Prophecy News Watch - May 17, 2022

Around the World
Putin warns Russia will respond if NATO strengthens Sweden and Finland militarily
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West Monday that Russia would “certainly” respond if the military capabilities of Sweden and Finland are bolstered following their decision to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Reuters reports.
China’s Uyghur Jail Population Higher Than Thought
Nearly one in 25 people in a county in the Uyghur heartland of China has been jailed on terrorism-related charges, the highest known prison rate in the world leaked data shows.
McDonald’s Sells Business In Russia Amid Global Worries
McDonald’s, the U.S. fast-food franchise which came to symbolize American capitalism and even a peace theory, is selling its business in Russia.
Dutch Peace Activist Mient Jan Faber Dies At 81
Peace activist Mient Jan Faber, who became the voice of Dutch churches opposed to nuclear weapons, has died at age 81, peace group Pax confirmed Sunday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Clashes erupt at Jerusalem funeral of Palestinian mortally wounded on Temple Mount
Palestinians and police officers clashed fiercely in East Jerusalem on Monday night during the funeral procession of a Palestinian man who died after being critically wounded during clashes on the Temple Mount last month.

Inside the United States
Federal judge blocks Biden admin. rule requiring religious employers to pay for gender transitions
A federal district court in North Dakota hit the brakes on a Biden administration rule that religious employers — for-profit and non-profit — must pay for and/or perform “gender transition services,” even if such care violates the employer’s or provider’s religious beliefs.
US Air Force says it conducted successful hypersonic weapon test
The US Air Force said on Monday it had conducted a successful test of a hypersonic weapon, which flew at five times the speed of sound.

Christian News
Southern Baptist Convention membership in sharp decline over last three years
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has lost more than one million members in the past three years, Christianity Today reports. The loss of membership in the largest Protestant denomination in the US coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic but follows over 10 years of prior decline.
Nigeria: Islamic rioters vandalize churches in Sokot
Islamic rioters in Nigeria’s Sokoto state on Saturday vandalized church buildings and Christian-owned shops after two Muslims were arrested for the murder of a Christian student who was stoned to death for allegedly insulting the prophet Muhammad, Morning Star News (MSN) reports.
US Church Shooting Kills 1, Injures 4
A church shooting in the U.S. state of California killed at least one person and injured four others Sunday before the suspected gunman was overpowered and detained, police said.