Prophecy News Watch - August 31, 2023

Around the World
Pentagon Says US Forces to Remain in Middle East to Counter Iranian Threat
The Pentagon said on Tuesday that additional troops and assets deployed to the Middle East earlier this month in response to an Iranian threat to commercial vessels in the Strait of Hormuz will remain in the region.
Greek wildfire now EU’s largest on record as it enters 11th day
A massive wildfire was burning unabated in northeastern Greece for the 11th day Tuesday despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters and a fleet of water-dropping aircraft from Greece and several of its European Union partners.
Chinese government continues program of genocide against Uyghur Muslims
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues a genocidal program against the Uyghur Muslim minority community in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), the Genocide Watch human rights organization reported earlier this month. Xinjiang is home to 12 million people, most of whom are Uyghur Muslims.
‘70,000 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In War’
Ukraine’s trumpeted counter-offensive against invading Russian troops is suffering significant setbacks, with U.S. officials saying some 70,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died and as many as 120,000 were injured.
Detained Ex-US Marine Appears In Russia Video
A U.S. former Marine held in Russia on espionage charges that Washington says are bogus has been seen in video footage for the first time in three years.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel-Saudi peace deal likely within 6 months, says Israeli FM; Saudis may ‘bribe’ Abbas
Saudi Arabia is prepared to pay the Palestinian Authority (PA) to gain its acquiescence to Riyadh’s normalization of relations with Israel, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
Israel, US to hold drill simulating strike on Iran nuke sites
Israel and the United States are set to hold a series of joint military exercises in the coming months.

Inside the United States
U.S. GDP actually worse than originally published
Newly revised Gross Domestic Product data shows that the U.S. economy grew by 2.1% in the second quarter of 2023, lower than previously reported by the federal agency.
FBI takes down major ransomware botnet that hit more than 200,000 U.S. computers
The FBI announced on Tuesday that it had taken down a major malware botnet as part of a "multinational cyber takedown" operation that saw action in the U.S. and several European countries.
Five Pro-Lifers Found Guilty Of FACE Act Violations For Protesting At Late-Term Abortion Facility
Five pro-life activists were found guilty Tuesday in a federal court for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, a Clinton-era law passed to stop sit-ins at abortion facilities. They were also charged and found guilty of one count of conspiracy to block the entrance to the Washington Surgi-Clinic in Washington, D.C.

Christian News
ChatGPT generates fake Bible passage about ‘Jesus accepting trans people’; Christians respond
A fake Bible passage reportedly generated by ChatGPT about how Jesus accepts trans-identified individuals has generated responses from Christian scholars as some media outlets have touted the passage as an example of "much needed" tolerance.
Azerbaijan: 120,000 Armenian Christians facing extreme persecution in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh)
Having suffered relentless genocidal persecution throughout history, Armenian Christians are again facing an existential crisis as the Muslim Azerbaijani government has imposed a military blockade on the flow of essential supplies from the Armenian capital, Yerevan, to the 120,000 Armenian Christians living in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) enclave in Azerbaijan, the Christian media outlet NRB reports. The blockade comes amid an ongoing conflict over the region involving Azerbaijan, Armenia, and the self-declared Armenian breakaway state of Artsakh.
Haiti: Christian nurse forgives her kidnappers after release from captivity
Since her release from captivity in Haiti earlier this month, American Christian nurse Alix Dorsainvil has issued a video assuring her Haitian gangster abductors that she forgives them and that Jesus is willing to forgive them too, no matter what they have done, Christian Today (CT) reports.
Thousands Protest Against Christians In Pakistan
Pakistani authorities have detained two Christian men for allegedly desecrating the Koran after some 2,000 Muslim extremists demanded tougher actions against Christians accused of blasphemy, Worthy News learned Tuesday.