Prophecy News Watch - April 15, 2022

Around the World
IAEA report: Iran’s new Natanz centrifuge plant to speed up enrichment
Iran has opened a centrifuge parts workshop at Natanz that will provide parts for its uranium enriching centrifuges, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) revealed in a Thursday report, according to Reuters.
Iran says preliminary deal reached to release funds frozen abroad
Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that a preliminary deal had been reached with a foreign bank over frozen funds belonging to the Islamic Republic.
Russia warns nuclear expansion assured if Sweden and Finland join NATO
Nuclear expansion will inevitably make its way to the Baltics if Sweden and Finland join NATO, according to former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Google Warns Publishers On Ukraine
Alphabet Inc's Google has warned publishers to keep its narrative on the Russian invasion of Ukraine or face financial sanctions.
Bankrupt Sri Lanka Asks Expats For Help
Sri Lanka has urged its citizens overseas to send home money after announcing a default on its $51 billion foreign debt amid anti-government protests.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli strikes launched at targets near Damascus for 2nd time this week, Syria says
Israeli jets carried out airstrikes near the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday night for the second time in under a week, Syrian state media said.
Hamas calls for escalation against Israel
Leaders of the Hamas terror group which rules Gaza called for an escalation against Israel Wednesday, after Israeli counter-terrorism agents made arrests in the West Bank town of Silwad and after a Jewish extremist group called for sacrifices to be made on the flashpoint Temple Mount during the month of Ramadan, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports.
5 killed, 18 arrested in widespread IDF raids in Judea, Samaria
The IDF carried out extensive raids throughout Palestinian towns and cities in Judea and Samaria late Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning, arresting some 18 terror suspects and seizing weapons.
In ‘game changer,’ Israeli laser-based air defense shoots down drones
The Defense Ministry revealed Thursday that a laser air defense system it is developing successfully shot down drones, rockets, mortars, and anti-tank missiles in a first series of tests last month.

Inside the United States
Florida GOP Gov. DeSantis signs into law state’s 15-week abortion ban
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a 15-week abortion ban into law Thursday as the state joined a growing conservative push to restrict access ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could limit the procedure nationwide.
GOP lawmakers demand FDA publish COVID vaccine safety and efficacy data going forward
Two months after the CDC acknowledged hiding the vast majority of its COVID-19 data, partly to protect the reputation of vaccines, the FDA is under pressure to release its current and future safety and efficacy data on COVID vaccines and therapeutics.
New York Police Detain Subway Shooter
Police in New York City have detained a man for allegedly shooting 10 commuters in a rush-hour attack at a Brooklyn subway station.

Christian News
Vietnam Church Face Tense Easter After Raid
Devoted Christians in northwestern Vietnam faced a challenging Easter after government officials raided a Catholic Church service in the region.
Palestinian court releases evangelical pastor
A Palestinian court has released evangelical pastor Johnny Shahwan, who spent 40 days in jail for allegedly meeting with Israeli rabbi and politician Yehuda Glick, the Christian Post (CP) reports.
Iran: Imprisoned pastor is granted 5-day home leave
A pastor in Iran who is serving a six-year prison sentence for ‘acting against national security by ‘promoting Zionist Christianity,’ has been granted a five-day furlough to be with his family, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports. Yousef Nadarkhani was released from Evin prison on 13 April, for reasons that are not clear.
Nigeria: Slaughter of Christians headed toward Genocide if nothing is done say NGOs
A new report by major Christian advocacy and international human rights organizations warns that the ongoing slaughter of many thousands of Christians in Nigeria’s Middle Belt at the hands of Fulani Muslim terrorists could increase to the level of genocide if it continues to be unchecked, International Christian Concern (ICC) report.
China: Pastor risks imprisonment to preach the Gospel
The pastor of a house church in China has said he will continue to preach the Gospel despite the risk that he could be imprisoned by the authorities for doing so, Christian Headlines (CH) reports.
Nigeria Christians On Edge As Militants Kill 12
Christians in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region are on edge after suspected Fulani Islamists killed some 12 people at a cultural festival in the area’s Plateau State, Worthy News established.