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News Snippets from Around the World

News Snippets from Around the World
News Snippets

Keeping you up to date on what’s happening around the world. Topics include items connected to Christianity and that impact on practising our faith, news on ethical issues, also news on countries who persecute Christians, and topics that affect our culture, additionally ones that impact upon Israel and Jewish people, and those which may possibly be a reflection of end times and associated prophecies.

Note: we endeavour to keep the news snippets updated weekly, but due to time restraints, it may not always be possible to do so.

*** Our apologies: our previous news snippets page crashed and we were unable to fix it, so we’ve created a new page with recent news. ***

SEPTEMBER 2020

24th: Aboriginal Pastors call Australian to a ‘solemn ssembly:’ Australians are being ureged to take part in a “Solemn Assembly” which will focus on reptenance and prayer. (Eternity news) [link 1]

24th: the phrase ‘separation of church and state’ is misused to exclude religion from the public square, AG Barr says, US: Attorney General William Barr presented a speech about the common misrepresentation of the phrase ‘separation of church and state,’ on Wednesday at the Annual Natoinal Catholic Prayer Breakfast. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: ‘This is simply biblical:’ thousands of Christians gather for revival, Florida, USA: the “Let us Worship” tour has been held in two cities in Florida with prostitutes and drug addicts “running to the altar to be saved,” said Sean Feucht. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: Stand against euthanasia today, Australia: an extreme bill considering legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia is being considered by the Tasmanian Parliament, and Christians are asked to take a stand. (Hope) [link 1]

24th: Fresh trial of Belgian euthanasia doctor has begun: euthanasia doctor Joris Van Hove was originally acquitted of the unlawful euthanasia death of a 38 years woman earlier in 2020. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: Who would sue a medical body for this? despite a clear vote of the successful candidate at the Royal College of General Practitioners, pro-euthanasia activitists are taking the RCGP to court to force them to change their decision in the hopes of getting someone who supports their movement. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2]

24th: Doctors find the Gaffney Euthanasia Bill confusing and contradictory, Tasmania, Australia: the state’s peak medical body has spoken out against the contradictory and confusing nature of the proposed legislation, which the politicians should be taking into consideration as they vote for the controversial bill. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: Saudi king warns UN of Iranian threat, backs US peace efforts in Middle East, Saudi Arabia: Salman castigates Iranian attempts to sow ‘chaos, extremism and religious fanaticism’; calls to disarm Hezbollah; stops short of directly endorsing Israel-UAE-Bahrain accords. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Cancer patients may have heightened COVID-fighting ability — Israeli scientists: Oncology patients’ weakened immune system can prevent body ‘overreacting’ to virus, say Haifa researchers; theory still to be tested, but already published in peer-reviewed journal. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Jim Caviezel Says The Passion of the Christ Sequel Might Be the Biggest Film in World History: Christian actor Jim Caviezel who portrayed Jesus in the huge hit “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004 is thrilled about the upcoming movie “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection” and said that “it’s going to be the biggest film in world history.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: Kenosha Church remains unscathed after rioters burn block to the ground, Wisconsin, US: while violence escalated into riots after the death of George Flloyd, the Pastor of one church say that divine intervention saved the church from the rioters. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: ‘Merciful hand of God:’ Thai church celebrates baptism of over 1,400 people, Thailand: the Free in Jess Christ Church Association members celebrated the baptism of 1,435 people on the one day, larger than at previous times. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: World expert on Covid 19 shares what’s going on: Professor Raina MacIntyre responds to some of the important questions about Covid 19 (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: ‘Parents are waking up:’ school fires Christian worker for criticizing LGBT curriculum, UK: concerned about LGBT and sex education, a British woman was fired from her position at the Farmor’s School for speaking about it. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

22nd: Patricia Heaton warns Christians of incoming ‘onslaught’ of arrogance, ignorance following Trump’s SCOTUS pick, US: the ‘Everybody loves Raymond’ star warns of an anti-religious onslaught when the President announces a Supreme Court nominee. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

22nd: Boost to school ministry means more will hear the Good News, Australia: this year around 25,000 school students will hear the gospel through a campsite operated by Crusader Union of Australia. (Eternity News) [link 1]

22nd: Ethiopia – thousands displaced during protests: after extremists murdered of a well-known musician and activist, violence erupted and more than 9,000 people, a majority of whom were Christian have now been displaced. (Open Doors) [link 1]

22nd: World powers set to take the stage, virtually, at UN General Assembly: Trump expected to send strong message to China on virus, trade, and to tout deal brokered between Israel, UAE and Bahrain; Netanyahu to speak next week. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: Scientists combat online anti-Semitism with artificial intelligence: Project seeks to fight radicalization online, will initially focus on Germany, France and the UK. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: Israeli virus cases per capita overtake US, deaths surpass global average: Jewish state has 2,115.1 cases per 100,000 people compared to America’s 2,079.9, according to latest Johns Hopkins data Jewish state has 2,115.1 cases per 100,000 people compared to America’s 2,079.9, according to latest Johns Hopkins data (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: hearing is believing: audio Old Testament takes shape in Darwin, Australia: Audio recordings of an Australian language spoken by the First Nations people, have now been captured in audio recordings which include 177 chapters of the Old Testament (Eternity News) [link 1]

19th: 3 Holocaust monuments vandalized with swastikas in Ukraine and Russia: One message at former concentration camp warns Jewish Ukrainian leaders, including country’s president, that ‘the sale of Ukrainian land will quickly lead you to the Holocaust.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Trump to launch ‘1776 Commission’ to ‘promote patriotic education’ in schools, US: a national commission will be established to promote ‘patriotic’ history in schools in the US to counter ‘propaganda’ that tells students to be ashamed of their country. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

18th: Instagram adds in-app reporting tool to flag accounts that sexualise children, Australia: Collective Shout’s campaign #WakeUpInstagram has encouraged Instagram to get on board to stop the sexualisation of children. (Collective Shout) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: Trump asked Nigeria’s Buhari – why are you killing Christians?: the President of Nigeria was asked by President Trump why they are indifferent to the plight of persecuted Christians in their country. (Eternity News) [link 1]

18th: Governor signs bill banning officials from closing houses of worship, Ohio, USA: Mike DeWine signed the new bill to stop public officials from closing churches during the pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: the goal was to emphasize diversity: church apologizes for ad featuring Jesus with breasts, wearing makeup, Iceland: after promoting a cartoon advertisement which features Jesus in a white dress, with breasts and makeup, an Icelandic church apologized. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: halfway there on the road to more Indigenous Bible translation, Australia: Indigenous students are halfway through completing a new course which teaches them how to translate the Bible better. (source) [link 1]

17th: Christian girls are being kidnapped at an alarming rate in Egypt: the Coptic Christian girls are being abducted and then sold into slavery, with Egyptian officials doing little to help them. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: lifetime to release its first LGBTQ hristmas film, US: the fillm producer Lifetime has announced that one new Christmas movies will feature an LGBTQ theme. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: US Department of Defense to implement guidelines to protect service members’ religious freedom: after hearing that chaplains and some military members were banned from attending a worship service, the new guidelines will ensure that their religious rights are protected. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

17th: US researchers produce startling images of coronavirus-infected cells: Pictures from UNC School of Medicine illustrate the density of SARS-CoV-2 on human tissue, which contributes to its spread within individuals, and to others. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: Trump says Saudi Arabia among 7-9 countries expected to make peace with Israel: US president says he spoke with the Saudi king and normalization will come ‘at the right time,’ earlier said 5-6 more countries on path to formal ties with Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Full text: Netanyahu’s address at signing of Israel-UAE-Bahrain peace accords: ‘Let us put all cynicism aside,’ urges Israel’s PM at the Abraham Accords ceremony. ‘Let us feel on this day the pulse of history.’(The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Five tropical cyclones are in the Atlantic at the same time for only the second time in history: the five systems are expected to impact various countries including the USA, Bermuda, and the Bahamas, and warnings of life-threatening storms surge and flash flooding have been forecast. (9News) [link 1]

16th: Study: More than one in 10 Americans under 40 thinks Jews caused the Holocaust: Holocaust knowledge is particularly low in New York, despite state having the largest population of Jews in the US. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Kroger fires Christian employees who refused to wear LGBT rainbow, US suit says, USA: after two employees in an Arkansas Kroger store were fired for refusing to wear the LGBT-themed aprons, the lawsuit claims that the store violated federal an anti-discrimination law.(Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Netflix cancellations are 8 times higher than average following ‘Cuties’ backlash, USA: the programs which features 11 year old girls in a dance group focuses on the sexualisation, risqué costumes and ‘femininity’ of their dance, which large numbers of subscribers cancelling Netflix as a result. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers:’ Christian leaders praise Trump for Israel-UAE peace deal: the leaders referred to the Bible after the historic peace deal was signed by Israel with two Arab Nationals. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: the plans to ‘scuttle’ the annual Nativity Event in Perth: candidates for the city were overwhelmed with the number of people writing in asking them to keep it, Australia. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link 1]

15th: Sout Sudan – extremists kill and abduct church attendees: 20 Anglican church members were wounded and 23 killed when armed extremists stormed the church compound. (Open Doors) [link 1]

15th: Gaza flogged for rocket attack during White House peace bash: Gantz says incident a ‘reminder from our enemies that we must always be strong;’ Liberman: ‘While Bibi celebrates in Washington, Hamas celebrates in Ashdod and Ashkelon.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Full text: Bahrain foreign minister’s speech at Abraham Accords signing ceremony: Abdullatif Al-Zayani tells White House crowd that agreements with Israel are a ‘historic step on the road for genuine and lasting peace’ across the region. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: title: Marking ‘dawn of new Middle East,’ Israel signs historic deals with UAE, Bahrain: Trump speaks of ‘changing course of history,’ Netanyahu hopes for end to Arab-Israeli conflict ‘once and for all,’ while Gulf FMs pledge commitment to Palestinian cause. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Trump to preside over signing of historic Middle East deals at White House: the two historical deals between two Gulf nations and Israel will be presided over by President Trump at the White House. (Fox News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: ‘Boldly Defending Life’: Trump Admin. Expands Ban on Int’l Funding of Abortion: Plans were announced by the Trump administration to expand their policy on pro-life which forbids money from the US government to go towards international organisations who promote and/or perform abortions. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: Calif. Governor Signs Bill Bringing Sentencing Equality for Adults Who Have Sex with Minors: Californian Governor Gavin Newsom has outraged elected officials by signing a new bill into law which expands judge’s discretion when deciding if an adult should be registered as a sex offender for having sex with minors which now includes anal or vaginal sex which was not included previously in law. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: #CancelNetflix Trends on Twitter after Controversial Film Cuties Airs: after Netflix released the French film “Cuties” the hashtage #CancelNetflix was a trending topic on social media as a result of the film’s sexualised posing of young girls and dancing in a movie aimed at 11 year olds. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Rejects Pat Robertson’s Claim That the Movement Is ‘Trying to Destroy Christianity:’ after Pat Robertson’s said that the Black Lives Matter organisation is anti-Christian with Marxist ideologies, the BLM co-founder stated that Robertson’s statement was “completely inflammatory and dangerous.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: Church Pays off $19 Million in Chicago Residents’ Medical Debt: a church in Chicago rasied more than $100,00 to help residents in the area meet medical debts. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: Aussie missionary in England caught up in LGBT row, UK: after a comment about a Cornwall pride event being cancelled, Josh Williamson, who is pasturing a Newquay church has been threatened with the church being burned down, and encouraged sexual orgies there, with the LGBT community demanding that he be deported back to Australia. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: 22 Percent of Evangelicals Believe in ‘Gender Fluidity,’ Report Finds: a recent survey indication that 20% of evangelicals believe in ‘gender fluidity.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

11th: ‘Go beat up a Zionist’: NY hospital wants to fire doctor for anti-Semitic posts: Yearlong court battle between Brooklyn hospital and Dr. Walid Khass resumes next week (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Dr. James Dobson Sounds a Moral Alarm Against the Legislative Death March of 2020: Dr Dobson shared how it grieves him that the US has legalised abortion and killed over 60 million unborn babies. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: Department of Education Implements Trump Order Protecting Religious Freedom on College Campuses: the Department of Education in the US ruled on the “Religious Liberty and Free Inquiry” regulation that protects religious freedoms of faith-based groups on college campuses. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: Schools in England Are Now Required to Teach about Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity: the Department of Education in the UK has implemented a policy that requires that schools will be required to teach their students about LGBTQ including gender identity, sexual orientation and more. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: North Carolina School Removes Bible Verses from Donated Planners: a school in Norther Carolina, USA spent $2,000 on school planners for their students and were required to reprint new planners because the original order had included Bible verses. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Pakistan Christian gets death sentence for blasphemy; wouldn’t convert to Islam: Asif Pervaiz, 37, has been in custody since 2013, fighting charge levelled against him by former factory supervisor who was trying to convert him (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: President Trump Receives Nobel Peace Prize Nomination: Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a Norwegian member of Parliament has nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Church Suing Washington State for Forcing Abortions into Healthcare Plan: A church in Seattle is suing the state of Washington for forcing their health insurers to cover elective abortions. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: 62% of Americans Say Jesus Is Returning to ‘Judge’ Everyone, Poll Shows: according to a State of Theology survey in the USA, most people deny that Jesus was God although two thirds believe the Biblical account about his bodily resurrection. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: another Christian sentenced to death in Pakistan on weak blasphemy charges: sentenced to death on 8 September this year, Asif Pervaiz waited in jail for seven years for sentencing for the charge of blasphemy, and Attorney Saiful Malook said “One cannot ignore the fact that it has become a norm of trial court judges hearing blasphemy cases to convict the accused no matter how weak the prosecution’s case is.” (Eternity News) [link 1]

9th: LGBTQ+ Group Threatens to Burn Down Church after Pastor Says Homosexuality Is a Sin: UK’s Newquay Baptist Church’s pastor John Williamson is facing violent threats from people within the LGBTQ+ community because he said that homosexuality is a sin. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: French courts jail Muslim, white supremacist in separate anti-Semitic incidents: 21-year-old identified only as Mohammed receives year in prison for anti-Semitic robbery; 52-year-old supremacist receives two months for incident involving anti-Semitic slurs (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: India – violent persecution rises: persecution against Christians including young children and babies, continues to rise in India. (Open Doors) [link 1]



8th: Attacked Christians in India Risk Arrest if Worship Draws Assaults: Christians in eastern India have been threatened with arrest by police for “disturbing the peace” should their worship encourage further opposition, after they were recently attacked and one elderly woman almost lost her sight. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: 16,000 Accept Christ, 1.8 Million Watch Greg Laurie’s Virtual ‘Cinematic Crusade’: in the US on the previous weekend around 1.8 million people watched Harvest’s “A Rush of Hope” evangelist movie and 16,000 made a faith commitment for Jesus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: (Australia: Melbourne’s long road back o church, US survey says 1 in 5 churches won’t make it: the survey indicates that around 20% of churches may permanently close as a result of the pandemic. (Eternity News) [link 1]

September 2020: Australia: A Federal Senator has been summoned to appear before an anti-discrimination tribunal!: Senator Claire Chandler from the Tasmanian Liberal party has been vocal about free speech, and truth and is now going to have to face the anti-discrimination tribunal by saying that women should have the right to have their own toilets, facilities and sports. (Australian Family Coalition) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: India becomes 3rd country to pass 4 million virus cases, stretching resources: Coronvirus initially ravaged giant cities, but is now in almost every state; hospital beds and health infrastructure at a shortage; Health Ministry reports 1,089 new deaths. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Nuclear watchdog: Iran uranium stockpile at 10 times more than nuke deal limit: UN inspectors gain access to one of two sites where undeclared nuclear activity may have taken place in the early 2000s; second site to be inspected later this month (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: ‘China Is an Atheist Country’: Communist Nation Expands Ban on Christian Funerals: Christians in China are no longer allowed to use funerals as a religious activity. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: Mississippi To Vote on New Flag Design Featuring a Magnolia, the Phrase ‘In God We Trust’: the government in Mississippi will vote whether the phrase “In God We Trust” along with the confederate battle emblem should be removed from their flag. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: Petition Calls Samaritan’s Purse to Remove Franklin Graham as President and CEO: a Christian activist group is encouraging Samaritan’s Purse to remove evangelit Franklin Graham from his position as CEO and President of the organisation because he is ruining the credibility of Samaritan’s Purse. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Researchers Find Christians in Iran Approaching 1 Million: while Christians have been sharing about it for a number of years now, a secular survey has come to the conclusion that Christianity is indeed growing in Iran. (Christianity Today) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: Trump Campaign Adds Religious Freedom, Protection of Unborn Lives to Second Term Agenda: President Trump will likely run for a second term, and part of his campaign includes the protection of unborn babies and defending religious freedom. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Schools Allowing Boys in Girls’ Sports Are Violating the Law, Even after Court Ruling, Trump Admin. Says: the Trump Department of Education ruled that schools who allow biological boys who identify as girls to participate in girl’s sports are violating federal law. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: Massive Revival Meetings Ensue across the East Coast: thousands of Christian in the US attended revival meetings. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

AUGUST 2020

27th: ‘May This Be a Land Where He Rules Supreme,’ Ohio Mayor Surrenders City to Christ: elected officials and church members from a number of churches met to join in prayer and corporate repentance for global and national revival. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: ‘Drifting Away’ from Scripture: 30 Percent of Evangelicals Say Jesus Was Not God, Poll Shows: a recent survey of evangelicals indicates that almost a third claim that Jesus was not God but was a ‘good teacher.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

27th: China Forcibly Removes 900 Church Crosses in a Single Province, Threatens Christians: over 900 churches in China had their crosses removed from their churches during the last half of 2019 and warned of dire consequences should parishioners oppose them. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Billy Graham’s Granddaughter Urges Christian Women Not to Vote for Donald Trump: the granddaughter of Billy Graham spoke out against the Christians who support President Trump. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: British rapper Wiley repeats Jewish power and money tropes in new interview: After being removed from all social media, rapper again claims Jews ‘run the Earth,’ says he never had any problems with anyone in business except ‘some of the Jewish community.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

News Snippets

News Snippets
News Snippets

Keeping you up to date on what’s happening around the world. Topics include items connected to Christianity and that impact on practising our faith, news on ethical issues, also news on countries who persecute Christians, and topics that affect our culture, additionally ones that impact upon Israel and Jewish people, and those which may possibly be a reflection of end times and associated prophecies.

