LISTEN: 225 Dead in Mexico Earthquake; Hurricane Maria Pummels Caribbean Islands (UCNN, 09/20/17)

REUTERS: Rescue workers scrabbled through rubble as dawn broke on Wednesday, searching for dozens of children feared buried beneath a Mexico City school, among hundreds of buildings destroyed by the country’s most lethal earthquake in a generation. The magnitude 7.1 quake on Tuesday killed at least 225 people, nearly half of them in the capital, 32 years to the day after a devastating 1985 quake. The disaster came as Mexico was still reeling from a powerful tremor that killed nearly 100 people in the south of the country less than two weeks ago.

CNN: Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning, ripping trees out of the ground and hammering two-thirds of the island with hurricane-force winds. Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico’s governor, said, “This is total devastation. Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will not be the same.” Seven deaths on the Caribbean island nation of Dominica were also blamed on the hurricane.

SBC THIS WEEK: An International Mission Board press release, following this week’s trustee meeting, has announced that IMB President David Platt will be voted on in the coming weeks to serve as teaching pastor at McLean Bible Church, a Southern Baptist Church in McLean, VA. The statement read, “Our president, Dr. David Platt, has expressed a deep sense of calling to serve as teaching pastor of McLean Bible Church while also continuing to lead the International Mission Board. We respect Dr. Platt and his sense of the Lord’s leading; and we recognize our responsibility to hold him accountable for his work leading the International Mission Board.”

AP: The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.1 earthquake has hit off the coast of Japan. The agency’s website says the temblor hit early Thursday about 176 miles southeast of the city of Kamaishi and more than 200 miles east of Fukushima.

AP: Groups of Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar were on the move again on Tuesday and Wednesday, forced by monsoon rains to salvage what was left of their shanties and move toward drier ground in hopes of some relief. Several Rohingya camps in this Bangladesh coastal city are flooded from three days of unrelenting downpours. More than 420,000 Rohingyas are fleeing violence in Myanmar.

AP: President Donald Trump, in a debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the nation’s “Rocket man” leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons. Trump also touched upon hot spots around the globe, declaring, “The scourge of our planet is a group of rogue regimes.” Elected on the nationalist slogan “America First,” Trump argued that individual nations should act in their own self-interest, yet rally together when faced with a common threat.

DMN: At least 74 women have had or scheduled abortions through an Austin, TX-based clinic that is offering them at no cost to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Whole Woman’s Health is collaborating with the Lilith Fund and other groups in the effort. The organization has already raised $15,000 to pay for women’s travel to one of their clinics and abortion procedures. Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, said saying abortion is free is a fallacy. A statement read, “There is always a cost to abortion. Women are not free from the emotional toll that ensues after abortion, and the child is certainly not free to live another day. Abortions, just like the catastrophic effects of a hurricane, are never free and we, as a community, pay the price for their needless destruction.”

BBC: A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has driven Islamic State (IS) militants out of 80% of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its three-month-old assault was now in its “final stages”. A monitoring group said heavy air strikes had forced militants to pull out of five areas in the past 48 hours.

CBS: British police arrested two more men early Wednesday morning in connection with the bomb that partially exploded on a London subway last week. The new arrests, both in Wales, bring the total number of people held in the case to five, after a 25-year-old man was arrested Tuesday. London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the fourth and fifth arrests in the case were made in Newport, South Wales, about 140 miles west of London.

AP: Nations on Wednesday began signing the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact backed by over 100 countries but spurned by those with nuclear arms. The U.N. treaty office said 51 countries are expected to attach their names on the opening day for signatures. Brazilian President Michel Temer was first to sign. The treaty requires all countries that eventually ratify it not to develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons “under any circumstances.

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