Prophecy News Watch - September 16, 2022

Around the World
Iranian army holds exercise with 150 UAVs, including missile drones
The Islamic Republic of Iran Army conducted its first-ever multibranch UAV exercise on Aug. 24, according to a report on the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN).
50 million people worldwide subjected to modern slavery worldwide, UN says
A new United Nations study shows that fifty million people worldwide, including children, are being subjected to modern forms of slavery, the Associated Press reports. The report said almost every country in the world has modern-day slavery systems, including forced labor, sexual exploitation, and forced marriages.
Iran to join Russia, China-led group in bid to dodge Western sanctions: report
Iran will look to join an Asian security group headed up by Russia and China in a move that further solidifies ties between the countries and aims to limit Western influence in the region.
China Expands Its Secret Police Stations Around the World
China has opened up its latest secret "overseas police service centers" in Chinese restaurants and shops throughout the United Kingdom, the Telegraph reported Wednesday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Iran nuclear deal ‘in emergency room,’ defense minister says
The nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is unlikely to be renewed soon, if at all, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Thursday after European leaders voiced doubt about Tehran's willingness to restore the 2015 agreement.
Senior officer: Iranian-backed forces withdrawing from Syria due to IDF strikes
A senior Israel Defense Forces officer told reporters on Thursday that the military has identified that Hezbollah and other Iran-backed militias in Syria are beginning to withdraw from the region following a series of airstrikes attributed to Israel in recent weeks.

Inside the United States
US national debt climbs to almost $31 trillion
The US record-breaking national debt is now almost $31 trillion, Fox Business reports. The last US national debt milestone was in February 2020, when it exceeded a record $30 trillion for the first time.
Senior judge named as special master to review documents seized in Mar-a-Lago raid
A New York federal judge was appointed Thursday to serve as an independent arbitrator to decide if materials seized in the FBI’s search of President Trump’s home should be returned to him, a move that rejects the Justice Department‘s request to proceed with its investigation.
Montana Defies Order on Transgender Birth Certificates
Just hours after a Montana judge blocked health officials from enforcing a state rule that would prevent transgender people from changing the gender on their birth certificate, the Republican-run state on Thursday said it would defy the order.
Democrats punt same-sex marriage vote until after election
Democrats are punting a vote to protect same-sex and interracial marriages until after the November midterm elections, pulling back just days after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to put the Senate on the record on the issue “in the coming weeks.”
Judge declines request to block Indiana abortion ban
An Indiana judge turned down on Thursday a request to block enforcement of the state’s abortion ban just hours after it took effect.
Report: Biden Leases Fewer Acres For Oil And Gas Drilling Than Any President Since 1940s
A new report from the Department of the Interior shows the Biden Administration has leased fewer acres of land for oil and gas drilling on federal lands and waters since former President Harry Truman in the 1940s.
DeSantis Sends Two Flights Of Illegal Migrants To Martha’s Vineyard
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent two planes of illegal migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, according to Fox News.
Two Buses Sent By Texas Drop Migrants Off In Front Of VP Kamala Harris Residence
As many as 100 illegal immigrants from Texas were let off two buses in front of Vice President Kamala Harris’ official residence early Thursday, just days after she claimed the border is secure.

Christian News
Christians could lose majority status in US by 2050, report says
A new study by the Pew Research Center projects that professing Christians may lose their majority status in America by 2050 if the rate at which young adults are leaving the faith accelerates beyond its current fast pace, Christian Today (CT) reports.
Southern Baptists to keep promoting ‘life, religious liberty, marriage’ protections via policy arm
Brent Leatherwood, the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public affairs arm, said Thursday the group’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission will continue to advocate for policies “that protect life, that protect religious liberty [and] that protect marriage.”

Worthy Insights
US Navy Quietly Cancels Vaccine Requirement Order For SEALs
The US Navy quietly rolled back Trident Order #12, an order denying religious exemptions for covid vaccinations, a few months after an injunction was issued by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in early 2022 as part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by First Liberty Institute. The suit was initiated on behalf of 35 active-duty SEALS and three reservists seeking exemptions to the mandate due to the possibility of covid vaccines being developed using cells and tissues from aborted fetuses.