Earthquakes in China kill over 60 people and damage thousands of homes. According to Reuters, two shallow 5.6 magnitude earthquakes hit mountainous southwestern China, killing at least 64 people and forcing tens of thousands of people from damaged buildings. About 700 people were injured and 20,000 homes were damaged in the remote mountainous region. By mid-afternoon, authorities had moved more than 100,000 from the area as a series of more than 60 aftershocks struck.
Canada closes its Iranian embassy. According to The Associated Press, Canada has closed its embassy in Iran and will expel all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada within four days. Foreign Minister John Baird denounced Tehran as the biggest threat to global security and cited Iran's nuclear program, its hostility toward Israel and Iranian military assistance to the government of President Bashar Assad in Syria as the reasons for suspending diplomatic relations.
Israel's defense minister says there will be 'grave consequences' if Israel doesn't act against Iran. According to The Times of Israel, Defense Minister Ehud Barak intimated that Israel must act before Iran's nuclear program becomes impervious to assault, and warned that inaction could result in "grave consequences." Barak said that although war or military action should be avoided unless absolutely necessary, there are instances "where it appears as though it's not necessary to attack now, but you know that you won't be able to attack later." In such cases, the "consequences of inaction are grave, and you have to act."
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