China joins Russia for naval war games (Second Coming Watch Update #355)

According to The Associated Press, China will join Russia later this week for its largest-ever naval drills with a foreign partner, underlining deepening ties between the former cold war rivals along with Beijing's desire for closer links with regional militaries.

According to Israel Today, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas made an impassioned call to the Arab world to stop what he called an insidious Jewish plot to rebuilt the Jewish Temple in its historic location on Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

According to The Associated Press, Israeli officials are warily watching the mass protests in neighboring Egypt, fearing a collapse of the Islamist government could threaten the historic peace treaty between the two nations.

According to Xinhua (ZHIN-WAH) News, a powerful and shallow earthquake in Aceh (A-CHEH) of Indonesia on Tuesday has killed 22 people, injured 218 others and damaged thousands of houses.

According to Reuters, exploiting a loophole in Western sanctions, Iran is importing a high grade of refined alumina ore from several European countries including Germany and France that Tehran could be using to make armor parts and missile components.

1 Peter 5:4: "When the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away."

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