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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.
Around the World
Russia Strikes Ukraine Dam As Losses Mount
Faced with unprecedented losses in a proverbial David-versus-Goliath battle, mighty Russia took revenge and attacked a dam in the Ukrainian industrial city of Kryvyi Rih, sending water gushing downstream, witnesses said.
Sweden Prime Minister Resigns After Elections
Sweden’s first female Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, announced her resignation Wednesday after a right-wing and far-right bloc defeated her Social Democrats in parliamentary elections.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US Envoy Pressures Israel on ‘Two-State Solution’ at UNSC
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday to discuss the Biden Administration’s “commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon” – but used the opportunity to also continue her boss’s mission of pressuring Israel into accepting the so-called “two state solution.”

Inside the United States
Democrat double-cross: House leaders poised to toss aside Manchin pipeline deal
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer now says there is no agreement to tie energy permitting reforms to a must-pass government funding bill.
Judge temporarily blocks Ohio from banning nearly all abortions
An Ohio judge temporarily blocked a statewide ban on nearly all abortions for two weeks.
Truckers, small businesses, train industry warn of ‘dire consequences’ if rail strike occurs
Small businesses, truckers, and the rail industry are warning that a major economic fallout would occur if railway unions follow through with a strike beginning Friday, including further supply chain delays, increased inflation, lost jobs and shuttered businesses.
Inflation so high, millions of Americans struggle to pay for food
A new government report showed millions of Americans are struggling to pay for food, fuel, and rent as US inflation in August remained at 40-year highs, USA Today reports.
Christian baker in Oregon returns to Supreme Court over refusal to bake same-sex wedding cake
A Christian baker is back at the Supreme Court, asking the justices once again to take up her challenge to Oregon’s public accommodations law after the state put her out of business for refusing to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Christian News
Libya Court To Evict Church
A Libyan court has ordered the Protestant ‘Union Church in Tripoli’ (UCT) to vacate its building by 27 September or be forcibly evicted, Christians told Worthy News Tuesday.
Nigeria: Fulani murder church security guard, abduct pastor
As the slaughter and kidnapping of Christians in Nigeria continues, on September 11, suspected Fulani jihadists murdered a Christian security guard during the course of abducting a pastor from his church premises in Plateau state, Morning Star News (MSN) reports.
Around the World
U.S. considers China sanctions to deter Taiwan action, Taiwan presses EU
The United States is considering options for a sanctions package against China to deter it from invading Taiwan, with the European Union coming under diplomatic pressure from Taipei to do the same, according to sources familiar with the discussions.
Blinken says new Iran deal “unlikely” in near term
Despite recent cautious optimism on the outcome of talks between world powers and Iran on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters in Mexico City Monday it was “unlikely” that a new agreement with Tehran would be reached in the near future, the Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) reports.
Russia Admits Defeat In Key Areas Of Ukraine
Russia has admitted losing control over key cities in Ukraine's north-eastern Kharkiv region, in what some military experts see as a potential breakthrough in the war. The comments came after Ukraine's president said the Ukrainian gains are part of a significant counter-offensive against Russia.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Gantz: Iran has hundreds of new centrifuges that can enrich uranium to high levels
Iran’s financing and support for terror proxies is the foremost cause of instability in the Middle East, and the country’s nuclear program could spark a regional arms race, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Monday.

Inside the United States
Ken Starr, US Prosecutor In Clinton-Lewinsky Case, Dies At 76
Starr passed away Tuesday at Baylor St Luke’s medical center in Houston of complications from surgery, his family said.
Navy wants new destroyer with lasers, hypersonic missiles
The U.S. Navy’s workhorse destroyer went into production more than 30 years ago, when Tom Stevens was a young welder.
Senate Republicans look to protect Americans earning less than $400k from IRS audits
Senate Republicans introduced legislation this week that would prevent the IRS from using the $80 billion in new spending authority it received this year to audit taxpayers who earn less than $400,000 annually.

Christian News
Franklin Graham Preaches the Gospel to over 17,000 in First-Ever Evangelistic Event in Mongolia
Hundreds of people surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ after evangelist Franklin Graham preached the Gospel to them during a special evangelistic event in Mongolia last weekend.
India: Supreme Court orders government to investigate and establish facts in reported attacks on Christians
In a move welcomed by Christian human rights advocates, India’s Supreme Court has ordered the Hindu nationalist government to investigate and establish the facts on the reported cases of Christians being attacked over 500 times last year, Christian Today (CT) reports.
Nigeria: Fulani state governor admits Islamic terrorists have taken control in Kaduna
As Christians in Nigeria continue to be slaughtered by Fulani and other Muslim extremist militants, the controversial governor of Kaduna state Nasir El-Rufai has been forced to admit that Islamic terrorists have an even stronger hold on his part of Nigeria than when he took office seven years ago, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.
China: Christian online content now heavily restricted
Christians in China are suffering under regulations rolled out this year, which impose heavy restrictions on online sharing of religious content, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.