1. According to Agence France-Presse, the North Korean army said on Thursday that it had final approval to launch “merciless” military strikes on the United States, involving the possible use of “cutting-edge” nuclear weapons. In a statement published by the official KCNA news agency, the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army said it was formally informing Washington that reckless U.S. threats would be “smashed by cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means.”
2. According to The Associated Press, at least 52 people drowned in their homes and cars, were electrocuted or died in other accidents as flooding from days of torrential rains swamped Argentina’s low-lying capital and province of Buenos Aires. At least 46 died Wednesday in and around the city of La Plata. Many people climbed onto their roofs in the pouring rain after storm sewers backed up. Water surged up through drains in their kitchen and bathroom floors, and then poured in over their windowsills. Gov. Daniel Sci-o-li said, “Such intense rain in so little time has left many people trapped in their cars, in the streets, in some cases electrocuted. We are giving priority to rescuing people who have been stuck in trees or on the roofs of their homes.” He added that he “has never seen anything equal” to this disaster.
3. According to The Associated Press, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first U.N. treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar international arms trade, a goal sought for over a decade to try to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of terrorists, insurgent fighters and organized crime. The resolution adopting the landmark treaty was approved by a vote of 154 to 3 with 23 abstentions. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said, “The world wanted this treaty and would not be thwarted by the few who sought to prevent the introduction of robust, effective and legally-binding controls on the international trade in weapons.”
4. According to DEBKAFile, incoming intelligence that Al-Qaeda groups in the Sinai Peninsula are preparing for an attack on an Israeli location, such as the southern city of Eilat, and a US military target in the Negev, has put southern Israeli and U.S. forces posted there on high terror alert. The Israeli high command is treating the five rockets fired into southern Israel by an al-Qaeda affiliated group as the opening salvo of a coordinated attack. An Iron Dome battery was accordingly moved to the Israeli-Egyptian border and additional IDF military resources were directed to the south.
5. According to The Associated Press, health officials say they still don’t understand how a lesser-known bird flu virus was able to kill four men and seriously sicken seven others in China, but that it is unlikely that the virus can spread easily among humans. Two men in Shanghai became the first known human fatalities from the H7N9 bird flu virus after contracting it in February. A woman who was infected remains in serious condition. It was unclear how the patients became infected and China’s health ministry is attempting to calm fears about the potential for the virus spreading.
The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:3-4: “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
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