Thursday, August 30, 2007

My Way News - Jerusalem Holy Site Dig Questioned

AP reports: "Israeli archaeologists charged on Thursday that digging overseen by Islamic religious leaders at a hotly disputed Jerusalem holy site damaged a wall that might date back to the Bible."

Also, note this very important part:
Israel captured the hilltop compound from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel has left its daily administration to Islamic authorities and barred Jews from praying there out of respect for Muslim sensitivities. But Palestinians insist on sovereignty there, rejecting any Israeli or Jewish link to the site.
The Temple Mount belonged to the Jews in Biblical times, and then in the late 20th Century belonged to Jordan. The Palestinians never had a country and never had possession of the Temple Mount, so why do they now expect to "insist on sovereignty" over the holy site? It is an irrational claim that fits in nicely with the irrationality of the notion that the Palestinians seek peace with Israel. The West, however, believes this delusion of peace, so perhaps they will buy into the delusion that the Palestinians have any legitimate claim to the Temple Mount. Time will tell, but for those who believe Bible prophecy, we already know the answer and it's found in Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 and 2 Thessalonians 2:4.
My Way News - U.S. Pledges to Support Lebanon Army
AP reports: "Washington and some of its Arab allies have airlifted supplies, mostly of ammunition, to the Lebanese army in the early days of the northern Lebanon fighting. The military in Lebanon is an all-volunteer force of 56,000, with about 220 battle tanks, no effective air power and no air defense system."
My Way News - U.S. Official: Expand Abbas Forces
AP reports: "The U.S. security coordinator in the Palestinian territories wants five new Palestinian battalions deployed across the West Bank in an effort to bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, according to a published report Thursday."
My Way News - UN Envoy: Revived Mideast Talks Possible
AP reports: "The U.N.'s top Middle East envoy said there are 'signs of hope' that Israel and the Palestinians can agree to revive the stalled peace process in time for a related U.S.-sponsored international conference in November."
My Way News - Study Predicts More Severe U.S. Storms
AP reports: "As the world warms, the United States will face more severe thunderstorms with deadly lightning, damaging hail and the potential for tornadoes, a trailblazing study by NASA scientists suggests."
My Way News - Tenn. Neutron Accelerator Sets Record
AP reports: "The $1.4 billion Spallation Neutron Source facility, though still powering up, has established a new mark as the world's most powerful accelerator-based source of neutrons for scientific research."
My Way News - Cholera Kills 8 in Northern Iraq
AP reports: "An outbreak of cholera in two northern Iraqi provinces has killed eight people and left dozens more ill, a Kurdistan health official said Wednesday."

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

My Way News - Hezbollah Denounces Watchdog's Report: "A human rights group issued a report Wednesday accusing Hezbollah of firing rockets indiscriminately at civilian areas in Israel during last summer's war, prompting swift condemnation by the militant group and even its Lebanese opponents."
My Way News - Israel Moves Troops From Syria Border

AP reports: "The Israeli officials said Syria's military has now reduced its war readiness, but offered no details because the exact steps taken by the Syrians are classified. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge the information to the press."
My Way News - Iran Warns Against New Sanctions

AP reports: "A senior Iranian envoy warned the United States and its allies on Wednesday against pushing for new U.N. Security Council sanctions on his country, suggesting Tehran could retaliate by ending cooperation with U.N. experts probing its nuclear program."
My Way News - Mideast Mediators to Meet Next Month
AP reports: "U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host the Sept. 23 meeting of top officials from the 'Quartet' of Mideast negotiators - the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia - at U.N. headquarters, he said."
My Way News - Moderate Quakes Hit Near Taiwan
AP reports: "Two moderate earthquakes struck off the southeastern coast of Taiwan Wednesday, officials said. No damage or injuries were immediately reported."
My Way News - New Nokia Services, Gadgets Aim at Apple

AP reports: "The move by Nokia, whose basic handsets give it a strong position in emerging markets, is the latest recognition that high-end markets require handsets with photo, music and video capabilities and quick access to the Internet."
My Way News - Myanmar Rulers Try to Crush Dissent
AP reports: "Pro-government gangs on trucks staked out key streets in Myanmar's largest city on Wednesday as the country's military rulers sought to crush a rare wave of dissent by pro-democracy activists protesting fuel price increases."

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

My Way News - Israel, Palestinians Take Up Core Issues
AP reports: "The Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Tuesday tackled the core issues that have tormented Mideast peacemakers for decades - Palestinian refugees, final borders and the fate of Jerusalem."
My Way News - Iran Ready to Fill Any Vacuum in Iraq
AP reports: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boldly declared Tuesday that U.S. political influence in Iraq is 'collapsing rapidly' and said his government is ready to help fill any power vacuum."

Monday, August 27, 2007

Olmert, Arabs Negotiating Over Temple Mount - Arutz Sheva

INN reports: "Arab representatives who are negotiating an agreement with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office have made it clear that they will not accept any final peace deal with Israel unless the Jewish State forfeits the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site."
My Way News - Strong Earthquake Strikes Greek Island
AP reports: "A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 struck the western Greek island of Kefalonia on Monday, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries."
My Way News - Barak: Israel Needs Missile Shield

AP reports: "Militants have launched thousands of rockets into southern Israel from Gaza in the past seven years of fighting, killing 12 Israelis, according to Israeli military figures. The fire did not decrease after Israel pulled its troops and settlers out of Gaza two years ago. Because rockets from the West Bank could threaten the country's population centers and paralyze its only airport outside of Tel Aviv, a missile defense system has become a central Israeli condition for a withdrawal."
My Way News - Turkey Military: Secularism Under Attack
AP reports: "Turkey's staunchly secular military said Monday that the strict line between Islam and the state was under attack by 'centers of evil' - a strong warning ahead of the expected election of a president with a background in political Islam."

Sunday, August 26, 2007

My Way News - Total Lunar Eclipse Early Tuesday

AP reports: "The total lunar eclipse, the second this year, will be visible in North and South America, especially in the West. People in the Pacific islands, eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand also will be able to view it if skies are clear."
My Way News - Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Meet
AP reports: "Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Israeli officials said. [...] Palestinians want talks on issues that could lead to a peace treaty, but Israel prefers to limit the discussions to general principles and day-to-day matters because of the internal Palestinian political turmoil."
My Way News - Iran: Nuclear Activities Have Not Halted
AP reports: "Iran said Sunday its nuclear activities have not halted or slowed down, rejecting reports that it has not significantly expanded its uranium enrichment program this summer as planned."
My Way News - Pre-Orders Surge for O.J. Simpson Book
AP reports: "A week ago, Barnes & Noble, Inc., announced it would not keep copies of the new edition of O.J. Simpson's 'If I Did It' in its stores, saying the book was not expected to sell well. Since then, the book has jumped into the top 50 on the superstore's online site, Barnes &, and ranked No. 48 as of Sunday night."
The Prophecy News links site has been updated with the weeks news links.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

My Way News - New China Arrests Follow Religion Push
AP reports: "Authorities have increased arrests on Christian groups operating outside China's sole official government church following a crackdown ordered last month, an overseas monitoring group reported Friday."
Yahoo News - Mubarak says Mideast peace summit lacks framework
Reuters reports, "A Middle East peace conference called by U.S. President George W. Bush lacks a framework, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was quoted as saying on Saturday. [...] Arab officials say the United States has given few details about the agenda for the conference, expected in October or November, leaving little time for a concerted effort to help Israelis and Palestinians bridge the chasm on issues such as final borders, Jerusalem, and the fate of Palestinian refugees."
My Way News - Students Accused of Killing for Day Off
AP reports: "Three boarding school students are accused of strangling two small boys in the hope that classes would be suspended after the deaths, police said Saturday."
My Way News - Israel Thwarts Palestinian Infiltration
AP reports: "Under the cover of fog, two heavily armed Palestinian militants used a rope and ladder to scale a border wall Saturday and enter Israel from Gaza, attacking an army base with explosives and gunfire before they were tracked down and killed by Israeli troops."
My Way News - Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile
AP reports: "Pakistan on Saturday successfully test-fired a new air-launched cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the military said. The missile, named Hatf-8 or Ra'ad, has a range of 220 miles, an army statement said."

Friday, August 24, 2007

My Way News - Palestinian Rivals Clash at Gaza Protest
AP reports: "Hamas security agents clashed with supporters of the rival Fatah movement Friday, firing into the air and beating journalists covering a demonstration against the Islamic militant group's rule in the Gaza Strip."

