1. According to the International Business Times, the Jewish population of Israel has passed the symbolic 6 million mark — the same number of Jews believed to have been killed during the Nazi Holocaust. The country’s total population is at 8 million and Israel now has the world’s largest community of Jews, replacing the United States, France and Canada. Tom Segev, an Israeli historian and author, says that, “within five, seven or ten years, you might be able to say that most Jews in the world live inside Israel and it will be legitimate to use the cliché that for the first time in 2,000 years, the Jews are in Israel.”
2. According to Global Post, a severe plague of locusts has landed in about half of Madagascar, threatening crops and creating concern over food shortages. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the billions of insects could cause hunger for 60 percent of the country’s population. The FAO has called for $41 million to fight the plague.
3. According to Reuters, Russia has said that heightened military activity near North Korea was slipping into a “vicious cycle” that could get out of control, implicitly criticizing U.S. bomber flights that followed threats from the North. Russia’s Foreign Ministry suggested that North Korea should also cool down, calling on “all sides not to flex their military muscle” and avoid the danger of a belligerent response.
4. According to The Times of Israel, unnamed security sources said in a report that Iran could have the capability to build a nuclear bomb by July. The security sources claimed that after seeing North Korea wield nuclear weapons despite heavy Western opposition, Tehran’s leadership had also decided to break out toward the bomb, which could be ready between July and September. Iran claims its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but several rounds of talks on curbing enrichment have yielded few results.
5. According to The Telegraph of Great Britain, scientists believe they are closer than ever to creating computers that can live inside the body and detect disease. The “biological computer” is made from organic molecules and is capable of working within the living cells of organisms. The tiny devices could detect changes in the environment, deliver drugs within the body or even destroy potentially cancerous cells. Scientists have already worked out how to use biological molecules to store information and to transmit data from one cell to another.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 1:13: “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
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