1. According to The Associated Press, a top South Korean national security official said that North Korea may be setting the stage for a missile test or another provocative act with its warning that it soon will be unable to guarantee the safety of foreign diplomats. But he added that the North’s clearest objective is to extract concessions from Washington and Seoul. North Korea’s warning last week followed weeks of war threats and other efforts to punish South Korea and the U.S. for ongoing joint military drills, and for their support of U.N. sanctions over its nuclear test.
2. According to The Associated Press, Israeli researchers and Jewish leaders reported a 30 percent jump in anti-Semitic violence and vandalism last year and expressed alarm about the rise of far-right parties in Hungary, Greece and other countries. Following a two-year decline in the figures, the annual report on worldwide anti-Semitic incidents recorded 686 attacks in 34 countries, ranging from physical violence to vandalism of synagogues and cemeteries, compared to 526 in 2011. The report was issued at Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress, an umbrella group representing Jewish communities across Europe.
3. According to The Associated Press, a senior Israeli official says world powers should give Iran an ultimatum to curb its nuclear program. Israel’s minister of intelligence and strategic affairs spoke a day after Iran and six world powers failed to agree at talks in Kazakhstan on how to reduce fears Tehran might use its technology to make weapons. He said, “The time has come to present the Iranians with a military threat or some kind of red line or unequivocal ultimatum by the entire world in order to get results.” He added that such a deadline should be set within weeks.
4. According to The Telegraph of Great Britain, America has delayed an intercontinental ballistic missile test to avoid stoking tensions with North Korea, as fears escalated that weeks of angry rhetoric could erupt into conflict on the Korean peninsula. The Pentagon’s disclosure that it would reschedule the intercontinental missile test due in California next week comes as the international community grows increasingly nervous that the situation could spiral out of control.
5. According to Russia Today, the US Geological Survey said a 6.2 magnitude earthquake was registered in the border area between Russia, China and North Korea. The epicenter of the quake was 9 kilometers from a Russian border village and about 60 kilometers northeast of the North Korean border. No casualties or damages have been reported.
The Bible says in Luke 21:9, “But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.”
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