Weekly News Brief; 5/10/23

Breaking World News

The following news is taken in whole or part from Worthy News Ministries.

Russian President Says Nation In War With West

Russian President Vladimir Putin used a Victory Day speech on Tuesday to warn that “a war has been unleashed” against Russia in what seemed an attempt to prepare the nation for a change in the narrative about Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. So far, the Kremlin has described its battle against Ukraine only as no more than a “special military operation” aimed at defending Russian interests but limited in scope.

Cleric Lynched In Pakistan Over Muhammad Remarks

An Islamic cleric has been beaten to death by a Muslim mob in northwestern Pakistan after comparing a political candidate to Islam’s prophet Muhammad, Worthy News learned Tuesday.

China: Changsu city to pay public sector workers entirely in digital yuan

As part of a new phase in promoting China’s currency, the Chinese city of Changsu in Jiangsu province has confirmed it will start paying its public sector employees entirely in digital yuan, Asia Nikkei reports.

Latest World News Headlines

Russia Launches Huge Drone Attack On Ukraine – May 9, 2023

Dutch Government Apologizes For Groningen Earthquakes (Worthy News Radio) – May 9, 2023

Myanmar: Military junta releases over 2,000 political prisoners but many thousands, including Christians, remain imprisoned – May 9, 2023

US providing Ukraine $1.2B in military aid ahead of expected spring offensive against Russia – May 9, 2023

Russia’s Wagner Group Stays In Bakhmut, As Ukraine ‘Launches Attacks’ (Worthy News Radio) – May 8, 2023

Senior US official in Saudi Arabia to discuss massive rail project with UAE, India – May 8, 2023

Britain’s King Charles III Crowned – May 7, 2023

Breaking Israel News

‘No terrorist is immune’: Netanyahu says Gaza fighting could last days

After a tense day following Israel’s initiated Shield and Arrow to eliminate Islamic Jihad’s high command in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Tuesday that any escalation on the Palestinians’ part will be “answered with a decisive response.”

Thousands evacuated from Gaza border to Dead Sea hotels

Thousands of Sderot residents were evacuated from the city Tuesday evening, accompanied by members of the Home Front Command as part of Mashav Ruach (Breeze) program, a response to Operation Shield and Arrow launched by the Israel Defense Forces early in the morning. The first phase of the evacuation included hundreds of families leaving on 25 buses. Most of them traveled to hotels in the Dead Sea.

Latest Israel News Headlines

Israeli Defense Systems In Wartorn, Ukraine – May 10, 2023

Israeli Eliminates Senior Gaza Terror Leaders in ‘Operation Shield and Arrow’ – May 9, 2023

Hezbollah builds 27 new bases in Lebanon under cover of fake NGO – May 9, 2023

New polls show Gantz still ahead of Netanyahu and Lapid – May 8, 2023

Breaking U.S. News

Biden under pressure as McCarthy, McConnell align on spending reforms tied to debt limit increase

President Biden is under pressure to negotiate with congressional Republicans over the debt limit as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell align on spending reforms in exchange for a debt limit increase.

Jury: ‘Ex-President Trump Sexually Abused Columnist’; Trump Denies Charges

A Manhattan jury comprised of six men and three women concluded Tuesday that former U.S. President Donald J. Trump “sexually abused” a columnist and also held him financially liable for “defaming” her.

Latest U.S. News Headlines

Children Among Victims Of Texas Mall Shooting – May 9, 2023

White House says Congress must ‘get to work’ on raising debt ceiling – May 9, 2023

Abbott activates ‘Texas Tactical Border Force,’ 545 more National Guardsmen deployed before Title 42 expires – May 9, 2023

Arizona school district reinstates evangelical student-teachers after Christian university files religious discrimination suit – May 9, 2023

Seven Killed In US As Car Hits Migrants – May 8, 2023

‘Man Who Killed Eight At Mall Identified’ – May 8, 2023

Several Fatalities, Nine Injured In Texas Mall Shooting – May 7, 2023

Breaking Christian News

Nigeria: Two Christian girls abducted by Boko Haram rescued after 9 years in captivity

Two young Christian women in Nigeria have been rescued after being abducted by Boko Haram terrorists over nine years ago, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.

India: Six killed and 25 churches burned down in Hindu nationalist violence

At least six people were killed and 25 churches burned down during Hindu nationalist violence in India’s Manipur state this month, Christian Headlines (CH) reports.

India: Dramatic escalation of violence in Manipur, 58 dead, 50 churches burned

Christian leaders in India’s Manipur state have accused the Hindu nationalist government of supporting the violent attacks carried out by ethnic Hindu Meitei rioters, which began last week, and which have now resulted in the destruction of 50 churches and the deaths of 58 people, many of whom were Christians, the Christian Post (CP) reports. 

