1. According to Reuters, two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed on Thursday in a southern Israeli border town that U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned in a speech on his arrival in Israel a day earlier. Police said there were no casualties but some damage in the attack near the Gaza frontier. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strike, the second time rockets launched from Gaza have hit Israel since a truce ended an eight-day cross-border war in November.
2. According to Reuters, Iran’s most powerful authority said the Islamic Republic would destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel launched a military attack against it. In an address that was broadcast live on state television, the Ay-a-toll-ah said, “At times the officials of the Zionist regime threaten to launch a military invasion but they themselves know that if they make the slightest mistake the Islamic Republic will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”
3. According to The Telegraph, Great Britain is on course to become the first country in the world to legalize the creation of in-vitro fertilization babies with three biological “parents” after the fertility watchdog announced that the public is in favour of the controversial technology. A major consultation found that a majority of people would back the therapy, under which a small part of a mother’s genetic material is swapped with that of a healthy donor to eliminate the risk of passing on a host of hereditary diseases to the child.
4. According to Reuters, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed with the United States that Iran needs roughly a year to build a nuclear weapon, but stressed that Israel’s initial concerns were focused on uranium enrichment. At a joint news conference with President Barack Obama, Netanyahu reiterated that Israel did not want to see Iran build up its stockpiles of enriched uranium, regardless of whether the Islamic Republic had decided to go on and build an atomic bomb.
5. According to USA Today, South Korea’s tele-communications regulator said a cyberattack that caused computer networks at South Korean banks and television networks to crash originated from a Chinese Internet address. The Korea Communications Commission said its initial analysis found that a Chinese address created the malicious code in the server of one of the banks where computers crashed. However, experts say it’s too early to assign blame to China or North Korea, since Internet addresses can easily be manipulated.
The Bible says in Hebrews 10:25: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
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