1. According to The Associated Press, flooding sparked by heavy seasonal rains has killed two people and forced nearly 16,000 to flee their homes on Malaysia’s east coast. Authorities have evacuated residents of numerous villages and towns to higher ground in three Malaysian states that are prone to torrential rains between November and February. Flood monitoring centers said thousands of people were living in schools, community halls and other relief centers.
2. According to The Times of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel will do everything in its power to prevent a Syrian chemical weapons attack on the nation. Speaking at the Air Force Flight Academy graduation ceremony, Netanyahu said the Israeli Defense Forces were following the situation in Syria closely and preparing itself for any possible scenario. He spoke a day after reports emerged that he had met with Jordan’s king to discuss a preemptive strike on Syria’s chemical arsenal.
3. According to Channel News Asia, Arab countries are revisiting the idea of a single currency as a way of reviving their economies. The recent unrest in the Middle East has left many Arab countries’ economies struggling and fragmented, and as governments focus on reconstruction and rebuilding, the idea of a single Arab currency is being spearheaded by the Arab Importers and Exporters Union. While a single currency will free up trade between Gulf nations and nations in the Middle East, experts say that the region needs to complete other steps leading to greater fiscal integration before a single currency can be implemented.
4. According to The Associated Press, Nicaraguan authorities say they have ordered the evacuation of some 300 families living on the flanks of the country’s highest volcano after it began spewing hot gas and ash this week. Fifteen eruptions had been recorded within a 24-hour period. Authorities said that larger eruptions could occur and they wanted to move the closest residents away from the volcano as a precaution.
5. According to Reuters, Iran has stated that it would allow U.N nuclear inspectors into a military base they suspect was used for atomic weapons-related work, if threats against the Islamic Republic are dropped. The International Atomic Energy Agency believes that Iran conducted explosives tests with possible nuclear applications at Par-chin, a sprawling military base southeast of Tehran, and has repeatedly asked to inspect it. Western diplomats, however, accuse Iran of carrying out extensive work to clean the site of any evidence of nuclear work.
The Bible says in Mark 13:26-27: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”
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