Thursday, August 23, 2007

My Way News - Astronomers Puzzled by Cosmic Black Hole
AP reports: "Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe. That's got them scratching their heads about what's just not there. The cosmic blank spot has no stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark matter. It is 1 billion light years across of nothing."
My Way News - Iran Says It's Developed 'Smart' Bomb
AP reports: "Iran has developed a new 2,000-pound 'smart' bomb, state-run television reported Thursday, the latest in a recent series of announcements heralding new weapons systems."
My Way News - Japan to Form Earthquake Warning System
AP reports: "It's still beyond the reach of science to predict exactly when an earthquake will strike, but Japan will soon get the next best thing - televised warnings that come before anyone feels the ground shake."
My Way News - WHO Ties Rising Population, New Diseases
AP reports: "A ballooning world population, intensive farming practices and changes in sexual behavior have provided a breeding ground for an unprecedented number of emerging diseases, the U.N. health agency said Thursday."
CAMERA: God's Jewish Warriors — CNN's Abomination
CAMERA reports: "CNN's 'God's Warriors,' hosted by Christiane Amanpour, is a three-part series intended to examine the growing role of religious fundamentalism in today's world. Unfortunately, the first program in the series, 'God's Jewish Warriors,' is one of the most grossly distorted programs to appear on mainstream American television in many years. It is false in its basic premise, established in the opening scene in which Jewish (and Christian) religious fervency is equated with that of Muslims heard endorsing 'martyrdom,' or suicide-killing."

Comment: This is an excellent fact check of the CNN series and a timely rebuttal to Christiane Amanpour's "reporting" of events that are so well established in the historical record as to call into question her agenda and objectivity. I really expected more from her, I thought she was a professional of the highest caliber. I stand corrected.
CNN Misled Viewers on Temple Mount History - News Briefs - Arutz Sheva reports: "The three-part 'God's Warriors' report by Christiane Amanpour distorted the history of the Temple Mount, according to a Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) analysis. She stated that the prophet Mohammed rose to the heavens from the holy site although Muslim scripture's reference to the 'farthest mosque' precludes the possibility it was at the Temple Mount, where the mosque was built after his death."

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

My Way News - WHO: Infectious Diseases Spread Faster

AP reports: "With an estimated 2.1 billion airline passengers roaming the planet last year alone, infectious diseases are spreading faster than ever before, the U.N. health agency said Thursday. [...] "It would be extremely naive and complacent to assume that there will not be another disease like AIDS, another Ebola, or another SARS, sooner or later," the report said."
My Way News - AIDS Fight in Asia Hurt by Instability
AP reports: "Growing political instability, stigmatization of those infected and conservative social attitudes are hampering the fight against the spread of HIV in Asia, a top regional AIDS official said Monday."
My Way News - Death Toll Rises to 36 in China Typhoon
AP reports: "At least 36 people were killed by Typhoon Sepat in four provinces in eastern and central China in widespread destruction that also forced the evacuation of 1.37 million people, state media reported Wednesday."
My Way News - Georgia: Russia Violated Its Airspace
AP reports: "Georgia said Wednesday that an aircraft from Russia had violated its airspace, raising tensions just weeks after the ex-Soviet republic claimed a Russian plane had launched a missile on its territory."
My Way News - Hurricane Makes 2nd Landfall in Mexico
AP reports: "A sprawling Hurricane Dean slammed into Mexico for the second time in as many days Wednesday and quickly stretched across to the Pacific Ocean, then weakened as it drenched the central mountains with rain that flooded houses along the coast."
My Way News - Israel Told to Ease Palestinian Movement
AP reports: "Israel must provide more freedom of movement in the West Bank and open crossings into Gaza to avoid driving even more Palestinians into poverty after Hamas seized the coastal strip two months ago, the United Nations Mideast envoy said Wednesday."

Comment: And here I was thinking it was wise to keep Hamas bottled up in Gaza, but no, the UN wants to let the Hamas terrorists roam freely. I'm sure it must be a humanitarian issue, or something. Still, the Palestinians are skilled in the art of international illusion, perhaps they would be wise to declare a state in the West Bank and pretend that Gaza doesn't exist (like they pretend the Jewish Temples didn't exist), wall it off, and let Hamas slowly fade away while the world celebrates the great victory of Palestinian statehood. Of course, they won't do that, they want to undermine Israel by claiming part of Jerusalem as their capital. It's worth remembering that the majority of Palestinians actually voted for Hamas, whose policy towards Israel isn't based on sharing, but on conquering. The UN though is simply worried about their welfare and fearful of driving them into poverty because, well, that might make them even angrier than they already are, and we wouldn't want that.
My Way News - U.S.: Iran Cooperation Insufficient
AP reports: "Iran's willingness to answer questions about its nuclear program will not save it from new U.N. sanctions, a U.S. envoy said Wednesday, describing Tehran's new openness as an attempt to deflect 'attention from its ... bomb-making capabilities.'"
My Way News - U.S. Told to Issue Global Warming Plans
AP reports: "A federal judge ordered the Bush administration to issue two scientific reports on global warming, siding with environmentalists who sued the White House for failing to produce the documents."

