Prophecy News Watch - August 2, 2022
Around the World
Biden to send another $550M in security assistance to Ukraine
The United States is greenlighting another military assistance package to Ukraine, sending $550 million in ammunition for advanced rocket systems and other equipment to the country to fight the Russian invasion.
White House: Pelosi has right to visit Taiwan, China need not turn it into a crisis
The White House on Monday warned China against overreacting to a trip by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, saying she would have every right to visit the self-ruled island despite Beijing viewing it as a highly provocative challenge.
Blinken: Best result for US, Iran is return to nuclear deal
Returning to the 2015 nuclear deal remains the best outcome for the United States, Iran and the world, according to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking at the United Nations about global nonproliferation discussions on Monday.
Biden Confirms Al Qaida Leader al-Zawahiri Killed in Afghanistan
American President Joe Biden said late Monday that “justice has been delivered” after a U.S. drone strike killed terror group al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Russia, Ukraine Launch Criminal Investigations Over Mass Killings
Russian and Ukrainian authorities say they have launched criminal investigations into strikes that reportedly killed at least 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war at a pre-trial detention center in eastern Ukraine. The attacks overshadowed attempts by Ukraine to begin exporting grain to hungry nations.
In apparent warning to Iran, PM says Israel has ‘other capabilities’
Prime Minister Yair Lapid sent a subtle warning to Iran on Monday, saying that Israel has the capacity to defend itself and counter threats.
US and Israel begin four-day naval exercise in Red Sea
Israeli and U.S. naval forces began a four-day maritime exercise in the Red Sea on Monday, stated the U.S. Naval Forces Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet.
Inside the United States
White House pushes back on GOP claim that Manchin bill hikes middle-class taxes
The White House said Monday that Republicans are wrong to claim that Democratic legislation would increase taxes for those earning less than $400,000 annually.
Pentagon: ‘We do not support Taiwan independence’
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby on Monday hit back against Chinese accusations that the United States was angling for a change in the Sino-Taiwanese diplomatic status quo in the form of formal Taiwanese independence.
Vietnam Christians face severe persecution
Hmong Christians in the Nghe An province of Vietnam are suffering intense persecution as officials work to create “Christian-free zones,” Morning Star News (MSN) reports. Christians make up 8.5% of the population in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, where many identify with animism and with ethnic Vietnamese Folk religion.
Syria: Two killed in terrorist attack on church
Two people were killed, and 12 were wounded in a terrorist rocket attack on the Greek Orthodox Hagia Sophia Church in Al-Suqaylabiyah, Syria last week, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.
Nepal: Pastor sentenced to a year in jail for alleged forced conversions
A pastor in Nepal has been sentenced by a court of appeals to a year in prison for allegedly forcing Hindus to convert to Christianity, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports. The population in Nepal is 81.3% Hindu, followed by 9% Buddhist, 4/4% Islamic, and 1.4 % Christian, according to Wikipedia.
Nigeria Terrorists Kill 6 Pastors And Kidnap Dozens of Evangelicals
The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) says that suspected Islamic “terrorists,” including Fulani headmen, killed at least six pastors and kidnapped 27 Christians in Nigeria this year.
Amazon Cuts 100,000 Employees From Workforce In A Single Quarter
Amazon, one of the largest tech employers in the world, has revealed that it is now hiring at the slowest pace since 2019 and has cut over 100,000 employees globally in the June quarter, likely due to the dramatic economic slowdown since 2021. It is the largest workforce cut in a single quarter in the history of the company.
New Video Shows Drag Queen Performing at NYC Catholic High School Chapel
A new video has been released to social media by a drag queen who was invited to perform at the chapel of a New York City Catholic high school.
Israel Moves Closer to Cashless Society Following Latest Legislation
A new Israeli law will go into effect on Monday prohibiting cash payments of over $1,760 (6,000 New Israeli Shekel NIS) in cash or bank checks for transactions between a person and a business. The ceiling for transfers between private individuals will be $4,400 (NIS 15,000) instead of the current amount, almost $14,700.