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Around the World
Kazakhstan President Fires Security Chief As Deadly Protests Spread
Kazakhstan's president declared a state of emergency and asked for regional military support as protests sparked by rising fuel prices turned deadly in the oil-producing Central Asian nation.
North Korea reveals it tested hypersonic missile that travels ‘five times faster than speed of sound’
North Korea has fired a hypersonic ballistic missile that successfully hit a target - its second test in a matter of months.
Syrian and Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops attacked on anniversary of Soleimani strike; none killed
Bases housing U.S. forces across Iraq and Syria were attacked Wednesday as part of a series of assaults that began Monday on the two-year anniversary of the American airstrike that killed Iranian general Qassim Soleimani. No Americans were killed in the Wednesday strikes, according to reports.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Senate might approve Iron Dome’s replenishment next month
As the US Senate returns to session, one major issue on top of the agenda for the pro-Israel community is the emergency funding for the Iron Dome missile-defense system.
Israel sets new record with daily COVID-19 cases
Israel recorded the highest number of new daily Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases since the outbreak two years ago with 11,978 new cases, as the Omicron variant is rapidly spreading.

Inside the United States
US Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on company vaccine mandates on January 7
The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Friday, January 7, to consider whether the Biden administration violated the Constitution in mandating that companies with more than 100 employees ensure all their staff are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Philadelphia Fire Kills 13 Including Children; Prayers Urged
A large row house fire in the U.S. city of Philadelphia has killed 13 people, including seven children, prompting the mayor to call for prayers.
US Postal Service Seeks Relief From Testing, Vaccine Rules
The U.S. Postal Service has asked the Biden administration for temporary relief from new vaccine or testing requirements covering large businesses for its 650,000 employees, warning of potentially "catastrophic" impacts.
More Winter Weather Headed to Virginia’s I-95 after 50-Mile Traffic Jam Leaves Drivers Stranded
Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia is moving again. The highway finally reopened Tuesday night after a 50-mile traffic jam that froze hundreds of cars in place over two days.
CDC advisory panel recommends Pfizer boosters for children as young as 12
An advisory panel for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday recommended for children as young as 12 to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine.

Christian News
Bible translators plan Scripture versions in 400 sign languages for deaf people around the world
IllumiNations, an alliance of 11 Bible translation organizations, has added 400 sign languages to the thousands of Bible language versions it wants to provide for people around the world, Christianity Today (CT) reports. illumiNations has a stated aim of providing Bibles in all languages by 2033.
Pakistan Sentences Pastor To Death For Blasphemy
Pakistan’s longest jailed pastor accused of blasphemy against Islam has been sentenced to death, Christians involved in the case told Worthy News.
Nigeria: Fulani burn believer to death, wound four others; “the silence is deafening”
Warning this would be the “first attack of the New Year,” Fulani militants in Nigeria’s Plateau state burned a Christian to death and wounded four others in a brutal assault on New Year’s Eve, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports. Fulani terrorists have murdered many thousands of Christians with apparent impunity; the government has consistently downplayed what local and international rights groups have described as an impending genocide.
Turkey: Churches vandalized as life becomes more difficult for Christians
As life for Christians in Turkey becomes increasingly difficult under the rule of Islamic nationalist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, three churches in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district were vandalized on New Year’s Day, International Chrisitan Concern (ICC) reports.
Around the World
French President: ‘Ban Unvaccinated From Social Life’
President Emmanuel Macron has warned those unvaccinated against COVID-19 that they will be banned from social life in the European Union country.
US-led coalition carries out strikes against ‘imminent threat’ in Syria
The US-led coalition on Tuesday carried out strikes against rocket sites in Syria that posed a threat, a coalition official said.
US-led coalition: Attack with 2 armed drones foiled in Iraq
Two explosives-laden drones targeting an Iraqi military base housing U.S. troops in western Anbar province were destroyed on Tuesday, a coalition official said.
North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into sea
North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile into its eastern waters on Wednesday, the South Korean and Japanese militaries said, the first such launch in about two months amid long-dormant international diplomacy on the North’s nuclear program.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF: Hezbollah drone downed after flying over border from Lebanon
Israeli forces on Tuesday downed a drone that Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group flew over the border, the military said.

Inside the United States
Manchin on Biden’s spending bill: ‘No negotiation going on’
President Joe Biden’s social and climate spending bill is making zero progress in the Senate, where Democratic holdout Joe Manchin said Tuesday there are “no discussions” going on about reviving it.
The Great Resignation: Record 4.5 million Americans quit jobs in November
The number of Americans voluntarily quitting their jobs surged to a record 4.5 million in November, a show of confidence in the labor market and an indication that higher wages could prevail for a while.
Trump cancels rally on anniversary of Jan. 6 Capitol riot
Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday canceled his Jan. 6 press conference, which would have coincided with the one-year anniversary of the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Snowstorm blamed for three deaths, strands motorists overnight in Virginia in 48-mile backup
The snowstorm that dropped roughly a foot of snow on the Mid-Atlantic region has resulted in a massive traffic backup Tuesday on Interstate-95 in northern Virginia that stranded motorists overnight in freezing temperatures in a reported 48-mile backup.
Jan. 6 Capitol riot a year later: Over 700 rioters charged, DOJ won’t say if feds were involved
A year after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the Justice Department has charged more than 700 people in connection with the incident while refusing to answer questions regarding whether federal agents were involved in instigating it.

