Released: February 13, 2013 By: Daniel Whyte III

1. According to The Associated Press, North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of existing U.N. resolutions, drawing condemnation from around the world, including from its only major ally, China, which summoned the North Korean ambassador to protest. The reclusive North said the test was an act of self-defense against "U.S. hostility" and threatened further, stronger steps if necessary.

2. According to The Irish Central, the Irish prophet Saint Mal-a-chy predicted that the next Pope after Benedict will be the last pope and that he will be "Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations. When they are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people." The prophecies of saint Mal-a-chy, a 12th century bishop, have thrilled and dismayed readers for centuries. He has stated that there will be only one more pope after Benedict, and during his reign the end of the world will come. Many say that his predictions of previous popes have been fairly accurate and they are taken very seriously.

3. According to The New York Times, Iran said on Tuesday that it was converting some of its enriched uranium into reactor fuel, potentially limiting the expansion of stockpiles that the West fears could be used for weapons. Iranian officials are meeting with the deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency which has been pressing for access to a restricted military area at Par-chin. International inspectors suspect the site may have been used for testing bomb triggers.

4. According to Agence-France Presse, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Iran was now closer to crossing the "red line" after which it would be able to build a nuclear weapon but had not yet reached that stage. He said that "they are shortening the time needed to cross it. This must be stopped. We need to apply stronger pressure and harsher sanctions."

5. According to Bloomberg News, China surpassed the United States to become the world's biggest trading nation last year as measured by the sum of exports and imports of goods. U.S. exports and imports totaled $3.82 trillion while China's amounted to $3.87 trillion. China's growing influence in global commerce threatens to disrupt regional trading blocs as it becomes the most important commercial partner for some countries.

The Bible says in Revelation 16:15: "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame."

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