Note: during the coronavirus situation, we will endeavour to update the news snippets every couple of days. (Usually we try to update the regular news snippets weekly or fortnightly, depending on time commitments.)

MAY 2020

6th: top health official: Israel preparing to conduct 100,000 serological tests: Health Ministry director Bar-Siman-Tov tells New York Times that widespread blood tests will allow Israel to ‘get ready for the next wave’ of COVID-19. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: ‘Exercising religion is essential’ – Trump DOJ sides with Virginia Church, US: a small Virginia church wanting to hold church services during the pandemic for the disadvantaged has gained an ally with the Trump Department of Justice siding with them. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: Rome’s Parks buzz as Italy eases COVID-19 restrictions, with masses coming soon: Italians are flocking to parks and strolling the streets after almost 50 days on strict lockdown, after some loosening of restrictions. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: Jerusalem researchers say they’ve developed injection to fight superbugs: one scientist asserts new treatment, which allows previously topical drug to be administered intravenously, is ‘a game-changer’ in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: Israeli lab confirms breakthrough with virus antibody, but says months till cure: state-run facility says it is ‘first in world’ to reach 3 major milestones in COVID-19 fight; antibody could yield a treatment but has yet to be tested on animals, let alone humans. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: Messianic network GOD-TV launches Hebrew channel in Israel, sparking outrage: communications minister calls to investigate ‘oversight’ that granted channel 7-year license, vows not to allow missionary work on air. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: preventive COVID-19 antibody injection in the works — blood service chief: with vaccine still many months away, Magen David Adom is preparing a stopgap solution to defend the most vulnerable in a second wave; but its effectiveness is not assured. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: why a trans-Tasman travel bubble makes a lot of sense for Australia and New Zealand: there is talk about the trans-Tasman ‘travel bubble’ in which both New Zealand and Australia will open their borders to each other and will include a travel safe zone, and will reduce our dependence on China. (The Conversation) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: Pacific governments accused of using coronavirus crisis as cover for media crackdown: countries in the Pacific including Papua New Guinea and Fiji are being accused of exploiting the pandemic by using the crisis to force lockdown rules to silence their critics. (The Conversation) [link]

5th: Government officials raid church in China, and drags a congregant away: ChinaAid has released a video showing government officials raiding a church in the Fujian province and dragging a man away during a service while other members try to help him. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: CDC report predicts 3,000 virus deaths in US per day by June, US: an internal government document also forecasts surge in infections beginning in mid-May, as some US states move to reopen their economies. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: could wastewater carry coronavirus? Expert says research needed urgently: Dror Avisar, head of Tel Aviv University’s Water Research Center, says that nobody knows what dangers COVID-19 might pose in streams, groundwater, beaches. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: failed by Israel, Malki Roth’s parents hope US can extradite her gloating killer: Ahlam Tamimi, who oversaw the 2001 Sbarro bombing that killed Malki and 14 others, was freed in Shalit deal and became a celebrity in Jordan. Now the US just might be on her case. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Samaritan’s Purse leaving New York after caring for 315 patients ‘in Jesus’ Name:’ as the COVID-19 cases are now manageable, the field hospital established by Samaritan’s Purse in Central Park is likely no longer needed and will leave in around two weeks, despite criticism from a NY Council speaker, they were able to help 315 patients that local hospitals would not have been able to help during the worst of the pandemic crisis. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: Pakistani Governor asks universities to require that all students, including Christians to study the Quarn: a seven member committee was asked by the governor, who is the chancellor of universities, how to implement his request for Quran to be pushed into all syllabus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: Victoria meddles with confused kids’ gender, Australia: concerns have been raised about the surge of children who are seeking medication and surgery for gender disphoria. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link]

4th: Australian Christian Lobby asks that Australians call on Annastacia Palazscuk to reject euthanasia and assisted suicide: less and less is being given to palliative care and our voice can show love to those who are suicidal and seriously ill or and seeking euthanasia (Australian Christian Lobby) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: Remdesivir results for virus encouraging but too early to celebrate — local CEO, US: FDA last week gave emergency approval to medicine produced by Gilead Sciences; it is believed to shorten illness time in some, but effect on mortality rates still unclear. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: Trump relaunches campaign with vaccine promise, vision of ‘incredible’ future: in town hall meeting at Lincoln Memorial, president contradicts health officials to tout vaccine by year end, hopes election is virus referendum ‘because we’ve done a great job.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Islamic State exploits virus, political crisis to boost Iraq attacks: Iraqi security expert says group’s operations ‘have reached level we haven’t seen in a while,’ as terrorists re-establish funding mechanisms, smuggling routes and hideouts. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: top Iran official renews threat to ‘raze Israeli cities’ amid friction with US: in Al-Jazeera interview, Mohsen Rezaei of nation’s Expediency Council reiterates conspiracy theory that coronavirus may have been created by US to target Islamic Republic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: US Homeland Security: China hid virus’s severity to hoard medical supplies: revelation comes as Trump administration intensifies criticism of China, with Pompeo saying Beijing was responsible for spread of disease and must be held accountable. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: as lockdowns ease, some countries report new infection peaks: India and Russia see jumps in virus cases and UK faces mounting pressure to ease restrictions, even though it’s still reporting hundreds of deaths daily. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: creating new social divides: how coronavirus is reshaping how we see ourselves and the world around us: while the COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis and had a massive impact on public health and our society, it may also lead to changes in our social world and how we see ourselves. (The Conversation) [link]

4th: schools have been ideological battlegrounds in the past. In the coronavirus crisis, they are again, Australia: the state and federal governments recent got into a conflict about management of school education during the pandemic. (The Conversation) [link]

3rd: robots and cameras: A look at China’s dystopian quarantine watch: obots deliver water, meals and packages to hotel guests; cameras put on doors of people’s homes to monitor their movements; neighbors told to denounce those who break the rules. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: UK’s Johnson: At low point in virus bout, doctors prepared to announce my death: British PM reveals ‘indicators kept going the wrong way’ as he guzzled liters of oxygen in intensive care; names newborn son in honor of physicians who saved him. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Israelis wonder at mysterious, fast-moving lights in the sky: when a procession of bright orbs crossed the country’s skies Wednesday evening, Israel’s Air Force and Space Agency were called in to investigate. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Houston family uses kippas to make masks for the homeless: teenage sons lead effort to produce hundreds of protective items from upcycled skullcaps donated by local Jews. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: ‘Murder hornet’ invasion in US sows dread over threat to bees, humans: scientists want Americans to learn to recognize the 2-inch-long insect, warning that it could ‘forever change’ the ecology; up to 50 people a year die in Japan from its sting. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: the Sea of Galilee is full, but virus rules mean nobody is there to see it: lake is at its highest level in 2 decades: islands that appeared in recent years have vanished, and vegetation along shore is submerged. But beaches are empty because of COVID-19. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: in ‘confession of guilt,’ German Catholic Church admits ‘complicity’ with Nazis: after decades of ambivalence, document prepared by clergy says hundreds of priests gave spiritual guidance to Hitler’s soldiers on front, ‘lent war an additional sense of purpose.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: US said to question China’s role in bid to construct Israeli desalination plant: report says Trump administration officials have expressed concern over Hutchison Water International potentially winning tender to build facility. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Boris Johnson names newborn son after doctors who saved his life: Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson is named after two Dr. Nicks who treated UK leader as he lay in intensive care with coronavirus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: countering Trump, again, WHO says virus is ‘natural in origin’: World Health Organization reiterates stance, defends its reaction to outbreak, after US president claims he’s seen evidence contagion came from lab in Wuhan. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Western Europe relaxes virus restrictions as Russia sees spike in infections: Spaniards can exercise for 1st time in 7 weeks as part of complex plan varying by province; Italy to allow jogging; Germany opens zoos; Russia worried hospitals may be overwhelmed. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Trump announces emergency approval for 1st drug shown to help virus recovery: in preliminary US trial, Gilead Science’s remdesivir shortens recovery time by 4 days; cleared for use for hospitalized patients with ‘severe disease.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: new US test could detect virus before patients become infectious: Defense Department working on new blood-based screening that identifies body’s immune response, may find illness 4 days earlier than current swab tests. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: head of UN Security Council denounces its paralysis in face of COVID-19: Sven Jurgenson calls body’s inaction during crisis a ‘shame,’ refrains from pointing fingers; diplomatic sources say stalemate due to dispute between US and China. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: 65% of Americans support Trump’s temporary pause on immigration: President Trump’s decision to temporarily suspend new immigrant visas is approved by 65% of Americans. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: Planned Parenthood does not qualify for small business rescue loans, Trump Admin asserts: the Paycheck Protection Program was set up to help small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic, but determined the the Planned Parenthood clincs were not eligible. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: religious groups are embracing technology during the lockdown, but can it replace human connection, Australia?: as religious congregations around the country remain at home, many churches are finding new ways to reach their congregational members. (The Conversation) [link]

1st: herdsmen ambush Christian couple with machetes in Plateau State, Nigeria: the husband was left with serious injuries after the attack by Muslim Fulani herdsmen. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

1st: transgender man who gave birth can’t be listed as father, court rules, US: the biological woman gave birth to a child, lost her appeal to be listed as the father on the child’s birth certificate because she identifies as a transgender man. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

1st: Trump says evidence ties China lab to virus; data shows mounting economic havoc: US president refuses to elaborate on charge contagion came from lab, threatens Beijing with tariffs; 1 in 6 US workers unemployed; trial for drug treatment gives glimmer of hope. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: armed US protesters enter Michigan capitol to demand lockdown end: demonstrators carry rifles and signs, including one depicting Governor Gretchen Whitmer as Adolf Hitler. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Iran: Germany will face consequences for caving to Israel, US with Hezbollah ban: Islamic republic says Berlin made move due to pressure from the ‘propaganda machine of the Zionists and America’s confused regime.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: ‘Spread of COVID-19 halted’: 80% of Israel has had no new cases for days — TV, Israel: Ministers on Sunday to consider easing more restrictions; only 4 cities now reporting more than 5 new cases daily; death toll at 225; number on ventilators down to 83. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: worldwide prayer event hopes to reach 1 billion people by the end of May: the worldwide prayer event where Christians around the world are asked to participate, is hoping is to reach one billion people with the good news. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: NY Pastors: ‘We were rushed to emergency with COVID-19,’ US: in a special video, two pastors at the Bridge Community Church share what they’ve been experiencing in New York which was hit particularly badly by the coronavirus. (Eternity news) [link 1]

APRIL 2020

30th: Minister Hunt lacks reason for opposing inquiry into trans youth treatment surge, Australia: Minister Hunt has refused to support an inquiry into a recent spike in children seeking to undergo irreversible gender treatment and surgeries. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link 1]

30th: 4% of sermons mention abortion, new study finds, US : in the spring of 2019, the topic of abortion was regularly shared. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: Israel scientists develop ‘sniff test’ that predicts consciousness recovery: Weizmann Institute study published in Nature; all of the brain-injured patients who responded to odors in the test regained consciousness, researchers say. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: Christian minorities across Africa face extreme persecution amid the pandemic: during the pandemic, Christians in Africa are facing extreme discrimination and persecution including from their own government and aren’t receiving the full food rations. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: Kentucky AG says church service ban targets faith, threatens to sue Governor, US: Daniel Cameron asked the Kentucky State Governor to rescind the ban on in-person church get-togethers during the coronavirus and said if nothing is done that he will file a lawsuit. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: Meghan McCain calls Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s comments on praying amid the pandemic ‘dangerous,’ US: Meghan McCain, a co-host on TV’s The View claimed that the former host’s comments about the coronvairus preparations including prayer, were dangerous. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: protests turn to riots as crisis-hit Lebanon approves economic rescue plan: army clashes again with protesters angered by soaring inflation and unprecedented devaluation of the Lebanese pound, which hit a record low this week. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: UN warns of potential coronavirus tragedy in Syria: number of cases still low, but testing in the war-ravaged country is very limited, says humanitarian chief. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: Germany’s top court rules against virus ban on religious services: ruling follows appeal by Muslim association seeking to allow Friday prayers during remainder of Ramadan. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: the Aussie ‘crazy guy’ bringing rival South African gangs together: news crews filled with trepidation, are entering some of the most dangerous streets in South Africa where they’re reporting about an incredible truce between rival gangs. (Eternity news) [link 1]

29th: ‘We are working together:’ Pastor shares how people in Detroit are uniting to combat the coronavirus, US: Pastor Tommy Conley shared his experiences during the coronavirus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

29th: COVID-19 adds additional pressure on Christians, Mexico: persecution against Christian minorities including cutting access to water, means they are vulnerable during the pandemic. (Open Doors) [link 1]

29th: grammy-nominated gospel singer Troy Sneed, 52, dies from COVID-19, US: Sneed died at a Jacksonvill hospital from COVID-19 related complications. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: North Korea urged to release Christian serving 15 years for spreading Gospel: a campaign launched by Voice of the Martyrs seeks to release Jang Moon Seok who was kidnapped and sentenced to 15 years in jail for sharing his faith, and Christians are urged to write to the North Korean ambassador (email address supplied on their page). (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

29th: rapper DMX leads Instagram Bible Study, urges fans to give ‘your life to Jesus:’ DMX said that “God put it on my heart to speak,’ as he held a Bible study on Instragram last weekend. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

29th: New Orleans Bishop highlights the importance of ministry amid the pandemic, US: as one of the hardest-hit cities by the coronavirus in the US, ministry there has become very important. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

29th: US marks millionth COVID-19 case, more deaths than Vietnam, but lockdowns ease: America sees 58,365 deaths, larger loss of life than recorded by US military in Vietnam War; countries experiment with easing restrictions amid fear of second wave of infections. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: Fauci unveils ‘clear-cut evidence’ new drug works against coronavirus, US: patients given the drug Remdesivir in a trial likely had a lower mortality rate and recovered more quickly. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

29th: COVID-19 adds additional pressure on Christians, Mexico: persecution against Christian minorities including cutting access to water, means they are vulnerable during the pandemic. (Open Doors) [link 1]

28th: new petition asks the President to declare houses of worship ‘essential,’ US: the new petition seeks to request that places of worship should be deemed as ‘essential’ during national emergencies. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: Pastor given ankle bracelet, but defies Judge’s order and preaches at church, US: during the quarantine, the Pastor violated the State order for several weeks, continuing to preach at his church and despite his arrest and having to wear the bracelet, he once again preached at his church. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: China-Australia relations hit new low in spat over handling of coronavirus: Australia and several other countries have called out China on their responsibility for the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, drawing their anger. (The Conversation) [link]

28th: together we rise: East Arnhem Land artists respond to COVID-19 with the gift of music, Australia: the first of the East Arnhem Live concerts on 24 April featured the sing Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu. (The Conversation) [link]

28th: despite trashing nuclear deal, US pushes for extending Iran arms embargo: Pompeo calls on UN to renew ban on weapons exports, set to expire in October; critics say aim is to kill deal entirely as Trump heads into reelection campaign. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: sports clubs shut but doors open for chaplains: state and national leaders are requesting a chaplaincy service both in their executive meetings with to care for their staff. (source) [link 1]

27th: ‘Quarantine Revivle’ – 132,000 respond to Jesus during vitual evangelistic event: during the worldwide event which was hosted by well-known Christian singers and leaders lead to 130,000 people committing their life to Christ. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: video saluting Israel’s Arab medical professionals during crisis goes viral: campaign urges Israelis to consider: since they trust Arab doctors and caregivers to save their lives, why not work with them in national politics as well? (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: false belief that methanol cures virus has killed over 700 in Iran: Islamic Republic records tenfold rise in cases of alcohol poisoning since start of COVID-19 outbreak, which has claimed lives of over 5,800 citizens. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: many churches plan to reopen soon across the U.S.: after many churches only able to offer services online for several weeks, many are planning to slowly reopen since the pandemic (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: 44% of American believers think Jesus sinned, new survey finds: the American Worldview Inventory 2020 survey indicates that 44% of believers in the US believe that Jesus sinned, which is a dramatic increase in recent years. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Britain may ban transgender treatments for children ti guard them from ‘irreversible’ harm: making the comments last week was Liz Truss, the Minister for Women and Equalities. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: anti-Semitic fliers left at homes and on cars in Montana city: one flier tied to Idaho-based The Brother Nathanael Foundation, which is listed as a hate group. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: coronavirus crisis fueling anti-Semitism around world, foreign minister charges: Israel Katz says Jewish communities already hurt directly by pandemic are under threat of rising Jew-hatred as well, adds Israel should help them. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: black church, civil rights leaders urge churchgoers to continue to ‘tele-worship:’ joining with civil rights leaders, seven black Christian denominational officials urges people to stay home due to the pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: Islamist Group in Mozambique Kills 52: 52 young members of a village in Mozambique were murdered for refusing to join the terrorist group. (Persecution/ICC) [link 1]