Christian News
Iran Frees Nine Christian Converts
Iran released nine Christian converts from prison, including a pastor, after the Islamic nation’s Supreme Court said their involvement in house churches doesn’t threaten national security, well-informed Christians told Worthy News Tuesday.
Kenya: Six Christians killed in Islamic terror attack; “please pray”
Six Christians were murdered in Kenya during a terrorist attack by al-Shabaab Islamic militants in the early hours of January 3, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports. Affiliated with Al Qaeda, the Somali-based al-Shabaab group has now carried out four new-year terror attacks in Kenya since 2016.
China arrests Christian citizens for attending Gospel event in Malaysia
In its ongoing bid to suppress Christianity in China, the Chinese communist regime last year arrested a number of believers for traveling to Malaysia to attend a conference held by well-known Chinese evangelist Tang Chongrong in 2020, Bitter Winter reported Monday.
Iran Grants New Year’s Leave To Jailed Convert And Other Christian Prisoners
Iranian authorities have temporarily released another jailed Christian convert after an order to free Christian prisoners for Christmas and the New Year, Worthy News learned Wednesday.
Around the World
COVID Pass Injected As Microchip Raises Concerns (Worthy News In-Depth)
A Swedish firm producing injectable microchips for humans entered the New Year wishing that its product would be used globally as a COVID-19 health pass, despite worries among Christians.
Trump Endorses Hungary’s Prime Minister
In a controversial move, ex-U.S President Donald J. Trump has endorsed Hungary’s hardline prime minister, Viktor Orbán, who seeks a fourth consecutive term in office.
Biden: ‘Decisive Response If Russia Invades Ukraine’
U.S. President Joe Biden promised Ukraine that the United States and its allies would, in his words, "respond decisively" if Russia moved to invade its pro-Western neighbor. Biden made the pledge in a New Year's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
Iran Nuclear Negotiations to Continue in Vienna
Negotiations resume Monday in Vienna about restoring the 2015 international agreement that limited Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, after the parties took a break for the new year.
Saudi defenses intercept, destroy five drones targeting the kingdom
Saudi Arabian air defenses intercepted and destroyed five drones launched by the Yemeni Iran-aligned Houthi movement toward the kingdom, the state news Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.
Five Global Powers Pledge to Avoid Nuclear Conflict
Five world powers have agreed to work together to stop the further spread of nuclear arms and to avoid nuclear conflict, according to a joint statement.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Tens of thousands race for fourth COVID shot as Israeli campaign blazes ahead
Thousands of people in Israel got their fourth dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine Monday, as the country became the first in the world to begin distributing extra boosters to its elderly population and health workers.

Inside the United States
Winter Storm Hits Eastern US, Hundreds of Thousands Without Power
A winter storm has brought snow and fierce winds to the U.S mid-Atlantic states and parts of the South, leading to power outages for hundreds of thousands of people and the closure of federal government offices in Washington.
Federal court sides with Navy SEALs seeking religious exemption to COVID-19 vaccination order
The Defense Department can’t punish Navy SEALs and others who have religious objections to receiving a mandated vaccine against COVID-19, a federal district court judge ruled Monday.
FDA backs Pfizer boosters for more teens as Omicron surges in US
The United States is expanding COVID-19 boosters as it confronts the Omicron surge, with the Food and Drug Administration allowing extra Pfizer shots for children as young as 12.

Christian News
Myanmar: Burmese Army continues to burn churches and homes in Christian state
Myanmar’s Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) is continuing to burn down homes and churches in Thantlang in the Christian majority state of Chin, even though the military has already killed or driven out the town’s Christian residents, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.
Afghan Christian refugees speak of their fear and anxiety
A family of Christian refugees who escaped Afghanistan after the Taliban took over last August has been speaking about their fear of being murdered before they could flee, and of anxiety about their uncertain future, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. The family’s full name cannot be given for security reasons.
Alabama: Pastor’s wife killed by stray bullet during Bible study in Mobile County
A pastor’s wife in Mobile County, Alabama was killed during a Bible study last week when a stray bullet shot from outside went through a door of the church she was in and hit her in the chest, Christian Today (CT) reports. Police have arrested and charged an Alabama woman with murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling.
Uganda: New Christians driven from their homes by Islamic extremists
Brand new Christians in eastern Uganda came under severe attack last month, as Muslim neighbors destroyed their crops and drove them from homes upon hearing of their conversion from Islam to Christ, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports. Christians in Uganda have come under increasing attack from Islamic extremists, even though Muslims make up only 12% of the population.