We pray for Göran and Joe.
Judy asks our prayers for her son Matthew, "still in drug rehab but doing well."
We pray that June will have a safe and uneventful flight to England tomorrow.
From THE MAIL:
Human rights officials have called for a protection force in Christian South Sudan to prevent a massacre when it becomes independent from the hardline Muslim north tomorrow. A 7000-strong UN force was standing by after fears the newly formed country would not be able to protect itself from its neighbours attempting to plunder its resources. Adding to potential conflict, analysts fear a crackdown on non-Muslims in the North by Sudan's tyrannical President Omar al Bashir as part of plans to make Islam the only religion and Arabic the official language
With only 15 per cent of the population able to read and write South Sudan is one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. Most citizens live on 62p a day and education and health facilities are sorely underdeveloped.
From THE GUARDIAN:
A gunman opened fire in two homes in the US state of Michigan on Thursday, killing seven people, including two children, before leading police on a high-speed chase through a city centre and taking three hostages. The standoff ended when he killed himself with a gunshot to the head. The hostages were released unharmed.
Three people were killed by security forces during an overnight protest in a Damascus suburb, ahead of planned mass protests across Syria, activists said on Friday. They were killed when security attacked anti-government demonstrators near the Al-Hassan mosque in Harasta.
From THE BBC:
Thousands of Egyptian protesters have gathered in central Cairo to press for speedier reforms from the government. Opposition activists have called for a million-person protest in Tahrir Square, the focus of February's uprising. They particularly want to see ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his officials put on trial more quickly.
There were riots this week over a court decision to bail policemen accused of killing 17 people during the uprising.
Fresh clashes in the Pakistani city of Karachi killed seven people on Friday, raising the death toll in the ongoing sectarian violence to 60 this week. The clashes have been blamed on a bitter rivalry between the political parties of Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Awami National Party.
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