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Around the World
Netherlands to close up to 3,000 farms to comply with EU rules
The Dutch government plans to buy and close down up to 3,000 farms near environmentally sensitive areas to comply with EU nature preservation rules.
Russia delays nuclear talks with US, cites Ukraine war as factor in decision
Moscow has postponed a round of nuclear arms control talks with the United States set for this week because of stark differences in approach and tensions over Ukraine, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday.
China on pace to match U.S. nuclear stockpile by 2035, Pentagon warns
The Chinese military’s rapid buildup is on pace to reach 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035 — nearly the number of current U.S.-deployed warheads, the Pentagon said in a survey of Chinese military power revealed Tuesday.
Pope Fires Leadership Of Largest Charity
The Vatican is reeling after the pope fired the leadership of one the Catholic Church’s largest charities, citing concerns about their management style.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF to hold joint air drills with US, simulating strikes on Iran and proxies
The Israel Defense Forces on Tuesday said it would be holding a series of joint aerial exercises with the US military, simulating strikes against Iran and its regional terror proxies.
Israel will be first country to deliver emergency medical supplies nationwide by drone
Israel is set to become the first country in the world that can fly urgent medical supplies to hospitals nationwide through the use of aerial drones, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports.

Inside the United States
Same-sex marriage bill passes Senate; lawmakers reject GOP religious liberty amendments
Bipartisan legislation to codify same-sex marriage under federal law passed the Senate on Tuesday with the help of a dozen Republicans, capping off months of negotiations between both parties over how to address religious liberty concerns.
Oath Keepers boss guilty of seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 case
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was convicted Tuesday of seditious conspiracy for a violent plot to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential win, handing the Justice Department a major victory in its massive prosecution of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.
Billionaire Musk Says Apple Threatens Twitter
Self-declared “free speech absolutist,” Elon Musk says smartphone giant Apple has halted most of its advertising on Twitter, the social platform he purchased for $44 billion.

Christian News
Britain, Wales see dramatic drop in Christian populations, Falls Below 50% for first time
A new census shows the number of people identifying as Christian in England and Wales has fallen below 50% for the first time, although researchers say this does not mean Britain has turned its back on religion, Christian Today (CT) reports. The census also shows that the percentage of the English and Welsh population who said they had no religion rose sharply from 25.2% in 2011 to 37.2% in 2021.
Wyoming: Christian group is free to hire only Christians following settlement of discrimination lawsuit
Federal agencies and the state of Wyoming have acknowledged in settling a lawsuit filed against them that the Christian Wyoming Rescue Mission is free to hire only like-minded believers who share in the organization’s mission to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Washington Times reports.
Syria: Christians under threat from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham terror group
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has stated in a new report that Christians in northwestern Syria are now living under threat from the de facto rule of the Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, a former al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group, Christian Today reports.
Sudan: Pastor jailed after praying for his mother to be healed
A pastor in Sudan has been jailed for alleged “witchcraft” after he led a prayer meeting for his sick mother, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. State-sponsored persecution of Christians has returned to Sudan since last year’s military coup toppled the moderate government, which had succeeded ousted Islamic dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
Around the World
China Crackdown On Massive Protests
Chinese security forces have increased their presence in several cities after days of protests against strict COVID-19 lockdowns turned into the largest anti-government rallies in years.
European ‘super cartel’ busted in six countries; 49 arrests, 30 tons of cocaine seized
Law enforcement across Europe teamed up to bust a "super cartel" of drug traffickers who control about one third of the cocaine trade in Europe, European authorities said Monday.
Biden gives Chevron permit to restart Venezuelan oil sales
The Treasury Department granted permission Saturday for oil giant Chevron to produce and export oil from Venezuela following the South American country’s decision to restart talks with opposition groups.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel, US to hold air drill simulating striking Iran nuclear program
The Israel Air Force this week will hold one of its largest drills in years with the United States Air Force simulating offensive strikes against Iran’s nuclear program.
IDF arrests 3,000 Palestinians, thwarts 500 attacks in past 6 months
The IDF’s ongoing Operation Break the Wave in the West Bank has seen thousands of troops and reservists crack down on Palestinian terrorism, arresting over 3,000 suspects and thwarting over 500 terror attacks.

Inside the United States
Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, world’s largest active volcano, starts to erupt for first time in nearly four decades
The world’s largest active volcano, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, has started to erupt for the first time in nearly four decades, prompting volcanic ash and debris to fall nearby, authorities said Monday.
Senate Moves Same-Sex Marriage Bill a Step Closer to Passage
The Senate voted Monday night to advance a bipartisan agreement to the House-passed Respect for Marriage Act.

Christian News
Pakistan: 200 Christian families homeless after government demolishes homes and church
Pakistan government officials bulldozed the homes and church building of 200 Christian families in Islamabad last month, with no warning or offer of substitute housing, the Christian Post reports.
China: Crackdown and closure of house churches continues
China’s ruling Communist Party is continuing its crackdown and closure of evangelical house churches: earlier this month, the Covenant Home Church in Shanxi province was issued with an official notice that it has been banned and must close, reports Bitter Winter, a news outlet focused on religious liberty and human rights in China.
Around the World
Protests Spread In China, Threatening Rulers
Protests in China against the communist government's strict COVID-19 measures had spread throughout the country Monday in the biggest challenge for Xi Jinping since becoming president in 2013.
Hungary Delaying NATO Expansion Seeks Israel’s Defense
Hungary’s controversial prime minister says his country will only consider ratifying NATO military alliance membership of Finland and Sweden next year.
Build the wall? Finland plans border fence with Russia as NATO membership looms
It’s shaping up to be far less imposing than the Berlin Wall and not nearly as politically divisive as President Trump’s coveted barrier between the U.S. and Mexico, but Finland’s planned border fence with Russia looks to be a major geopolitical statement.
Iran protests: UN Human Rights Council votes to investigate regime’s violent response
The U.N. voted to commence an investigation into Iran’s crackdown on nationwide protests over the past two months.
Report: Iran developing missiles that could eliminate obstacles to delivering nuke
Iran has reportedly been developing large cruise missiles that could potentially “eliminate many of the obstacles” toward delivering a nuclear bomb.
Beijing adds new quarantine centers, as daily COVID cases break records across China
Residents of some parts of China’s capital were emptying supermarket shelves and overwhelming delivery apps Friday as the city government ordered faster construction of COVID-19 quarantine centers and field hospitals.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu walks political and diplomatic tightrope as he forms coalition
Israel’s presumed prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu is working to form a government amid political and diplomatic challenges.

Inside the United States
Respect for Marriage Act pending in Senate is raising constitutional concerns
Several groups argue the Respect for Marriage Act (ROMA) currently before the U.S. Senate is unconstitutional, and if enacted, will eventually be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin pushes for new mental health agenda after mass shootings
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is proposing a new agenda on mental health priorities following two mass shootings that left roughly 10 people dead.
Biden admin scrambles to track $20B in Ukraine aid as House Republicans warn of audits
President Biden's administration is scrambling to track the nearly $20 billion in military aid it has sent to Ukraine as Republicans warn of impending audits when they take control of the House in January.