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Latest North Korean missile test more advanced than last week’s, Seoul says
A North Korean missile test demonstrated a more advanced weapon than a test conducted roughly a week ago, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
Hurricane Ida, Europe floods made 2021 a costly year of disasters
Damage wrought by Hurricane Ida in the US state of Louisiana and the flash floods that hit Europe last summer helped make 2021 one of the most expensive years for natural disasters, reinsurance company Munich Re said Monday.
Afghanistan: UN seeks record $5bn in aid to prevent ‘suffering’
The United Nations is seeking a record $5bn in aid for Afghanistan this year to help protect the country's future after the Taliban's seizure of power.
No Breakthrough In Russia-US Talks On Ukraine
With more than 100,000 Russian troops massing along Ukraine’s borders, there were no signs Monday that the United States and Russia had agreed on how to avoid a Russian invasion.
Researchers hail new ‘supermolecule’ which has ‘the potential to revolutionize science’
Researchers have created a "powerful supermolecule" in a "tremendous" interdisciplinary study, which they say has the potential to revolutionize science.
Netherlands’ New Government Sworn In
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte began his fourth term in office Monday despite mounting protests against his strict COVID measures.
Man Breathing Freely After Pig Heart Transplant
An American man was breathing on his own Monday after receiving the heart of a genetically modified pig in a groundbreaking operation.
President EU Parliament Dies At 65
David Sassoli, the European parliament president, has died at the age of 65, his spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
Myanmar Sends Ousted Leader Suu Kyi To Jail For 6 Years
A Myanmar court on Monday sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four more years in prison on what her supporters called trumped-up charges aimed at serving the military rulers.
IDF cancels reserve drills for January as troops infected with Omicron passes 6,000
With the number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus Omicron variant continuing to soar across the country, the Israeli military has canceled all reserve drills for the month of January. There will be specific drills that can be approved by commanders according to operational needs.
Mahmoud Abbas, Egypt’s Sisi meet, talk Israeli-Palestinian peace process
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met on Tuesday with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli media reported.
Inside the United States
US Unveils Domestic Terror Unit
The U.S. Department of Justice is creating a new unit to counter “domestic terrorism” from mainly “anti-government” activists and “white supremacists.”
Fauci shut down lab leak theory despite scientists lending it credence, emails show
Scientists consulting with the U.S. government early in the pandemic believed COVID-19 originating from a lab in Wuhan, China, was possible or even likely, but Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins worked to shut the hypothesis down, according to several emails.
Federal Reserve Chairman Powell says inflation poses ‘severe’ threat to job market
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell acknowledged Tuesday that high inflation is indeed a serious threat to the U.S. central bank's goal of helping to get U.S. employees back to work.
RNC sues New York City over law to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections
The Republican National Committee says it has filed a lawsuit against New York City after new Mayor Eric Adams (D) failed to block a bill that will allow noncitizens to vote in local elections.
Dr. Fauci, Senator Paul clash (again) over Biden administration’s COVID-19 response
Dr. Anthony Fauci and GOP Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday clashed again over the Biden administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Republican lawmaker also accusing the President Biden's top medical adviser of conspiring to silence critics.
Congress to vote on ‘Global Respect Act’ which denies US visas for ‘foreign LGBT rights violators’
Congress is preparing to vote on the Global Respect Act (GRA), a measure which supporters say holds to account foreign violators of LGBT human rights by denying them entry to America, but which critics say advances a far-left agenda against countries and faith groups that uphold traditional beliefs on gender and sexuality.
Pakistan: Judge changes Christian man’s life sentence to death penalty for alleged blasphemous text messages
A Christian in Pakistan who was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages had his prison term changed to the death penalty last week, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. Rawalpindi Additional Sessions Judge Sahibzada Naqeeb sentenced Christian Zafar Bhatti to death after his new lawyer contested his conviction instead of applying for post-conviction bail.
U.S. softens position on Iranian sanctions threat, opting to impose them only at 90% enrichment
The United States reportedly wants to apply "snapback sanctions" to deter Iran from continuing to enrich weapons-grade-uranium, a strategy that was part of the original JCPOA established in 2015.
UN fingers Iranian port as key weapons conduit for Yemen rebels
The United Nations found thousands of weapons recently seized in the Arabian Sea likely came from a single port in Iran, evidence Tehran is exporting arms to Yemen and elsewhere, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
Iran Revolutionary Guard commander says ‘revenge’ coming for Soleimani strike from ‘within’ US
The leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps has warned that revenge for Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s death will come for the United States from "within" the country itself.
Sec. Blinken gives Russia two choices ahead of talks in Geneva: ‘Massive consequences’
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken took a hardline stance against Russia ahead of talks in Geneva by declaring the nation needed to choose between "dialogue" and "confrontation."
China, Russia, North Korea reportedly have successful hypersonic missile tests on heels of America’s failure
North Korea announced the completion of a successful hypersonic weapons test, adding to the list of agitators that continue to advance while America has stumbled in an area that has fast become the most important indicator of modern military capability.
Kazakhstan Cities Lacking Food, Fuel After Unrest Kills 164 (Worthy News In-Depth)
Kazakhstan’s health ministry said Sunday, at least 164 people had been killed in protests that have rocked the nation over the past week, leading to food and fuel shortages.
