Prophecy News Watch - December 16, 2021

Around the World
Successful Xenotransplantation Surgery: Genetically Engineered Pig Kidney Transplanted to Human Body
With organ donors always in short supply, an ongoing study has identified a possible alternative — animal organs. Researchers from New York University Langone Health say they have successfully completed a xenotransplantation — meaning taking an organ from one species and implanting it into another — not once, but twice. A team of surgeons used a genetically engineered pig kidney, transplanting it into a human body without suffering from rejection.
Strong typhoon approaches Philippines as tens of thousands evacuate
Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from coastal areas of the central and southern Philippines ahead of a strong typhoon that is expected to make landfall on Thursday afternoon.
US downs drone over Syria believed launched by Iranian-backed militias
The U.S. military downed a drone deemed to have hostile intent Tuesday that was headed toward a base in southeast Syria that houses 200 American troops, a senior defense official told Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin.
War Child Envoy Resigns Over Child Abuse Allegations
Dutch singer Marco Borsato has resigned as an ambassador of the War Child foundation amid allegations that he sexually assaulted one or more minors.
Migrants Van Crash Kills 7 In Hungary
Hungarian police have detained the driver of a van carrying illegal migrants after it crashed in southern Hungary, killing seven people and injuring four others, Worthy News learned Wednesday.
Blinken: US ready to move forward with sale of F-35s, drones to UAE
The United States is prepared to move forward with the sale of F-35 fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, after reports that the UAE intended to suspend discussions of the deal.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
‘Normalization with Israel conditional on Arab Peace Plan,’ Saudi official says
Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to the United Nations voiced Tuesday the kingdom's readiness to normalize relations with Israel on the condition that the Arab Peace Initiative was implemented.
Report: Israel strikes Damascus area, killing at least 1 Syrian soldier
Israeli missiles hit targets in the Damascus area early Thursday, killing a Syrian soldier, according to reports.
Israel: PM Bennet moves to ban unvaccinated citizens from shopping malls
Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz are now pushing to expand the country’s COVID-19 Green Pass mandate to bar unvaccinated citizens from free access to shopping malls, Ynet News reports. Awaiting final approval from lawmakers, the policy has been recommended amid concerns about rising cases of the new Omicron variant.

Inside the United States
US Federal Reserve Signals 3 Interest Rate Hikes in 2022
Policymakers at the U.S. central bank, the Federal Reserve, moved aggressively Wednesday to fight raging inflation in consumer prices for American shoppers and businesses.
Senate Democrat derails final passage of ban on China imports made with Uyghur forced labor
A Democratic senator on Wednesday blocked the final passage of a bipartisan bill to crack down on imports from China’s Xinjiang region, where Beijing is accused of using forced labor.
‘Build Back’ Bill Adds 87,000 IRS Agents, Cuts Money for Hospitals in Red States: ‘It’s Mean-Spirited’
President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" plan, which is currently stalled in the U.S. Senate, has drawn even more questions about controversial items in the proposed $2 trillion bill.
US Navy fires laser weapon in Mideast amid drone boat threat
The Navy announced Wednesday it tested a laser weapon and destroyed a floating target in the Mideast, a system that could be used to counter bomb-laden drone boats deployed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the Red Sea.
US Senate Passes $770 Billion Defense Bill, Biden’s Signature Next
The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday for a version of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, that authorizes $770 billion in defense spending — $25 billion more than requested by President Joe Biden —sending the measure to the White House for the president's signature.

Christian News
Missionaries Face Two Months Hostage Crisis
A U.S. mission group has thanked for prayers as it remembers that precisely two months ago, 17 American and Canadian missionaries were kidnapped in Haiti.
New Poll: Nearly 30% of Americans have no Religious Affiliation
A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that 29% of US adults say they have no religious affiliation, the Washington Examiner reports. The poll defines those who are unaffiliated as “people who describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or ‘nothing in particular’ when asked about their religious identity.”
Church in Northern India Comes Under Attack
As Christians and their chuches in India continue to be harassed and assaulted by radical Hindu nationalists, a church in Rohtak in Haryana state came under attack on December 9, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.
Britain: archaeologists find remains of man believed to have been crucified by Romans
Archaeologists excavating in Cambridgeshire, England have unearthed the skeletal remains of a person they believe may have been crucified when Britain was under the rule of the Roman Empire, Christian Headlines (CH) reports.