Prophecy News Watch - December 10, 2021

Around the World
France Frees Saudi Mistakenly Detained In Killing Journalist Khashoggi
French authorities say they have freed a man after wrongly identifying him as an ex-member of Saudi Arabia’s royal guard who allegedly participated in murdering Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Russia Warns Of ‘Genocide’ In Ukraine As Invasion Fears Grow
U.S. President Joe Biden tried to calm down his Ukrainian counterpart in a long phone call amid increasing fears Friday of an imminent Russian invasion.
Migrants Truck Crash Kills 49 In Mexico
A cargo truck carrying more than 100 migrants crashed in southern Mexico, killing at least 49 people and injuring nearly five dozen others, authorities reported.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Pentagon says U.S., Israel to talk Iran but declines comment on strike plans
The Pentagon said on Thursday that officials will discuss shared concerns about Iran with visiting Defense Minister Benny Gantz later on Thursday, but it declined to comment on a Reuters report about discussions on possible Iran-focused military drills.
Hezbollah Planned To Kill Israeli, US Diplomats In Colombia
New details have emerged about an alleged Iran-backed plot by Islamic militant group Hezbollah to kill Israeli and American citizens, including diplomats, in Colombia.

Inside the United States
18 school board groups cut ties with NSBA for likening parent protests to ‘domestic terrorism’
The fallout over a letter from the National School Boards Association comparing parent protests and threats to domestic terrorism continues as 18 state affiliates have announced intentions to cut ties with the national education organization, according to a watchdog group.
Murders Spike to All-Time Highs in Democrat-Run US Cities
Twelve U.S. cities this year have surpassed their all-time homicide record. Former law enforcement officials have suggested the homicides are due to the dwindling number of police officers, declines in arrests, and the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Retirements by law enforcement officers rose 45 percent from 2020 to 2021.
Senate vote clears way for Democrats to raise debt ceiling on their own
The Senate passed a measure to create a one-time rule change on Thursday to allow Democrats to pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling with just 51 votes ahead of next week’s deadline.
New York City Lawmakers Pass Bill Giving Noncitizens Right to Vote
Noncitizens in New York City would gain the right to vote in municipal elections under a measure approved Thursday by the City Council that would give access to the ballot box to 800,000 green card holders and so-called Dreamers.
US Actor Convicted of Staging Attack, Lying to Police
Jussie Smollett was found guilty Thursday on five of the six counts of felony disorderly conduct charges after more than eight hours of deliberation.

Christian News
Kazakhstan Limits Worship Possibilities
Devoted Christians face a difficult Christmas season in Kazakhstan after legislators approved one of Europe’s harshest religious laws limiting worship or other faith-based events.
Militants Threaten To Attack Nigerian Churches
Suspected Islamic militants threaten to attack churches in Nigeria’s northern state of Zamfara unless they stop worship services and close their facilities, Christians said Thursday.
New poll: Only 40% of millennials engaged in Christian practices
A new survey shows there is significant indifference toward Christianity among US millennials, with only four in ten young adults having engaged in practices such as attending church or studying the Bible in the previous month, Christian Headlines (CH) reports.
Algeria: Appeals court upholds heavy fine against Christian
An Algerian court of appeals on December 1 upheld a hefty fine given to a Christian convert from Islam who had been charged with accepting donations without a license for the purpose of proselytization, Morning Star News (MSN) reports.
Increased church vandalism in US: “We must regain respect” says Archbishop
Amid increased vandalism of churches across America, on Friday the Lititz Church of the Brethren in Lancaster, Pennsylvania discovered satanic messages chalked on its exterior, CBN News reports. Concerning the recent spike in anti-Christian vandalism nationwide, the Archbishop of Denver said Churches must “regain respect.”
California pastor says health officials harassed his church over COVID mandates
A California pastor said that his church was subjected to overly zealous treatment by state officials attempting to enforce compliance with strict COVID-19 mandates.