Monday, August 20, 2007

North Korea begs for aid as flooding raises fears of famine - Times Online
Times Online reports: "North Korea appealed for international aid yesterday after the worst floods in 40 years killed hundreds of people and washed away the homes of hundreds of thousands more. Aid workers gave warning of a potential repeat of the famine of the mid-1990s in which millions of people may have died after floods hit crops."

Saturday, August 18, 2007

My Way News - Typhoon Hits China's Coastline; 9 Dead
AP reports: "A typhoon slammed into China's eastern coastline early Sunday, spawning a tornado that toppled more than 150 homes and killed at least nine people, state media reported."
My Way News - Moderate Quakes Rattle Tokyo Area
AP reports: "A series of moderate earthquakes rattled the Tokyo area Saturday, with one temblor registering a preliminary magnitude of 5.1, Japan's weather agency said. No tsunami warnings were issued."

Friday, August 17, 2007

My Way News - Russia Sends Long Bombers Back on Patrol

AP reports: "President Vladimir Putin placed strategic bombers back on long-range patrol for the first time since the Soviet breakup, sending a tough message to the United States on Friday hours after a major Russian military exercise with China. [...] As of the beginning of the year, Russia had 79 strategic bombers, according to data exchanged with the United States under the START I arms control treaty."

Comment: The Cold War has started again, it's only a matter of time before events force the politicians to acknowledge this fact. Putin's drive to restore Russian power is setting a course for Russia to fulfill the prophetic role foreseen by Ezekiel - leader of a military alliance bent on attacking Israel. Why? What would signal Russian dominance more than ejecting the U.S. from the Middle East? And, of course, securing all those energy resources for their anti-American axis would probably factor into that as well. But why attack Israel? After decades of U.S. patronage (go great eagle!) Israel is the dominant regional military power, and will only grow stronger in the near future (Guardian Unlimited - Us To Give Israel Record Military Aid). Some have also speculated that Israel will become oil rich and a valuable prize for conquest. There will be no controlling the Middle East without controlling or defeating Israel and that makes Israel a target far more than the ahistorical claims of the Palestinians.
My Way News - Proposal: Longer U.N. Stay in Lebanon
AP reports: "France circulated a draft U.N. resolution Friday that would extend the mandate of the 13,600-strong U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon and call for a permanent cease-fire and long-term solution to last summer's Israel-Hezbollah war."
My Way News - Typhoon Slams Into Taiwan, Killing One
AP reports: "A powerful typhoon slammed into Taiwan on Saturday, killing at least one person, forcing thousands to evacuate and disrupting power supplies across the already-saturated landscape."
My Way News - Russia, China Hold Joint War Games
AP reports: "Fighter jets streaked through the air as Russian and Chinese forces held their first joint maneuvers on Russian land Friday in a demonstration of their growing military ties and a shared desire to counter U.S. global clout."
My Way News - Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Record Low
AP reports: "There was less sea ice in the Arctic on Friday than ever before on record, and the melting is continuing, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported."
The Prophecy News website has been updated. That was the original Prophecy News website, designed to showcase news links, and it then gave rise to this blog, which features links, text, comments, and ideally, a team effort. I still consider this blog to be a companion to that website, though I suspect that given the popularity of blogs, it may actually be the other way around.
WorldNetDaily: Israel to give up Temple Mount?

WND reports: "Palestinian negotiators drafting an agreement behind the scenes with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office have made clear they will not accept any final peace deal with Israel unless the Jewish state forfeits the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, WND has learned."

Thursday, August 16, 2007

My Way News - Iran Denounces US Missile Defense Plans
AP reports: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday denounced a U.S. plan to deploy missile defense sites in Eastern Europe, calling it a threat to the region. Ahmadinejad spoke at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which includes Russia, China and four ex-Soviet Central Asian countries. Iran has observer status in the SCO."
My Way News - Minority Religions Under Attack in Iraq
AP reports: "As many as 50 percent of Iraq's Christians - which once numbered between 1 million and 2 million - may already have left the country, according to a report issued in May by the commission. Christians are at particular risk as perceived supporters of the United States and its Western allies, said a Minority Rights Group report."
My Way News - Evangelicals Support Conversion Code
AP reports: "Evangelical groups have joined efforts spearheaded by Roman Catholic, Orthodox and mainstream Protestant churches to create a common code of conduct for religious conversions that would preserve the right of Christians to spread their religion while avoiding conflict among different faiths."
My Way News - Dutch Bishop Suggests Calling God Allah
AP reports: "A Dutch Catholic bishop who once said the hungry were entitled to steal bread and advocated condom use to prevent AIDS has made headlines again, this time by saying God should be called Allah."
My Way News - Strong Quake Strikes Eastern Indonesia
AP reports: "A strong undersea earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey and local officials said. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and hit 145 miles southeast of Ambon, the capital of Maluku province..."
My Way News - U.S. Attack in Tora Bora Seeks Taliban
AP reports: "The U.S. military received 'credible reporting' of a sizable Taliban force at Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan, leading to the latest offensive in that area, a top American general said Thursday."
My Way News - Death Toll in Peru Surpasses 500
AP reports: "The death toll rose to 510 on Thursday in the magnitude-8 earthquake that devastated cities of adobe and brick in Peru's southern desert. Survivors wearing blankets walked like ghosts through the ruins."
News | Africa -
Reuters reports: "The death toll from a cholera outbreak spread by devastating floods in east Sudan has risen to 53 with a total of 763 cases identified, Sudanese health officials said on Wednesday."
Russian bombers getting closer to US: American commander - Space War
AFP reports: "Long-range Russian bombers are flying more often and closer to US territory, a top US commander said Tuesday, as Moscow made its latest show of military might with exercises over the North Pole."

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

My Way News - Powerful Earthquake Strikes Peru
AP reports: "A powerful earthquake shook Peru's coast near the capital on Wednesday, toppling some houses in Lima and causing alarmed residents to flee into the street for safety. A tsunami warning was issued for South America's Pacific coast based on the strength of the quake."

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Space War - Syria buys advanced anti-aircraft missiles: Israeli report
AFP reports: "Israeli media reported on Monday that Syria has acquired an array of advanced Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles as part of a military build-up ahead of a possible war with the Jewish state. [...] Army radio also reported that Syria has acquired advanced weapons, including chemical warheads for surface-to-surface missiles."
My Way News - Hezbollah Warns Israel Against Attack
AP reports: "The leader of the militant Hezbollah group warned Israel on Tuesday it would face a 'big surprise' that could shake the entire Mideast if it invades Lebanon again. [...] Sheik Hassan Nasrallah also reiterated claims that his group possessed rockets that can reach any area deep in the Jewish state."

Monday, August 13, 2007

My Way News - Islamist Again Seeks Turkish Presidency
AP reports: "Turkey's Islamic-oriented ruling party decided Monday to renominate the religious-leaning foreign minister for president, raising the possibility of another showdown with secular factions, including the military."
My Way News - Taliban Free 2 South Korean Hostages
AP reports: "Two South Korean women kidnapped by the Taliban burst into tears Monday after being turned over to the Red Cross on a desert road where the body of one of the original 23 hostages was dumped."
My Way News - Researchers Develop Bendable Battery
AP reports: "It's a battery that looks like a piece of paper and can be bent or twisted, trimmed with scissors or molded into any shape needed. While the battery is only a prototype a few inches square right now, the researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who developed it have high hopes for it in electronics and other fields that need smaller, lighter power sources."
CORDIS News - EU project builds European infrastructure for testing biometrics technologies
Cordis reports: "An EU-funded project has begun work on setting up a European infrastructure for the testing and certification of biometrics components and systems. Biometric recognition systems measure the behavioural or physical traits of people. These can be as varied as iris images, fingerprints, the structure of veins in the hand, or even an individual's typing rhythm."

