1. According to The Associated Press, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says comments by the leader of Hamas shows that the Palestinian militant group wants to destroy Israel. In his first reference to Kha-led Me-shaal’s visit to the Gaza Strip, he told his Cabinet, “We have been exposed once again, over the past day, to the true face of our enemies. They have no intention of compromising with us. They want to destroy our country, but they will obviously fail.”
2. According to Reuters, a Russia-led proposal calling for sweeping new governmental powers to regulate cyberspace could enable countries to block some Web locations and wrest control of allotting Internet addresses from a U.S.-based body. The proposal, co-signed by Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, added to fears in some Western countries of a stalemate midway through a 12-day conference in Dubai to rewrite a longstanding treaty on international communications. The United States, Europe and other allies including Australia and Japan insist the treaty should continue to apply only to traditional telecommunications such as international wireline and wireless calls.
3. According to The Associated Press, Hamas leader Kha-led Me-shaal, making his first ever visit to the Gaza Strip, vowed never to recognize Israel and said his Islamist group would never abandon its claim to all Israeli territory. He stated, “Palestine is ours from the river to the sea and from the south to the north. There will be no concession on an inch of the land.”
4. According to The Telegraph, many people around the world are taking the Mayan end of the world prediction seriously. Ahead of December 21st, panic buying of candles and essentials has been reported in China and Russia, along with an explosion in sales of survival shelters in America. Ron Hubbard, a manufacturer of hi-tech underground survival shelters, has seen his business explode. In France, believers were preparing to converge on a mountain where they believe they will be rescued. It is interesting to note that many Mayans themselves reject any notion that the world will end on December 21st.
5. According to The Washington Times, the Navy has positioned two more warships in the Pacific to monitor North Korea’s upcoming long-range missile launch. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh have joined the USS Benfold and the USS Fitzgerald, both guided-missile destroyers, to monitor the launch.
The Bible says in Luke 21:25-26: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”
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