by David Sisler

From the wires of the Associated Press, and beyond.

MOSCOW – "Asking forgiveness for his mistakes, Boris Yeltsin stunned Russia Friday by announcing his resignation and saying elections will be held in 90 days for a new president to lead the nation into the new century. Mr. Yeltsin said he was stepping down immediately because he wanted Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to succeed him. Mr. Putin, the country's most popular politician, immediately took control of the government and will serve as acting president until the elections."

Meanwhile, in Chechnya the bloody fighting...

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – "Indian negotiators agreed to free two Islamic militants and a cleric in exchange for the release of 155 hostages held aboard a hijacked Indian Airlines jet, India's government said Friday. At the airport in Kandahar, four empty buses were moved on to the tarmac, near the hijacked plane. Officials did not immediately give a reason. But it was widely believed the move was intended to prepare for the possible release of the hostages."

Meanwhile in other terrorist camps, emboldened by the success on the Indian tarmac plans were made to hijack...

TAMPA – "A hotel employee shot four co-workers to death Thursday and then killed a fifth person as he tried to escape by stealing a car, police said. Three more people were wounded before officers caught the suspect a mile from the hotel and seized two weapons. The shootings at the Radisson Bay Harbor Inn occurred as the hotel was packed with fans preparing for the New Year's Day Outback Bowl between Purdue and Georgia. Three victims were shot in the lobby, and one was found dead by the swimming pool. Police Chief Bennie Holder said the gunman car-jacked a vehicle and killed the driver. ‘Right now we don't know the motivation,' Holder said."

Meanwhile, civil libertarians call for the elimination of the death penalty as cruel and unusual punishment...

NEW YORK – "U.S. law enforcement officials yesterday arrested people in New York and Boston and questioned dozens of others nationwide in an effort to uncover and disrupt a possible network of Algerians suspected of planning terrorist attacks during the nation's millennium celebrations. Federal and local law enforcement officials also disclosed that a Canadian woman arrested last week trying to cross the border into Vermont, an Algerian man caught earlier this month trying to smuggle explosives into the United States, and a third person arrested in New York yesterday were all linked to the same Algerian terrorist organization."

Meanwhile, calls for budget cuts in America's defense and security arsenal continue...

LONDON – "While a wounded George Harrison thanked his fans worldwide for their good will, the mother of the man accused of stabbing the former Beatle said her son was not himself in recent months as he tried to overcome a drug addiction. Lynda Abram also said her son, Michael, had a history of mental problems and ‘had recently become obsessed' with The Beatles. The attack came 19 years after an obsessive fan shot to death fellow Beatle John Lennon in New York City.

In an interview published in Thursday's Liverpool Echo newspaper, Lynda Abrams was quoted as saying her son ‘used to shout a lot, but he was never aggressive. He was never violent.' The Echo quoted her as saying that her son had been in a local psychiatric unit for problems stemming from an addiction to heroin, and she accused authorities of failing to offer him enough aid. ‘The system is totally and completely useless. If they had listened to me and listened to Michael over the last six months, this would never have happened," she said.

Meanwhile... meanwhile... meanwhile...

FROM GOD'S WORD – "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'

"He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!' Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'"

A personal, life-changing commitment to the Lord God Almighty through his Son, Jesus of Nazareth, will make this year, and all that remain, a happy new year!


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