26th: gunmen attack home of slain Pastor’s family, Eastern India: the murdered Pastor’s daughter was shot by masked gunmen and survived but has been seriously injured. (Persecution/ICC) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: New York announces lowest death toll this month, may partially reopen May 15: US state reports 367 fatalities in 24 hours; Governor Cuomo says any easing of restrictions to begin upstate, not in New York City. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Principals have more authority than parents in NSW, Australia: text (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: coronavirus said to be causing strokes in some younger patients: US doctors say newly discovered trend shows how much remains unknown about the novel pathogen, which has killed more than 200,000 people worldwide. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: what went wrong? Italy tries to figure out why it got so battered by COVID-19: country has highest death toll apart from US; demographics, health care failings, and various political and business interests left Lombardy’s 10 million people terribly vulnerable. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: WHO says no evidence recovered COVID-19 patients are immune to reinfection: UN health agency warns against notion of ‘immunity passports,’ saying they could risk further transmission of the coronavirus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: crane used at Dutch Jewish nursing home so family visitors can see loved ones: Timo Haaker, whose grandmother lives at Beit Shalom, says he thought of using machinery to visit with her due to ‘concern about not getting to say goodbye’ amid pandemic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: scientists in Italy find coronavirus on air pollution particles: in preliminary study, researchers detect distinct virus genes on airborne pollutants, suggesting disease could travel farther by air than previously assumed. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Yuval Harari: Pandemic policy will influence world politics, economy for decades: ‘Sapiens’ author says current affairs are more important now than ever, as the world undergoes the largest social experiment in modern history. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: US urges extension of embargo on conventional arms sales to Iran: Pompeo cites Tehran’s recent launch of a military satellite, calls the Islamic Republic the ‘leading state sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Saudi Arabia abolishes flogging amid ongoing reforms: latest modernizing move by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman comes as state continues to crush any dissent against the regime. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Brazil becoming coronavirus hot spot as testing falters: health experts expect number of infections in country of 211 million to be much higher than reported; medical officials say hospital systems on verge of collapse. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: first coronavirus vaccine could be ready by September, head of China’s CDC claims: the first coronavirus vaccine may be ready by September and would be used for emergencies with three candidates currently undergoing trials. (Daily Mail) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: US coronavirus death toll tops 50,000 as some Georgia businesses reopen: White House says Trump’s comments on treating virus with disinfectants taken out of context; US reports more than 870,000 confirmed cases. (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: conservative group calls for ‘reopen church Sunday,’ US: an initiative for ‘ReOpen Church Sunday’ was launched by a conservative law firm encouraging churches to begin gathering again despite the requirement to stay home during the pandemic (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

24th: flushing is our next weapon against COVID-19, if you’re happy to have your sewage scrutinised, Australia: The Australian government announced that there will be testing of sewage which may help them to plan against future local outbreaks of the virus. (The Conversation) [link]

24th: urban Aboriginal people face unique challenges in the fight against coronavirus, Australia: while the Australian government has worked to best protect Indigenous people from the coronavirus in isolated communities, they now have to help those who live in rural and urban areas. (The Conversation) [link]

24th: standing for life in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, US: the former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson who is now a pro-life advocate, shared how the pandemic is impacting the abortion industry. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

24th: Fox News host shares how her faith is sustaining her during the pandemic, US: Ainsley Earhardt shared how her faith has kept her going during the pandemic (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

24th: ‘I’m just so grateful’ – Charles Billingsley survives 24 day battle with coronavirus: the Christian worship leader and singer says that by God’s grace he survived a three week ordeal where he may have died. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: aid fails to reach Christian IDPs during COVID, Iraq: Catholic charities have raised the alarm that they’re unable to get to Christians in Iraq who have been displaced by ISIS. (Persecution/ICC) [link 1]

23rd: two house churches raided by local authorities, China: after trying to stop a church service, authorities shut-down the church because of the pandemic, even though they were live-streaming the service. (Persecution/ICC) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: coronavirus highlights differences between men and women, Australia: when it comes to health, Australia’s ABC conceded recently that the physical differences between men and women are considerable when it comes to their health. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Israeli researchers say they can make disinfectant from tap water: Bar-Ilan researchers electrify water to produce hypo chloric acid at defined level of acidity; patented method has not been published in science journal or subject to peer review. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: U.K. Council axes x-rated sex ed program for kids after parents, Christian activists push back: due to the sexually explicit content in a sex education program, Christian activists and parents protested and it was removed in one council region. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: church giving down more due to COVID-19 than during recession, survey shows, US: 65% of income for churches has been impacted during the coronavirus pandemic since congregations have ceased meeting. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

23rd: COVID-19 prayer videos removed from military Facebook page after group complains, US: seeking to encourage troops during the pandemic crisis, four inspirational videos were posted on an official page on Facebook by two chaplains but had to be taken down after a complaint from a group known for targeting Christianity in the military. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: as global toll passes 180,000 dead, WHO warns ‘long way to go’ in virus crisis: health experts predict second, possibly more devastating, wave of coronavirus infections as some countries begin to see resurgence. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Pentagon backs Trump’s threat to ‘destroy’ Iran ships as tensions rocket: Vice chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff says too soon to know if Tehran’s satellite launch was successful, calls it another example of ‘malign behavior,’ like Gulf skirmishes. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: ‘avert the plague’: Religious leaders in Jerusalem say joint prayer against COVID-19: Chief rabbis, along with Muslim and Christian leaders, come together to beseech God to heal the sick and ‘avert the plague from Your world’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: race for virus vaccine picks up as Germany, UK begin human trials: though 150 development projects worldwide are working on inoculation, just 5 clinical trials on people have been approved. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Pope declares we have sinned against earth: during his recent speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Pope Francis has called on the world to protect the environment. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: Earth Day celebrates ‘the wonder of God’s creation,’ Trump says, US: after planting a maple tree at the White House, President Trump pointed out the ‘wonder of God’s creation” on Earth Day. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: in 1919, Anzac Day was commemorated despite the Spanish flu pandemic. In 2020, we will remember them again, Australia: while this year’s Anzac Day will be different to those in the past, we share a link with those during the 1919 Anzac Day when the serious Spanish Flu killed millions world-wide. (The Conversation) [link]

23rd: 90,000 foreign graduates are stuck in Australia without financial support: it’s a humanitarian and economic crisis in the making: those in Australia with a temporary visa which allows them to stay up to four years to gain work experience, aren’t covered under the current JobKeeper payment. (The Conversation) [link]

23rd: What China’s army reforms mean for the rest of the world: a recent study looked at China’s army reforms and the lack of concern in other countries. (The Conversation) [link]

23rd: is COVID-19 masking breaches of euthanasia safeguards? Australia: there are indication that some euthanasia providers may be using this opportunity during the pandemic to ignore euthanasia and assisted suicide ‘safeguards.’ (HOPE) [link 1]

22nd: under fire from many, Samaritan’s Purse finds an unlikely chamption, US: a non-Christian man, local to where the Samaritan’s Purse set up a field hospital for the overflow of coronavirus patients in the US, has been helping out and is one of their volunteers and dedicated champion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

22nd: 53% of Pastors say global warming is ‘real and man-made,’ poll finds, US: over 50% of protestant pastors agree that ‘global warming is real and man-made,’ with just 38% disagreeing. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: Trump says he’s ordered navy to destroy Iranian gunboats if they harass US ships: move comes week after small armed IRGC speedboats swarmed American vessels patrolling international waters in northern Gulf, in acts Washington called a provocation. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Christian organizations speak out against Trump’s temporary immigration ban, US: some Christian activist and faith-based organizations are concerned about the temporary 60 day immigration ban, saying the ban will not increase coronavirus cases in the US. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: Louisville drops ban, allows church to hold drive-in services, US: the Mayor is now allowing a church to hold drive-in-services, (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

22nd: 40 Days for Life President: ‘I believe we’re beginning to see the end of abortion,; US: Shawn Carney, the President of the pro-life group 40 Days for Life shared that they’re seeing more young adults supporting pro-life choices. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

22nd: why China will never welcome a global inquiry into the source of COVID-19: while there has been a call out for a global inquiry into the coronavirus origins, Australia is likely to ask for a review and not depend on the World Health Organisation. (The Conversation) [link]

22nd: as virus keeps people at home, Earth turns wilder and cleaner: major drop in air pollution levels recorded in cities across globe amid pandemic, while animals grow bolder in populated areas due to decline in foot traffic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: malaria drug stockpiled by Israel shows no benefit in virus treatment — study: US researchers report that a higher percentage of coronavirus patients given hydroxychloroquine died than those who received regular care. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Israeli startup’s breath test device to sniff out COVID-19 set to start trials: Scentech Medical starting to test its breath analysis technology with Meir Medical Center in coming weeks; aims to then expand trial to IDF soldiers. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: New Zealand could pull off bold goal of eliminating virus: geographically isolated with a sparse population, country took major steps to contain virus and has just 13 deaths, but could still suffer devastating effects from drop in tourism. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Israel drone maker, US firm team up to pollinate Jordan Valley date palms: project will use drones of Tel Aviv-based Blue and White Robotics and Dropcopter’s pods to disperse pollen from air, replacing bees amid worker shortage due to coronavirus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Madagascar president claims herbal tea remedy for coronavirus: announcing the brew, Andry Rajoelina drinks a bottle of ‘Covid-Organics,’ which he says has already cured 2 people; scientists warn of risks from untested herbal concoctions. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: dad’s Torah reading of ‘Goodnight Moon’ goes viral: cooped up at home, New York dad Simmy Cohen does some creative parenting — and racks up 40,000 Twitter views with his Jewish spin on a children’s classic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claim to put satellite in orbit: after numerous failed launches, Iranian paramilitary force says it successfully sent ‘Noor’ into space; US has accused Tehran of using satellite launches to advance missile program. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: Federal Health Minister caves in to gender clinics’ demands, Australia: Liberal Party MP Greg Hunt has rejected the possibility for an inquiry into the alarming rise in gender dysphoric youth in Australia. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: court rules against Beersheba print shop that refused to serve LGBT group: judge says that when one’s religious beliefs conflict with a necessity to provide service to all, the latter value holds superior; minister slams decision. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: Chick-fil-A donates $10.8 million, and 320,000 free meals for coronavirus relief, US: the restaurant franchise was founded by a Christian and announced their contribution towards the COVID-19 relief effort. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: President Trump announces temporary ban on immigration: in another attempt to battle the coronavirus pandemic, a temporary immigration ban into the US has been instigated. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

21st: essentials withheld from Christians, Uzbekistan: during the pandemic, Christians have been restricted from accessing their money and essentials such as medical supplies, water and food. (Open Doors) [link 1]

21st: why do some people with coronavirus get symptoms while others don’t?: with over 2 million people around the world being infested, and claiming 170,000 lives, why is it that some people don’t even have symptoms? (The Conversation) [link]

21st: Roe v. Wade was an ‘incorrect’ decision, Clarence Thomas says in new opinion, US: Supreme Court judges discussed the need for unanimous votes in criminal cases and whether they should overturn earlier Supreme Court rulings including Roe v. Wade. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

21st: Harvard Professor says homeschooling should be banned, calls it ‘dangerous,’ US: the professor says the homeschooling gives parents ‘authoritarian control’ over their children and has come under fire. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

21st: Jewish day school in Germany to reopen 80 years after being shut down by Nazis: move is a ‘clear sign of the return of our people to a community that the Nazis thought they had destroyed forever,’ says local rabbi. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: what just happened to the price of oil? with oil prices diving in minus figures, the lowest ever price for oil, as a direct consequence of the coronavirus. (The Conversation) [link]

21st: these 5 images show how air pollution changed over Australia’s major cities before and after lockdown: photos of cities around the world have shown improvements in smog, with some surprising findings in Australia. (The Conversation) [link]

21st: 94% of evangelicals want a President who ‘stands jup for’ their beliefs, pew shows, US: in a Pew Research Center survey, black Protestants said that it’s important that the President lives a moral life, while white evangelicals say it’s only somewhat important. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: US doctors ask states for secret execution drugs to help COVID-19 patients: group of pharmacists, public health experts, and intensive care unit physicians say sedatives used to immobilize people put on ventilators are needed to save lives. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: artificial pollinator aims to take sting out of bee colony loss: Israeli entrepreneur Eylam Ran says shortage of honeybees could plunge agriculture into major crisis, aims to market invention by 2023. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: Europe, US push ahead with reopening amid health warnings: countries begin to lift restrictions as coronavirus cases plateau in Europe, mount in US; Africa prepares for outbreak to worsen. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: anti-Semites break into virtual Holocaust memorial at Israeli embassy in Germany: vandals display pictures of Hitler while disrupting Holocaust survivor’s online presentation over Zoom; German FM slams ‘indescribable shame.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: the wishes of a Perth grandmother with COVID-19 was ignored at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital: although she refused to sign the “do not resuscitate” form, they ignored her request, which she discovered after she’d recovered from the virus and read the paperwork. (HOPE) [link 1]

21st: FEBC radio reaching millions during COVID-19: while many around the world are in isolation, FEBC broadcasts are sharing the Good News and encouraging them with hope, life and truth during the pandemic. (Eternity news) [link 1]

21st: 33 sick Israelis treated with antibodies from recovered COVID-19 patients: head of Israel’s blood service is cautiously optimistic of results. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: WHO head warns worst of coronavirus is still to come: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus alludes to Spanish flu that killed up to 100 million; facing criticism from US, he says no secrets at WHO. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: with a New York hospital at capacity, an ER vice-head shares how his team copes: Dr. Eitan Dickman says Maimonides Medical Center in densely-populated Borough Park has doubled its number of beds as medical staff deal with the emotional toll of COVID-19. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Kirk Cameron, Candace Cameron Bure host ‘Hope Rising’ virtual benefit concert to fight COVID-19, US: the benefit concert on Sunday will be hosted by brother and sister Kirk Cameron and Candace Cameron Bure. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Jesus is the ‘support you can lean on,’ Texas Governor says in interview with Pastor Jack Graham: Texas Governor Greg Abbott met with Pastor Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church during the pandemic and shared his belief about Jesus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: China shuts down Zoom Easter church service, detains church members: many members of a church congregation were detained by Chinese officials on Easter because they participated in an online Zoom worship service. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: spread of coronavirus by children further doubted after French case: nine-year-old was in contact with 172 people after having unknowingly contracted the disease, but none of them was infected, including two siblings. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: up to 30 Bishops, Pastors have died from COVID-19 in largest black Pentecostal denomination, US: the Church of God in Christ has been hit hard by the deaths of multiple leaders. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Christians are ‘treated very unfairly’ by politicians in US, Trump says: those of other faiths are treated more fairly than Christians President Trump said and criticized political leaders for not handling all regions fairly. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Parliamentary inquiry needed into spike in trans kids’ referrals, Australia: Health Minister Hunt has refused to support calls for a complete inquiry into the significant rise in referrals of children for transgender surgeries and therapies. (source) [link 1] [link 2]

20th: win for parents raising their voices, Australia: more than 1,200 emails were sent to the Queensland Education Minister last Friday, expressing their concerns about the explicit sex education and false gender teaching which parents were ‘required’ to teach their children, and those concerning items have now been removed. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link 1]

20th: as virus numbers peak, governments are charting the path out of lockdown: some regions around the world have reached the peak of the pandemic and deaths and new cases are finally slowing, countries are now considering how to begin again. (The Conversation) [link]

20th: government orders mandatory code of conduct for Google, Facebook, Australia: the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has been advised to develop a code of conduct in response to the need for power imbalances between digital platforms and media companies. (The Conversation) [link]

20th: the coronavirus supplement is the biggest boost to Indigenous incomes since Whitlam. It should be made permanent, Australia: payments to single parents, students and the unemployed was doubled as a result of the new coronavirus supplement. (The Conversation) [link]

20th: thousands sing from home for Koolulam global chorus: after coronavirus cancels its mass singing events, group takes a message of hope and love online with Coldplay’s ‘Fix You.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: anti-Semitic sentiments seen rising as pandemic dredges up old hatreds: Tel Aviv University researchers say Jews are being accused of instigating pandemic to profit from it, find 18% jump in anti-Jewish attacks worldwide in 2019. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Europe, New York see progress in virus battle, even as US toll passes 40,000: hard hit Italy, Spain, France and Britain, along with New York, see drops in daily death tolls and slowing infection rates; pressure mounts to ease restrictions. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: pandemic has ‘destroyed’ the rights of the dying, Franco-Israeli academic says: Eva Illouz bemoans lack of contact with loved ones during COVID-19 victims’ last days, warns people will have to view ‘themselves as a danger to others’ in virus-stricken world. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Spain reports lowest daily virus death toll for a month: health ministry says 410 died in 24 hours, lowest since March 22, but expert says that could be due to reduced registration of fatalities over weekend. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: US death toll climbs as Trump rebuffs ‘unreasonable’ restrictions, blames China: President appears to back growing protest movement for economy to reopen, says Beijing could face consequences for keeping virus under wraps. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: US to resume manned space launches next month after 9 years: SpaceX set to become first private company to launch people into orbit on May 27, when 2 NASA astronauts will head to International Space Station. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: US virus death toll passes 36,000 as Trump clashes with governors, China: over half of humanity under lockdown as 2.2 million cases reported worldwide and global fatalities surpass 150,000. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Spain virus deaths top 20,000 as global toll passes 150,000: number of deaths in Africa reaches 1,000; believing the worst is behind them, some European countries are looking to open up. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: confusion, seizure, strokes: How COVID-19 may affect the brain: growing evidence suggests the coronavirus could have neurological impact, possibly due to direct infection or inflammation. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: woman celebrates 107th birthday via nursing home window with tenacious relatives: grandson tells Sara Treves he had to go through two checkpoints to get there: ‘I told them my grandmother is 107 and they must let me through, so they did!’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: UK virus toll passes 15,000 with nearly 900 new deaths: age UK charity suggests additional care home deaths could be as high as 7,500 — more than five times the government estimate. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: hundreds protest government corruption in Lebanon despite virus lockdown: demonstrators throw rocks at security forces, who respond with teargas; rally is part of movement calling for full overhaul of the political class. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Africa next: In best-case scenario, it could see 300,000 COVID-19 deaths in 2020: without interventions, continent could suffer 3.3 million deaths, 1.2 billion infections in 2020, UN estimates, as virus set to devastate region’s economy, health care systems. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Iran marks Army Day with medical gear parade instead of usual missiles and jets: Rouhani says ‘the enemy now is hidden,’ and that ‘doctors and nurses are at the frontlines of the battlefield,’ as Islamic Republic faces coronavirus pandemic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: Naomi makes face masks in Indonesia: using the skills she learned after training provided by Open Doors, Naomi, a former Muslim, is making protective masks during the pandemic (source) [link 1]

17th: faith leaders share prayers online amid pandemic: around the world, faith leaders are joining with other online to pray for healing during the pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: #VirtualKindness connects Christians with local communities, Australia: the Virtual Church Assist is aiming to serve ministry and church organisations wih various supports including administration, communications and events. (Eternity News) [link 1]

17th: Anti-Discrimination Board steps back from the brink on Folau but reform is still needed, Australia: even though a vexatious case against Israel Folau has been thrown out, the Australian Christian Lobby says that further reforms are required. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: ‘LIBERATE!’: Trump goads states to lift virus restrictions: US president attacks states led by Democratic governors, effectively urging further protests against lockdown rules; singles out NY Gov. Cuomo, calling him ungrateful. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: unsealed invoices suggest Planned Parenthood was paid nearly $25,000 for fetal tissue, US: the abortion clinic was paid to procure fetal tissue and baby body pieces according to invoices, although Planned Parenthood denied the allegations. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: transgender activist sues Masterpiece Cakeshop owner for refusing to bake gender transition cake – again: after winning a earlier courtcase, baker Jack Philllips is being sued again by the same person for a second refusal to create a cake. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: atheist group wins $450,000 in legal fees after ending graduation prayer, US: an atheist organization was awarded the costs for attorney’s fees after a federal judge ruled against prayer at a high school graduation (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: this isn’t the first global pandemic, and it won’t be the last: here’s what we’ve learned from 4 other pandemics throughout history. (The Conversation) [link]

17th: government funding to Qantas and Virgin to ensure air services on key routes, Australia: Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Transport Minister said that retaining aviation “is critical to protecting livelihoods and saving lives.” (The Conversation) [link]

17th: Australian universities could lose $19 billion in the next 3 years and will impact the economy: due to the loss of international student revenue in the face of the coronavirus, universities will be facing huge losses. (The Conversation) [link]

17th: ‘We’re opening up our country:’ Trump announced 3 phase plan for reopening America: as the national shutdown is not sustainable for the long-term, the new strategy would be implement and led by governors. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: NSW board declines complaint against Folau, Australia: after a discrimination complaint against the football star Israel Folau was lodged by a gay rights activist, the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board delined the complaint because it was ‘vexatious.’ (Newcastle Herald) [link 1]

16th: a woman saw a piano in the rubble of a church wrecked by a tornado and in the midst of the rubble, she played to cheer people up, US: Tracy Lynn Coats spotted the grand piano amongst the church’s wreckage after the tornado tore through Chattanooga, Tennessee (CNN) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: new mom gives glory to God after giving birth while in a coma, suffering from COVID-19, US: a ‘miracle walking’ is what the new mother is calling herself as she gives credit to God both for herself and the newborn baby after she gave birth. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Tennesee Pastor recovers undamaged piano from church destroyed by Tornado, US: after a tornado blew through Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, the church building was one of 150 that were destroyed or damaged in the EF-3 tornado, but the church’s piano was found intact. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter launches kids news sho t help explain coronavirus, US: the child-friendly news show will provide information and news that was age-appropriate. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: lockdown weighs heavily on Orthodox Christians during Easter: Greece and Russia have arranged to pick up Holy Light from Israel, but won’t distribute it as most significant religious holiday for 300 million Orthodox is essentially cancelled. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Trump gives states phased plan for restarting economy: President tells governors they are free to decide on how to reopen, but introduces guidelines for places with low transmission rates to begin to roll back some restrictions. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: in virus-battered New York, talk of restarting economy is ‘madness: death toll in city continues to mount by several hundred a day, and officials fear it could climb even higher if Trump-proposed rollback of restrictions implemented too soon. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: US coronavirus death toll passes 30,000, with over 640,000 cases: more than 14,000 COVID-19 fatalities in New York; despite high daily tolls, Trump says America has ‘passed the peak’ of pandemic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: US far-right extremists are now calling social distancing a Nazi policy: fringe activists are comparing governors fighting COVID-19 to Hitler; Jewish leaders fear the conspiratorial rhetoric will lead to violence against community. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: test error: 14 nursing home residents in COVID-19 hospital wards never had virus: more residents re-tested as Health Ministry opens probe into mistake; elderly patients isolated in hospitals to reduce chance of infection while decisions made about future care. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: China’s Wuhan abruptly raises number of virus dead to 3,869, an increase of 50%: local official says early cases, non-hospitalized deaths not identified as COVID-19 fatalities; questions have long swirled around the accuracy of China’s case reporting. (The Times of Israel) [link]

167th: ‘tip of the iceberg’: Global virus death toll thought to be seriously incomplete: thousands of people have died with COVID-19 symptoms — many in nursing homes, which have been ravaged by a disease that hits the elderly the hardest — without ever being tested. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: US alerted Israel, NATO to disease outbreak in China in November — TV report: White House was reportedly not interested in the intel, but it was passed onto NATO, IDF; when it reached Israel’s Health Ministry, ‘nothing was done.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: five ways New Zealanders’ lives and liberties will be heavily controlled, even after lockdown eases: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the next level of lockdown in NZ, but authorities and the government will retain power over their people until the end of the coronavirus. (The Conversation) [link]

16th: ‘God did not’ help bring down number of COVID-19 cases in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo asserts, US: Governor Cuomo stated in Monday’s press conference that God had nothing to do with reductions of coronavirus cases in New York. (Christian Headlines) [link 2] [link 3]

16th: why have so many died of coronavirus in New York? the densely populated city with millions of inhabitants and foreign visitors is an ideal breeding ground for infectious disease; it also reacted late. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Cuomo says threat that virus will overwhelm New York hospital system averted: New York governor orders people to wear face masks in public, sending 150 ventilators to Michigan and Maryland; State develops own antibody test. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: coronavirus could erode global fight against other diseases: decades-long efforts to eradicate malaria, polio and other illnesses are on the back burner; patients are being turned away from overtaxed hospitals. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: US said probing possibility that virus came from Chinese laboratory: intelligence officials tell CNN they are looking into theory virus was accidentally released by infected technician, though they stress it is far from substantiated. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Disney’s DuckTales reveals character has two dads: the latest to introduce LGBT characters into their storyline, DuckTales is just one of many children’s series doing this. (Christian Headlines) [link 2] [link]

16th: Iran unveils ‘smart system’ to detect virus from 100m in seconds, faces derision: IRGC commander says Mosta’an can find infections in five seconds ‘creating a magnetic field and using a bipolar virus’; critics claim it is based on scam tool for detecting bombs. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: dozens of world’s top entertainers to lead virus extravaganza — from home: Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney among stars to headline ‘One World: Together At Home,’ airing globally on April 18 to raise funds and awareness for frontline health care workers. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: US accuses Iran of ‘dangerous’ harassment of its warships in Strait of Hormuz: 11 Iranian naval vessels make ‘dangerous and harassing’ maneuvers, passing as close as 10 meters from American ships. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Australia on course to eliminate COVID-19, modelling shows: social distancing in mainland Australia appears to be working, and may be able to defeat it. (The Age) [link 1]

16th: a supermarket boss’ blunt reply to toilet paper hoarding wanting a refund has gone viral: the manager gave him the finger, refused to refund him and responded harshly because the customer had tried to make a profit online for the thousands of rolls of toilet paper and the many litres of sanitiser he had purchased during the beginning of the pandemic. (source) [link]

16th: Dr Death’s ultimate aim for euthanasia is not to ‘help’ people to suicide: Jack Kevorkian, ‘Dr Death’ has ‘helped’ 130 people to take their lives, but this is merely the first step and he wrote that his ultimate aim was to harvest organs. (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Aussie Christians called to weekly prayer for cyclone ravaged Vanuatu: Australia’s Uniting Church president is asking its members to pray at 9am once a week for ‘our Pacific brothers and sisters.’ (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: death penalty to be abolished in Sudan: the Sudanese government is planning to abolish the death penalty for leaving Islam and will dissolve committees for the government-sanctioned church. (Open Doors) [link 1]

15th: how has COVID-19 changed the church around the world?: the church has been impacted in several ways as a result of the pandemic. (Open Doors) [link 1]

15th: bread and wine and Zoom, many churches did dispersed communion, Australia: hundreds of communion services were held during Easter with many participating at home. (Eternity news) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: Oxford University scientists starting human trials for virus vaccine next week: over 500 people recruited; vaccine already tested in several different animal species. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: World Health Organization voices ‘regret’ at US decision to halt funding: WHO rejects claim it underestimated severity of outbreak, says it will review impact of Trump’s move and seek to fill financial gaps. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: UK WWII veteran, 99, raises $10 million (and rising) for health service: Tom Moore began walking laps in his garden to raise funds during coronavirus, as thank you to medical staff who treated his broken hip; response was ‘completely out of this world’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: world’s coronavirus cases top 2 million — more than doubling in two weeks: US has highest death toll at 24,428; Sweden sees sharp spike in fatalities; Germany is ‘cautiously positive’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Australian Federal Police officers trialled controversial facial recognition tool Clearview: despite initially denying they had used the tool, the Federal Police had used the face-matching software between early November and late January (ABC News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: US factory shutdowns near levels of post-WWII demobilization: declines in manufacturing output and industrial production are far worse than what was expected by economists. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Romanian priest accused of equating Jews with virus says he was misinterpreted: watchdog says sermon was inappropriate; Father Francisc Dobos maintains those who accuse him of anti-Semitism are ‘biased.’(The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Trump announces funding halt to World Health Organization: US president claims UN body covered up severity of coronavirus outbreak in China; Washington is organization’s biggest funder, providing $400 million last year. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: global condemnation of Trump’s decision to suspend WHO funding during pandemic: EU policy chief ‘deeply regrets’ move; China ‘seriously concerned’; US is the biggest funder of World Health Organization, providing $400 million last year. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: New York death toll soars past 10,000 after officials add ‘probable’ fatalities: authorities say 3,778 died of virus without being tested as outbreak in state appears to plateau; Cuomo clashes with Trump after president claims ‘total’ authority over states. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Paul McCartney calls to ban ‘medieval’ Chinese ‘wet markets’: Beatles legend and long-time animal rights activist compares sales of wild animals at markets, which many believe to be source of coronavirus, to ‘letting off atomic bombs’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: opposition to Samaritan’s Purse Central park field hospital grows, New York, US: LGBTQ activists gathered near the field hospital, heavily criticising state and city officials for partnering with the Christian organisation who are treating coronavirus patients that the overwhelmed hospitals are not able to treat. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: Jackals roam deserted Tel Aviv park after virus forces public indoors: normally timid dog-like animals scavenge far outside their usual territory in empty Hayarkon Park as lack of visitors’ scraps deprives them of usual food source. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: China’s failure to warn of likely pandemic for 6 key days may have been critical: ocuments show officials knew of potential danger almost a week before telling their public; experts say much of virus’s spread could have been prevented if they’d acted sooner. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: death pentalty to be abolished, Sudan: the Sudanese government is making plans to abolish the death penalty for those who leave Islam and will remove all government-sanctioned church committees. (Open Doors) [link 1]

15th: top US general: Coronavirus appears to be of ‘natural’ origin: after report reveals American diplomats raised concerns about virus research on bats in Wuhan, Mark Milley says evidence ‘inconclusive’ that it originated in lab. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Donald Trump announces decision to end US funding of the World Health Organization: Trump stated that group had put “political correctness over lifesaving measures” and the US would no longer fund them and will begin an investigation into claims that WHO downplayed coronavirus and to determine how Who uses their funding (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: N.J. church launches grocery delivery initiative spreading hope across the U.S>: a nationwide initiative was sparked by one pastor and the ‘Boxes of Hope’ project offers supplies to those in need and delivered right to their door through volunteers. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: ‘prayer was the difference:’ COVID-19 survivor praises God, thanks healthcare professionals for savings his life, US: after nearly dying from the virus, he was very inspired by the selfless people in his life including medical staff who helped him through his medical crisis. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: Greenville Mayor waives $500 tickets given to congregants attending drive-in church service, US: Temple Baptist Church parishioners were issued with fines on 8 April for attending a drive-in church service, but the Mayor has waived the tickets. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

14th: 49% of Americans say Bible should ‘influence’ US laws: additionally the survey of over 6,000 adults found that one quarter also believe the Bible should be our guidelines, rather than the will of the people. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: crosses removed from churches across China for being ‘higher than the National Flag:’ the Chinese communist government has removed many from churches including its own government approved Three-Self Church. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: lack of new global hotspots fuels optimism, talk of emerging from lockdowns: extreme international measures to curb virus appear to have been effective; but experts warn prematurely relaxing restrictions could cause relapse. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: this battle is between the virus and all of humankind: the vilification of China, out of political motives or plain ignorance, contradicts the facts: Experts have praised our safety measures and scientific efforts (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: New York Governor Cuomo says Trump is not a king, can’t force states to reopen: he says even if president orders it, he would not reopen his state, the epicenter of coronavirus outbreak, if he feels it puts people in further danger. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: prayers answered for Christian convert exiled to Iranian border: a former Islamic man in Iran was sentenced to 2 years in exile in 2019 after becoming a Christian and has discovered that local Muslims were helpful, hospital and open to him. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: in some European Jewish communities, getting coronavirus carries a stigma: Jews and Jewish leaders in places like Belgium, Italy and the UK have avoided discussion of virus in communities that could most vulnerable to it. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Austria scales back virus lockdown, reopens some stores: customers required to wear masks, keep distance from one another as rules eased. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: uproar as McDonald’s bans black people from entering their store in a Chinese city out of fears they might have coronavirus’: a video shared the notice which read ‘black people are not allowed to enter’ and the shop was closed because of racial discrimination. (Daily Mail) [link 1] [link 2]

14th: trust in government is high in NZ, but will it last until the country’s elections later in the year?: New Zealand is likely to go to the polls to vote in the general election which is still hoping to go ahead in September. (The Conversation) [link]

13th: God will ‘be glorified’ during pandemic, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney tells ESPN, US: the football coach believes that during the pandemic, God will be ‘glorified.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

13th: Trump: ‘the light of Christ will always triump’ because ‘He has defeated death:’ in his Easter message, the President commended the American people for demonstrating the core tenets of Christianity during the current pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: Franklin Graham encourages churches to ‘obey those in authority,’ not meeting in person: the evangelist encouraged pastors in response to the pandemic on the Ben Shapiro Show on Sunday. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: cautious global hope for pandemic peak as Italy, France, US see drops in deaths: with toll slowing in epicenters, some countries are starting to reopen their stalled economies, but signs loom that virus could be taking hold in vulnerable parts of the world. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: crowding, lack of water spell COVID-19 nightmare for world’s 71 million refugees: uable to wash hands or practice social distancing, huge numbers of forcibly displaced people set to suffer from pandemic at disproportionate rates, Jewish humanitarian groups warn. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Mark Zuckerberg, wife donate $1 million to fight virus in Kauai, Hawaii: a quarter of cash will go to Wilcox Medical Center, the rest to provide food, rental assistance education to those in need on island where couple have a 700-acre estate. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: authorities singling out religious groups to enforce social distancing rules will face action for discrimination, AG Barr says, US: Attorney General William Barr’s office has warned authorities that focussing on religious organisations will face court for discrimination. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: ‘If beer is essential, so is Easter:’ judge overturns ban on drive-in church service, US: a federal judge who put a stop to attempts to ban drive-in church services has been applauded by Christian leaders. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: Mississippi church sues city after police ticket congregants attending drive-in service, US: the Greenville church has fought back after authorities tried to shut down their drive-in service, and issued tickets to those in attendance. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: senior priest in Romania accused of likening Jews to virus in Easter greeting: Father Francisc Dobos says Christians fear both Jews and the coronavirus, sparking allegations of anti-Semitism. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Israelis and others forced to write ‘sorry’ 500 times for India lockdown breach: more than 700 tourists from US, Australia, Mexico and Israel staying in Rishikesh have flouted restrictions, police say, adding that punishment aims to teach them a lesson. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: COVID-19 maps spur enterprising teenagers to launch map of good deeds: 200 constructive efforts marked on interactive map in first week, as word of initiative spreads globally. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: this battle is between the virus and all of humankind: the vilification of China, out of political motives or plain ignorance, contradicts the facts: Experts have praised our safety measures and scientific efforts (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: the Queen’s Easter message: Light overcomes darkness: The Queen shared her hope in all that Easter symbolises. (Eternity News) [link 1]

