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Worthy News Brief - August 13, 2013

%%First Name%%, keep pressing forward!

Isaiah 33:2 O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

During the building of the Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay, construction fell badly behind schedule because several workers had accidentally fallen from the scaffolding to their deaths. Engineers and administrators could find no solution to the costly delays. Finally, someone suggested a gigantic net be hung under the bridge to catch any who fell. Finally in spite of the enormous cost, the engineers opted for the net. After it was installed, progress was hardly interrupted. A worker or two fell into the net but were saved. Ultimately, all the time lost to fear was regained by replacing fear with faith in the net.

Do you have a fear of falling or failing? The Lord is always right there to be our net -- to catch us when we fall. He is our salvation in time of trouble and provides the perfect safety net in Messiah!

%%First Name%%, rest in Him and His finished work 2000 years ago. Press on full steam ahead!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Currently in Negev Desert, Israel

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'Voice of the Copts' speaks to EU High Rep
The following are excerpts of an open letter published Sunday by the Pakistan Christian Post from Ashraf Ramelah, founder and president of "Voice of the Copts," to the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton.

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Egypt authorities delay Morsi protest camps crackdown - BBC
The Egyptian authorities have postponed their plans to disperse two sit-ins in Cairo by supporters of the country's ousted president, officials say.

Pope Francis reaches out to Muslims at end of Ramadan - BBC
Pope Francis has urged Christians and Muslims to work together to promote mutual respect, particularly by educating new generations of believers.

Destruction of Israel guaranteed, ayatollah says - WND
Iran's supreme leader promises in a newly released audiotape the destruction of Israel and Palestinians' return to that land.

Saudi prince defects: 'Brutality, oppression as govt scared of Arab revolts' - RT
Saudi Arabia, a major supporter of opposition forces in Syria, has increased crackdown on its own dissenters, with 30,000 activists reportedly in jail. In an exclusive interview to RT a Saudi prince defector explained what the monarchy fears most.

Deadly Iraq bombings target cafe, school and playground - Reuters
At least 16 people were killed and 41 wounded on Monday in a suicide bomb attack on a crowded cafe in Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, part of the worst wave of violence in Iraq in around five years.

Iran Detains and 'Mistreats' Three Christian Converts Amid Wider Crackdown, Activists Say - BosNewsLife
Iranian authorities detained and mistreated three Christian converts amid a wider crackdown on what the country's Islamic leadership calls "evangelical and extremist" Christians, activists said Saturday, August 10.

US Missionary Jailed In North Korea Moved To Hospital; Health "Deteriorating" - BosNewsLife
An American Christian missionary imprisoned in North Korea is in "deteriorating health" and has been moved from a prison labor camp to a hospital, his family said in comments monitored by BosNewsLife Sunday, August 11.


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Kerry: US views all of the settlements as illegitimate - Ynet News
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that Israel's announcement of new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem "were to some degree expected," but reiterated that "The United States of America views all of the settlements as illegitimate."

Iron Dome intercepts Eilat-bound rocket - Ynet News
The Iron Dome defense system, deployed last month in Eilat, intercepted a rocket aimed at an inhabited area in the region on early morning Wednesday. Magen David Adom reported two persons were treated for anxiety attacks.

Kerry still hopeful on Mideast peace talks - Bloomberg
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the recent flap over Israeli settlement announcements likely won't derail Mideast peace talks, which are scheduled to resume this week.

Analysis: Israel and Egypt showing strong security cooperation - Jerusalem Post
The short answer to whether the US National Security Agency's (NSA) program for reviewing emails, telephone calls and metadata (information about communications, such as when and from where an email was sent) is legal would appear to be: yes.

In painful gesture, Israel names 26 Palestinian prisoners slated for release - Israel Hayom
Israel on Monday published a list of 26 Palestinian prisoners set to go free within days, some after spending more than two decades behind bars, in the first stage of a deal that led to a resumption of U.S.-backed peace talks last month.


Inside the United States
U.S. Pays $1.5 Mil to Help Brazilian Women Quit Smoking - Judicial Watch
A Brazilian-born researcher who runs minority health programs at a public university in Alabama has convinced the U.S. government to give her $1.5 million to help women quit smoking in her native country.

U.S. Expats Balk at Tax Law - Wall Street Journal
The U.S.'s crackdown on global tax evaders is prompting some Americans in Asia to rethink their citizenship, attorneys there say, in part amid an increasing burden of paperwork required by U.S. tax law.

Hyperloop: San Francisco to L.A. in 30 minutes - CNN
Serial entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk unveiled design plans for his Hyperloop -- a superfast transport system that could cut the travel time from Los Angeles to San Francisco to 30 minutes, and cost a fraction of the currently proposed high speed rail project.

Member of Congressional Science Committee: Global Warming a 'Fraud' to 'Create Global Government' - The Nation
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), a senior member of the House Science Committee, used a portion of his time at a town hall this week to launch into a rant about global warming, which he described as a plot by liberals to "create global government to control our lives."

Pastor Hagee no longer opposes gay ordinance - MySanAntonio
Television evangelist and pastor John Hagee on Sunday told congregants -- and a national and international audience watching live -- that he no longer opposes a proposed ordinance that seeks to protect the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in San Antonio.

Revival in America? Time to Get off the Sidelines! - CBN News
First there was the removal of the Bible from public schools; then there was the legalization of abortion. And just last month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in support of same-sex marriage.

Obama's drone strategy covers new legal, moral ground - Washington Times
The Obama administration departed from its drone strategy when it filed secret criminal charges against men suspected of carrying out last year's attack in Benghazi, Libya, but the tactic works, analysts say, only if the U.S. can get its hands on the men.

Obama formally sets up surveillance commission - USA Today
President Obama formally asked his director of national intelligence Monday to set up a special commission to examine whether the government is striking the right balance between privacy and security when it conducts surveillance.

California's transgender-student law: Kids can choose bathrooms, sports teams - CS Monitor
California on Monday became the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want.

Judge Rejects New York's Stop-and-Frisk Policy - NY Times
A federal judge ruled on Monday that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of minorities in the city, repudiating a major element in the Bloomberg administration's crime-fighting legacy.

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