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Egypt's Christians see hope in court's decision to dissolve parliament (Second Coming Watch Update #

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Egypt's Christians see hope in court's decision to dissolve parliament. According to Compass Direct News, Christians in Egypt welcomed the court decision to dissolve the Islamist-controlled parliament due to election irregularities. The decision offered hope for Christians, many of whom were convinced the country was about to be handed over to Islamists who would stifle religious freedom and persecute non-Muslims. 

Summit confirms that six federal agencies are working on biometric identification. According to Business Wire, the Biometrics & Identity Management Summit which will take place this august and is hosted by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement is the only conference of its kind anywhere in the world. It will feature keynote presentations from the leading government agencies forging the future of biometrics, including: the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology, the Biometrics Identity Management Agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Institute of Justice, and the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. The IDGA says the general public's resistance to technology previously viewed as invasive has been lowered, and that since biometric identification was given a legislative green light, the imperative to create standards and new technologies has paved the way for a massive infusion of government funding.

Chaldean bishop pleads for protection of Christians in Iraq. According to Persecution.org, on behalf of Iraq's dwindling Christian population, Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shle-mon War-du-ni of Baghdad called upon U.S. ministers to press the Obama administration to take steps to protect religious rights in the Middle Eastern country. He cited brutal attacks on churches as tragic, including an assault on the Syriac Catholic Church of Our Lady of Deliverance that claimed 58 lives. 

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