Prophecy News Watch - February 22, 2023

Around the World
Russia Will Never Be Victorious In Ukraine,’ Biden Says
U.S. President Joe Biden has told a crowd in Poland that “Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, never.”
Activists Condemn Jailing Belarus Journalist
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has decried Belarusian authorities for sentencing journalist Yury Hladchuk to 2.5 years in prison.
Genocide Watch warns of possible new war between Armenia and Azerbaijan this year
The US-based Genocide Watch organization has warned that just two years after their war over Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan appear to be heading toward a new round of fighting. In a report published on January 1, Genocide Watch placed Armenia and Azerbaijan on a list of 10 conflicts to watch in 2023.
Russia Suspends Key Nuclear Treaty; NATO Concerned (Worthy News Radio)
The NATO military alliance warned Tuesday that the world has become more dangerous after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his nation’s suspension of a key nuclear weapons treaty. Putin made the announcement in a speech in which he blamed the West for the war in Ukraine.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel: Tens of thousands protest government bill to restrict Supreme Court power
An estimated 70,000 Israeli citizens took to the streets of Jerusalem Monday in protest at the controversial right-wing government bill that would curtail the Supreme Court’s ability to rule on Israel’s Basic Laws and would place the selection of judges in the hands of politicians, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports. Despite the protests, however, the bill passed its first reading by 63-47 votes in the Knesset on Tuesday.
Israel passes several judicial reforms on first reading
Israel's parliament, the Knesset, passed on first reading of several reforms to Israel's judiciary early Tuesday, with 63 votes for the bill and 47 votes against it.
Senior Boeing official in Israel to push sale of advanced F-15 jets for Iran strike
The chief of the Boeing aircraft manufacturer’s defense wing was in Israel on Sunday and Monday to advance the supply of new, long-awaited refueling planes and fighter jets for the Israeli Air Force looking to boost its capabilities to strike Iran.

Inside the United States
Supreme Court rejects ACLU challenge to state laws banning anti-Israel boycotts
The Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place a lower court ruling upholding a state law restricting boycotts against Israel.
Democratic governors form alliance on abortion rights
Democratic governors in 20 states are launching a network intended to strengthen abortion access in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision nixing a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy and instead shifting regulatory powers over the procedure to state governments.
IRS leaked thousands of Americans’ tax filings; Congress demands to know if it was political
The new head of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee blasted the Biden administration for giving few answers after thousands of taxpayer files were leaked to an outside group.

Christian News
10 Anglican Archbishops say Church of England is “disqualified” as “Mother Church” over blessings for same-sex marriages
Following the recent Church of England decision to allow blessing ceremonies for same-sex civil marriages, Archbishops representing 10 of the 42 provinces in the Anglican Communion have signed a statement that the CofE is now "disqualified" as their founding "Mother Church,” BBC News reports.
Persecuted Christians in South Asia Bravely Translating the Bible with Help from Wycliffe Associates
Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, will participate in a New Testament dedication in a South Asian nation (undisclosed for security reasons) this month, which is the first completed Bible translation project in a minority language.
Nigeria: Christian leaders mark 5th year in captivity of schoolgirl Leah Sharibu abducted by Boko Haram
Christian leaders gathered in Abuja, Nigeria on Sunday for a special prayer event that commemorated the fifth year in captivity of Leah Sharibu, a Christian school girl who was abducted by Boko Haram Islamic terrorists, and who remains in captivity because she refused to renounce her faith, Christian Persecution reports.
Mozambique: Imprisoned missionaries denied bail
A US missionary pilot and two South African missionary volunteers who have been imprisoned on suspicion of supporting insurgent activity in Mozambique have been denied bail by a local court, the Christian Post (CP) reports.