CP World Report: Israel and Sandy, France Abortion, David Petraeus, Burma Quake

The Israeli global humanitarian organization "Israel Flying Aid"—the first to land in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake--has been distributing large supplies of gas to hospitals, food, batteries and generators to Hurricane Sandy victims. Israelis have been on the ground in both New York City and New Jersy. Israel is the only foreign nation to provide humanitarian assistance to the US during this disaster. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had rejected a formal offer by Israel to assist in emergency disaster relief. But…..other authorities in New York State have formally asked Israel for aid and assistance.

Lawmakers in France have voted to pass legislation that would allow full government financing of abortions, both surgical and chemical. Estimates show that there are 225-thousand abortions in France each year with an annual estimated cost to the government of about $17.5 million dollars to pay for them under the new laws. The French healthcare system is already running a 30-billion dollar deficit. And get this: To cover the expense, a new tax on retirees will be implemented.

CIA Director and Former Military General --David Petraeus-- sent shockwaves through the nation with his sudden resignation. It was chalked up to an affair. An FBI investigation was triggered when a woman, close to Petraeus complained to the FBI that she was getting threatening emails from his biographer Paula Broadwell. The FBI uncovered explicit emails between Broadwell and Petraeus signifying an affair. Ironically the resignation came days before Petraeus was slated to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the September 11th attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed in the attack including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Acting CIA Director Michael Morell will now testify instead. Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King insisted that Petraeus is an absolutely essential witness, given he was at the center of the Benghazi situation; and that he should not be stepping down.

King also says he is skeptical about the timing

The incoming Archbishop of Canterbury—the Right Reverend Justin Welby…Bishop of Durham….will succeed Dr. Rowan Williams at the end of this year. Described as an Evangelical and traditionalist in favor of traditional marriage, Welby said he is against any form of homophobia and discusses his stance on same sex unions in the Church…..

And concerning the ordination of women Bishops, Welby says he will vote in favor……

Amity Printing Company in China—the only company authorized to print bibles-- has printed 60 million Bibles and provided 40 million copies in more than 90 languages to about 70 different countries and regions around the world. Amity Printing has been publishing the Holy Bible since 1988, when the company was started as a joint venture between the the Amity Foundation and United Bible Societies . The latter sent gratitude to the Chinese government for the partnership venture.

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Burma yesterday. It caused the collapse of a bridge and a gold mine, damaged several old Buddhist temples and left at least 12 people dead. The quake was also felt in Bangkok, the capital of neighboring Thailand. It comes just a week ahead of a scheduled visit to Burma by President Barack Obama; the first U.S. president to visit that country, which is emerging from decades of military rule.

As we entered the weekend it was reported that at least 11,000 Syrian refugees fled their country in single day, pouring into the neighboring countries of: Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. Among them were children and the wounded. They also desperately climbed wire border fences in search of safety. The civil war in Syria has killed more than 36,000 people since March 2011.

Researchers in Israel have developed a new marijuana plant that takes away pain -- without the high.