North Korea’s Berlin embassy used to acquire nuclear tech, says spy chief

German intelligence head says equipment acquired by North Korea has military use

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency chief has claimed North Korea has been acquiring equipment and technology for its nuclear and weapons programmes through its Berlin embassy.

“We have noticed that so many procurement activities have taken place from the embassy,” said Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), or Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

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Our Little Girl Has Cancer: How God Has Carried Our Family

Our Little Girl Has Cancer

In the summer of 2016, our two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. From that day until now, we have experienced like never before what it means to be cared for by our church family in the midst of trial.

We can say of our local church what the apostle Paul said of the church in Thessalonica: when it comes to brotherly love, they have no need for further instruction, because they have been taught by God to love others (1 Thessalonians 4:9).

God promises that he will supply grace to us and be with us when the floodwaters of suffering rise (Isaiah 43:2). But we sometimes forget that he often delights to extend his presence, his comfort, and his help through his people.

Not Alone

Our daughter’s name is Agatha. We call her Aggie. As she battles cancer, we sometimes call her Aggie the Brave. We drove her to the hospital that summer because her breathing was labored, and she had several swollen lymph nodes on her neck and one on the side of her chest.

When the head of the oncology department sat across from us and told us that our daughter had cancer, the darkness seemed unbearable. Within 48 hours doctors were able to give us the diagnosis of a type of cancer called T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We spent the next three weeks in the hospital with Aggie, as doctors and nurses worked to save her life and we learned more about her cancer.

Moments like that are when we feel the blessings of church membership. James 5:14 says that when we are sick, we should “call for the elders of the church” to come and pray. Too many Christians don’t have any elders to call at a time like that, because they are not joined to a local church.

In our case, elders and close friends in our church family were there. The same people who rejoiced with us in moments of joy were now present to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). Their care was extended not simply in dispensing truth, but in being present, in grieving with us, in hugging us, in praying for us and for our girl, and in being a tangible reminder that we were not alone.

A Wall of Comfort

The entire church was informed of the sad news that Sunday, and hundreds of brothers and sisters began to pray. Many people have told us they prayed for Aggie every day.

In addition to praying for us, our church family reminded us of the truth of God’s word. In the midst of our tears and fears and sleepless nights, God’s word grounded us in his sovereign purposes and his steadfast love.

As verses were texted or emailed to us, we wrote them down on notecards and taped them to our hospital wall, along with the name of the friend who shared that verse.

  • Jace shared Psalm 121:1–2: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
  • When Bethany visited, she wrote down Psalm 55:22: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
  • David texted Deuteronomy 33:27: “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

These notecards stood as reminders of God’s truth and his character, but also as reminders of the community that was all around us, who loved us deeply and grieved with us. That was a balm to our hurting hearts.

Dearest Place on Earth

In the days following Aggie’s cancer diagnosis, the practical needs of our family were many. How could we possibly care for our older five children and keep up with all the responsibilities of home and work while also spending so much time caring for Aggie? And how could we do any of this when we were overwhelmed with grief at the suffering our precious daughter would go through?

Here too the love of the local church shined brightly. No church is perfect, but the familiar Charles Spurgeon quote regarding the church has proved true in our experience: “Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us.”

Offers for childcare and meals started pouring in, so our friend Paula took on the role of coordinating our care. For nearly nine months, church members did our grocery shopping, cleaned our house, brought meals, helped with homeschooling, took care of yard work, and provided transportation and childcare for our kids. Other pastors took on increased responsibilities to ensure I (Jared) was able to care for my family. For many months, members in the church stayed at our house with Aggie on Sunday mornings so both of us could benefit from gathering with the saints and sitting under the preached word.

We have the indescribable blessing of belonging to a church family that lives the call of Galatians 6:2: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Messengers of Grace

Our testimony throughout this journey has been that while we have been weak and often fearful, Christ has held us fast. And he has done so through the loving community of believers at Covenant Fellowship Church.

We have often said that without the love and support of our church family, this trial would have taken us under long ago. And that’s not because Christ is insufficient; it’s because he has made us to need one another and to live in community together. God’s grace is always enough, but so often he intends for that grace to come to us through his people — the fellow believers who have committed to walk beside us in the church through the joys and sorrows of life.

All glory belongs to Jesus Christ, because he is the Lord of the church who has determined to care for his suffering saints through the gift of his people. Praise God for the grace that comes through his redeemed people and sustains us in the midst of suffering. In his kindness, the story of our brave girl is also the story of our loving church family.

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Nicole Eggert Meets With LAPD Officers To File Report Against Scott Baio After SIX New Witnesses Come Forward

Scott Baio‘s only in deeper and deeper shit this week after Nicole Eggert‘s allegations of sexual assault years ago while filming Charles In Charge are being corroborated by more witnesses — and the police are now officially involved.

Eggert is meeting with Los Angeles police to file an official report against Baio, which comes on the heels of SIX new witnesses supporting her on-set molestation claims from years ago on the TV sitcom when she was just a teenager, and Baio was in his mid-20s.

Related: Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Performing Oral Sex On A Student

The now 46-year-old actress is hoping for Baio to come clean and own up to what she alleges he did — and considering the police are now involved, as well as more witnesses are busy coming forward to corroborate her claims, it’s starting to look pretty bad for Scott.

For one, Eggert spoke out about Baio, asking him to ‘fess up to his mis-deeds from decades ago in the spirit of doing it for his daughter (below):

“I would like to see him come clean for the sake of his daughter. I would like to see him be a good parent.”

Yikes…

Scott continues to deny all claims made against him, and has been tweeting quite a bit about it ever since the allegations broke more than a week ago.

Regardless, now that the cops are involved, the seriousness is ramped up well beyond social media… and if those “five to six” on set witnesses as reported stick to what they’ve corroborated in her allegations… that’s no good for Baio.

Related: Diane Keaton Still Believes Woody Allen!

The legal process will play out on this case regardless, and it’s probably for the better — more productive and ultimately more just to have it play out there than on social media.

But still… damn!!!

[Image via NBC/ABC.]

Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher among 2018 HOF class – ESPN


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Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher among 2018 HOF class
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — It will be one of the youngest groups in the history of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher were all selected for enshrinement in the Class of 2018. All three players were in their first year
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India’s sanitary towel hero Pad Man bound for Bollywood glory

Big-screen musical tells story of welder Arunachalam Muruganantham, who became a pioneer for menstrual health

Menstruation isn’t the most obvious topic for a blockbuster, but the story of how a lower-caste man from a village in India dropped out of school at 14 and became the unlikely champion of menstrual health in the subcontinent has become the subject of a Bollywood film released this week.

Related: ‘Silly and regressive': Indian firms introduce period days

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