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Prophecy News Watch is a service hosted by Worthy Ministries to provide Christians daily news from a Biblical, and yet Prophetic worldview. Our news is gathered by our Christian News Service, Worthy News. For more about our vision for how we assemble our daily headlines, please read, "What is Worthy News?"

Around the World
China’s ‘breathtaking’ nuclear arms push a rising challenge, Stratcom chief says
China is expanding its nuclear forces at a “breathtaking” pace, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command warned in urging for strengthened U.S. nuclear deterrence against the danger
Iran Reveals Plans To Build New Nuclear Research Reactor
Iran says it plans to build a new research reactor at its nuclear site in Isfahan Province, with construction set to start in the next several weeks.
Ukraine Attacks Russian Forces In Kherson
Ukrainian missiles struck a crucial bridge in Kherson after Russia increased attacks across southern Ukraine, despite reports of heavy casualties.
US Offers Prisoner Swap To Russia
Freedom appeared a little closer Thursday to several detainees after the United States offered a prisoner swap to Russia: Viktor Bout, a notorious Russian arms dealer, for Brittney Griner, the American basketball star, and Paul Whelan, a former Marine.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Five Mossad-affiliated spies arrested in Iran – Iranian media
A spy network affiliated with the Mossad was arrested in Iran on Thursday, according to a report by the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA).

Inside the United States
U.S. teetering on brink of recession as GDP contracts in second quarter
The U.S. economy unexpectedly contracted in the second quarter, with consumer spending growing at its slowest pace in two years and business spending declining, raising the risk that the economy was on the cusp of a recession.
Texas declares pre-Roe abortion ban now in effect, new law effective Aug. 25
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an updated advisory clarifying which Texas laws banning abortion are in effect after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its final judgement in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Federal court temporarily blocks Air Force COVID-19 vaccine mandate
A federal court on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction to block the enforcement of the Air Force's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
60,000 US soldiers to face “adverse actions” for refusing COVID-19 vaccine
Around 40,000 National Guard and 22,000 Reserve soldiers will be subject to “adverse administrative actions,” including the loss of pay and benefits because they refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Military news reports.
Around the World
Afghanistan Taliban “Decimates” Women’s Rights
Global advocacy group Amnesty International (AI) says Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban has “decimated” the rights of women and girls since taking over the country.
Earthquake Shakes Philippines, Several Killed Many Injured
A Christian nurse “thanked God” on Wednesday that she and her family survived after a powerful 7-magnitude earthquake struck the northern Philippine island of Luzon, killing at least four people.
World may enter new global recession says IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday attested that the world is in danger of falling into another global recession, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports. The IMF gave its grim view in its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO), amid surging inflation and severe economic slowdowns in the US, the Euro zone, and China.
Hungary’s Orban Warns Of LGBT, Migration Takeover and Condemns EU’s War Strategy
Unfazed by protests, Hungary’s rightwing prime minister has defended his government’s stance on LGBT rights and migration while warning that Europe cannot solve the war in Ukraine.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF exposes ‘Hamas sites’ in Gaza civilian areas, in bid to explain future strikes
The Israel Defense Forces accused Gaza’s Hamas terror group of building up military infrastructure in civilian areas and adjacent to schools, mosques and businesses Wednesday, in an apparent bid to pre-emptively justify collateral damage from any future strikes in the densely populated enclave.
Lapid instructs legal team over Russian plan to close Jewish Agency
Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid has instructed a legal delegation to prepare for talks with Moscow after Russia’s Justice Ministry last week filed a court request to shut down the Jewish Agency in the country, i24 News reports. The Jewish Agency is responsible for assisting Jews worldwide to immigrate to Israel and has operated in Russia for 30 years.

Inside the United States
House Passes Sweeping Anti-Trafficking Bill to Fight ‘Nefarious Networks’ and Protect Women and Kids
The House of Representatives voted Tuesday on a bill that seeks to combat human trafficking and improve education for children in the hopes of preventing the crime.
Federal Reserve again increases interest rate, amid continuing inflation, recession fears
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced a three-quarters of a percentage point rate hike, in an attempt to cool record-high inflation.
US Senate Passes $280 Billion Bill To Counter China
The U.S. Senate has passed a comprehensive $280 billion bill to build up America’s manufacturing and technological edge to counter China.