12th: UN Mideast envoys plead for ceasefires amid coronavirus threat: special envoy to Israeli-Palestinian conflict joins ambassadors in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq in calling for sides to fight deadly virus instead of each other. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Xi Jinping’s China did this: the corrupt, criminal regime wasted 40 days blocking information while it crushed domestic dissent and ensured COVID-19 would become a global pandemic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Europe’s virus toll passes 75,000; Spain’s fatalities up after 3 days of decline: Madrid believes coronavirus outbreak has peaked, but restrictions remain; UK government forced to defend protective wear policies following deaths of 19 medics. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: US death toll passes 20,000 as New York stabilizes at ‘horrific rate’: State records almost 800 new deaths, amid scant signs of hope that numbers in hard hit areas of Europe and US may be leveling off. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: UK’s Johnson out of the hospital, says staff saved his life: Premier’s office says he will continue his recovery at his country house, is not immediately returning to work after a week in hospital including 3 days in intensive care. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: coronavirus vaccine may be ready by September, says Oxford scientist: British vaccinologist says trials set to begin in two weeks. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: in a test of faith, Christians mark Good Friday in isolation: the faithful try to find solace in online services, upholding traditions in a world locked down by the coronavirus pandemic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: US becomes first country with over 2,000 virus deaths in 24 hours: with nearly 18,600 fatalities, US set to overtake Italy; Trump says reopening economy ‘biggest decision’ of presidency, sets up new task force. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Jesus takes the wheel at German Good Friday drive-in: vehicles of the faithful line up side-by-side in parking spaces for Easter service. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Jewish astronaut about to return: Earth still looks stunning, but it has changed: Jessica Meir and colleague Andrew Morgan due to splash back down Friday after months at International Space Station; she says it was ‘surreal’ to watch virus crisis unfold. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: worldwide death toll from coronavirus hits 100,000: Christian leaders call on public to observe social distancing rules over Easter holiday as WHO chief warns that lifting restrictions too early could ‘lead to a deadly resurgence’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: UK reports worst day, with nearly 1,000 virus deaths; Johnson improves: Friday’s 980 fatalities are higher single day tally than ever in Spain, Italy; British government implores people not to travel over Easter holiday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: New York deaths up by another 800, but lower hospitalization numbers spark hope: fatalities top 7,000, but fewer people being put in intensive care seen as sign of outbreak slackening, as officials warn against becoming complacent. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: city under siege: 24 hours in the fight to save New York: across the city that never sleeps, a daily battle against the coronavirus is taking place, enlisting doctors, medics, drivers, shop owners, clergy and more. These are their stories. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: in Jerusalem, Christians mark a somber Easter: mass to be broadcast on television and online as churches shuttered due to coronavirus lockdown. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Spain sees lowest virus daily toll in 17 days — ‘only’ 605 deaths: death rate slowing to 4%, down from 27% on March 25; government says national lockdown to remain in place. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: UN chief warns virus threat exacerbating global tensions: Antonio Guterres tells Security Council that pandemic is derailing peace efforts, eroding public trust, sowing uncertainty and could give terrorists a boost. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: cautious optimism as global COVID-19 death toll nears 100,000: US officials suggest Americans could yet go on vacations this summer; EU agrees on rescue package as ‘fire begins to come under control.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: a Hungarian leader promotes fact over fiction: Victor Orban has put forward a parliamentary bill which will recognise biological reality only for identity documents but seeks to introduce controversial measures. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: Pastor Max Lucado prays for a revival amid season of uncertainty: the well-known Christian author and pastor said, “There is so much discontent right now in life,” and is eager to help people with discontentment and hopelessness. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

9th: Actor, filmmaker Tyler Perry pays for Seniors’ groceries at 44 food stores, US: almost 3,000 shoppers shopping during the “senior hour” at 44 stores, were surprised after Tyler Perry paid for their groceries. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: ‘Praise the Lord:’ 60 year old coronavirus survivor says God spared her life, US: after contracting COVID-19, the Georgian woman was seriously ill, but was healed by God. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: amid pandemic, whales enjoy human absence in Mediterranean: with ports locked down, giant sea mammals, among other wild animals, are rediscovering areas they seldom venture into under normal circumstances. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: world faces potential new ‘Great Depression’ as virus toll mounts: global bodies warn of catastrophic economic fallout from pandemic, with Italy’s leader suggesting future of EU is at stake. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: UK’s Johnson out of intensive care as his condition improves: Downing Street says PM has been moved back to ward, ‘will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Iran virus deaths pass 4,000, but regime says number of new cases dropping: Khamenei calls on Iranians to pray at home during the upcoming Ramadan. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: as many as 150 Saudi royals said infected with coronavirus: New York Times says Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal in intensive care, with elite hospital preparing for influx of other royals. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Panel tells White House summer unlikely to restrain coronavirus spread: though Trump has cited warming weather as possible cause for hope, experts say there is little evidence to support such speculation. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: ark encounter is illuminated by green lights to honor Kentucky coronavirus victims, US: the life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark wanted to show compassion to the victims of the coronavirus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Joel Osteen to host special Easter service featuring Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Tyler Perry: Lakewood Church will be hosting a special Easter service with several well-known names. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: California Bill would keep parents from knowing when children have abortions, get transgender hormones, US: California’s Planned Parenthood has put forward a bill which will block parents from knowing if their child is receiving trangender hormone treatments or if they have an abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: ‘We do not grieve like those who have no nope,’ Pence says of pandemic during Easter, US: the Vice President shared that the faith of millions of Americans over the Easter period is a source of hope during the pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: half a billion more people could fall into poverty due to virus, report says: Oxfam warns ‘devastating economic fallout of pandemic’ could set back efforts against poverty in some areas of the world by decades. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Allen Garfield, elite ’70s character actor, dies of coronavirus at 80: veteran Jewish actor was a vital player in classic films like ‘The Conversation’ and ‘Nashville,’ due to complications from COVID-19. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: as cases balloon, Louisiana pastor defies orders, hosts hundreds at church: Tony Spell says if any parishioners die they will at least have done so as ‘free people’; Louisiana is currently the US state fifth most affected by the coronavirus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: report: US intelligence warned of coronavirus threat as early as November: ABC News says National Security Council and White House were briefed extensively on danger by January but failed to act to counter it. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: virus deaths soar in US, Europe as Trump sees light at end of tunnel: Governments grapple with how to balance public safety against devastating economic impact of pandemic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: number of coronavirus cases worldwide passes 1.5 million: US has the most infections of any country from COVID-19, which has killed 87,320 people across the globe since it first emerged in China. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: WHO finds itself under fire in virus-stricken America: organization faces accusations from both Trump and its US supporters that it sought to placate China, with critics pointing to WHO leader’s praise of Beijing’s ‘transparency’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: from the bushfires to coronavirus, our old ‘normal’ is gone forever, so what’s next in Australia? the recent events impacting Australia, will see changes in relationships between people, governments and even the environment. (The Conversation) [link]

9th: outcry over racial data grows as virus hits black Americans hard: economic realities and healthcare inequality have led to pandemic appearing to kill African Americans at a higher rate. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: wrestler Hulk Hogan says that God is using the pandemic to tear down idols, strengthen relationship with Christ, US: Hogan is asking that people use their free time to strengthen their relationship with God. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: Sri Lanke government begins anti-conversion campaign: although it’s been just one year since the church bombings in Sri Lanka, the government is working towards introducing new anti-conversion legislation, which will impact on Christians. (Open Doors) [link 1]

8th: Appeals Court judge says Texas’ temporary near-total abortion ban is allowed, US: according to the recent ruling of the Fifth Circuit Court, Texan is able to “legally implement its near-total ban on abortion services amid the coronavirus outbreak.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: 8 in 10 Pastors say current events are a sign of Jesus’ return: according ot a new survey, a vast majority of pastor say that current events indicate the end times and Jesus’ return. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: Courts would likely uphold Government closure of churches during pandemic, ADF Attorney says, US: as long as restrictions on church meetings are temporary, the Courts would likely approve the Government’s closures. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: in talk with Jewish leaders, new UK Labour chief vows to root out anti-Semitism: Keir Starmer apologizes for anti-Jewish hatred in party, promises independent complaints review process; community heads relieved, appreciative. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: with 1,939 fatalities, US records highest death toll in single day: New York governor says state appears to be nearing the peak of its outbreak but urges citizens to continue staying indoors. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: the coronavirus ban on elective surgeries might show us many people can avoid going under the knife, Australia: all elective surgeries in Australia have been cancelled temporarily, and may impact negatively on some whose health will deteriorate while waiting. (The Conversation) [link]

8th: courts are moving to video during coronavirus, but research shows it’s hard to get a fair trial remotely, Australia: research suggests to courtroom interactions don’t always translate well on video. (The Conversation) [link]

8th: as use of digital platforms surges, we’ll need strong global efforts to protect human rights online: with so many making use of the internet during the lockdown, we have to seriously consider safety measures to deal with online increases in abuse and harassment. (The Conversation) [link]

8th: now we’re in lockdown, how can we get out? Four scenarios to prevent a second wave, Australia: although there is encouraging signs that we are beginning to reverse the epidemic, we now must consider how and when to relax our current strict control measures. (The Conversation) [link]

8th: Pastor prophesied ‘plague-like’ conditions this year, now says this Passover will be a ‘true Passover:’ Late last year, Glory of Zion Ministries’ Chuck Pierce said that the US would see ‘plague-like” conditions for the first few months of this year, and we need the blood of Jesus more than ever. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: Bible publishers experience increased sales amid COVID-19 pandemic: increasing Bible sales have been reported by Bible publishing companies. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: Indonesia was in denial over coronavirus. Now it may be facing a looming disaster: the Indonesian government had been in denial about cases claiming there was no infection, and urging the public to eat more healthily, and claiming that the virus can’t survive in tropical climates. (The Conversation) [link]

8th: without international students, Australia’s universities will downsize – and some might collapse altogether: due to the current coronavirus restrictions, and its impact on numbers of students in the second semester, universities will lose between A$3 and A$4.5 billion. (The Conversation) [link]

8th: year’s brightest supermoon rises over world battered by pandemic: NASA encourages public to look skyward for a respite from coronavirus outbreak as full moon moves closer to earth than usual. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Iran atomic chief says modernization work on heavy water reactor progressing: in message marking country’s national nuclear day, Ali Akbar Salehi also touts efforts to construct 2 new reactors at Bushehr plant. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Now you can’t even go for a drive: top cop says Australians will be fined for ‘blatantly’ being on the road in coronavirus lockdown even if they don’t set foot outside: with stage three lockdown invoked, police have been handing out significant fines with 139 people fined in Queensland alone in just one week. (Daily Mail) [link 1]

8th: Indonesia was in denial over coronavirus. Now it may be facing a looming disaster: the Indonesian government has been in denial about cases claiming there was no infection in their country, and urging the public to eat more healthily, while claiming that the virus can’t survive in tropical climates. (The Conversation) [link]

8th: Now you can’t even go for a drive: top cop says Australians will be fined for ‘blatantly’ being on the road in coronavirus lockdown even if they don’t set foot outside: with stage three lockdown invoked, police have been handing out significant fines with 139 people fined in Queensland alone in just one week. (Daily Mail) [link 1]

7th: the jury may be out on the jury system after George Pell’s successful appeal, Australia: the conviction of Cardinal George Pell was quashed by the High Court even though a jury had earlier found him guilty. (The Conversation) [link]

7th: Scott Morrison indicates ‘eliminating’ COVID-19 would come at too high a cost, Australia: to eliminate COVID-19 entirely would require “very aggressive” long-term border control and would carry too high an economic cost. (The Conversation) [link]

7th: China bans churches from streaming services, even during pandemic: as churches around the globe stay in contact with their members online, it is illegal to do so in China. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Kenneth Copeland calls for ‘supernatural heatwave’ to kill the coronavirus,: the televangelist and preacher called forth a “supernatural heatwave” in New York and elsewhere in the world to kill the coronavirus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: Austria could start loosening virus lockdown from April 14: Chancellor Sebastian Kurz aims to first reopen small stores and parks, while maintaining strict social distancing and mask rules, to prevent a second wave of infections. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: UK Prime Minister Johnson remains in intensive care as he battles coronavirus: Cabinet minister says PM, who spent night in hospital, was given ‘some oxygen’ but is not on a ventilator; foreign minister steps in to lead country, though his powers unclear. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Japan declares state of emergency as global coronavirus toll tops 75,000: measure comes as first hints of slowdown of infection and deaths appear around the world; China reports no fatalities for previous 24 hours, New York says situation stabilizing. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: uncowed by coronavirus, Koolulam wants to teach the world to sing: participants in planned virtual mass singing event have until Wednesday to choose a part, practice and record themselves singing Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Germany warns of spike in anti-Semitism linked to virus: government czar notes ‘boom’ in cycling of conspiracy theories, including one claim that pandemic is result of a failed bioweapon test by Israeli secret service. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: ‘This is a result of a fallen world’ Franklin Graham says of the coronavirus pandemic: Graham says that it’s a result of a fallen world which has turned its back on God. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: 344 unborn babies saved during spring 40 Days for Life Campaign, worldwide: the bi-annual campaign which involves fasting, prayer and peaceful vigils outside abortion clinics around the world, has seen 300 unborn babies saved. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: China’s virus pandemic epicenter Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown: 11 million residents of city where coronavirus emerged finally allowed to leave their homes after communist authorities report no new cases Tuesday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: the jury may be out on the jury system after George Pell’s successful appeal, Australia: the conviction of Cardinal George Pell was quashed by the High Court even though a jury had earlier found him guilty. (The Conversation) [link]

7th: Scott Morrison indicates ‘eliminating’ COVID-19 would come at too high a cost, Australia: to eliminate COVID-19 entirely would require “very aggressive” long-term border control and would carry too high an economic cost. (The Conversation) [link]

7th: China bans churches from streaming services, even during pandemic: as churches around the globe stay in contact with their members online, it is illegal to do so in China. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Kenneth Copeland calls for ‘supernatural heatwave’ to kill the coronavirus,: the televangelist and preacher called forth a “supernatural heatwave” in New York and elsewhere in the world to kill the coronavirus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: Georgia man says God healed him of COVID-19 after 11 days in the hospital, US: after being hospitalized with the coronavirus and spending 11 days in the hospital, he shared his experience of “the Lord was blowing breath” into his lungs. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: ‘faith over fear:’ thousands place crosses in yards to celebrate hope amidst pandemic, US: homeowners were encouraged to place crosses in their front yards to help spread the Easter message in at least six US states. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria kill more than 60 Christians in five weeks, sources say: Christian Solidarity International has warned of an impending genocide in Nigeria as Muslim Fulani herdsmen continue murdering peaceful Christians. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

6th: ‘faith over fear:’ thousands place crosses in yards to celebrate hope amidst pandemic, US: homeowners are being encouraged to place crosses in their front yards as a way to celebrate hope with the approach of Easter. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: Donald Trump tunes into online church as holy week begins amid coronavirus pandemic: with many churches now streaming their services online, even the US President has been viewing it. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

6th: more Australians are worried about a recession and an increasingly selfish society than about coronavirus itself: the long-lasting societal effects of the pandemic, particularly the health system and the recession, are causing more concerns to Australians than the coronavirus itself. (The Conversation) [link]

6th: it is necessary to worry about health, but pessimism about the economy will hurt us, Australia: while being concerned about the health crisis is healthy, focusing on the economic crisis may be unhealthy focus. (The Conversation) [link]

6th: Australia’s Prime Minister Morrison sees massive ratings surge in Newspoll over coronavirus crisis; Trump also improves: of the poll, there was a significant increase in approval ratings for the Prime Minister, with a modest approval rating for the US President. (The Conversation) [link]

6th: Brazil’s President calls for a national day of prayer and fasting to ‘free Brazil from this evil’ coronavirus: after a group of evangelical Christians made the request, the Brazilian President Bolsonaro also put forward a similar request to the nation. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: Trump Administration: churches elibible ‘without urestrictions’ for loans under rescue package, US: an interim rule to allow all churches and faith based organisations has been adopted to allow funding for those impacted by the pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: spies are already in your phone. A highly controversial private firm may be next: fighting the coronavirus contagion, the government has introduced extremely intrusive tracking. Now it wants to bring in the NSO Group, a company accused of human rights violations. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: tiger at NYC’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus: case believed to be first known infection in an animal in US or a tiger anywhere; 6 other tigers and lions also ill, all apparently infected by zoo worker, but expected to recover. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: US, UK brace for soaring death tolls as pandemic bears down: US surgeon general offers stark warning about surge of coronavirus deaths: ‘This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment’ British PM remains in hospital. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: NY’s death count nears 4,200, but there’s a glimmer of hope: Gov. Cuomo notes slight dip in new coronavirus deaths over last 24 hours may be sign spread is slowing, but warns it is too soon to determine if pandemic has reached apex. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: during the great depression, many newspapers betrayed their readers. Some are doing it again now: some Australian newspapers are betraying their readers by focussing on business rather than public health, similarly to the way it occurred in the great depression. (The Conversation) [link]

5th: as New York virus toll spikes, governor says worst yet to come: with over 3,500 dead across state, Cuomo says apex may only come in 4 or 14 days; state seeks ventilators in China and help from graduating medical students. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: pop star Pink, recovered from COVID-19, donates $1M to fight virus: US singer says she and her 3-year-old son contracted the coronavirus in Los Angeles; condemns Trump’s handling of crisis. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: US coronavirus closure orders raise religious freedom tensions: some clergy are refusing to shut down services and comply with social distancing rules, citing First Amendment rights, while some states exempt religious services altogether. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: Spain sees 3rd daily drop in coronavirus deaths, with 674 fatalities: total death toll in country at 12,418, world’s second-highest after Italy; 1,215,940 people infected and 65,666 dead worldwide as of Sunday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: ‘complete collapse of economies’ ahead as Africa faces virus: experts predict unprecedented damage to developing economies as governments struggle to ensure millions of newly jobless laborers and petty traders can survive lockdowns. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: reinfection unlikely among COVID-19 patients, say experts: reports of discharged patients testing positive for coronavirus believed to be connected to testing errors or unresolved cases. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon brace for virus onslaught: fugitives who live in cramped quarters, including tent camps where basic services like water are poor, are particularly vulnerable to the illness. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Australian MPs call for scrutiny of China amid coronavirus pandemic: The Chinese Communist Party was criticised by Parliamentarians and warned of economic consequences for their responsibility in the release of the coronavirus. (source) [link 1]

4th: global coronavirus death toll tops 60,000 as advice on masks shifts: New York state, Britain post record number of daily fatalities; Spain, Italy see drop in number of new cases, providing some hope. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: anti-Semitic conspiracy theories an odious symptom of France’s virus crisis: in a country where hatred of Jews can quickly follow crisis, pandemic has sparked rise of centuries-old libels, with clips viewed hundreds of thousands of times. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: as virus surges, field hospitals emerge across US; now they need staff: parking lots, convention centers, sports arenas converted to medical complexes, but authorities face dire shortage of staff as they brace for coming storm. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine whistleblower complaint: Michael Atkinson, inspector general for the intelligence community, informed Congress of the anonymous complaint, triggering president’s impeachment. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Florida finally takes in cruise ship passengers, some on stretchers: travelers disembark after weeks at sea, with 14 critically ill patients sent directly to hospitals; crew members left on ship are getting sicker. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: religious groups clash over US government giving virus aid to houses of worship: Interfaith Alliance says move violates separation of religion and state; Orthodox Union argues it would be discriminatory to leave religious groups out of relief package. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: face coverings recommended for all of US, but Trump says he won’t wear one: new federal guidelines say all Americans should wear non-medical masks in public to stem spread of coronavirus; president says ‘I’m choosing not to do it.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: NSW Health knew about sick Ruby Princess passengers before approving release, Australia: while authorities knew that there were sick people aboard the cruise ship, passengers will still allowed to return home without being tested. (The New Daily) [link]

3rd: look who’s talking: Australia’s telcos, banks and supermarkets granted exemption to cartel laws: during the current coronavirus crisis the ACCC is allowing a lightening up of its normal rules. (The Conversation) [link]

3 April: science and the Bible: science, history and religion affirm that human beings are male and female, while some activists would suggest otherwise. (Binary) [link]

3rd: 90 year old woman survives COVID-19, credits God for her ‘miraculous’ recovery, US: while many in the Kirkland nursing home didn’t survive the coronavirus, the 90 year old woman shared her healing as a portion of her testimony. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Israel to help Christians share ‘holy fire’ ritual amid pandemic: mysterious pre-Easter ceremony will be limited to 10 leaders, who will use creative means to deliver the flame to overseas communities. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Russia detains activist doctor who told ‘Zman Yisrael’ Moscow lying about virus: Anastasia Vasilyeva of the Alliance of Doctors union later fined and released; she was trying to bring masks, sanitizers, hazmat suits to hospital in Novgorod region. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: doctor suspended: when writing for Eternity is a thought crime, Australia: the Medical Board of Australia suspended the doctor for his posts on social media and in Eternity News. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Ravi Zacharias to begin chemotherapy after cancer diagnosis: after the well-known apologist and author was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, he has made a public announcement that he will be undergoing chemo. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: 93% of America’s churches have stopped meeting poll shows: more churches are choosing not to meet, even for Easter. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: 5 Christian leaders’ views on the coronavirus and the end times: various Pastors share their thoughts. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: Iraq suspends, fines Reuters news agency over virus report: $20,800 penalty comes after agency published story that said Baghdad was under-reporting confirmed COVID-19 cases. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: drag queen indoctrination is not education, US: as many parents in the US are having to home school their children, one of the lesson plans is that children have to think about drag queens. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: the virus of Bible reading spreads via WhatsApp in Latin America: over 200 people signed up to read the Bible via WhatsApp in Latin Amercia ever since the region went into lockdown. (Eternity News) [link]

2nd: global coronavirus cases cross one million, with more than 50,000 deaths: more than half of infected are in Europe; virus wreaks havoc on global economy, with US announcing a record 6.65 million workers filed for unemployment benefits last week. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Dolly Parton donates $1 million to Vanderbilt University for coronavirus research, US: Parton shared a statement about the research being undertaken at the university. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: Netanyahu, much of Israeli top brass in quarantine as health minister gets virus, Israel: Health Ministry chiefs, Mossad boss, national security adviser, all handling response to pandemic, enter isolation along with PM, who just emerged; IDF head already quarantined. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Feds distribute thousands of masks, other supplies seized from hoarders during coronavirus pandemic, US: Nearly 200,000 N95 respirator masks along with other medical supplies are being distrubted in New York and New Jersey after they were confiscating from people hoarding them. (Fox News) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: 1 in 10 children affected by bushfires is Indigenous. We’ve been ignoring them for too long, Australia: while bushfire season is over, government and other agencies have still failed to acknowledge its effect on Aboriginal peoples. (The Conversation) [link]

2nd: Trump: ‘me biggest disappointment’ is that churches ‘can’t meet’ during pandemic: and is concerned that just when people need their church more than ever, it’s unavailable in the usual way (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: NYC Councilman: Samaritan’s Purse’s presence in city is ‘extremely troubling,’ US: an emergency field hospital was set up in New York City by Samaritan’s Purse to help COVID-19 patients, but the city council members says that the ministry isn’t welcome simply because its founder is Franklin Graham. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: ‘God is forcing us to rest:’ Christian sports stars talk spiritual growth during lockdown, US: at a virtual ‘meeting’ several high-profile Christian athletes discussed some of the important spiritual lessons God is teaching them during this time. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: Pence urges churches of 10 or more to stop meeting in fight against coronavirus, US: the Vice President urged churches not to meet to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: Vanderbilt University Medical Center nurses pray over hospital amid coronavirus pandemic, US: the group of nurses take time every day to meet and to pray on the hospital’s helipad on a building roof. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: 2021 Maccabiah Games postponed by a year amid coronavirus pandemic: ‘Jewish Olympics’ for over 10,000 global athletes were scheduled to take place in Israel next June. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: UJA-Federation of New York providing over $34 million in pandemic assistance, US: grants and loans to help city residents hit hard by virus, including children, small businesses, elderly, students, Jewish Community Centers. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: in time for global self-isolation, ‘Anne Frank Video Diary’ premieres on YouTube: targeted at adolescents in five languages, online series features iconic diarist using a video-camera to narrate a life spent hiding from the Nazis. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Chris Tomlin sings ‘Good Good oFather’ with Stephen, Ayesha Curry during Instagram Live event, US: in the Instagram live event “Home & Hallelujah,” Christian artist Chris Tomlin joined with Ayesha and Steph Curry to encouragement people during the pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

1st: ‘We need prayer:’ MSNBC host asks T.D. Jakes to pray for nation on live TV, US: while the major news channel usually focuses on politics, MSNBC’s anchor Craig Melvin asked Pastor Jakes to pray for the nation impacted by the pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: life on the frontline: two doctors open up about COVID-19, Australia: the doctors share about their experiences and what helps them through it. (Eternity News) [link]

1st: Pastor says he will host ‘Woodstock’-like Easter service in protest of ‘stay at home’ orders, US: the Pennsylvanian pastor is organising an outdoor Easter service, and will “lift up Jesus Christ.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: coronavirus and ‘domestic terrorism’: how to stop family violence under lockdown: some responses to a research questionnaire are shared (The Conversation) [link]

1st: mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus: German medical officials credit country’s ability to conduct large number of tests with the low number of COVID-19 deaths compared to other European nations. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: world’s first psychiatric coronavirus ward opens in Israel: haunted by a disaster in South Korea, doctors enter uncharted territory by opening special facility — having hired actors to help simulate scenarios staff may have to deal with. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Mossad officer describes covert global battle to obtain ventilators at all costs: in TV exposé, senior member of spy agency says Israel — and other countries — has been laying hands on machines ordered by others, in ‘most complex operation’ he’s overseen. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: White House projects 100,000 to 240,000 US deaths from virus: President Trump warns Americans to brace for a ‘rough two-week period’; officials urge country to step up social distancing and take warnings seriously. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: coronavirus death toll in United States passes 4,000: total number of deaths in America more than double the tally on Saturday; over 40% of fatalities in New York State. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: ‘How will we eat’? India’s coronavirus lockdown threatens millions with severe hardship: India’s Prime Minister’s announcement of a 21 day lockdown, will impacts hundreds of millions who live in poverty and can no longer buy food etc for their families. (The Conversation) [link]

1st: what can you use a telehealth consult for and when should you physically visit your GP?: everyone in Australia is eligible for Medicare-funded telehealth to access a GP. (The Conversation) [link]

1st: if coronavirus cases don’t grow any faster, our health system will probably cope, Australia: the spread of the coronavirus in Australia has slowed due to various methodstincluding spatial distancing and border control. (The Conversation) [link]

1st: 44 Percent Say Coronavirus Is ‘Wake-Up Call’ from God, Sign of His Judgment: 44% of voters believe that the current pandemic is a judgement from God or a wake-up call. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: Trump Applauds Franklin Graham for Fighting Coronavirus: ‘He Loves Jesus’: the President commended the work of Samaritan’s Purse who had set up a 68 bed emergency field hospital in New York’s Cemtral Park, whose founder is Franklin Graham (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

MARCH 2020

27th: RSL: light up the dawn on ANZAC day, Australia: the RSL is asking Australians to remember those who served and sacrifieced, by standing in their driveway, balcony or living room with a light or candle, requesting that people pledge their home. (RSL, Qld) [link 1] [link 2]

31st: Elton John pursued by pronoun police: the LGBT icon faced anger online by many including some of his fans after he referred to artist Sam Smith as a male at a recent concert. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

31st: is coronavirus ushering in the Antichrist’s one-world government?: the world has never before ben brought together in such unity, so does this mean it’s the end times? (Crosswalk) [link 1] [link 2]

31st: Museum of the Bible to return antiquities and admits its Dead Sea Scrolls collection is fake, US: the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC who have acknowledged criticism that their Biblical antiquities are fake, will be returning the papyrus fragments and clay objects. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: coronavirus, the Chinese Communist Party and the truth: did the Chinese Communist Party act in all honesty with the outbreak of the coronavirus (source) [link]

31st: care, not assisted suicide, needed right now – shelve the Health Committee report during COVID-19. Australia: The Health Committee made recommendations for the government-commissioned review on assisted suicide laws. (source) [link 1] [link 2</a]

31st: as the world stays at home, where is the pandemic heading?: across the world, COVID-19 has affected around 800,000 people and over 35,000 deaths, so what’s happening in the world right now? (The Conversation) [link]

31st: claiming discrimination, Vatican urges Holy Sepulchre open for Easter broadcast: in letter to attorney general, representative in the Holy Land points to continued limited prayers at Western Wall, demands traditional live transmission of service be permitted. (The Times of Israel) [link]

31st: ‘Get back in the Word’ during Pandemic, My Pillow CEO urges Americans at White House: the CEo of ‘My Pillow’ encouraged people in the US to make use of their time at home by growing closer to God and their family. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

31st: record low 6% of Americans adhere to a Biblical worldview, new study shows: the new study indicates that just 6% of people in the USA stick to a Biblical worldview. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: Florida Pastor arrested for holding in-person church service during the pandemic: Rodney Howard-Brown was arrest the day after holding an ‘unlawful assembly’ in his church on Sunday. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: Idaho’s Governor signs abortion ban, fairness for women in sports act, US: the bill to prohibit most abortions in Idaho was passed and the Governor also signed the fill for Fairness for Women in Sport act to prohibit biological males from completing against female athletes. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: New York Times writer argues conservative Christians are a detriment to coronavirus pandemic response, US: in the opinion piece the writer claims that Trump’s religious supporters aren’t helping the pandemic (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: new research shows danger posed by coronavirus to people in their 40s and 50s: British study contends that 4% of infected people in their forties require hospitalization, and double that among those in their fifties. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: Dutch Jew who rescued 100s in Vichy France finally recognized — 80 years later: the ‘Dutch Schindler’ died on March 30, 1980, but Sally Noach’s tale went untold until his daughter investigated his wartime efforts and found a heroism fueled by hope and chutzpah. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: ‘Keep the faith:’ Dolly Parton shares encouraging words amid COVID-19 pandemic: “I think God’s in this… I think he’s trying to hold us up to the light so we can see ourselves and see each other through the eyes of love. And I hope we learn that lesson.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: NYC mayor threatens to close churches ‘permanently’ for meeting during coronavirus, US: Mayor Bill de Blasio issued the warning over the weekend. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: new OECD estimates suggest a 22% hit to Australia’s economy: estimates of the costs to control the coronavirus suggest a grim picture. (The Conversation) [link]

30th: $1,500 a fortnight JobKeeper wage subsidy in massive $130 billion program: a JobKeeper payment of $1,500 has been promised for employees during the crisis. (The Conversation) [link]

30th: hundreds circle a Georgia hospital in their cars to pray for workers battling coronavirus, US: while following social distancing guidelines, Christians gathered in their vehicles around the Cartersville Medical Center to show their support for medical and hospital staff. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: 6 Christian organisations offer relief amid the coronavirus pandemic, US: many faith-based charities and churches have been stepping up to help serve others during the crisis. (Christian Headlines) [link]

30th: Trump: ‘with the grace of God,’ America ‘will win’ the war against the coronavirus: after announcing the extension of the coronavirus guidelines until the end of April, he shared his belief that the battle will be won. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: Netanyahu aide tests positive for coronavirus: Israel’s Prime Minister met with adviser on ultra-Orthodox affairs Rivka Paluch on Thursday, raising concerns he may have been exposed to the virus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: prisoners riot in Iran after 100,000 convicts released to curb virus: in Jordan, authorities begin releasing thousands of citizens and foreigners who had been quarantined in hotels near Dead Sea. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: conservative pastor says coronavirus spread in synagogues is punishment from God: in broadcast, Rick Wiles of Florida claims Jews are under divine judgement because they ‘oppose’ Jesus; urges repentance, belief to stop ‘plague.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: Trump backs away from New York quarantine idea after criticism: US president says strong travel advisory to be issued instead of roping off hotspot; US death toll from coronavirus outbreak tops 2,100, including over 650 dead in New York City. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: Israeli doctor in Italy says new, innovative treatments ‘flattening the curve:’ Carmi Sheffer describes connecting patients to ventilators via scuba gear, placing them on stomachs, in battle with unpredictable virus which ‘spreads like wildfire’ among elderly. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: China spree sparks FIRB crackdown, Australia: after a Chinese owned Australian company sent tonnes of precious medical supplies back to China, the federal government placed immediate and severe restrictions on the foreign ownership of Australian companies. (Financial Review) [link 1]

29th: global coronavirus death toll passes 30,000, two-thirds in Europe: Italy sees fatalities spike again after slowdown; Spain grapples with overwhelmed morgues, but sees signs outbreak nearing its peak. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: Government says Australia’s coronavirus curve may be flattening: at a news conference on Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison advised that the rate of cases of coronavirus had fallen. (The Conversation) [link]

29th: citizen science: how you can contribute to coronavirus research without leaving the house, Australia: Australians may be able to contribute to coronavirus pandemic research. (The Conversation) [link]

28th: NY rabbi who survived COVID-19 donates blood plasma to treatment research: Rabbinical school dean Daniel Nevins, who had mild symptoms of disease, volunteers with program examining role of antibodies in potential coronavirus medicine. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Trump signs $2.2 trillion stimulus package after swift congressional votes: near-unanimous action by Congress aims to support businesses, health care system, struggling families as coronavirus restrictions bring life in many areas of US to a standstill. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: US eyes new outbreaks as infections worldwide top 590,000: deaths surge in Italy and Spain as fatalities worldwide climb to 26,000; New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit emerge as new hot spots; over 6,000 hospitalized in New York. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: in Ukraine, Christian group steps in to feed needy Jews confined by COVID-19: Dutch-based Christians for Israel planning to deliver more than 300,000 meals on wheels over next two months as country with poor medical infrastructure scrambles to contain virus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: all Australians will be able to access telehealth under new $1.1 billion coronavirus program: a set of measures will be announced on Sunday from the Prime Minister for access to Medicare telehealth services. (The Conversation) [link]

28th: New York plans more hospitals as virus death toll surges: State records 519 fatalities as governor announces 4 temporary medical centers throughout New York City; outbreak in area expected to peak in 3 weeks. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: States impose new restrictions on travelers from New York, US: directives raise concerns about loss of civil liberties as authorities seek to stem spread of coronavirus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: former U.K. Prime Minister calls for temporary global government to combat the coronavirus: the former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, hopes that international leaders can work together on a global scale to combat coronavirus and the consequences. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Surgeon General, disaster experts advise church leaders in COVID-19 online summit, US: religious leaders are being urged to follow guidelines during the pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: former U.K. Prime Minister calls for temporary global government to combat the coronavirus: the former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, hopes that international leaders can work together on a global scale to combat coronavirus and the consequences. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Surgeon General, disaster experts advise church leaders in COVID-19 online summit: religious leaders are being urged to follow guidelines during the pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: a politically correct dictionary and guide, Australia: academic and author Kevin Donnelly has released “A Politically Correct Dictionary and Guide,” in which he explains how political correctness is undermining our society and why. (Binary) [link 1]

27th: Italy sees fatalities spike, is 2nd country to pass Chinese virus case total: Italy records its single biggest daily rise in deaths, with 969 more victims; Spain reports 769 deaths and says 15% of all infected are health workers. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: hotel quarantine for returning Australians and ‘hibernation’ assistance for businesses: people returning from overseas will be required to quarantine themselves in hotels or other facilities for two weeks. (The Conversation) [link]

27th: while working remotely, chaplains aim to give COVID-19 patients rare human touch: with a ‘new normal’ causing most clerical duties to be conducted via phone or video chat, spiritual caregivers try to adapt without changing what works most. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: Australia issues warning of last Solomons flight: the last commercial flight from the Solomon Islands to Australia will leave today, after the Australian High commission warned Australians to return home. (RNZ) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Coronavirus Australia: Fewer deaths, hospitalisations in first 1000 case: the spread of coronavirus in Australia is ‘somewhat different’ to other countries where death rates have been higher. (News.com.au) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: coronavirus Austrlaia – few deaths, hospitalisations in first 1,000 cases: the spread of Covid-19 in Australia is much reduced compared to other countries. (News.com.au) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Ralph Lauren’s foundation to donate $10 million to coronavirus fight: company will continue to pay workers through the pandemic and will manufacture gowns and masks for medical workers. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: US surpasses China, Italy to become world leader in virus cases: more than 82,000 people infected and over 1,200 killed across country, as world races to lockdown and stem spread of pathogen; France records 365 deaths in single day. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, has mild symptoms, UK: British prime minister says he has been diagnosed with the disease and will remain at home while continuing to lead the government response to pandemic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: UN sees guns go silent as world faces off against common enemy: envoy hails ‘excellent’ cooperation between Israel and Palestinians in fighting COVID-19 and world body pushes ahead with resolution supporting ceasefires in face of pandemic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: hundreds die of poisoning in Iran as fake news suggests methanol cure for virus: in an epidemic inside of the pandemic, Iranians are ingesting toxic substance to combat COVID-19; nearly 300 have died, more than 1,000 have been sickened. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: young fit UK bicyclist hit hard by COVID-19; Wife says, ‘No one is immune’: London-based Anna Schuchman says her fitness-hip family once thought drastic measures unnecessary, but when husband Dani fought for his life, she realized anyone can be at risk. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: as deaths soar, Iran’s military sets up 2,000-bed hospital in exhibition center: Tehran field hospital completed in 48 hours, Tehran says, as toll of virus dead nears 2,400 in the region’s worst outbreak. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: virtual choir’s powers ‘It Is Well’ arrangement goes viral with 1.4 million views, US: the 31 singers from Nashville recorded their portions of the song which was arranged by producer David Wise then shared online. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: snowstorm didn’t stop this Alaska church from hosting drive-in worship service, US: as vehicles pulled up in the snow, Rev Nick Brucker preached via microphone while standing on top of a mound of snow. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

26th: War on COVID-19 requires solidarity, Australia: the Australian Christian Lobby is calling on Australians and political leaders to get behind the Prime Minister’s leadership. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link]

26th: teens record Mendelssohn on phones after virus cancels gig: a clever conductor at the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts uses technology to save part of his students’ canceled event. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: most Americans think Trump is either ‘not too’ religious or not religious at all, Pew finds, US: while identifying as Presbyterian and Protestant, many Americans share the view of the President via a poll. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: Pastor David Jeremiah argues that COVID-19 is probably not a sign of the end times: at his church service last weekend Pastor Jeremiah looked at the possibility of a connection between the pandemic and the end times. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Planned Parenthood files lawsuit against Texas Governor over temporary abortion ban, US: the abortion clinic filed the lawsuit alleging that the temporary ban of abortions in Texas was ‘abusing’ its emergency powers. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: Hillsong’s New York pastor Carl Lentz tests positive for coronavirus: while Carl Lentz has tested positive for coronavirus, he has advised live on Instagram that he is fine. (Eternity News) [link 1]

26th: Washington National Cathedral donates 5,000 medical masks resurrected from storage, US: after discovering some protective equipment from 2006 which they purchased during the bird flu outbreak, the masks had been forgotten (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

26th: Trump’s Dept of Justice says that boys shouldn’t be allowed to play in girls’ sports, US: the Dept of Justice is agreeing with female high school athletes who have challenged the policy in Connecticut which permits boys who identify as girls, to complete against female competitors. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: as Covid-19 moves into Africa, they await a ‘tsunami:’ vulnerable countries such as Central America, Latin America and Africa will be severely impacted. (Eternity News) [link 1]

26th: which jobs are most at risk from the coronavirus shutdown, Australia? while data won’t be available until mid April, suggestions about who will be impacted is suggested (The Conversation) [link]

26th: nursing manager at Mount Sinai West hospital in NYC – where staff were forced to wear trash bags as protective equipment – dies of coronavirus at age 48: Kious Kelly who passed away at Mount Sinai West, was one of nursing staff who had to wearing garbage bags for protections due to a shortage of protective equipment. (Daily Mail, UK) [link]

26th: mother, 36, ‘dies of coronavirus’ in her flat after being told she was not a priority when she called 999: when Kayla Williams phoned 999 with fever, severe stomach and chest pains and a cough, she was advised that she wasn’t a priority and died in her apartment the following day. (Daily Mail) [link]

26th: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warns of mass death, condemns ‘false hope,’ and tells us his city will be on lockdown for another 2 months — and to ‘be prepared for longer’: Mayor Garcetti advised that residents will need to stay in their homes until at least May, and those that suggesting everything should be back to normal were prematurely optimistic. (Business Insider Australia) [link]

26th: prisoners released to combat virus, Iran: Irianian authorities have released 70,000 prisoners temporarily, though many Christians still remain in jail. ( Open Doors) [link 1]

26th: New York struggles with coronavirus as US deaths top 1,000: city public health officials hunt down beds and medical equipment and put out a call for more doctors and nurses for fear the number of sick will explode in a matter of weeks. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: forensic pathologists beware: COVID-19 lives on in blood after death: ‘It is more resilient in that it sticks around the dead body’: California’s Dr. Judy Melinek develops protocols for limiting exposure of medical staff to virus during autopsies. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: US Senate unanimously passes colossal $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package: unparalleled economic rescue bill approved despite misgivings on both sides about whether it goes too far or not far enough. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: everything will be ok, says the man who should know: Michael Crossland, motivational speaker who has created strategies for people during extreme difficulties in people’s lives shares more (Eternity News) [link 1]

25th: greater love – 72 year old priest gives up his respirator to a younger person and dies, Italy: Archpriest of San Giovanni Battista, Giuseppe Berardelli made the ultimate sacrifice to save another (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: Coronavirus supplement: your guide to the Australian payments that will go to the extra million on welfare, Australia: information on the further economic package announced by the government (The Conversation) [link]

25th: churches find innovative ways to serve their communities during the Coronavirus pandemic, US: while the pandemic has created many challenges and difficulties, churches are reaching out to those in their communities to help in whatever way they can. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: Congress passes economic stimulus package amid pandemic, US: the US Senate and the White House have approved a $2 trillion stimulus package giving financial assistance to businesses, healthcare systems, workers etc. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: civilian Christians killed amid military fighting in Western Burma: jet fighters from the Burmese army killed 21 civilians, mostly Christian group in airstrikes. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: Jerusalem hospital chief voices cautious optimism over virus statistics: the number of patients is doubling every three days, notes Shaare Zedek’s Ofer Merin, ‘but the number of critically ill patients, especially those dying, is quite low at this time.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Louisiana church ignores social distancing advice, welcomes 1,800 people to church, US: ignoring official advice, the church welcomed 1,800 people to the service last Sunday even bussing 26 loads of people to the church. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: Trump’s overall approval rating jumps to 49% since coronavirus outbreak, Gallup says: the President’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has seen a surge in his approval ratings. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

25th: Brazilian cosmetics magnate donates 1.7 tons of gel alcohol to fight coronavirus: ‘If we save a life, we save humanity — this is Judaism,’ says Miguel Krigsner, son of Holocaust survivors and founder of world’s largest beauty retailer O Boticário. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: UK clamps down to fight virus, but confusion still reigns: after PM Johnson orders 3-week halt to non-essential activity, subways still full, construction sites open, family allowances unclear. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Prince Charles, 71, heir to the British throne, tests positive for coronavirus: Prince’s office says he is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland; wife Camilla tests negative. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: World Health Organization: Coronavirus infections in Italy finally slowing: ‘The peak may be reached this week and then fall away,’ says WHO deputy director Ranieri Guerra. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Spain’s death toll hits 3,434, surpassing China’s: with 738 deaths over past 24 hours, senior Spanish health official says his country is ‘approaching the peak.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Trump, US Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill, biggest in history: ‘We have a deal,’ says White House aide; bill to hand every American adult $1,200 and every child $500, pay 4-month salary for furloughed workers, as both parties mark big wins. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: The Netherlands lets the virus run loose. That’s terrifying to me and other Jews: Dutch authorities aren’t imposing movement restrictions, seeking to build up herd immunity. But that will result in many people dying, especially in the tight-knit Jewish community. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: why you need to wash your fruit and vegetables with SOAP: Virologist confirms that COVID-19 can survive on fresh supermarket produce just like any other surface: every surface is a hazard according to the virologist. (Daily Mail) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: India’s poorest ‘fear hunger may kill us before coronavirus’: while India has been put on lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, for those who only earn enough to feed them from day to day, may result in mass starvation. (BBC News) [link]

25th: powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off the Kuril Islands as tsunami warning is issued for Hawaii: the earthquake struck in the northern Pacific and may impact both on Hawaii and islands in Russia’s far east. (Daily Mail Australia) [link 1] [link 2]

25th: in global fight vs. virus, over 1.5 billion told: stay home: as the UK became the latest European country to order a near lockdown, US President Trump indicates he could be easing restrictions soon even as New York becomes global hot spot. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: singing away the coronavirus blues: making music in a time of crisis reminds us we belong: as many confine themselves from outside life and connection with others, people across the world are sharing singing. (The Conversation) [link]

24th: activists demand special treatment, Australia: while Australia’s medical personnel and resources are mostly focused on the coronavirus, radical gender activists are angry that their gender reassignment surgeries have to be postponed. (Binary) [link 1]

24th: nurse in virus isolation ward describes patients’ touching farewell to dying man: Rachel Gemara details final moments of Israel’s 1st virus fatality Aryeh Even, a Holocaust survivor, who, separated from his family, was comforted to the end in Jerusalem hospital. (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: 21 million Chinese cellphone users disappear in three months of pandemic, China: while the official number of fatalities is 3,277, there has been no explanation for this odd situation, which suggests that this is linked in some way to the number of fatalities from the coronavirus. (Breitbart) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: US could overtake Europe as next epicenter of pandemic, WHO warns: lobal body says 85% of new COVID-19 cases reported overnight came from America and Europe, now the two ‘main drivers of the outbreak.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: activists demand special treatment, Australia: while Australia’s medical personnel and resources are mostly focused on the coronavirus, radical gender activists are angry that their gender reassignment surgeries have to be postponed. (Binary) [link 1]

24th: Texas bans abortions during COVID-19 pandemic, threatens doctors with jail, US: from Monday all abortions must be halted to ensure there are more masks and personal protective equipment for the crisis. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: 34 coronavirus cases linked to one Arkansas church – ‘Take it very seriously,’ Pastor pleads, US: the number of victims is expected to climb higher once testing is completed from congregants at the First Assembly of God in Greers Ferry. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: New York hospitals treating coronavirus patients with vitamin C: the patients are being given high doses of vitamin C as a result of promising reports from China. (New York Post) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: doctor sentenced to 14 months in prison for refusing to kill baby in an abortion, Argentina: the court heavily criticised Dr Leandro Rodriguez Lastra for ignoring the “vital needs” of the woman who’d been raped, and was at a late stage in her pregnancy. (LifeNews.com) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: coronavirus: Spanish army finds care home residents ‘dead and abandoned’: abandoned elderly patients in retirement homes were discovered by Spanish soldiers. (BBC News) [link 1]

24th: meet the doctors and nurses on the coronavirus frontline: Medical staff risking their lives show red marks around their eyes caused by wearing goggles for gruelling 13- hour shifts: after caring for coronavirus patients, nurses and doctors share photos of themselves with red marks from their goggles over extra long shifts. (Daily Mail Australia) [link]

24th: 3 new COVID-19 deaths possible linked to church attendance, US: the three deaths were from churches in Georgia and California. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: Tokyo Olympics officially postponed until 2021 over coronavirus concerns: international Olympic Committee says games to still be called ‘Tokyo 2020,’ will be held by summer next year; it hopes they’ll serve as ‘beacon of hope during these troubled times.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: church donates 4,000 N95 masks to area hospitals – ‘Thank you for your dedication,’ US: with many hospitals struggling to find sufficient masks, Rock Church in Virgina Beach donated 4,000 masks to four local hospitals to say ‘thank you.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Priest calls for spiritual adoption of victims dying alone from coronavirus: separated from family and friends, many are dying alone says a Catholic priest. (LifeSite News) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: close brothels: government COVID-19 restriction must be consistent: The Australian Christian Lobby has requested that the government force the closure of brothels. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link]

23rd: block porn: Free up the internet for essential services and community: as Australians practice social distancing and self-isolating to stop the coronavirus spread, the Australian Christian Lobby has requested that online porn sites be closed to stop gridlock on the internet, as millions staying at home and medical authorities need internet access. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link]

23rd: Ohio orders abortion clinics to halt abortions, save medical supplies during pandemic, US: the Attorney General of Ohio has requested that two abortion clinics stop performing abortions and save maks and personal protective equipment for the coronavirus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: State-by-state: how Australia’s new coronavirus rules will affect you, Australia: a range of measures were announced by state and federal governments to slow the spread of coronavirus. (The Conversation) [link]

23rd: Trump, Pence thank churches for suspending services: Ame4ricans ‘are coming together:’ Trump said “This has been a week of national action and of great national solidarity.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: President Trump donates his 4th quarter salary to fight the coronavirus, US: in an effort “to support the efforts being undertaken to confront, contain, and combat #Coronavirus,” the president has donated his 4th quarter salary to the Dept of Health and Human Services (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: global coronavirus toll soars to 14,400 as world panic mounts: Trump orders emergency beds to hardest-hit US areas as economic package crashes; Tokyo Olympics expected to be postponed. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: FBI says extremists are urging spread of coronavirus to Jews, police: Agency intercepts messages among neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements encouraging infected members to visit places where Jewish people congregate, spray body fluids at cops. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: New York quiets as it becomes next coronavirus hot spot, US: as most New Yorkers barred from congregating in groups or going to work, officials warn of a critical shortage of medical supplies. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: view from The Hill: Entertainment venues closed in draconian measures to fight the virus, Australia: gyms, clubs, movie theatres, pubs etc will be closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. (The Conversation) [link]

23rd: scalable without limit: how the government plans to get coronavirus support into our hands quickly, Australia: the second stimulus package will be essential for Australia during this time of crisis. (The Conversation) [link]

23rd: coronavirus chaos at UK borders as flights continue to arrive: flights from Italy, China and Iran – the countries with the biggest coronavirus death tolls, continue to arrive in the UK (Daily Mail, Australia) [link]

22nd: worker for the Queen at Buckingham Palace ‘contracts coronavirus while the monarch was still at London residence before she went to Windsor’: prior to the Queen leaving Buckingham Palace, a worker was diagnosed with coronavirus (source) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: social worker, 39, who was ‘in good health’ is found dead by her boyfriend while awaiting coronavirus results after first turning test down to allow elderly to use them: the 39 year old was found deceased inside her own home 5 days after doing the test. (Daily Mail) [link 1]

22nd: virus knows no borders, but Israel and Arab world not cooperating to fight it: Jerusalem is not coordinating its emergency response with other Middle East countries; a planned call by Netanyahu with Middle East leaders never took place. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: coronavirus: 4,500 retired doctors and nurses sign up to battle COVID-19 pandemic: thousands of nurses and doctors have signed up, and it’s hoped that many more will join to help Australia through this crisis. (Sky News) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: coronavirus breakout inside NYC jails, US: 21 inmates and 17 corrections staff test positive in Rikers Island and the city’s lockups. (Daily Mail, Australia) [link]

22nd: Government’s new $66 billion package will take coronavirus economic life support to $189 billion, Australia: the latest funding announced by the government will help small to medium businesses and endeavour to protect jobs and/or provide welfare (The Conversation) [link]

22nd: Covid-19 – this week’s news and analysis from Australia’s top thinkers.: information on the coronavirus, ways to overcome it and reduce deaths (The Conversation) [link]

21st: over 20 vaccines, multiple treatments currently in development for coronavirus: WHO officials says progress being made, but any immunizing solution will take time: ‘There is only one thing more dangerous than a bad virus, and that’s a bad vaccine.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: ‘Give us peace for our children and elders’: Actor Jon Voight prays God ends the COVID-19 pandemic, US: the actor shared through an online video this week, where he asked God to get rid of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: pro-choicers urge Trump to permit ‘abortion by mail’ during COVID-19 pandemic, US: advocates for pro-choice have asked for the President to stop restriction on the abortion pill claiming it’s the best choice for pregnant women. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Government closure of churches during COVID-19 is legal if temporary, group says, US: the memo from a leading defender of liberty of religion says that as long as the rule doesn’t target specific congregations, the government should be able to place restrictions on churches. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: budget delayed until October, and new restrictions on indoor gatherings in latest coronavirus decisions, Australia: due to the demands of the pandemic, it will be impossible to provide a federal budget until later in the year. (The Conversation) [link]

20th: coronavirus – how to help Italy recover: the number of deaths in Italy has now passed that of China, and the impact on health facilities has lead to a crisis where hospitals have set up GoFundMe pages to raise desperately needed funds. (Fox News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: after cancelling public services, this megachurch is feeding hungry families, Los Angeles, US: opening from 7.30am, the Dream Center is providing meals every day until 6.30pm and is available to anyone who drops in. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

20th: coronavirus – how to help Italy recover: the number of deaths in Italy has now passed that of China, and the impact on health facilities has lead to a crisis where hospitals have set up GoFundMe pages to raise desperately needed funds. (Fox News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: after cancelling public services, this megachurch is feeding hungry families, Los Angeles, US: opening from 7.30am, the Dream Center is providing meals every day until 6.30pm and is available to anyone who drops in. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

20th: coronavirus impacts Dutch death clinic: the Euthanasia Expert Centre posted a heartless message on their website “However harsh: euthanasia care cannot be identified as a top priority in health care.” (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Prince Albert of Monaco, 62, tests positive for coronavirus – the first head of state to be infected – nine days after he met Prince Charles in London: Monaco’s royal palace says Prince Albert continues being medically checked and that there was no reason for concern. (Daily Mail, Australia) [link 1</a]

19th: in loving memory of Dr Catherine Hamlin AC: both Catherine and her husband Reginald Hamlin began working in Ethiopia as gynaecology and obstretrics, eventually opening the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital which helped over 60,000 women. (Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation) [link]

19th: ‘Have yourself a merry little quarantine’ Americans hang Christmas lights as symbol of hope during coronavirus pandemic: beginning in Milwaukee in the US, the concept is catching on with Christians around the world putting out their Christmas lights to show hope. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: Israelis take to balconies to applaud medical staff for coronavirus fight: Netanyahu thanks ‘heroic’ teams while Gantz expresses gratitude for heroes ‘saving lives every day’ in initiative inspired by Italy. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Italian virus death toll overtakes China’s as outbreak spreads: Italy has world’s second oldest population, 87% of those killed by COVID-19 are over 70; world lockdown accelerates as borders shuttered and factory closures announced. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Iran says coronavirus death toll reaches 1,284: Health Ministry says number of infections dropped in 11 of the country’s 31 provinces, but experts fear numbers under-reported; 10,000 prisoners to be freed in Nowruz amnesty. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Canadian Bill would jail Christian parents who attempt to discourage their child’s same-sex attraction: backed by its Prime Minister, Canada’s new bill would make the ‘crime’ punishable with up to five years in jail. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: ‘Could be a game-changer’ – Trump announces 2 possible treatments for Covid-19: the President has requested the Food and Drug Administration to hurr up their studies on two druges which may be useful in treating the coronavirus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: 9 encouraging quotes about COVID-19 from Christian Leaders: during the Covid-19 situation, Christian leaders provide encouraging quotes. (Christian Headlines) [link] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: patients ‘completely recovered,’ doctors may have found Covid-19 cure: while a proper vaccine is in development, doctors in several countries claim they’re having success administering the drug hydroxychloroquine which is normally used to treat malaria (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer lit up with flags of countries battling coronavirus: the iconic statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is lit up with images of flags from around the world. (NPR) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: Samaritan’s Purse brings medical relief to Italy: the non-profit group will bring assistance, medical supplies and the gospel to Italy, one of the countries worst affected by the coronavirus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: religious leaders believe coronavirus outbreak is a sign of the Messiah’s return: both Jewish and Muslim leaders from Israel to Iran have indicated that they believe the virus is a sign that soon the promised Messiah will come. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: ‘this is not fake news:’ Sandi Patty reveals she has coronavirus, US: on Monday the Christian singer announced that she’d been diagnosed with the coronavirus and told her fans to take the virus seriously, (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

