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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.
Around the World
Christian Armenians Fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh (Worthy News-Investigation)
A massive exodus of Christian ethnic Armenians was underway in Nagorno-Karabakh, days after mainly Muslim Azerbaijan seized the majority ethnic Armenian enclave, witnesses observed.
Iran unveils ‘longest-range drone in the world,’ threatens Israel at military parade
Iran on Friday displayed what it claimed to be “the longest-range drone in the world” during a military parade that featured banners threatening Israel.
Ukraine Claims ‘Successful’ Strike On Russia’s Black Sea Navy
The Ukrainian military said Friday that it carried out a "successful" strike on the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea navy in Crimea, the peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Ukraine’s President In Canada Amid Tensions With Allies
Ukraine’s president arrived in Canada on Friday amid signs of diplomatic tensions with several members of the NATO military alliance over grain imports and military aid.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
WSJ: Israel cooperating with US on Saudi bid to enrich uranium
Israel is working behind the scenes with the Biden administration on a proposal for a uranium enrichment operation in Saudi Arabia as part of a potential normalization deal between Jerusalem and Riyadh, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
Saudis: Peace must include Palestinian state, east Jerusalem as capital
Saudi Arabia has said that any solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would need to include an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.
Israel unveils IDF’s new AI-powered ‘Barak’ super tank
The IDF’s new advanced and AI-powered Barak tank is operational and being incorporated into the Armored Corps, starting with Battalion 52, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

Inside the United States
Biden makes border history with most immigrant encounters in August ever recorded
More than 300,000 immigrants attempted to enter the United States unlawfully or were paroled during August, surpassing all national records and spelling a catastrophe for the Biden administration that claimed its sweeping policy reforms were working.
Biden issues veto threat against DHS funding bill
President Joe Biden has threatened to veto a House bill funding the Department of Homeland Security.
Newsom Vetoes Bill Allowing Judges To Consider Whether A Parent ‘Affirms’ Child’s Gender Identity During Custody Disputes
n a surprise move, Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) vetoed a bill that would have allowed judges to consider whether a parent “affirms” a child’s “gender identity” among other factors during custody battles.
Pro-life group warns federal 15-week abortion ban may pressure states to ‘water down’ restrictions
A pro-life advocacy organization advises the pro-life movement and presidential candidates not to push for a federal 15-week abortion ban because it could pressure states to "water down" existing pro-life laws that provide stronger protections for unborn babies.
‘US Delivers Long-Range Missiles To Ukraine’
In an apparent u-turn, U.S. President Joe Biden told his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky that Washington would provide Kyiv with ATACMS long-range missiles, U.S. media report citing several officials.
Federal Court Rules Christian Teachers Can’t Be Forced to Lie to Parents About Kids’ Gender Confusion
A federal judge has ruled in favor of two Christian teachers who refused to uphold their school's policy that required staff to lie to parents and hide students' gender confusion.
Media Tycoon Rupert Murdoch Steps Down
Robert Murdoch, who created a media empire spanning from Australia to the United States, says he steps down as the chairman of Fox Corporation and News Corp, ending a 70-year career.

Christian News
Over 1,000 students attend Texas A&M Corpus Christi worship event; 124 baptized
More than 120 people were reportedly baptized during a recent revival event on the Corpus Christi campus of Texas A&M University, a gathering that has spurred increased attendance in church young adult groups in recent weeks.
Around the World
Poland Stops Arms Deliveries To Ukraine Amid Grain Row (Worthy News Radio)
Poland says it has stopped supplying weapons to Ukraine amid an escalating dispute over grain shipments threatening to break a critical alliance in Kyiv's fight against Russia. The announcement came after Ukraine lashed out over Poland and other neighbors' decision to halt Ukrainian grain imports.
Dutch King Tackles Slavery, Poverty Amid Controversies
Dutch King Willem-Alexander says the Netherlands must continue coming to grips with the country's dark historical ties to slavery, even beyond this anniversary year. "So that after acknowledgment and apology, we can work together to foster healing, reconciliation, and recovery."
Azerbaijan Defends Attack On Nagorno-Karabakh That Killed 200
Azerbaijan's president claimed late Wednesday that his Muslim nation “restored” its sovereignty over Nagorno-Karabakh, where Christian Armenians live, in a military offensive that may have killed hundreds of people.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel and US hold joint air defense drill to counter major rocket barrage
The Defense Ministry on Thursday said it had wrapped up a joint air defense drill with the United States, which simulated major rocket barrages on Israel.
Israel-Saudi Arabia normalization agreement “getting closer”, Saudi Crown Prince says
A US-brokered normalization agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia is “getting closer,” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) announced in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia has been an official enemy of Israel since the Israeli War of Independence, but there has been a growing rapprochement between the countries in recent years.
Israel: Archaeologists uncover Second Temple-era quarry and tool factory
Israeli archaeologists excavating in the West Bank have uncovered the ruins of a 2,000-year-old Second Temple-era quarry and an early stone tool factory site, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Inside the United States
2024 Defense Budget Held Hostage in Ongoing Republican ‘Civil War’
A Republican civil war -- that's the feeling over continued infighting between House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and the more conservative wing of his own party.
800 additional active-duty troops to deploy to US-Mexico border as migrant crossings increase
An additional 800 active-duty troops were ordered Wednesday to deploy to the southwest U.S. border as the daily number of migrants crossing has more than doubled this month, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
AG Merrick Garland takes fire from Republicans
House Republicans peppered Attorney General Merrick Garland with questions during a hearing Wednesday about the probe into Hunter Biden, the president’s son.
Musk-founded Neurolink company is calling for human patients to test brain implants
The American neurotechnology company Neurolink announced Wednesday it is calling for people suffering with mobility diseases to test brain implants designed to allow the mind to control computers and potentially treat neurological disorders, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports.

Christian News
California Baptist church considering AI to protect itself against shooters
The director of safety at a Baptist church in California is preparing his congregation to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to defend themselves against mass shootings, Christian Headlines (CH) reports.
Pakistan Christian Couple Longer In Jail Despite Doubts Over Blasphemy
A Christian couple remains in jail in Pakistan’s Punjab province as a judge decided to keep them behind bars for allegedly desecrating the Koran, deemed a holy book by Muslims, sources told Worthy News.