Prophecy News Watch - December 27, 2021

Around the World
Weather disasters around world cost $20 billion more than last year: NGO
The ten most expensive weather disasters this year caused more than $170 billion in damage, $20 billion more than in 2020, a British aid group said Monday.
Saudi-led Coalition Launches ‘Large-Scale’ Yemen Operation
A Saudi-led coalition on Saturday launched a “large-scale” assault on Yemen after a projectile killed two people in the kingdom, in the first such deaths in three years caused by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
COVID-19: Around 8,000 flights cancelled globally over Christmas weekend due to coronavirus
Around 8,000 flights were canceled globally over Christmas weekend as airlines experienced staff shortages due to COVID-19.
Volcano that destroyed 3,000 buildings in Spain stops erupting after 3 months
Authorities on one of Spain’s Canary Islands declared a volcanic eruption that started in September officially finished Saturday following 10 days of no lava flows, seismic activity or significant sulfur dioxide emissions.
Russia withdraws 10,000 troops from Ukrainian border ahead of planned negotiations next month
Russia has withdrawn over 10,000 troops from the Ukrainian border as it prepares to enter security discussions with the Biden administration in the new year.
Christmas Cancelled In Europe?
Christians across the European Union began celebrating Christmas after the EU’s executive sought to cancel it as a feast with Christian roots.
China To Control World’s Rare Earths
In a Christmas setback for the United States, China moved to cement its position as the world’s dominant supplier of “rare earth,” 17 minerals for consumer electronics and military equipment.
South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Bishop Tutu Dies At 90
Desmond Tutu, the Anglican church leader who received the Nobel Peace Prize “for his role as a unifying leader figure in the non-violent campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid in South Africa,” has died. He was 90 years old.
Europe, Canada Fear Russian Mercenaries In Mali
France and 14 European allies, as well as Canada, have condemned the alleged deployment of Russian mercenaries in the West African country of Mali.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
In ‘warning’ to Israel, Iran says it fired 16 ballistic missiles able to hit country
Iran fired multiple ballistic missiles Friday at the close of five days of military drills that generals said were a warning to Israel and included a mock strike on Israel’s nuclear facility.

Inside the United States
Pfizer to continue distributing version of COVID-19 vaccine not fully approved by FDA
Pfizer's vaccine against COVID-19 has been fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration, yet the pharmaceutical giant is still providing distributors across the country with an earlier version of the vaccine that predates FDA's full approval.
Army set to kick out troops who won’t take the COVID-19 vaccine
The U.S. Army next month will begin kicking out soldiers who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine and aren’t in the process of seeking an exemption to the Department of Defense’s vaccination policy.
NASA Enlists Theologians To Help Look To Heavens
Roughly 2,000 years after wise men went after a star to find and worship Jesus born in Bethlehem, the U.S. space agency hires theologians to look to the heavens, again.

Christian News
US Missionaries At Christmas After Haïti Escape
Seventeen U.S.-based missionaries kidnapped in Haiti could celebrate Christmas in freedom after most of them miraculously escaped the street gang 400 Mawozo, who held them for two months, a spokesman said.
Philippines Christians Clung To Faith As Typhoon Rai Devastates Nation
Filipino Christians clung to their faith on Christmas Day as the death toll of the Philippines’ super Typhoon Rai approached 400.
First Christian TV In Turbulent Zanzibar (Worthy News Exclusive)
A bishop leading the first Christian TV network in Zanzibar has received government permission to broadcast its first Christmas programs on the Muslim-majority archipelago.
Christians Pray As Militants Behead Mozambique Pastor
Christians urged prayers for a grieving widow in northern Mozambique after her husband, a pastor, was beheaded by Islamic militants.