Prophecy News Watch - September 26, 2023

Around the World
Iran and Turkey’s proxies may back tribes against US in Syria
Turkish state media and the pro-Iranian Al-Mayadeen both highlighted new tensions in Syria this week. They reported on increased attacks by tribal fighters against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
Hungary Not Rushing To Back Sweden’s NATO Membership
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán warned Monday that his country isn’t in a hurry to ratify Sweden’s membership of the NATO military alliance because the Nordic nation criticized Hungary’s perceived rule of law violations.
Belarus Jails Journalist Vyacheslau Lazarau For ‘Extremism’
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Monday condemned a Belarusian court for sentencing journalist Vyacheslau Lazarau to 5.5 years imprisonment for “facilitating extremism.”
Several Killed As Clashes Rock Kosovo Monastery
Volatile Kosovo edged closer to civil war late Sunday after at least four people were killed following a raid by Kosovan security forces on a monastery held by dozens of heavily armed men near the border with Serbia.
Netherlands Asks Pakistan To Halt Death Threats Against Anti-Islam Politician, Judge
The Netherlands has urged Pakistan to respect the conviction of a Pakistani former cricket player who was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for death threats against outspoken Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders.
France Withdraws Ambassador, Troops From Niger After Coup; Impact On Christians Unclear
French President Emmanuel Macron said France would withdraw its ambassador and end all military cooperation with Niger following a coup in a move welcomed by the military junta leaders.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
‘2030 is when the merge happens,’ OpenAI president tells Netanyahu of coming man-machine merger
In a recent discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, OpenAI President Greg Brockman expressed his belief that 2029 will see the emergence of artificial general intelligence (AGI) — AI that reaches and then far surpasses human-level intelligence. He further stated that in 2030, humanity and artificial intelligence will merge.
IDF strikes Hamas post in Gaza after multiple provocations over Yom Kippur holiday
The Israeli military on Monday struck a post belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in retaliation against incendiary balloons, border riots and other attacks during the Yom Kippur holiday.

Inside the United States
Congress faces looming government shutdown
Lawmakers are scrambling to avoid a partial government shutdown this week.

Christian News
‘50,000 Mosques Closed In Iran’ As Christianity Spreads
Recent comments by a senior Iranian cleric that around 50,000 of Iran's 75,000 mosques are closed highlight the growth of Christianity in Iran and disillusion with “the regime’s use of Islam to justify its authoritarian rule,” a prominent human rights activist told Worthy News on Monday.
India: More than 500 attacks Hindu nationalist attacks against Christians recorded in 2023
There have been 525 attacks by Hindu nationalists against Christians across India this year alone, Christian Today (CT) reports. Ruled by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, India ranks 11TH on the US Open Doors World Watch List 2023 of the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted.
Nigeria: Fulani herdsmen continue slaughter of Christians
Radicalized Fulani Muslim herdsmen continue a years-long genocidal slaughter of Christians in Nigeria: on September 20, herdsmen attacked a village in Nasarawa state, killing one Christian and wounding three others, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. With well over 50,000 Christians murdered by Islamic militants since 2009, Nigeria was recently described by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom as a “killing field” for Christians.
Mozambique: 11 Christians murdered by Islamic State-affiliated terrorists, “only prayer can sustain us”
Terrorists affiliated with Islamic State murdered 11 Christians in an attack on Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique last week, Aid the Church in Need (ACN) reports. The killings come amid relentless violence in Cabo Delgado and the neighboring province of Niassa, which has led to the deaths of around 5,000 people and the internal displacement of some 1 million others.
India: Pastor kept in jail for 23 days on anti-conversion charges with no witnesses
Bowing to pressure from Hindu extremists, and with no evidence or witnesses, authorities in India’s Uttar Pradesh state charged Pastor Bajarang Rawat with forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity, and jailed him for 23 days before releasing him on bail, Morning Star News (MSN) reports.