Released: March 4, 2013 By: Daniel Whyte III
1. According to The Associated Press, dozens of Muslim residents threw firebombs and rocks at police as they tried to storm a church in southern Egypt in search of a woman suspected of converting to Christianity. Clashes between Copts and Muslims usually are sparked by disputes over rumors of conversion, Muslim-Christian romantic relationships, and the construction of churches. Violence between Egypt's Christians and Muslims has risen in the past two years in the wake of the country's uprising that weakened security across the nation. Egypt's Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of the country's 85 million people, have long complained of discrimination by the state.
2. According to Reuters, Israel's prime minister accused his Turkish counterpart of making a "dark and false" statement by calling Zionism a crime against humanity -- a comment likely to hinder efforts to repair ties between the two former allies. The Turkish premier's statement, made at a U.N. meeting, was also condemned by the head of Europe's main rabbinical group who called it a "hateful attack" on Jews. Ties between Israel and mostly Muslim Turkey have been frosty since 2010, when nine Turks were killed by Israeli commandos who stormed their ship which was carrying aid to Palestinians in Gaza. However, recent unconfirmed reports have stated that Israel and Turkey are trying to repair relations.
3. According to The Times of Israel, as sequestration goes into effect in the United States, Israeli defense planners are bracing for a potentially dramatic cut in U.S. assistance that may slash as much as $300 million in aid over the next seven months. While exact figures pertaining to any budget cuts remain shrouded in the fog of negotiations and political grand-standing, a full implementation of the cuts would mean significant reductions in assistance for joint missile defense programs and the Iron Dome short-range, anti-rocket system. Some of Israel's neighbors such as Israel and Jordan could be hit as well.
4. According to Reuters, the risk that Great Britain is entering its third recession in four years grew as reports showed that manufacturing shrank unexpectedly and mortgage approvals for home buyers dropped. Gross domestic product also fell at the end of last year, bringing Britain within sight of another recession and the latest data suggested the central bank may need to do yet more to revive the sluggish economy.
5. According to Great Britain's the Telegraph, new satellite pictures confirm that Iran has continued to expand a sensitive military site where Tehran is accused of conducting experiments relevant to developing a nuclear weapon. In particular, Iran is accused of using the Par-chin base to experiment with detonators inside an "explosives containment vessel." The IAEA says that any such tests would be "strong indicators of possible nuclear weapons development."
Jesus Christ said in John 14:2-3: "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
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