The USS Benfold has arrived at the Chinese port of Qingdao in an apparent move to build trust between the US and Chinese navies. The visit comes after a Hague tribunal angered Beijing by rejecting China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
Sepphoris is not named in the Bible, but it was a major town close to Nazareth.
Procession of Dionysius, SepphorisIn about 17-20CE when Jesus was a young man, Sepphoris was built as a model Graeco-Roman city, and briefly become the capital of Galilee. It was very much a Greek-style city – see the mosaic from Sepphoris at right. It shows a procession honoring the Greek god Dionysius, so it was flagrantly non-Jewish.
It has been reported that Russian tanks have been spotted moving into occupied territory in Crimea, which was seized following an operation carried out by Vladimir Putin’s forces in 2014.
Witnesses have reported large amounts of Russian military hardware massing near the towns of Dzhankoy and Armyansk in northern Crimea, close to the border with Ukraine.
The Egyptian Ministry of Defence announced on August 4 that a Molnya-class missile corvette presented by Russia to the Egyptian navy in 2015 has been commissioned into service.