LISTEN: Urban Christian News Network Report with Daniella Whyte

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1. According to CBS News, A powerful storm system described by forecasters as the “storm of the decade” is expected to whip up large and dangerous surf along the Bay Area’s coastline Thursday through Saturday. Seas from the developing system will combine with the distant swell and build to 15-18 feet. Mavericks at Half Moon Bay is likely to see some of the largest waves reaching as high as 27 feet during high tide. Stinson Beach and Ocean Beach could see 11 to 18-foot waves. The National Weather Service issued a high wind and flash flood warning in preparation for the storm. The Associated Press reports that authorities are warning motorists to avoid driving through standing water; stay clear of outside roadway lanes, especially at night; keep headlights on at all times; and drive slowly to prevent hydroplaning.

2. According to The Washington Free Beacon, an alleged weapons maker for the Islamic State has claimed that a “radioactive device” has been smuggled into an undisclosed location in Europe. Internet messages from a freelance jihadist weapons maker that were captured and disseminated by the SITE Intelligence Group said, “A Radioactive Device has entered somewhere in Europe.” The claim comes just days after reports emerged that ISIS could have in its possession a dirty bomb, the elements of which were obtained via earlier raids on a university research facility in Mosul, Iraq, that contained uranium.

3. According to USA Today, Hundreds of protesters rallied Wednesday at one of Europe’s largest shopping malls to show solidarity with U.S. demonstrations over the killing of unarmed black men by white officers. Shouting “black lives matter” and “we can’t breathe,” the multiracial crowd marched through the Westfield center in west London and staged several “die-ins,” echoing recent protests in the U.S. at Macy’s Herald Square and Grand Central Station in New York City, as well as Union Station in Washington. Other protests in recent days have occurred in Berkeley, Calif.

4. According to the Christian Science Monitor, a Russian astrophysicist says his team has located a huge, mountain-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the Earth’s every three years. Even though experts say the giant object, known as 2014 UR116, poses no immediate threat of collision, its unexpected discovery underscores how little is still known about asteroids and their unpredictable orbits. Vladimir Lipunov, a professor at Moscow State University, said the asteroid could hit the Earth with an explosion 1,000 times greater than the surprise 2013 impact of a bus-sized meteor in Russia.

5. According to the Los Angeles Times, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned a clash Wednesday between Israeli troops and protesters that preceded the death of a senior Palestinian official, calling it a “barbaric act.” The official, Ziad Abu Ein, was among Palestinians planting olive trees in protest of Israeli settlement north of Ramallah, when a scuffle broke out between participants and Israeli soldiers trying to halt their path. The soldiers fired stun grenades and tear gas. Abu Ein, who headed authority efforts against Israeli settlements and the Israeli separation barrier, collapsed at the site and died shortly afterward at a medical facility in Ramallah.

6. According to the Washington Post, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress on Tuesday that President Obama wants expansive war powers to pursue the Islamic State terrorists wherever and however he deems necessary, stunning lawmakers by requesting a war authorization that would even allow the Pentagon to commit American combat troops to the fight. Though Mr. Obama doesn’t want combat troops, Mr. Kerry said he won’t have Congress tie his hands against unforeseen directions the war could take should the Islamic State evolve, expand its fight to other countries, or prove more difficult to rout.

7. According to The Daily Beast, African American Congressional staffers are planning a protest on the U.S. Capitol steps Thursday afternoon, disrupting their workday to speak out against the Eric Garner and Mike Brown grand jury decisions. The protest follows large demonstrations in New York and other major cities last week, which were held to speak out about the deaths of these two African American men. The demonstration will involve staffers interrupting their workday to attend the protest during one of Congress’ busiest weeks of the year. Congress is currently debating a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, its annual Pentagon policy bill, and a bill to authorize the president to use military force against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

8. According to Ynet News, Foreign Policy magazine has reported that the United States has privately accused Iran of purchasing components for its heavy water reactor in Arak in violation of UN nuclear sanctions. The magazine cites a November 7 report by a panel of eight experts advising a UN Security Council committee overseeing international compliance with sanctions, which details the allegations made by an unnamed state. Diplomatic sources, however, confirmed to the magazine that the state in question was the United States. According to Foreign Policy, Iranian procurement agents have been “increasing their efforts to illicitly obtain equipment for the research reactor at the Arak nuclear complex” in violation of its interim agreement with world powers.

9. According to Nigerian Tribune, Pandemonium broke out again in the ancient city of Kano, on Wednesday, when two female suicide bombers detonated IEDs, killing themselves, four others and injuring no fewer than 14 people at the popular Kwanti-kwari textiles market. Kwanti-kwari market is the largest textile market, where thousands of traders go to everyday to buy textile materials and it is not very far from the Kano Central Mosque, where no fewer than 200 people lost their lives during the Friday jumat prayers.

10. According to the Jerusalem Post, The International Criminal Court’s organizational body of 122 nations in New York has unanimously recognized Palestine as an observer state for the first time, a move which Palestinians hailed as an important step in achieving their final goal of formal membership. Palestinians want to sue Israel for war crimes before the ICC, but it is unclear if they can do so, because the ICC’s judicial body has not recognized them as a state. In addition, the Palestinians have not finalized their application to the court, but they have threatened to do so, should they fail in their pursuit for a UN Security Council resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

God loves you. He always has and He always will. He loves you so much that the Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, why don’t you get to know Him today. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose by the power of God for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks so much for listening. May God bless your day.

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