1. According to Reuters, South Korea and the United States remained on high alert for any North Korean missile launch on Thursday as the hermit kingdom turned its attention to celebrating its ruling Kim dynasty and appeared to dial down the rhetoric of impending war. Despite North Korea’s threats that it will attack U.S. bases and the South in response to any hostile acts against it, the country started to welcome a stream of visitors for Monday’s birthday celebrations of its founding father Kim Il-sung. North Korea has stationed as many as five medium-range missiles on its east coast, possibly in readiness for a test launch that would demonstrate its ability to hit U.S. bases on Guam.
2. According to Euro News, scores of aftershocks, one measuring 5.4 in magnitude, have hit south-west Iran following Tuesday’s deadly earthquake. Authorities say 37 people, including eight children, were killed in the 6.3 magnitude quake. Over 950 people were injured. Twelve villages and 1,000 buildings have been completely destroyed. The movement struck only 90 kilometers away from Iran’s only nuclear power station. Authorities have been reassuring locals and the world that the plant is safe.
3. According to The Associated Press, the leader of an Islamic extremist rebel group in Syria pledged allegiance on Wednesday to al-Qaida and its leader for the first time. The head of the Nusra Front confirmed that his rebel group was tied to al-Qaida in Iraq in an audio message posted on militant websites. Al-Qaida in Iraq also said that it had joined forces with the Nusra Front — the most effective of the rebel groups fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad. He said the new alliance would be called the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
4. According to Reuters, forecasters are predicting that the 2013 hurricane season will be “above average” with 18 tropical storms expected, nine of which will become hurricanes. The leading U.S. storm research team said four of the hurricanes will be major with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour. An average season brings about 12 tropical storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The researchers said there was a 72 percent chance that a major hurricane will hit the U.S. coast this year, compared with a historical average of 52 percent.
5. According to Reuters, Iranian media says Iran plans to build more nuclear power reactors in an earthquake-prone coastal area, just two days after a strong tremor struck the region close to its only existing plant. But the nuclear power station was unaffected by the 6.3-magnitude quake. Tehran has repeatedly rejected safety concerns about the plant, which is located in a highly seismic area on Iran’s Gulf coast. The head of the Islamic state’s Atomic Energy Organisation said hours after the earthquake that more reactors would be built there.
The Bible says in Jude 1:14-15: “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
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