, Syria’s civil war is threatening to start hitting closer to home. Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition are faltering. President Assad’s military is on the offensive and the rebels are in disarray. Most distressing to the Obama administration, however, is that al-Qaida-linked militants are squeezing moderates out of the insurgency and carving out havens for potential terrorist plots against the United States. The accelerating U.S. national security threat is leading the administration to take a fresh look at drone strikes on extremists and more forceful action against Assad. Obama’s top aides are meeting at the White House to examine options.
2. According to Russia Today, in events that may portend a civil war in Europe, protesters in the Ukraine took up arms against government forces on Thursday. At least 75 people, and possibly 100, were killed in violent riots in Kiev. The death toll in the most violent wave of clashes between the protesters and the police is likely to increase, as there are conflicting figures coming from the Health Department, city officials and the opposition.
3. According to The Times of Israel, two Israeli arms dealers have been arrested on suspicion of selling military aircraft parts to Iran. The matter came to initial media attention on Tuesday, but more details, including the names of the suspects, were revealed on Thursday. Avihai Weinstein and Eli Cohen were under investigation by the Israel Police and the Defense Ministry’s security investigation arm. The police would not confirm the reports, but said the matter was familiar to the authorities and that no further comments could be given because the case was under investigation by foreign law enforcement agencies.
4. According to MidEast Christian News, a reliable source has reported that Coptic Pope Tawadros II has reached an agreement with the Saudi ambassador in Cairo to establish the first church ever built inside Saudi Arabia. MidEast Christian News was told that the Pope thanked the King of Saudi Arabia and the current government for their approval to build the first church, which will be Coptic, and for the warm welcome from the Saudi ambassador in Cairo.
5. According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s High Court of Justice has ordered the state to clarify several issues in any future advertising for Israel’s new biometric database, implying that its previous advertisements were misleading. The court ordered the state to add three components to the ads – that the program was only a pilot, that no one was required to join it and that not joining it would not cause the loss of any rights. Despite the overall ruling against the state, the court denied the petition of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel and several academics and privacy rights advocates to completely prevent any advertising, let alone abolish the database. A couple of weeks ago, Israel announced that 192,000 people had joined the biometric database.
Jesus Christ said in Matthew 24:27: “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Our second coming quote for today is from Sam Storms. He said, “Jesus will come bathed in radiant splendor, enveloped within an atmosphere of indescribable brilliance, surrounded by the ear-piercing praise of angels and saints. Scintillating light shining from His eyes. Irresistible power pouring from His hands. None will deny His beauty or escape its transforming energy.”
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