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The Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt has threatened to review its peace treaty with Israel. According to The New York Times, the Islamist party that leads the new Egyptian Parliament is threatening to review the 1979 peace treaty with Israel if the United States cuts off aid to the country over a crackdown on American-backed nonprofit groups here. The pact is considered a linchpin of regional stability, and the statements, from at least two senior leaders of the party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, represent the first time that Egyptians have explicitly raised it during an escalating standoff over the crackdown.
The Japanese prime minister has warned Israel against a strike on Iran. According to the AFP, Japan's prime minister Yo-shi-hi-ko No-da urged Israel to refrain from military action against Iran. In a meeting in Tokyo with Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak, Noda warned that military action could be "extremely dangerous" as it risks "escalating" the current situation. Barak, who is on a five-day visit to Japan, declined to comment on whether Israel will retaliate against Iran, but urged the world to "join hands" in monitoring sanctions against the country.
Iran continues to arrest and persecute Christians. According to Persecution.org, Iranian Christians have requested our prayers following further pressure in recent days on officially registered churches and on house churches. Recently, an elder of the Assemblies of God church in Tehran, was arrested at his workplace. Two other churches in Tehran, Emmanuel Protestant Church and St Peter Evangelical Church, have been ordered to cease holding Farsi language services on Fridays. These churches are among the small number of officially registered churches that principally serve the Armenian and Assyrian communities of Iran. House churches, which have no official recognition and principally serve believers from Muslim backgr
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