Prophecy News Watch - December 3, 2021

Around the World
Pentagon: US Nearly Doubled Military Personnel Stationed in Taiwan This Year
The United States has doubled its unofficial military presence in Taiwan over the past year in what specialists describe as the latest signal to China that Taiwan's future remains a priority.
US, EU, UK and Canada Announce New Belarus Sanctions
The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada have announced a new round of sanctions against Belarus officials and entities, citing the government’s “ongoing attacks on democracy, human rights, and international norms, and for their brutal repression of Belarusians both inside and outside the country,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.
Germany To Ban Unvaccinated People From Many Venues
Germany’s outgoing chancellor said Thursday that vaccination could become mandatory in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, from February.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Mossad head vows no Iran nukes ‘ever,’ as credibility of military option scrutinized
The head of the Mossad spy agency said Thursday that a bad nuclear deal between world powers and Iran would be “intolerable” for Israel, vowing that the Islamic Republic will never acquire nuclear weapons.
Bennett to Blinken: US must immediately halt Iran talks over ‘nuclear blackmail’
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called on the United States on Thursday to immediately halt the ongoing negotiations in Vienna over Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
After outcry, government scraps Shin Bet phone tracking of Omicron carriers
The government will not move to extend a controversial surveillance program tracking the phones of people who contracted the Omicron coronavirus variant, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announced Thursday.
Gantz: There may come a time when we will have no choice but to act on Iran
Israel has to do “everything it can” in order to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, if not “there may be a point when we will have no choice but to act,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Thursday.

Inside the United States
Funding bill passes House, future uncertain in Senate
The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a short-term funding bill Thursday, one day before the scheduled partial government shutdown.
Vaccination mandate extended to NYC religious, private school staffers
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday extended his public school employee vaccination mandate to private and parochial schools.
Unemployment fraud during COVID cost more than triple total benefits paid in 2019
Unemployment fraud exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the U.S. Labor Department Inspector General's semiannual report to Congress.
Biden administration says COVID vaccine requirements for domestic flights not ‘off the table’
President Joe Biden unveiled a new set of executive actions to address the Omicron variant Thursday, though how serious the threat of the variant will be remains unclear.

Christian News
Algeria Prosecutes Protestants Over ‘Non-Muslim Rites’
The senior pastor of Algeria’s largest Protestant church is among those facing a court on charges such as “practicing non-Muslim rites without permission," sources said Thursday.
Nepal Jails Pastor For Evangelism
An evangelical pastor in Nepal received a two-year prison sentence for evangelism activities that violated the former Hindu kingdom’s anti-conversion laws, trial observers said Thursday.