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Around the World
Tonga Volcano Eruption Triggers Tsunami, Earthquakes, Worldwide (Worthy News In-Depth)
An underwater volcano eruption in the Pacific Ocean nation of Tonga sent ash 100,000 feet (30 kilometers) high, rattling the region and coastal areas worldwide, with tsunamis and earthquakes injuring or killing people globally.
Tennis Star Djokovic Ordered To Leave Australia
Australia's Federal Court has ruled against Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic's appeal of a deportation order in a setback for those demanding fewer coronavirus restrictions.
Serbia Angry As Tennis Star Djokovic Leaves Australia After Deportation Order
Serbia’s president expressed outrage Sunday as Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic left Australia after being deported for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.
North Korea fires third set of missiles in retaliation to US sanctions
North Korea has fired what is believed to be two short-range ballistic missiles -its third weapons launch this month, officials in South Korea have said.
Putin to Host Iranian President Next Week for Talks
President Vladimir Putin will host his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi for talks in Moscow next week as Russia tries to help salvage a nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran, state television channel Rossiya-1 reported on Sunday.
COVID virus made in Chinese lab as bat vaccine, Marine researcher says
A Marine Corps officer working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency disclosed in a memorandum last August that his study of the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic concluded that it was produced as part of vaccine research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to documents made public by a conservative investigative group.
Netherlands Partially Lifts Europe’s Toughest Lockdown
The Netherlands government only partially lifted Europe’s toughest coronavirus lockdown Friday, despite mounting protests with bars and other businesses threatening to reopen anyway.
US: ‘Russian Invasion In Ukraine Within Weeks’
The United States accuses Russia of preparing to invade Ukraine within weeks amid concerns inside the U.S.-led NATO military alliance about a possible new major conflict in Europe.
Germany Sentences Syrian For War Crimes
A German court has sentenced a Syrian colonel to life in prison in the first such crimes against humanity trial in reunited Germany.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
E-shekel moves towards replacing paper money in Israel
According to the Bank of Israel report from May 2021, Israel is considering launching an Ethereum (ETH)-based e-shekel. on the potential issuance of a digital shekel with no given launch date.
Israel Approves $35M Plan to Upgrade Western Wall Infrastructure
The Israeli government on Sunday approved a $35 million plan to improve the infrastructure of the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Inside the United States
Biden admin. to list employees seeking religious exemptions to vaccine mandate in new database
A federal government agency’s announced plan to keep track of employees who have refused on religious grounds to get vaccinated against COVID-19 has drawn concern from conservatives.
Planned Parenthood, ACLU attempt to block Ohio law requiring burial of aborted babies’ remains
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a new complaint against Ohio over a state law that, among other things, requires the proper cremation or burial of aborted babies’ remains.
COVID-19: Democratic Voters Support Harsh Measures Against Unvaccinated
While many voters have become skeptical toward the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of Democrats embrace restrictive policies, including punitive measures against those who haven’t gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.
Breaking: All Hostages Out Alive From Synagogue
All hostages in a synagogue near Dallas in the U.S. state of Texas are “out alive and safe,” said Governor Greg Abbott late Saturday.

Christian News
Japan To Deport Persecuted Nigerian Christian Raising Concerns
Christians who fled persecution at home have expressed concerns about their future in Japan as authorities threatened to deport a Nigerian Christian doctor who fled Islamist militants.
Pastor:’Christian Ex-Prisoner Hiding In Pakistan’
A Christian man who spent some 11 years in a Pakistani prison for “blasphemy” against Islam is hiding with his family in Pakistan after his acquittal and release, a friend told Worthy News.
Pakistan Frees Christian Accused Of Blasphemy On Bail
A Christian man who spent four years in a Pakistani jail “without a fair trial” was freed on bail, raising hope for other inmates in a similar situation, activists told Worthy News Thursday.
Around the World
US: Only ‘a few weeks left’ to save Iran nuclear deal, we’re eyeing ‘other options’
There are only “a few weeks left” to save the Iran nuclear deal, and the United States is ready to look at “other options” if negotiations fail, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday.
Hungary Supports Kazakhstan’s Crackdown On Protesters
In a controversial move, Hungary’s hardline Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has expressed support for Kazakhstan’s autocratic leadership after at least 164 people were killed in anti-government protests.
US Embassy in Baghdad targeted by multiple rockets
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was targeted by multiple rockets Thursday.
Britain’s Prince Andrew Loses Royal Title Over Sex Abuse Allegations
Britain’s Prince Andrew, who has come under pressure over his alleged involvement in sexual abuse of one or more girls, loses his military titles and patronages and will no longer be called His Royal Highness, Buckingham Palace confirmed Thursday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Bennett to Putin: World must stand firm against Iran’s nuclear progress
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that countries negotiating with Iran in Vienna must stand firm against progress in Tehran’s nuclear program.
Israel: Riots in the Negev as Bedouin protest government forest-planting scheme
Bedouin rioters in southern Israel’s Negev desert have torched cars, blocked trains, and injured two police officers in protest at a government forest-planting program they see as a land grab, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports.

