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1. Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Requests Death Penalty - AP
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said Thursday, that he would welcome the death penalty for his confessed role as mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
· Father, we place Your truth over this situation and pray that Your justice prevail.
· "All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. That is why God tries to bring us back when we are separated from Him. . ." (2 Samuel 14:14 NLT)
2. Adviser Says Clinton has Decided to End Her Campaign- Newsmax.com
Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to end her historic presidential campaign while leaving her options open to retain her delegates and promote her issue agenda, a campaign official says.
· Lord, we ask for your mercy and forgiveness over Hillary Clinton, and pray for Your visitation in her life. We pray that this will be an opportunity for You to change her heart and reveal Your love to her.
· "Wisdom lights up a face, softening its hardness." (Eccl 8:1b NLT)
3. U.S., British Envoys Released After Zimbabwe Attack - MSNBC
U.S. and British diplomats were attacked Thursday as they tried to investigate political violence in Zimbabwe and a U.S. Embassy employee was beaten, American officials said.
· Thank you, Lord, for Your protection over these envoys. We pray that the fruits of the current leadership in Zimbabwe would become so obvious that the corrupt influences would be removed.
· "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them." (Matthew 7:19,20)
4. Al Qaeda's No. 2 Declares Holy War Over Gaza Strip - Fox News
Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader called on Muslims to launch a holy war to break Israel's economic blockade of the Gaza Strip, in an audio recording posted Wednesday on an Islamic militant Internet site.
· Lord, we pray that you would bring about complete collapse of all extremist plans to destroy Israel whether over the Gaza Strip or any other disputed portion of the Holy Land.
· "But I have come to plead with you for my son because my life and my son's life have been threatened. I said to myself, 'Perhaps the king will listen to me and rescue us from those who would cut us off from God's people.'" (2 Sam 14:15 NLT)
5. Ahmadinejad to Japan: Prepare for a World Without the U.S. - CNSnews.com
Iran's president will likely view his meeting with Japan's prime minister as a diplomatic coup.
· Lord, You hear the ravings of Iran's president, and we pray that You will rise up against him and dispel his plans.
· "By this I know that You are well pleased with me, that my enemy does not triumph over me." (Psalm 41:11)
6. A. Calif Court Won't Delay Gay Marriages - Baptist Press
The California Supreme Court turned back pro-family groups June 4, by refusing to delay its "gay marriage" decision from going into effect, giving the green light for same-sex couples statewide to get "married" June 17.
B. Schwarzenegger Declares Statewide Drought in California - USA Today
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proclaiming a statewide drought after two years of below-average rainfall, low snowmelt runoff, and the largest court-ordered restrictions on water transfers in state history.
· Lord, we are terribly grieved at the sin in our nation, and we rend our hearts in sorrow over this decision in California. We understand that sin has a physical consequence and the land itself will mourn because of it. (Hosea 4:3) We call out for Your mercy over the people of California, that You would remove the cloud of deception over their leaders and people, and let the wind of Your Spirit move in their midst to restore righteousness!
· "Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain . . . I will bring them back because I have mercy on them . . ." (Zechariah 10": 1a,6b)
|The Middle East in Focus|
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God: men of truth, hating unjust gain; and place such over them, to be rulers." (Ex. 18:21)
1. Defense sources: Syria arming Hezbollah, despite Israel talks - Ha'aretz
Syria is continuing to supply the Lebanon-based Hezbollah organization with large amounts of weapons, missiles and rockets even as it conducts indirect negotiations with Israel, defense officials in Jerusalem told Army Radio on Wednesday.
2. Olmert: We're close to ending Iran's nuclear program - Ha'aretz
After his meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington on Wednesday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that the end of Iran's controversial nuclear program was approaching.
3. Bush to Olmert: Iran existential threat to peace - Ynet News
US President George W. Bush told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Wednesday that Iran was an "existential threat to peace" and said the world must take that threat seriously.
4. Olmert and his staff were leaving the White House's West Wing when the violent storm hit - Koenig's Int'l News
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was leaving the White House after his 75-minute meeting with President Bush when a violent storm with wind gusts of 55 to 70 mph hit the White House and the Washington region.
5. Netanyahu tries to stop new Kadima gov't - Jerusalem Post
Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu began an effort on Wednesday to prevent the formation of an alternative Kadima-led government after the eventual departure of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.