Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Persecution

NYTimes.com - Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?
The New York Times opines: "WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference."

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Nations in Distress

My Way News - Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament
My Way News reports: "Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime minister resign."

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Wars and Rumors of War

My Way News - US officials: Video shows American's beheading
My Way News reports: "A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist."

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Earthquakes

My Way News - Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland:
My Way News reports: "Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting. Iceland has raised its aviation alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange — the second-most severe level. [...] Some 3,000 earthquakes have taken place since Saturday in Bardarbunga — a subglacial stratovolcano located under Iceland's largest glacier."

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Earthquakes

My Way News - Strong quake hits remote area in southwest Iran
My Way News reports: "A strong, magnitude 6.2 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran's border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported. There were no reports of fatalities but a local official said some 60 people have been injured and that the temblor had caused widespread damage."

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Pestilence

My Way News - Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors
My Way News reports: "Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren't the only problem: Health workers struggle to convince patients they're trying to help them, not hurt them. Rumors are rife that Western aid workers are importing Ebola, stealing bodies or even deliberately infecting patients. "

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Persecution

My Way News - Who stopped China Catholics going to South Korea?
My Way News reports: "Days after Chinese officials blocked Catholics from seeing the pope in South Korea, it's still unclear who was behind the action or why it was taken. [...] the central government in Beijing has offered no clarification on the matter, underscoring its discomfort about how to deal with the Vatican. The sides have no formal ties and are locked in a dispute over who has the right to appoint bishops and overall religious freedoms under the officially atheistic ruling party. Reports said about 50 Catholic clergy and laypeople were stopped at Chinese airports earlier this week. [...] Jensen and Lam said there appears to be a debate within President Xi Jinping's government over how to deal with growing religious belief in China. While some see religion as a force for social stability, they are opposed by communist hardliners wary of any challenge to the party's authority, they said."

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Covenant With Many - Final Kingdom

My Way News - EU says status quo for Gaza 'not an option'
My Way News reports: "The European Union offered Friday to take charge of Gaza's border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, insisting on a durable truce and saying a return to the status quo before the latest war 'is not an option.' [...] The EU is prepared 'to play a strong role' in managing the crossings while assuring that Israel's security is guaranteed, said the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton."

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Rumors of War

My Way News - Russia denies its vehicles destroyed in Ukraine
My Way News reports: "NATO on Friday said a Russian military column ventured overnight into Ukraine, and the Ukrainian president said his forces destroyed most of it. Russia denied all of this, but the reports spooked global markets and overshadowed optimism driven by agreement over a Russian aid convoy bound for eastern Ukraine. [...] The fighting in eastern Ukraine has claimed nearly 2,100 lives, half of those in the last few weeks as the Ukrainian troops regained more and more rebel-held territory. It began in April, a month after Russia annexed Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea."

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Fearsome Events - Rumors of War - Pestilence

My Way News - Why global turmoil hasn't sunk US markets. Yet.
My Way News reports: "Europe appears on the brink of another recession. Islamic militants have seized Iraqi territory. Russian troops have massed on the Ukraine border, and the resulting sanctions are disrupting trade. An Ebola outbreak in Africa and Israel's war in Gaza are contributing to the gloom. It's been a grim summer in much of the world. "

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Pestilence

My Way News - Aid group: W. Africa Ebola outbreak like 'wartime'
My Way News reports: "The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people in West Africa could last another six months, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said Friday. One aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is still unknown."

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pestilence

My Way News - WHO: Ebola toll may 'vastly underestimate' crisis
My Way News reports: "There is evidence the numbers of dead and sickened by Ebola in West Africa may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency said it was prepared for the crisis to continue for months. With more than 1,060 deaths and 1,975 sickened, the Ebola outbreak is already the deadliest ever."

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pestilence

My Way News - Doctors: Ebola drug poses 'impossible dilemma'
My Way News reports: "Ebola has killed more than 1,000 people and sickened nearly 2,000 in the current West African outbreak that has also hit Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria. Many of the dead are health workers, who are often working with inadequate supplies and protection."

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Persecution

My Way News - UN says Iraq humanitarian crisis at highest level
My Way News reports: "Since June, Iraq has been facing an onslaught by the Islamic State group and allied Sunni militants across much of the country's north and west. In recent weeks, the crisis has worsened as the militant fighters swept through new towns in the north, displacing members of the minority Christian and Yazidi religious communities, and threatening the neighboring Iraqi Kurdish autonomy zone."

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War - Security of Jerusalem

My Way News - Egypt: Israel, Hamas to extend temporary truce
My Way News reports: "Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials announced Wednesday, permitting the sides to continue to negotiate a substantive deal to end the war in Gaza. Yet even as the extension was announced just minutes before a previous truce was set to expire at midnight, violence spiked, with Palestinian militants firing five rockets at Israel and Israel targeting sites across the Gaza Strip in response. It was not clear if the fighting was isolated or might shatter the truce."

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Signs in the Heavens - Signs in the Moon

My Way News - Best-of-summer meteor shower eclipsed by supermoon
My Way News reports: "The annual best-of-summer meteor shower peaks late Tuesday and into the wee hours Wednesday morning. But don't expect to be too wowed. NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said the bigger, brighter supermoon will interfere with viewing the Perseids (pur-SEE-uhds), but it should still be fun, weather permitting. It peaks after 2:30 a.m."

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Signs in the Moon

My Way News - AP PHOTOS: Lunar show illuminates world's skies
My Way News reports: "A supermoon will happen three times this year, with Sunday night's sky show the second. The first one occurred on July 12 and the third will take place on Sept. 9."

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Persecution

CBS News - Iraqi Christians flee as ISIS surges across country
CBS News reports: "When CBS News visited the Christian town of Bartella in June, it was guarded by Captain Firaz Jacob and 600 local militiamen. Asked at the time what ISIS would do if the group came to the Christian town, Jacob said he didn't know, 'but maybe they'll kill us.' ISIS moved in and captured Bartella Thursday, sending thousands more Iraqi Christians fleeing for their lives."

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Pestilence

My Way News - Nigeria rushes to get isolation tents for Ebola
My Way News reports: "Nigerian authorities rushed to obtain isolation tents Wednesday in anticipation of more Ebola infections as they disclosed five more cases of the virus and a death in Africa's most populous nation, where officials were racing to keep the gruesome disease confined to a small group of patients. The five new Nigerian cases were all in Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people in a country already beset with poor health care infrastructure and widespread corruption, and all five were reported to have had direct contact with one infected man."

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