Syria vows to crush the rebellion. According to The Associated Press, Syria's defense minister says the rebellion against President Bashar Assad's regime will be crushed. Gen. Fahd Jassem al-Freij told state-run Syrian TV that violence in the country will end soon, as troops are determined to bring back stability. His remarks came as Syrian troops launched a major offensive to retake rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo and the central city of Homs.
Israel shoots down drone that penetrated deep into its airspace. According to The Times of Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces shot down a foreign drone that had penetrated deep into Israeli airspace on Saturday afternoon, flying for half an hour before it was intercepted. After an initial investigation, military officials said the unmanned aerial vehicle, which was taken down north of Beersheba, did not come from the Gaza Strip, leading the army to consider the possibility that it originated in Lebanon. Hezbollah has flown drones into Israeli airspace a few times in the past, though not for several years.
Three earthquakes shake the Philippines. According to The Manilla Bulletin, a strong earthquake registering at 5.6 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Northern Luzon provinces in the Philippines shortly before noontime on Sunday, but no damage to property was reported. The quake was tectonic in origin but no aftershocks were to be expected. Earlier on Saturday, two pre-dawn quakes were recorded in two separate provinces.
The Bible says in James 5:7: "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain."
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