Inside the United States
Supreme Court Blocks Biden Vaccine Mandate
The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked American President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for large employers in a move welcomed by his predecessor and activists who claimed the president behaved like a king.
White House plans to ‘keep fighting’ for stalled elections overhaul
Despite extremely long odds, the White House says it will continue fighting to pass two partisan election overhaul bills that Democratic lawmakers believe are essential to preserving their majority in Congress.
Eleven Oath Keepers including leader charged with seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 riot
The founder of the far-right militia the Oath Keepers and the 10 others in the group have been indicted and arrested for their alleged role in Jan. 6 Capitol riot and planning of the 2021 incident.
Marines grant two religious exemptions, marking first across military branches
The Marines have granted two religious exemptions for the coronavirus vaccine, making it the first service branch to do so despite more than 13,000 requests across the military.
ICE loses track of more than 47,000 illegal immigrants released into the U.S. since March
More than 47,000 illegal migrants who were instructed to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office between spring and summer of 2021 have disappeared, according to new Department of Homeland Security data.

Christian News
Uganda: Radical Islamists severely beat up wife and daughter of evangelist they murdered last year
Radical Islamists who murdered Christian evangelist Simon Olinga in eastern Uganda last year have now beaten up his widow and daughter so harshly the girl remains unable to walk, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. Believers in Uganda have come under increasing attack from Islamic extremists although Muslims are a small minority and Christianity is legal.
UK: Christian nurse wins discrimination case against hospital which told her not to wear gold cross at work
A UK Employment Tribunal has ruled that Christian nurse Mary Onuoha was discriminated against by a government-funded hospital which forced her out of her job for wearing a small gold cross necklace, Christian Concern (CC) reports.
New study shows most US Evangelicals are satisfied with their church
A new study has found that US evangelicals are mostly satisfied with their churches; 38% of those polled would not change a single one of the 14 categories of church life studied, Church Leaders reports.
Around the World
El Salvador Journalists Targeted With Spyware
Dozens of journalists from a leading news site in El Salvador were reportedly targeted with telephone spyware in the most extensive attack yet discovered using the Pegasus software that has been used by governments worldwide.
Russia, NATO In Tense Talks About Ukraine
Talks between the U.S.-led NATO military alliance and Russia ended Wednesday without a breakthrough on preventing a feared Russian invasion into Ukraine.
Britain’s Johnson Pressured To Resign Over Lockdown Party
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces pressure to resign after he admitted to attending a drinks party during a coronavirus lockdown while many could not visit frail loved ones.
Children Die In Spanish Bounce Castle Tragedy
Fresh questions have been raised about jumping castles after a four-year-old girl became the second child to die of injuries in last week's incident with the inflatable structure near Valencia in Spain.
White House to send more than $300 million in aid to Afghanistan despite Taliban control
The White House announced plans Tuesday to send more than $308 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan as millions face starvation under the new Taliban government following President Joe Biden's withdrawal.
EU regulators caution that too many booster shots could weaken immune systems
Regulators from the European Union warned recently that receiving frequent COVID-19 booster shots could have an adverse affect on an individual's immune system.
Iran nuclear talks proceeding too slowly, France says
International negotiations on Iran’s nuclear activities are proceeding so slowly that they are unlikely to lead to any agreement “within a realistic timeframe,” France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
COVID vaccine for Israeli babies, toddlers expected by April, says health official
Israel is expected to roll out vaccines for babies and toddlers by April, a senior health official said.

Inside the United States
Inflation rises to 7% in December, highest in four decades
Consumer prices increased 7% in the 12 months ending in November, the fastest clip since 1982, solidifying inflation as the greatest threat to President Joe Biden's agenda.
4-Year-Old Cancer Patient Denied Wish Over COVID Jab Status
The U.S.-based Make-A-Wish Foundation has refused to grant 4-year-old cancer patient Rocco DiMaggio a wish to go to Disney World in Florida because he isn’t vaccinated against COVID-19.
$1,051,873,000,000: Record Federal Tax Collections Top $1 Trillion in 3 Months
Total federal tax collections in the first three months of fiscal 2022—October through December—set a record as they topped $1 trillion, hitting $1,051,873,000,000, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.
110 Republican Lawmakers Call on Biden To Abandon Iran Nuclear Talks
A coalition of more than 100 Republican lawmakers is calling on the Biden administration to abandon negotiations with Iran aimed at securing a revamped nuclear agreement, according to a letter sent Wednesday to the State Department and obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon.

Christian News
Nepal: Christian couple reunited with baby son after being thrown out of Hindu relatives’ home
A young Christian couple in Nepal have been reunited with their infant son after radical Hindu family members took him and ordered them to leave their home, Morning Star News reports. Nepal ranks 34 on the US Open Doors Watch List 2022 of top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted.