Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Signs in the Moon

My Way News - Full lunar eclipse delights Americas, 1st of year
My Way News reports: "Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse - at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies. [...] For some, the moon appeared red-orange because of all the sunsets and sunrises shimmering from Earth, thus the name 'blood moon.' It's the first of four eclipses this year and the first of four total lunar eclipses this year and next. The latter is a rare lineup; the next so-called tetrad of total lunar eclipses won't occur until 2032-2033. In the meantime, get ready for a solar eclipse in two weeks."

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Rumors of War - King of the North

My Way News - Ukraine bares teeth against eastern uprising
My Way News reports: "In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an "anti-terrorist operation" to try to restore authority over the restive region."

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Persecution

My Way News - Blast at bus station in Nigerian capital kills 72
My Way News reports: "Suspected Islamic militants struck in the heart of Nigeria on Monday with a massive rush-hour bomb blast at a bus station that killed at least 72 people and wounded 164 in the deadliest attack ever on the nation's capital. [...] Fighters from Chad, Cameroon and Niger have been found among extremists in Nigeria, whose 170 million people are divided almost equally between Muslims living mainly in the north and Christians in the south."

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Rumors of War - King of the North

My Way News - Ukraine struggles as east slips out of its control
My Way News reports: "Over the past 10 days, more than a dozen government offices in eastern Ukraine have been taken over by pro-Russian forces, with most of the seizures following the same pattern. Aggressive gangs, sometimes carrying firearms and wearing military fatigues, storm the buildings. The Ukrainian flag is replaced with a Russian one. Then local men move in to hold them."

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Doomed Damascus - Believers Persecuted

My Way News - Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus:
My Way News reports: "Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much coveted ancient Christian hamlet, sending rebel fighters fleeing to nearby hills amid an ever tightening noose. [...] During a government-led tour of the village Monday, the toll of the past few months on Maaloula was clear, including to Christian sites. It was not clear, however, whether the wreckage to Christian buildings was intentional, or whether the ancient sites were merely caught in the crossfire. The church bell and cross were missing from the Mar Sarkis convent, while icons of saints, copies of the holy bible, papers and glass littered the floors."

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Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - Iran official concerned for nuclear power plant
My Way News reports: "World powers negotiating a final nuclear deal with Iran want a reduction - not an increase - in the number of centrifuges Tehran is operating to remove concerns that the Islamic Republic may use its enrichment capabilities to build a nuclear weapon. [...] The talks are to continue on May 13 and the future scope of Iran's uranium enrichment program has remained the toughest issue."

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Earthquakes

My Way News - 4.9-magnitude earthquake rattles central Idaho
My Way News reports: "A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area. USGS geophysicist Dale Grant says the earthquake was 'kind of an unusual occurrence' being the first one of its strength in the area since 2005."

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Earthquakes

My Way News - 2 powerful earthquakes hit Solomon Islands
My Way News reports: "Two strong earthquakes struck the Solomon Islands on Sunday, triggering tsunami warnings, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. [...] The magnitude-7.6 quake's epicenter was 323 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Honiara, at a depth of 29 kilometers (18 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey."

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Security of Jerusalem

My Way News - Israel launches new spy satellite
My Way News reports: "Israel's Defense Ministry said on Thursday that it has successfully launched a new observation satellite into orbit, one which is expected to be used to observe Iran and hostile militant groups in the Middle East."

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Signs in the Moon

My Way News - Americas get front-row seat for lunar eclipse
My Way News reports: "North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year- in color. Next Tuesday morning, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow. This total lunar eclipse will be visible across the Western Hemisphere. The total phase will last 78 minutes, beginning at 3:06 a.m. EDT and ending at 4:24 a.m. EDT."

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Rumors of War - King of the North

My Way News - AP Interview: US troops may be sent to E Europe
My Way News reports: "NATO's top military commander in Europe, drafting countermoves to the Russian military threat against Ukraine, said Wednesday they could include deployment of American troops to alliance member states in Eastern Europe now feeling at risk."

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Covenant With Many

My Way News - Israeli ministers to stop meeting Palestinians
My Way News reports: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his ministers Wednesday to cut off contact with their Palestinian counterparts, an official said, the latest in a series of troubles plaguing floundering U.S.-brokered peace talks. The move is retaliation for a Palestinian bid to join United Nations agencies, which the official said was a violation of the Palestinians' commitment in the peace talks."

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Pestilence

My Way News - Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS
My Way News reports: "The deaths bring to at least 66 the number of people who died in the kingdom, which is at the center of the MERS outbreak. Other Mideast countries that have reported cases of infection include Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. A small number of cases have been diagnosed in Europe and North Africa."

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Wickedness Increases

My Way News - Teen stabs 22 at Pittsburgh-area high school
My Way News reports: "Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a "blank expression" stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him."

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Rumors of War - King of the North

My Way News - Ukraine tries to quell pro-Moscow uprisings
My Way News reports: "The Ukrainian government and the U.S. have accused Moscow of fomenting the unrest as a pretext for another Russian military incursion like the takeover of Crimea last month. Up to 40,000 Russian troops are massed along the Ukrainian border, according to NATO."

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Rumors of War - King of the North

My Way News - Pro-Russians call east Ukraine region independent
My Way News reports: "Pro-Moscow activists barricaded inside government buildings in eastern Ukraine proclaimed their regions independent Monday and called for a referendum on seceding from Ukraine - an ominous echo of the events that led to Russia's annexation of Crimea. The Ukrainian government accused Russia of stirring up the unrest and tried to flush the assailants from some of the seized buildings, setting off fiery clashes in one city. Russia, which has tens of thousands of troops massed along the border, sternly warned Ukraine against using force."

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Covenant With Many

My Way News - Kerry: US reconsiders role in Mideast peace talks
My Way News reports: "The Obama administration will reevaluate its role in foundering Middle East peace talks following actions by both Israel and the Palestinians that have brought the negotiations to virtual collapse, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday."

Comment: It appears that the latest push for Mideast peace has ended. Since Obama is now a lame duck, it will fall to the next U.S. president to try again, as it always does. Unless, of course, an isolationist comes to power in America, leaving it to the EU to step into the role of peace negotiator. 

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Pestilence

My Way News - Ebola patients await death in Guinea wards
My Way News reports: "Ebola is so virulent that those who do test positive can only wait to die in a special ward where they are treated by medical personnel wearing protective suits and gear. The Zaire strain detected in Guinea kills up to 90 percent of its victims, and with no cure all that can be done is to make patients comfortable as their organs begin failing. [...] In southern Guinea, church pews are now empty on Sundays. People are fearful of shaking hands and instead make the sign of the cross when they greet a friend or loved one."

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