Prophecy News Watch - August 24, 2022

Around the World
UN General Assembly moves closer to adopting resolution declaring abortion a ‘human right’
Delegates at the United Nations General Assembly are finalizing negotiations on a resolution that would require all U.N. agencies to declare abortion a human right, reportedly due to pressure from the European Union and the Biden administration.
Drought inflicting ‘severe impacts’ on EU energy production, as Putin tightens squeeze on gas
Ongoing drought is wreaking damage on the European Union's energy generation, its drought agency warned today, just as the bloc braces for power blackouts in winter as Russia squeezes its gas supply.
Nuclear deal moves closer as US says Iran has ‘finally crossed the Rubicon’
Iran has dropped some of its main demands on resurrecting a deal to rein in Tehran's nuclear program, including its insistence that international inspectors close some probes of its atomic program, bringing the possibility of an agreement closer, a senior US official told Reuters on Monday.
Iran suffers another blow as IRGC officer killed in Syria
A high-ranking officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps was killed Monday morning during a military operation in Syria, Iranian media outlets reported.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Lavrov condemns ‘dangerous’ Israeli strikes in Syria, as relations with Russia sour
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday condemned “dangerous” Israeli missile strikes in Syria, underscoring the growing chill in Moscow-Jerusalem relations, which have been increasingly strained since Russia invaded Ukraine.
Gantz heads to US, vowing Israel will do ‘everything it can’ to sway Iran deal
As the resurrection of the Iran nuclear deal appears to be imminent, Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced Tuesday that he will travel to the United States for a series of meetings with American defense officials later this week.

Inside the United States
California county saw 70% of criminal suspects released on $0 bail commit new crimes: DA
A California district attorney has found that more than 70% of criminal suspects released on $0 bail between 2020 and 2021 in his county committed new crimes.
‘Once in a Thousand Years’: Dallas Deluged by Massive Rainfall, Flooding
It's being called a "once in a thousand years event" – a slow-moving storm system dumping historic amounts of rain on areas that haven't seen substantial rainfall all summer.
Nearly 2 million students have left public schools since 2020: report
Approximately 2 million students have left public schools since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent lockdowns led to mandated school closures and students being educated online, according to a recently released report.
US new home sales plunge for sixth straight month to lowest level since 2016
Sales of new U.S. homes plunged more than expected in July to the lowest level in six years as rising mortgage rates and the relentless increase in home values slowed activity by edging prospective homebuyers out of the market.

Christian News
Evangelist Burnt To Death In India
n independent Christian evangelist was burnt to death by his family and local villagers in the Bankura district of India’s eastern state of West Bengal, Christians confirmed Tuesday.
China: Evangelical pastor sentenced to imprisonment for holding worship services
A court in China has sentenced a popular evangelical pastor to 15 months imprisonment for holding “illegal” worship services at his house church, Bitter Winter reports.
31 United Methodist conservative churches want to leave denomination immediately over LGBTQ issues
Thirty-one North Carolina United Methodist Church (UMC) congregations that oppose the denomination’s stance on LGBTQ issues have threatened legal action if they are prevented from exiting the UMC immediately and without having to follow a 2019 approved disaffiliation plan which some churches say is onerous, Religion News Service (RNS) reports.