Latest Christian News Headlines

UK: Court rules against Christian parent who claims primary school indoctrinates small children in LGBT issues – May 9, 2023

‘Raise the Alarm’: How Artificial Intelligence Could Further Terrorize Persecuted Christians Across the Globe – May 8, 2023

Thousands Of Christians Flee Deadly Attacks In India; Churches Torched – May 5, 2023

National Day of Prayer to reach 110 million households: ‘We’re praying for an awakening in America’ – May 5, 2023

Presbyterian Church USA sees ongoing decline in membership, new report shows – May 4, 2023

Christian evangelists at Boston’s SatanCon claim about 100 people converted: ‘We’re in a battle’ – May 4, 2023

US Commission on International Religious Freedom publishes annual report, lists worst violators – May 3, 2023

News from this Week 7/13/22

The following news is taken in whole or part from Worthy News Ministries.

Sri Lanka President Flees Bankrupt Nation

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled his bankrupt nation Tuesday after mass protests against his rule, officials said.

Iran-Russia alliance grows as Biden heads to Mideast amid rising threats

President Biden’s Mideast trip risks getting upstaged by Vladimir Putin, who is headed to the region directly after Mr. Biden for meetings in Iran — a move the Kremlin announced a day after the Biden administration accused Tehran of supplying drones to aid Russia‘s war in Ukraine.

Russia, Ukraine to discuss grain crisis in Turkey on Wednesday with UN

The grain issue must be resolved under the auspices of the United Nations, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

Latest World News Headlines

State Dept. undermines Afghan freedom fighters, condemning their fight against Taliban – July 11, 2022

Poland Says Migrant Crossing Attempts Have Declined Sharply Since Building Of Border Wall – July 11, 2022

‘Ukraine To Recapture Territory With 1-Million Army’ – July 11, 2022

Arrests and Clashes Over Cash Crisis In China Province – July 11, 2022

Sri Lanka President, PM Resign After Clashes Over Nation’s Bankruptcy – July 11, 2022

Iran starts advanced centrifuges at Fordo plant, UN watchdog report says – July 10, 2022

Israel Warns of ‘Most Significant’ Iranian Presence in Red Sea in 10 Years – July 10, 2022

Breaking Israel News

Biden, Lapid to sign ‘Jerusalem Declaration’

U.S. President Joe Biden will sign a “Jerusalem Declaration” on Thursday, alongside Prime Minister Yair Lapid, in which the two leaders will pledge never to allow Iran to attain a nuclear weapon.

Israeli PM Lapid interested in two-state solution talks with PA

Israel’s new caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid is reportedly willing to resume talks with the Palestinian Authority on creating a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel365 News reports

Latest Israel News Headlines

Israel: Top 10 Archaeological finds since June 2021 – July 12, 2022

Polls see Gantz-Sa’ar party as Israel’s 3rd largest, but election deadlock unbroken – July 11, 2022

US leaks of Israeli covert ops against Iran eroding trust, security ahead of Biden visit to region – July 11, 2022

Gantz and Sa’ar eyeing joint run ahead of Israeli polls – July 10, 2022

Breaking U.S. News

Twitter Sues Elon Musk For Abandoning Deal

Twitter sued Elon Musk on Tuesday for walking away from the $44 billion deal to buy the social media platform.

Most Americans have weed killer glyphosate in their urine

More than 80% of Americans have a widely used herbicide lurking in their urine, a new government study suggests.

Latest U.S. News Headlines

Federal judge temporarily blocks Arizona law recognizing ‘personhood’ at fertilization – July 12, 2022

NASA to Release Images from Most Powerful Space Telescope – July 12, 2022

Judge strikes down many of Minnesota’s abortion restrictions – July 11, 2022

Abortion Clinic To Arrive In Gulf of Mexico – July 11, 2022

Ex-Adviser Bannon To Testify In Trump Hearing – July 11, 2022

Texas Gov. Abbott authorizes law enforcement to return illegal immigrants to border – July 11, 2022

Army cuts pay, benefits from 57,000 unvaccinated National Guard, Reserves – July 10, 2022

Breaking Christian News

18 Priests Kidnapped, 3 Killed In Nigeria

At least 18 priests have been kidnapped, and several were killed in Nigeria this year, prompting church leaders to call for prayers.

Washington DC: Arson, vandalism at three churches on one street

On a single street in Washington DC, two churches were set on fire, and another vandalized at the weekend, in attacks believed to be motivated by last month’s US Supreme Court reversal of the 1973 Roe v Wade case, which had legalized abortion, CBN News reports.

Myanmar: Military junta has destroyed dozens of places of worship

Rights groups have reported that more than 132 places of worship, including dozens of churches, have been destroyed by Myanmar’s Tatmadaw army since it carried out a military coup and deposed the country’s democratically elected government in February 2021, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.

Latest Christian News Headlines

Nigeria: Gunmen kill invade pastor’s home, kill sons, abduct daughter – July 11, 2022

Pakistan: Christian sentenced to death for disrespecting Muhammad – July 11, 2022

Vietnam: Christian families expelled from home village for their faith – July 11, 2022

Sudan: Four Christians face death penalty for refusal to renounce faith – July 11, 2022

Priest Amodo Abducted In Nigeria As Clergy Kidnappings Rise – July 10, 2022

Sudan Detains Christians At Bible Class – July 8, 2022

Nigeria Christians Concerned As Islamic State Frees Prisoners – July 7, 2022