Russia warns against attacking Iran over nuclear fears. According to Reuters, Russia has starkly warned Israel and the United States against attacking Iran, saying Moscow sees no evidence that Tehran's nuclear program is aimed at developing weapons. Deputy Foreign Minister Ser-gei Ry-ab-kov said, "We warn those who are no strangers to military solutions that this would be harmful and literally disastrous for regional stability."
Recession is 'taking hold' across the Eurozone. According to The Associated Press, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said that Europe's debt crisis is pushing the 17-country eurozone toward recession and is dragging down the global economy. Even growth in traditional economic powerhouse Germany is slowing, and the OECD's interim assessment said that Europe's largest economy could slip into recession by the end of the year.
Christians face raids, threats, and persecution in Turkmenistan. According to religious freedom group Forum 18, Protestant Christians have faced an upsurge since late July in raids, threats of expulsion from villages, threats that their children will be kept under close scrutiny, and other forms of harassment. At least three separate trials of Protestants have taken place, leading to large fines. And local imams have threatened to kick Christian families out of their villages. Christians say that they do not know why the situation has suddenly gotten worse, and the government has not spoken publicly about the matter.
The Bible says in John 15:20: "Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also."
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