Christian News
Nigeria: More than 50 Christians abducted in Kaduna state; “we pray God to rescue them”
Islamic extremists abducted 52 Christians from one county in Nigeria’s Kaduna state in the last month, Morning Star News (MSN) reports.

Worthy Watch
US Carrier Group Heads Towards Taiwan Ahead Of Potential Pelosi Trip After China Warns Of ‘Forceful Response’
If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) follows through on her planned trip to Taiwan, the US military will beef up security in case a 'mishap, misstep or misunderstanding' endangers her safety, AP reports.
Around the World
US Report: Iran is continuing its misinformation campaign against minority faith groups
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) attests in its new report published this month that Iran’s Ja’afri Shi’a Islamic regime is continuing a misinformation campaign of propaganda against religious minorities it began last year. Neither Non-Muslim citizens nor adherents of other Islamic traditions are afforded equal protection under the law in Iran, the USCIRF reports attest.
IAEA chief: Iran’s nuclear program is galloping ahead, we have very limited visibility
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi warned on Friday that Iran's nuclear program is "galloping ahead" and his agency has very limited visibility on what is happening.
Pope Apologizes For Indigenous School Abuse
Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the role of church members in Canada’s “catastrophic” residential school system, in which Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and communities.
EU Agrees To Reduce Gas Consumption Despite Hungary’s Objections
The European Union announced a deal Tuesday to curb its natural gas consumption between now and spring despite objections of EU member state Hungary.
Adviser To Hungary’s Premier Quits Over ‘Pure Nazi Speech’
The longtime top adviser of Hungary’s hardline nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has resigned over a “pure Nazi speech” in which he spoke out against becoming a "mixed race.”
As NATO Grows, China and Russia Seek to Bring Iran, Saudi Arabia Into Fold
In the East, however, security and economy-focused blocs led by Beijing and Moscow are looking to take on new members of their own, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, two influential Middle Eastern rivals whose interest in shoring up cooperation on this new front could have a significant impact on global geopolitical balance.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli scientists discover method to accurately predict major earthquakes
Israeli scientists have published a study detailing a method by which a major earthquake can be predicted with 80% accuracy 48 hours before it strikes, the Jerusalem Post reports. Devastating, deadly earthquakes have occurred in all parts of the world, including the Far East and Europe, and are not confined to specific regions.
Israel says Russians fired at its jets over Syria in May in ‘one-off’
Israel said on Tuesday that its military jets came under Russian anti-aircraft fire over Syria in May but they missed their target, describing the confrontation as a "one-off incident".
‘All of Israel’s gas fields are under threat’: Nasrallah in fresh threat over offshore rigs
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened Israel on Monday with an attack on one of its offshore oil rigs, according to an interview broadcast on the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV channel.

Inside the United States
Biden administration plans ID cards for unauthorized immigrants
The Biden administration is hoping to roll out a pilot scheme that would provide unauthorized immigrants with temporary ID cards while they await a decision on their immigration cases, Axios reports. The government will seek Congressional approval for the plan before the midterm elections in November.
22 states sue to stop Biden administration from linking school lunches to gender-identity agenda
Twenty-two Republican attorneys general sued Tuesday to block the Agriculture Department’s newly announced guidance making student-lunch funds contingent on enforcing the Biden administration’s gender-identity agenda.
Democrats introduce bill to enact term limits for Supreme Court justices
A group of House Democrats introduced a bill on Tuesday to enact term limits for Supreme Court justices, arguing that the move will “restore legitimacy and independence to the nation’s highest court.”

Christian News
Four Baptist Christians Facing Death Hiding In Sudan
Four members of the Sudanese Baptist Church in western Sudan’s Central Darfur state are in hiding amid concerns they may be executed after the men were released on bail, Worthy News learned Monday.
UK: Christian fired for “hate speech” against gay community files suit against employer
A Christian mayoral candidate in the UK is suing her employer for wrongful dismissal after she was fired for spreading “hate speech” by including her belief in traditional Christian marriage in her election campaign leaflet, CBN News reports.