This is the Second Coming Watch Sunday Roundup for January 5, 2013.
Syria's bloody civil war has spread to the streets of Beirut, where it threatens to destroy the hard-fought progress Lebanon's capital has made in coming back from its own civil war.
An Israeli national security analyst has stated that amid the chaos of Syria’s civil war, Hezbollah has been moving long-range missiles to Lebanon from bases where it had stored them inside Syria.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that the number of states reporting widespread seasonal flu activity jumped from 10 to 25 last week.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon believes that the proposal to withdraw from the Jordan Valley, if accepted, could not only add to a general rise in terror attacks against Israel.
After fighting in a bloody three-day war, Al Qaeda-affiliated militants captured the western city of Fallujah, and raised its flag over government buildings.
The Washington Post has reported that the US National Security Agency is trying to develop a computer that could ultimately break most encryption programmes.
An Israeli Defence Ministry spokeswoman said that Israel has tested its upgraded Arrow interceptor, which is designed to destroy in space the kind of missiles held by Iran and Syria.
While Hezbollah remains entangled in the Syrian conflict, one of its top field commanders warned in an interview that it would behoove Israel to remain on alert saying the country's borders are 'not safe'.
China's first aircraft carrier has successfully finished a series of tests during a training mission in the disputed South China Sea and has returned to port.
7 nations to watch: In a recent article, NBC News correspondents and writers explain how the outcome of wars, negotiations and elections in these countries could have a deep impact on their own populations and regions, and sometimes the world.
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