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Around the World
UN Condemns Myanmar Christmas Eve Massacre (Worthy News In-depth)
The new United Nations special envoy to Myanmar has condemned escalating violence in the country after the ruling army reportedly killed up to 38 people on Christmas Eve.
‘Iran deal put us on cruise control heading over a cliff,’ former envoy warns
Former Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer this week defended his government's positions that encouraged the United States to leave the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and supported Israel's current position that the US must leave a military option on the table and signal that Iran cannot develop nuclear weapons
Russia ‘not bluffing’ on NATO rollback, warns of ‘large-scale conflict in Europe’
Russia will not drop a demand that NATO “be rolled back” to its 1997 boundaries, according to a senior Russian envoy, a requirement backed by the threat of “a large-scale conflict in Europe” arising out of Ukraine.
US and Russia to hold talks on January 10, official says
The United States and Russia are set to hold dialogue on nuclear arms control and tensions over a military build up around Ukraine on January 10, a White House official said on Monday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli airstrikes said to hit key Syrian port of Latakia, causing ‘massive’ damage
Syrian state media said Israeli warplanes fired missiles on the port of the coastal city of Latakia early Tuesday causing large explosions and fires, the second alleged strike in a month on the key facility.
Lapid: Israel Will ‘Act Alone’ Against Iran ‘If Necessary’
Israel will “act alone” to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-threshold state “if necessary,” Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Monday, as negotiations between Tehran and world powers were set to resume in Vienna.
Israel Fortifies ‘Northern Shield’ Along Lebanese Border to Protect Civilians Against Rocket Attacks
Israel announced on Monday that it expanded a program to install rocket-proof protection in the homes of another three communities located along the country’s northern border with Lebanon.
Israel Sees Drop in Severe Cases Amid Latest Covid Outbreak
The number of serious coronavirus cases dropped on Monday, even as daily infections continue to increase amid the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Israel, the latest Health Ministry data reveals.

Inside the United States
Biden signs $768.2 billion defense spending bill into law
President Joe Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law Monday, authorizing $768.2 billion in military spending, including a 2.7% pay raise for service members, for 2022.
Biden declares ‘no federal solution’ to unrelenting waves of COVID-19
President Biden on Monday delivered a cryptic warning to the nation’s governors when he said there is “no federal solution” to the COVID-19 outbreaks and called on the states to do more.

Christian News
Kenya: Somali-born Christian survives murder attempt by Islamists
A Somali-born Christian convert in northeastern Kenya is recovering after four ethnic Somali Muslims attempted to murder him for leaving Islam to follow Christ, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. The population of Kenya is 80% Christian but converts from Islam remain vulnerable to attacks from radicalized Muslims.
Myanmar: Save the Children aid group says two members missing since Christmas Eve massacre
The international Save the Children aid organization reported Saturday that two of its members were missing in Myanmar after the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) murdered 35 civilians on Friday and burned the bodies beyond recognition, the Washington Times reports. The slaughter on Christmas Eve was the latest atrocity committed by the Tatmadaw in seeking to control Myanmar and impose Buddhism as the national religion.
Myanmar atrocity: Burmese Army burns 35 civilians alive on Christmas Eve
Myanmar’s Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) burned alive at least 35 civilians, including elderly people and children, in Karenni state on Christmas Eve, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports. The Tatmadaw rogue army has been slaughtering and displacing non-Buddhists since it overthrew Myanmar’s democratically elected government in a February 1 coup.
DRC: Suicide bomber kills five in Christian area
Five people were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Christmas Day when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a hotel restaurant in North Kivu, an area where Christians are known to live, Christian Today (CT) reports.
Hungarian Christmas Cheer In Shoeboxes
Hungarian churches and charities have begun distributing support to thousands of impoverished children, including those who lost parents amid the raging coronavirus pandemic.
Around the World
Weather disasters around world cost $20 billion more than last year: NGO
The ten most expensive weather disasters this year caused more than $170 billion in damage, $20 billion more than in 2020, a British aid group said Monday.
Saudi-led Coalition Launches ‘Large-Scale’ Yemen Operation
A Saudi-led coalition on Saturday launched a “large-scale” assault on Yemen after a projectile killed two people in the kingdom, in the first such deaths in three years caused by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
COVID-19: Around 8,000 flights cancelled globally over Christmas weekend due to coronavirus
Around 8,000 flights were canceled globally over Christmas weekend as airlines experienced staff shortages due to COVID-19.
Volcano that destroyed 3,000 buildings in Spain stops erupting after 3 months
Authorities on one of Spain’s Canary Islands declared a volcanic eruption that started in September officially finished Saturday following 10 days of no lava flows, seismic activity or significant sulfur dioxide emissions.
Russia withdraws 10,000 troops from Ukrainian border ahead of planned negotiations next month
Russia has withdrawn over 10,000 troops from the Ukrainian border as it prepares to enter security discussions with the Biden administration in the new year.
Christmas Cancelled In Europe?
Christians across the European Union began celebrating Christmas after the EU’s executive sought to cancel it as a feast with Christian roots.
China To Control World’s Rare Earths
In a Christmas setback for the United States, China moved to cement its position as the world’s dominant supplier of “rare earth,” 17 minerals for consumer electronics and military equipment.
South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Bishop Tutu Dies At 90
Desmond Tutu, the Anglican church leader who received the Nobel Peace Prize “for his role as a unifying leader figure in the non-violent campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid in South Africa,” has died. He was 90 years old.
Europe, Canada Fear Russian Mercenaries In Mali
France and 14 European allies, as well as Canada, have condemned the alleged deployment of Russian mercenaries in the West African country of Mali.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
In ‘warning’ to Israel, Iran says it fired 16 ballistic missiles able to hit country
Iran fired multiple ballistic missiles Friday at the close of five days of military drills that generals said were a warning to Israel and included a mock strike on Israel’s nuclear facility.