Pakistan Snow Storm Kills Dozens
At least 10 children were among the dead Saturday after a snowstorm hit a Pakistani resort town, and there were indications the death toll might climb here and in snow-stricken parts of neighboring Afghanistan.
Several Dead As Giant Rock Hit Brazil Tourists
Screams reverberated throughout a scenic canyon in southern Brazil Saturday as a giant rock dislodged and smashed into three boats, killing at least six people, with many more still missing.
Kazakhstan President Orders Troops To Shoot At Protesters
Kazakhstan’s authoritarian president has ordered troops to shoot at protesters without warning as unrest sparked by fuel prices threatened to escalate into civil war.
Majority of Israelis agree to harshly restrict lives of unvaccinated
Some 61% of Israelis said they believe harsh restrictions should be imposed on the unvaccinated, according to a poll conducted by Panels Politics’ Menachem Lazar and presented by 103FM’s Golan Yochpaz and Anat Davidov on Sunday.
Lapid speaks to Macron, calls for pressure on Iran as Vienna nuclear talks continue
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday about the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna between world powers and Iran.
Inside the United States
Biden’s Vaccine Mandates Face Hurdles
The future of U.S. President Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine and testing mandates remained uncertain Sunday after his top health official admitted that assertions about COVID-19 suffering children were exaggerated.
BLS: Unemployment Drops (3.9%), Labor Force Participation Increases (61.9%)
The Labor Department's final employment report of 2021, released on Friday morning, shows steady improvement since January a year ago.
New York Apartment Complex Fire Kills 19; Hundreds Injured
Nineteen people, including nine children, have been killed from a massive blaze raging through an apartment complex in the Bronx borough in New York City, authorities confirmed Sunday.
New Jersey to pay families of veterans who died of COVID-19 in nursing homes $53 million settlement
The state of New Jersey has agreed to pay close to $53 million to the families of the 119 residents who died after contracting COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic at the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home, in Edison, and a second state-run veterans home in Paramus.
NYC: New law allows noncitizens to vote
More than 800,000 noncitizens and “Dreamers” in New York City will have access to the ballot box - and could vote in municipal elections as early as next year - after Mayor Eric Adams allowed legislation to automatically become law Sunday.
US Court: ‘Publish Pfizer Jab Data Fast’
A U.S. federal judge in Texas has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to publish all data used to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine within eight months.
India Charges Five Over Attacks At Christian School
Indian authorities have charged five suspects over the vandalism near a Christian school in central India during protests against the alleged conversion of Hindus to Christianity, rights activists confirmed Friday.
European Governments Ratchet Up Pressure, Mandates on Unvaccinated
Italy’s government on Wednesday issued a decree making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for everyone aged 50 and other, while French citizens pondered President Emmanuel Macron’s assertion – using coarse language – to the effect that he wanted to make life so unpleasant for the unvaccinated that they would submit.
European court rules in favor of Christian bakery that refused to make cake supporting gay marriage
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a complaint against a Christian bakery in Northern Ireland that refused to make a cake supporting gay marriage on religious grounds.
Russian-led Alliance In Kazakhstan As Police Kill Dozens
A Russian-led military alliance dispatches peacekeepers to Kazakhstan after the country's president asked for help in controlling anti-government protests, which killed dozens.
Israel Spends $6 Million to Boost Space Tech Startups, From Microchips to Zero-Gravity Vegetables
Israel has earmarked about $6 million (18.5 million shekels) for eleven space tech startups as part of a program to promote research and development of satellite communications, rocket propulsion and sensors.
IDF’s Home Front Command preparing to confront internal disruptions in next war
The IDF Home Front Command’s Southern Branch will respond to internal security incidents such as riots faster and more accurately during future military operations.
Inside the United States
US Monthly Trade Deficit Surges to Near-Record High
The U.S. trade deficit surged to a near-record high of $80.2 billion in November as exports slowed at the same time that imports jumped sharply.
Supermajority of American voters believe the country’s society, culture in ‘a state of decay’
More than three-quarters of U.S. votes believe their society is in decline, according to a new poll from the Trafalgar Group in conjunction with Convention of States Action.
Judge tosses multi-state lawsuit fighting Biden’s cancellation of Keystone XL pipeline
A federal judge dismissed Thursday a multi-state lawsuit challenging President Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, ruling that the company’s subsequent decision to kill the project renders the legal battle moot.
Trump Hits Back After Biden Blames Him For Capitol Riots
U.S. President Joe Biden blamed Donald J. Trump for last year’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., prompting an angry response from his predecessor. “This political theater is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed,” Trump said in a statement monitored by Worthy News.
Uganda: Muslim husband murders wife and children for their faith in Christ
A Muslim man in Kayunga, Uganda is understood to have murdered his wife and two children by strangulation and hanging because his spouse and eight-year-old child received Christ following Christmas worship services last month, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. Although Muslims are a minority in Uganda, Christians in the country have been increasingly vulnerable to violent attacks by Islamic extremists.
New report: Over 100 US Christian schools are connected to Planned Parenthood
A new study has shown that 103 US Christian colleges and universities in the United States have had connections to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, the Christian Post (CP) reports. The study was conducted by the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement (IPLA), which asserts that a connection with Planned Parenthood is an “endorsement of abortion violence.”