Prophecy News Watch - February 17, 2023

Around the World
Kenya Holds First National Day of Prayer to Ask for Divine Help to End Crippling Drought: ‘We Now Need God’
In response to the ongoing drought in his country, the president of Kenya called for a national day of prayer Tuesday.
UN Report: Al-Qaeda’s New ‘De Facto and Uncontested’ Leader is Based in Iran
A U.N. Security Council report has identified an Iran-based senior al-Qaeda fugitive from U.S. justice as the “de facto and uncontested” new leader of the terrorist group.
Russian journalist imprisoned for speaking against invasion
Russian journalist and mother of two young children Maria Ponomarenko has been sentenced to six years imprisonment in Russia for criticizing the Russian invasion of Ukraine and highlighting the deadly military attack on hundreds of civilians sheltering in a Ukrainian theater last year, Radio Free Europe (RFE) reports.
United States shoots down Iranian-made drone spying on US base in Syria
The United States military on Monday shot down an Iranian-made drone it said was spying on a strategic US army base in northeast Syria, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports.
Moldova: ‘Russia Seeks Overthrow Government’
Moldova’s president says Russia is plotting to overthrow the country’s pro-European Union government after a Russian missile violated the country’s airspace.
Dutch Town Thanks God For Rescue After Boat Sinks
The mayor of the Dutch fishing town of Urk has publicly thanked God for the rescue of a four-person Dutch crew after their boat sank off the coast of Britain.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel, US signal unprecedented cooperation in military preparations against Iran
On Jan. 26, the historic five-day joint Israeli-American military exercise called “Juniper Oak” came to an end. The exercise saw unprecedented levels of cooperation between the U.S. military’s Central Command (CENTCOM), which is responsible for the Middle East, and the Israel Defense Forces.
Israel Embassy Reopening In Kyiv Despite Massive Russian Attacks
Israel’s minister of foreign affairs said in Kyiv on Thursday that Israel’s embassy was resuming full operations in the Ukrainian capital, despite massive Russian attacks.

Inside the United States
US credit card debt hit a record high as inflation leaves consumers financially stressed
Americans are relying on credit cards more than ever. But as prices remain stubbornly high, they're also having trouble making payments on time.
Biden Under Pressure Over Ohio Toxic Disaster
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration faces another headache dossier as anxious residents in the small Ohio state town of East Palestine seek answers after a train with toxic chemicals derailed some two weeks ago.

Christian News
Six Egypt Christians Abducted In Libya
There was concern Thursday about the plight of six Egyptian Christians abducted in Libya after previous killings of Christian believers there.
US Secret Service “Threatens” Pastor Over Chinese Embassy Protest
A U.S. Pastor known for religious rights rallies was nearly detained by U.S. Secret Service personnel after Chinese embassy staff objected to his protest, Worthy News learned Thursday.
Missionaries: ‘Ukraine War Has Orphans Crisis’
A U.S. Christian mission group warned Thursday of a significant orphans crisis due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Laos: Families driven out of their Buddhist village for conversion to Christianity
Over a dozen families and their pastor have been driven from their homes in a majority-Buddhist village in Laos because they have converted to Christianity, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.
‘The Spirit of God Is Moving’: Revival at Second College Passes 70 Hours of ‘Salvation, Deliverance, Healing’
As the historic revival at Asbury University stretches into its eighth day, a Tennessee pastor said the Holy Spirit has also been moving in a big way on another college campus.
Sudan: Christian pastor in hiding from Muslim extremist relatives, “I am not safe”
A Christian pastor in western Sudan has had to leave his home and go into hiding to escape arrest or abduction by his Muslim extremist relatives who accuse him of apostasy, Morning Star News reports.
Cedarville University experiencing ‘outpouring of the Lord’ in campus revival
A Christian university in Ohio is seeing spontaneous prayer and worship among its student body days after a revival began at Asbury University in Kentucky.