Prophecy News Watch - February 7, 2023

Around the World
UN Chief Warns Ukraine-Russia Conflict May Push World Into ‘Wider War’
UN chief Antonio Guterres warned nations Monday that he fears the likelihood of further escalation in the Russia-Ukraine conflict means the world is heading toward a "wider war."
Hungary Rejects Being Most Corrupt EU Nation
The Hungarian government has condemned a report which claims that Hungary replaces Bulgaria as the European Union’s most corrupt member state.
Turkey, Syria Earthquake Kills Thousands
At least some 4,000 people were killed Monday in southeastern Turkey and neighboring Syria after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, one of the most powerful quakes to hit the region in at least a century.
Iran Pardons Thousands Of Prisoners
Iran's supreme leader on Sunday pardoned "tens of thousands" of prisoners, including some detained in recent anti-government protests, but many inmates still face execution.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF kills terrorists in overnight raid near Jericho
Israeli forces killed a number of terrorists during a raid near the city of Jericho on Monday aimed at capturing suspected Hamas perpetrators of a recent terrorist attack in the area, according to a statement from the Israeli military.

Inside the United States
Marines continue fight with DOD over vaccine mandate even though it was ended
Several members of the U.S. Marines are still fighting the U.S. Department of Defense in a lawsuit they filed over its August 2021 COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
National security adviser says U.S. wants to ‘exploit what we recover’ from Chinese spy balloon
U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Monday said officials plan on salvaging the suspected Chinese spy balloon shot down Saturday over the Atlantic Ocean to "exploit what we recover and learn even more."
Idaho: Satanists protest against bill to criminalize bodily mutilation of children and teens
A group of Satanists has announced plans to hold a public protest against an Idaho bill that would criminalize the chemical castration and bodily mutilation of children and teens in the name of gender affirmation, the Christian Post (CP) reports.

Christian News
Ukraine: Russian troops target Evangelical buildings in hundreds of attacks on religious sites
The Kyiv-based Institute for Religious Freedom (IRF) has reported that Russian forces have caused “immense destruction” in attacking hundreds of religious buildings in Ukraine, with a grossly disproportionate emphasis on properties belonging to Ukrainian evangelical Christians, Christianity Today (CT) reports.
UK: Pro-life activist arrested for silent prayer inside buffer zone is left in legal limbo
A UK pro-life activist who was arrested for allegedly praying silently within an abortion clinic buffer zone has been left in a state of “significant uncertainty” after Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service dropped its charge against her but said the indictment may yet be reinstated, Christian Today (CT) reports.
Cash-Strapped Russia Fines Evangelical Christians
Evangelical Christians in Russia were forced to pay a "tax on faithfulness" in 2022, which will likely increase this year as part of a government crackdown on non-Orthodox faiths, rights investigators tell Worthy News.
Transgender Church of England vicar wants to “normalize” gender fluidity for children
A Church of England transgender vicar has stated they go into UK schools to help “normalize” queerness and gender fluidity among children. Rev. Bingo Allison, a Church of England vicar in the Diocese of Liverpool who identifies as gender-queer, made their statement during an interview with the Liverpool Echo news outlet.