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Israeli web site sparks terror alert - Jerusalem Post
JPost reports: "New York authorities returned the alertness level to normal after haveing taken extra counterterrorism precautions over the weekend in response to what they said was an unsubstantiated radiological threat to the city reported by the Israeli Web site, DEBKAfile."
U.S. push for Israeli-Palestinian peace dismissed - Reuters
Reuters UK reports: "A U.S. congressional leader said on Sunday he saw little chance of a real breakthrough on a Palestinian state, either at a U.S.-sponsored conference this year or before the end of President George W. Bush's term."
Hizbollah buys frontier land to attack Israel - Telegraph
The Telegraph reports: "Hizbollah is buying up large tracts of land owned by Christians and other non-Shias in southern Lebanon as the militant group rebuilds its defences in preparation for a new war with Israel, The Sunday Telegraph has been told."
Officials: Hamas forcibly converted Christian woman to Islam - Israel News
Ynetnews reports: "Hamas-linked militants kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam a female Christian professor in the Gaza Strip, according to the professor's family and officials from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization." - Putin increases missile defence rhetoric
The Financial Times reports: "The war of words between Moscow and the west over missile defence intensified over the weekend as Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, declared a new radar station near St Petersburg to be “the first step in a large-scale programme”."
Analyst concerned CNN documentary may equate 'Christian Right' with Islamic terrorists (
American Family News Network reports: "A media analyst fears an upcoming CNN special will attempt to create a moral equivalency between all religions. Bob Knight says it appears the network is trying to equate Muslim homicide bombers with evangelical Christians."

Comment: The segment on "Christian Warriors" will be broadcast by CNN on Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 9 PM ET. The program website is located here. I wonder if CNN will note that if you offend a true follower of Jesus you will be met with forgiveness and compassion. If you offend a true follower of Mohammad you will be met with jihad. Jesus preached a doctrine of love and instructed his followers to love one another, even to love their enemies. Mohammad instructed his followers to kill the unbelievers. Certainly both religions have added lots of other dogma over the years and all religions have extremists, but if one returns to the words of the founders of the religions, this is what one is left with. I wonder if this distinction will be noted by CNN?

Saturday, August 11, 2007

My Way News - Taliban: 2 Korean Hostages to Be Freed
AP reports: "A Taliban spokesman said Saturday that two sick, female South Korean hostages would be released 'soon' for the sake of good relations between the Taliban and South Korea. Neither the international Red Cross or the Afghan government could immediately confirm the claim."
My Way News - Afghan Crisis Casts Shadow on Korea
AP reports: "South Korea has an ancient tradition of Buddhism, but in recent times evangelists have put Christianity on track to becoming the nation's dominant faith. Korean missionary work, second only to the United States, places it at the forefront of the global search for converts."
My Way News - Jewish Cemetery Desecration Condemned
AP reports: "Poland's president condemned recent desecration of a Jewish cemetery, calling it an 'act of hate' against both Jews and Poles, according to a letter released Thursday. About 100 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in the southern town of Czestochowa were found Sunday smeared with Nazi symbols and slogans. Authorities are still searching for suspects."
My Way News - Correction: Israeli Missile Defense
The AP makes a correction to a report about the number of missiles used by Palestinian militants to attack Israel: "In an Aug. 8 story about Israel's efforts to improve its defense against rockets, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Palestinian militants had fired tens of thousands of rockets from Gaza into Israel since 2000. The Israeli military says about 6,900 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel during this time, not tens of thousands."
My Way News - Threats Force Egyptian Convert to Hide
AP reports: "An Egyptian Muslim who converted to Christianity and then took the unprecedented step of seeking official recognition for the change said he has gone into hiding following death threats."

Please join me in praying for the safety of Mohammed Hegazy, his wife and unborn child, and the church in Egypt.

Friday, August 10, 2007

WorldNetDaily: Traveling Americans threatened with Bible confiscation
WND reports: "Saudi Arabia has launched a series of initiatives to lure tourists, but the Muslim kingdom continues to prohibit Jews and Christians from bringing in Bibles, crucifixes and Stars of David, threatening to confiscate them on sight."

Thursday, August 09, 2007

WorldNetDaily: Israel holds 'very sensitive' meeting on war with Syria
WND reports: "According to security officials, the ministers were briefed on recent Syrian military movements and Damascus' acquisition of missiles and rockets capable of hitting civilian population centers, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The ministers were told Syria recently stepped up the pace of its own rocket production and moved some rockets close to the Israeli border."

Monday, August 06, 2007

Russian Navy to operate from Syria - Israel News
Ynetnews reports: "For first time since fall of Iron Curtain, Russia plans to build permanent bases on Syrian soil as part of large arms deal between two countries. Defense establishment officials fear Russian ships may try to spy on Israel's weapon systems"