Weekly News Brief; Week of 5/3/23

Iran seizes second oil tanker in Gulf waters in a week

In the latest of a series of seizures or attacks on commercial vessels since 2019, Iran on Wednesday morning seized control of a second oil tanker in Gulf waters in a week, Reuters reports.

Iran’s President Raisi meets with Syrian President Assad in Damascus

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Monday, marking the first time an Iranian president has visited Syria since the civil war took over the country in 2011, the Associated Press reports. Raisi’s meeting with Assad was part of a two-day visit to boost economic and political cooperation between Iran and Syria.

Teenager Detained As Belgrade School Shooting Kills Nine (Worthy News Radio)

Serbian police say they have detained a 14-year boy who was allegedly involved in killing at least eight students and a security guard at a primary school in Belgrade.

Latest World News Headlines

Hundreds Detained In France After Policeman Was Nearly Killed In Protests – May 2, 2023

Russia Rejects US Casualty Claims As Battle Continues (Worthy News Radio) – May 2, 2023

Mother of Kidnapped US Journalist Doubts Biden’s Assurances – May 2, 2023

BRICS Expands Threatening West’s Dominance – May 2, 2023

Russia Unleashes Missiles Strike in Ukraine Ahead of Counteroffensive (Worthy News Radio) – May 2, 2023

French police clash with violent protesters during mass May Day demonstrations – May 2, 2023

Turkish forces have killed leader of Islamic State, Erdogan says – May 1, 2023

Breaking Israel News

Israel, Gaza Armed Groups Agree to Cease-fire After Recent Flare-Up

Israel and Gaza armed groups agreed to a cease-fire early Wednesday after a day of increased violence, sparked by the death of a prominent Palestinian Islamic Jihad member during a hunger strike in an Israeli prison. According to Al Jazeera and Reuters, Palestinian sources confirmed that the truce went into effect before dawn, mediated by officials from Egypt, Qatar, and the United Nations.

IDF hits terrorist targets in Gaza after series of day-long rocket barrages

The Israel Defense Forces struck terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night following a series of rocket attacks throughout the day, the army said in a statement.

Latest Israel News Headlines

Netanyahu not in contempt of court, High Court rules – May 2, 2023

US Speaker McCarthy addresses Israel’s Knesset – May 2, 2023

Syria says Aleppo airport forced to shut after Israeli airstrike; 1 soldier killed – May 2, 2023

Israeli airstrikes hit targets near Homs, Syrian state media says – April 30, 2023

Breaking U.S. News

As evidence emerges in Hunter Biden probe, investigators see a political protection racket

A letter falsely insinuating a laptop was Russian disinformation. An IRS whistleblower. Suspicious activity bank reports. Suggestions of false testimony to Congress.

Customers Urged To Remain Calm After First Republic Collapse

Worried customers were urged Tuesday to remain confident in the U.S banking system after First Republic became the second-largest bank to fail in American history.

Latest U.S. News Headlines

Kansas passes law defining gender as person’s biological sex at birth – May 2, 2023

Pennsylvania school district must allow After School Satan Club – May 2, 2023

US Dust Storm Kills Six and Injures Dozens – May 2, 2023

Treasury’s Yellen Says US Could Default as Soon as June 1 – May 2, 2023

In 3rd Major Bank Collapse, Regulators Seize First Republic Bank, Sell It to JPMorgan Chase – May 2, 2023

FDIC Recommends Raising Insured Deposit Limit for Businesses – May 2, 2023

U.S. military is tracking another mysterious balloon – May 2, 2023

Breaking Christian News

US Commission on International Religious Freedom publishes annual report, lists worst violators

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Monday published its annual report on the state of religious freedom around the world, listing those nations which it found to be the worst violators of such freedom, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.

Sudan: Christians killed, churches destroyed in ongoing violent conflict

While it is not yet clear if Christians are being specifically targeted in the violent civil conflict in Sudan, four churches have been destroyed and Christians have reportedly been killed, wounded, turned away from state hospitals, and barred from receiving humanitarian aid being given to Muslims, Baptist Press reported on April 28. The violence broke out on April 15 as the Sudanese Army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) fought for control of the government.

Uganda: Christian college student murdered for sharing the Gospel

A 24-year-old Christian college student in northern Uganda was murdered last month by a suspected radicalized Muslim because he had been sharing the Gospel on his school campus, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. While Christianity is legal in Uganda, Christians, especially evangelists, have been increasingly vulnerable to deadly attacks by radicalized Muslims.

Latest Christian News Headlines

Florida court rejects churches’ request to leave UMC with property and no exit fees – May 1, 2023

Nigeria: Slaughter of Christians continues, “We lost hope in the Nigerian Police” – May 1, 2023

Concerns About Abducted Christians In Nigeria After Killings – April 28, 2023

Nigeria: Christian community devastated by jihadist attacks worships God in burnt-out church on Good Friday – April 27, 2023

18 US Christian colleges forced to shut down since pandemic – April 27, 2023

100 Christian Families Freed From Pakistan Brick Kilns – April 26, 2023

Nigeria: Mass slaughter of Christians continues; 134 murdered by Fulani jihadists in Benue state – April 26, 2023

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