Inside the United States
Pfizer to continue distributing version of COVID-19 vaccine not fully approved by FDA
Pfizer's vaccine against COVID-19 has been fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration, yet the pharmaceutical giant is still providing distributors across the country with an earlier version of the vaccine that predates FDA's full approval.
Army set to kick out troops who won’t take the COVID-19 vaccine
The U.S. Army next month will begin kicking out soldiers who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine and aren’t in the process of seeking an exemption to the Department of Defense’s vaccination policy.
NASA Enlists Theologians To Help Look To Heavens
Roughly 2,000 years after wise men went after a star to find and worship Jesus born in Bethlehem, the U.S. space agency hires theologians to look to the heavens, again.

Christian News
US Missionaries At Christmas After Haïti Escape
Seventeen U.S.-based missionaries kidnapped in Haiti could celebrate Christmas in freedom after most of them miraculously escaped the street gang 400 Mawozo, who held them for two months, a spokesman said.
Philippines Christians Clung To Faith As Typhoon Rai Devastates Nation
Filipino Christians clung to their faith on Christmas Day as the death toll of the Philippines’ super Typhoon Rai approached 400.
First Christian TV In Turbulent Zanzibar (Worthy News Exclusive)
A bishop leading the first Christian TV network in Zanzibar has received government permission to broadcast its first Christmas programs on the Muslim-majority archipelago.
Christians Pray As Militants Behead Mozambique Pastor
Christians urged prayers for a grieving widow in northern Mozambique after her husband, a pastor, was beheaded by Islamic militants.
Around the World
Russian, US Presidents Talk Amid Ukraine Invasion Fears (Worthy News In-Depth)
Talks were underway Thursday between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia's Vladimir Putin amid international fears that Moscow plans a military invasion into Ukraine.
U.S. Navy seizes $4 million worth of heroin in Arabian Sea
U.S. Navy vessels seized 385 kilograms (849 pounds) of heroin in the Arabian Sea worth some $4 million, in a major bust by the international maritime operation in the region, officials said Thursday.
Vladimir Putin warns Joe Biden it would be a mistake to impose new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
Vladimir Putin has warned Joe Biden that new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine would be a big mistake, according to the Kremlin.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Palestinian Authority’s Abbas warns Putin: West Bank poised for an ‘explosion’
Israeli policies risk triggering an “explosion” in the West Bank, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
‘Lasers Will Change the Future Battlefield,’ Says Israeli Air Force Commander
The Air Force commander spoke, among other things, about the future battlefield and challenges expected on it, saying, “We will see greater use of lasers on the battlefield. We will see it in defense and offense, from the ground and the air. The introduction of this technology to the future battlefield will change the latter.”

Inside the United States
Senate GOP preps to nullify Biden’s vaccine mandate for 17 million healthcare workers
More than 30 GOP senators are preparing legislation to nullify President Biden’s national vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
U.S. unemployment claims drop to 198,000
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell below 200,000, more evidence that the job market remains strong in the aftermath of last year’s coronavirus recession.

Christian News
Nigeria: US and international community do nothing as slaughter of Christians continues
The international community remains almost completely silent as Christians in Nigeria continue to be slaughtered by Islamic jihadists intent on crushing Christianity and imposing Sharia law on the country.
Pakistan: Court returns Christian girl to parents after her abduction and forced marriage to Muslim man
A High Court in Pakistan has finally returned a 14-year-old Christian girl to the custody of her family after she was abducted and forced to marry a Muslim man in 2020, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.
Iran Frees Christian House Church Pastor
Iran released a pastor from prison Thursday after the Iranian Supreme Court ruled that involvement in house churches “should not be considered a crime against national security,” Worthy News learned.

Worthy Watch
Australian Gov’t Offers Compensation to the 79,000+ Vaccine Injured