18th: desperately seeking toilet paper, pasta or hand sanitiser? Some relief is just weeks away, Australia: while panic buying has seen supermarket shelves empty of important items, Amazon and eBay have stopped opportunists from profiting by selling bulk purchased items, and it’s believed that supplies should be restocked within weeks. (The Conversation) [link]

18th: Australia’s Prime Minister to take part in ‘extraordinary’ G20 summit next week: Scott Morrison will be one of the leaders from around the world to discuss the international coronavirus crisis via teleconference. (The Conversation) [link]

18th: Israeli scientist: you’re not going to see millions of people die from Covid-19: the new coronavirus is ’80 percent identical’ to the 2002-3 SARS, says Prof. Shy Arkin. On the whole it causes a mild respiratory tract infection, but the elderly are the exception. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: first ever dog to catch coronavirus dies after it was declared disease-free and returned home from quarantine in Hong Kong: the 17 year old Pomeranian had tested ‘weak positive’ in February after his owner caught the virus, but the latest tests on the canine came up negative for coronavirus, just prior to its death. (Daily Mail, Australia) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: urgent call for national prayer for the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, Australia: many Christian denominations throughout Australia have come together to request prayer intercessors, beginning on Thursday 19 March and continuing until the crisis is over. (Australian Prayer Network) [link]

18th: the coronavirus looks less deadly than first reported, but it’s definitely not ‘just a flu:’ read reliable information about the coronavirus. (The Conversation) [link]

18th: 7 deaths a day under Belgium’s euthanasia regime: the number of people being euthanased in Belgium continues to increase with recent statistics indicating that the increase equals one person more each day than in the previous year. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: the devastating message being conveyed to people with disabilities: researcher Danielle van Dalen’s latest article indicates that euthanasia laws convey negative inferences to certain community groups. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: Congress members send letter demanding releae of American Pastor from India, US: letters from Senators across the US have written to the Indian government demanding that a Tenneessee pastor detained there, should be released. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: ‘caremonger’ movement provides beacon of hope amid Covid-19 outbreak: in many countries, over 35 Facebook groups have been organised to help communities in need as a result of the coronavirus crisis including delivery to soup to the elderly, exercise classes for quarantined residents and other acts of kindness. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: removing safeguards and oversight, cabinet okays mass surveillance to halt virus: Government reneges on its promises that phone tracking program would get approval from Knesset, last only 30 days, and that all data from it would be deleted immediately. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: Iran warns virus could kill ‘millions’ in Islamic Republic: police disperse angry crowds that push into the courtyards of Mashhad’s Imam Reza and Qom’s Fatima Masumeh shrines; officials start checking people trying to leave major cities. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: China nearly coronavirus-free as rest of world grapples with disease: worldwide cases top 181,000 as Spain becomes fourth-largest COVID-19 hotspot and lockdowns across the globe keep people at home. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: US stock market tumbles to worst finish since 1987: Fed rate cut fails to stanch bloodletting as Dow plunges 12%, stoking fears virus outbreak may lead to long-term recession. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: ‘We have an invisible enemy:’ Trump urges Americans to limit groups to 10 people: new guidelines were issued requesting that people not meet in groups of 10 or more for 15 days in the hopes of stopping the spread of the coronavirus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: churches should ‘love thy neighbor’ and obey Government orders to close, Christian leaders say: with the guidelines from the CDC stating that mass gatherings of 50 or more should be cancelled or postponed to slow the spread of the coronavirus (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: Reserve Bank and government prepare fresh emergency measures as markets tumble, Australia: a 2nd coronavirus package for economic support is expected to be provided in the next few days. (The Conversation) [link]

17th: lack of confidence in US leadership adds to coronavirus panic, US: to delay the expected recession as a result of the global health crisis, the Federal Reserve dramatically cut interest rates (The Conversation) [link]

17th: the real economic victims of coronavirus are those we can’t see: while in Australia and US, workers may be facing some challenging times, but they’re far worse in other places such as Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. (The Conversation) [link]

17th: Will coronavirus damage Trump in the US general election? And Morrison’s ratings improve in Newspoll: with the coronavirus having significant impacts on markets, Trump may far more poorly then expected, while in Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ratings have improved. (The Conversation) [link]

16th: as virus ravages Asia, Jews carry on through faith in God and fellow man: despite longstanding measures to maintain distance, communities across China, Japan, and Korea manage to still come together — and are even planning for communal Passovers. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: plague of locusts set to descend upon Middle East in time for Passover: ‘Extremely alarming’ desert locust swarms forming in Horn of Africa — but will skip Holy Land. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: first batch of coronavirus vaccines sent for human testing, US: the vaccine has been sent to the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for testing on healthy, human volunteers. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Dr Ben Carson urges Americans to lean into faith, prayer amid COVID-19 outbreak: Carson emphasised the importance of prayer during the epidemic at a press briefing last weekend, as well as demonstrating love and caring to the people around us. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: IDF indicates Iran scaling back terror activity in light of coronavirus: military says it is seeing decrease in terrorist activities across the Middle East as countries instead fight pandemic, Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Lebanon announces two-week lockdown over coronavirus: Beirut international airport will shutter and no one will be allowed in through maritime or land ports of entry starting Wednesday, after virus infects 99 in country. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: stuck at home, Jerusalem neighbors join in balcony sing-a-long: text (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: French judges order trial for 20 suspects in 2015 Paris terror attacks: most of those charged helped plan or finance the attacks that killed 130 people, or helped the terrorists escape. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: suspected neo-Nazi charged with terrorism in Australia: a day before Christchurch mosque massacre anniversary, police arrest 21-year-old man who’d attempted to purchase weapons and bomb-making materials, say he was anti-Semitic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Trump urges Americans to pray: ‘with God’s help, we will overcome this threat:’ the US President asked people to pray for God’s healing and protection, wisdom and strength during the pandemic (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: ‘Cabin fever’: Australia must prepare for the social and psychological impacts of a coronavirus lockdown: with increasing outbreaks of COVID-19 many countries work towards people self-isolating so that virus won’t spread further. (The Conversation) [link]

16th: Morrison, compassion and coronavirus – when crisis refines leadership, Australia: during the drought and the bushfires, the government went through training about showing empathy for those affected, which initially met with criticism and mocking, but now may be helpful during the latest crisis. (The Conversation) [link]

16th: Coronavirus and COVID-19: your questions answered by virus experts: common questions about the coronavirus were asked of two of Australia’s experts in virology and vaccines. (The Conversation) [link]

15th: Wife of Spain’s prime minister tests positive for virus: Government says Pedro Sánchez and Begoña Gómez are both in good condition; two Spanish ministers confirmed earlier as patients. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Spain locks down its citizens, while France shuts nightlife: China, where the virus first appeared late last year, continues to relax its restrictions as crisis shifts westward toward Europe. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Israeli virologist urges world leaders to calm public, slams ‘unnecessary panic’: ‘People think this virus is going to attack them all, and then they’re all going to die,’ says Prof. Jihad Bishara. ‘Not at all. In fact, most of those infected won’t even know it’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Hospital department head, Health Ministry official diagnosed with coronavirus, Israel: Tel Aviv doctor’s patients, staff in contact with her quarantined; nationwide, 18 medical workers have disease and 2,593 more are in quarantine after possible exposure. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: smokers appear to be at higher risk from coronavirus – expert: Dr. Yael Bar-Zeev says that while system copes with 8,000 yearly deaths from smoking, special steps needed to stop it collapsing if thousands of COVID-19 cases emerge at once. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Conspiracy theory that Jews created virus spreads on social media, ADL says: as coronavirus pandemic has impacted across the world, white nationalists have found a familiar bogeyman to blame online. But some of them also see an opportunity/ (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Israel coronavirus cases climb to 164; nearly 40,000 in quarantine: 21 new infections confirmed on Saturday as government said set to announce new restrictions in bid to contain spread. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Across faiths, religious rules bent as coronavirus alters worship in US: in Jewish, Christian, Muslim congregations across the country, leaders are suspending services, banning large weddings and funeral. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: US House passes coronavirus aid bill after Trump declares national emergency: speaker Nancy Pelosi trumpets hard-fought package that will provide free testing, sick pay for workers, enhanced unemployment benefits and bolstered food program. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: US hospitals brace for ‘tremendous strain’ from coronavirus outbreak: American health care providers scramble to set up triage tents, boost staff and supplies, as officials waive laws and regulations to expand access to care. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Iran death toll from virus passes 600, as Syria shuts schools: Tehran is close ally of Damascus in the Syrian civil war, with military advisers as well as Shiite pilgrims frequently traveling between the two countries. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Locked down Italians sing from balconies, dance the ‘Macarena’: following social media call to bring social solidarity through music, neighbors also applaud at their windows in appreciation of health workers fighting the disease. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: US bombs Iran-backed Iraqi militia in response to deadly rocket attack: British army also takes part in strikes on Kataeb Hezbollah weapons facility day after missiles fired at base kill 3 troops. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: despite fears and stigma, most recover from coronavirus illness: at least 60,000 people have recovered from COVID-19, with most reporting only mild symptoms no worse than a cold or flu. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: ‘Cabin fever’: Australia must prepare for the social and psychological impacts of a coronavirus lockdown: with the Covid-19 outbreak increasing overseas and thousands remain in quarantine, Australian citizens are being asked to self-isolate if they’ve been in contact with someone who has travelled overseas. (The Conversation) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: televangelist Kenneth Copeland attempts to heal people of coronavirus through TV screen: text (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: with 500 dead, Iran to empty the streets, check all 80 million people for virus: top general announces: ‘Over next 10 days, entire nation will be monitored via cyberspace, by phone and, if necessary, in person; those suspected of being ill will be identified.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Israel’s sports events scrapped, cops clamp down on gatherings as virus spreads: man who was in serious condition now breathing independently; all soccer and basketball events canceled; schools stay shut; IDF further restricts personnel (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Japanese Olympic minister shoots down Trump’s proposal to postpone games: after US president floats notion of year’s delay, Tokyo official stresses there is ‘absolutely’ no thought of deferment. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Federal Government to ban all ‘non-essential’ mass gatherings from Monday to stop the spread of coronavirus, Australia: all non-essential mass gatherings of 500 people or more will no longer be allowed in an attempt to stop spreading coronavirus. (9 News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus on the Gold Coast, Australia: the two actors are in a Gold Coast hospital, after Hanks came to Australia to work on an Elvis resley biopic. (ABC news) [link]

13th: Trump declares virus pandemic a national emergency; Pelosi announces aid deal: President to open up $50 billion for state and local governments; existing laws waved to give hospitals more ‘flexibility,’ implementing online screening and drive-thru testing. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: All 16 Dead Sea scroll fragments at DC museum revealed as fake: Head of Museum of the Bible says ‘we’re victims of misrepresentation, we’re victims of fraud,’ after report found the artifacts were forgeries. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: With 500 dead, Iran to empty the streets, check all 80 million people for virus: top general announces: ‘Over next 10 days, entire nation will be monitored via cyberspace, by phone and, if necessary, in person; those suspected of being ill will be identified. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: minors can now change their sex on birth certificates in New York, US: the new policy has been changed to enable anyone aged 16 and over to apply for a change to their sex on birth certificates, without a medical affidavit. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: Ravi Zacharias reveals he has malignant tumor: ‘We are trusting the Lord’ Zacharias’s cancer is on his spine and after going through surgery on his back a couple of weeks ago, he has been suffering intense pain affecting his ability to sleep. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: white evangelicals say Trump fights for their beliefs, pew survey finds, US: the latest Pew Research Center survey provides insights into why Christians support Trump. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: aide to Brazil president tests positive for coronavirus after meeting Trump: Wajngarten confirmed to carry virus after returning from Mar-a-Lago and posing for a photo next to US president, VP Pence. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: aide to Brazil president tests positive for coronavirus after meeting Trump: Arakan Rohingya Salvatation Army, an Islamic extremist group attacked the community of Christians, and destroyed a church and 18 homes, kidnapping three believers and left eight injured. (Open Doors) [link]

12th: Iran accuses US of ‘economic terrorism,’ urges end to sanctions: ‘unconscionable’ US restrictions hampering Tehran’s ability to combat deadly coronavirus outbreak, Zarif charges in letter to UN secretary-general. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: coronavirus can live on some surfaces 3 days, in the air 3 hours, new study says: The authors of the report says that the virus has a relatively long viability on stainless steel and polypropylene [plastic] compared to copper or cardboard.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: Finnish parliament member faces 2 new investigations over Christian tweets: the parliament member Päivi Räsänen, is a Christian and after tweeting Romans 24-27 questioning her church who supported an LGBT event, she is now under investigation for alleged ‘hate speech.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: Washington Governor orders large churches to stop meeting: ‘this is an effective tactic:’ in order to minimise the spread of the coronavirus, the Governor of Washington Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation for three counties. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: US Capitol closing to public until April 1 amid virus outbreak: authorities say measure taken ‘out of concern for the health and safety of congressional employees as well as the public.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: in court, NSO Group accuses Facebook of lying, disregarding international law: Israeli spyware firm requests sanctions against social media company, saying it failed to file documents in Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Trump suspends travel between US, most of Europe for 30 days over coronavirus fear: the President said “We made a lifesaving move with early action on China. Now we must take the same action with Europe.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: world walls off as leaders warn viral pandemic will worsen: people begin to change their way of life and stop international travel as infection seems to move at dizzying speed through Europe, US, but continues to ebb in China. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, global markets plunge after virus declared pandemic: falls seen across the globe; Dow slips into bear market territory overnight, with no sign of a revival of confidence in Asia. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Peak medical body’s white flag on kids uncomfortable in their bodies, Australia: in response to surging numbers of children presenting with gender dysphoria, the Royal Australian College of Physicians says that they should be provided with faster access to hormones and surgery “and less Family Court oversight.” (Australian Christian Lobby) [link] [link]

11th: Australia’s privacy watchdog is taking Facebook to court. It’s a good start: proceddings against Facebook were taken to the Federal Court by the Office of the Australian Information Commission as a result of serious interference with the privacy of 300,000 Australians. (The Conversation) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape, sexual assault: judge rejects pleas of disgraced Hollywood producer’s defense team to give their client the minimum of five years behind bars. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Washington Bill requiring sex education in kindergarten moves forward, US: all Washington public schools, beginning in kindergarten, may be required to teach sex education, should the Bill proceed. (Christian Headlines) [link] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: Trump DOJ: Christian photographer shouldn’t be forced to work same-sex wedding: the Trump administration has taken the side of Chelsey Nelson, a Christian photographer from Louisville, Kentucky who is being taken to court for her refusal to photograph a same-sex marriage. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: Israeli-made oral vaccine for coronavirus on track, but testing will take months: State-funded Migal Galilee institute has been working for 4 years on a vaccine that could be customized for various viruses, so it had a head start when COVID-19 emerged. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Italy passes 10,000 infections as virus clusters spur worry in US: in America, caseload passes 1,000, and outbreaks stir alarm; Italy counts soaring deaths among elderly; markets across Asia drop despite Wall Street’s gains day earlier. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Christian school case exposes religious freedom risks: a former teacher who knew of the Christian school’s stance on same-sex marriage took action against the school. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: how illegal food markets are still selling wildlife ‘that sparked pandemic’ despite ban – as cases in Australia climb and health boss says 45m people could die worldwide, Australia: footage taken in China shows that despite the country’s ban on consumption of wildlife, continues. (Daily Mail Australia) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: China’s Xi says Wuhan has ‘turned the tide’ against virus epidemic: President’s claim of progress against coronavirus starkly contrasts with global crisis, with cases now growing at a faster pace abroad; 4,000 have died worldwide, mostly in China. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Hindu radicals have Jesus statue removed from Christian cemetery, India: the owner of the cemetery received complaints from Hindus who later removed the 12 foot statue by police. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: FDA, FTC order Jim Bakker to stop selling fake coronavirus cure, US: televangelist Jim Bakker has been officially warned by two federal agencies to stop claiming that he can cure coronavirus. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: Biden unveils vast LGBT plan overturning Trump’s religious liberty protections, US: the presidential hopeful has pledged to overturn Trump’s religious liberty policies and will work towards giving ‘equality’ to the LGBT community. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: LGBT activists push for cancelation of Franklin Graham event, Germany: Graham who already faced cancellations of his events in the UK, is now facing a similar cancellation after pressure from the LGBT community. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: expert: COVID-19 virus has caught humanity off guard, unlikely to wane in summer: Coronavirus in a different league from flu, Israeli officials say; predict quarantine rules will remain in force far beyond initial 2 weeks; Netanyahu at odds with Trump on policy. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: updated every minute, 17-year-old whiz kid’s coronavirus site used by millions: a self-taught computer maven from Seattle, Avi Schiffmann uses web scraping technology to accurately report on developing pandemic, while fighting misinformation and panic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Trump confidants in quarantine after exposure to coronavirus patient: Matt Gaetz, who shook hands with a man confirmed to have the virus, caught a ride with US president on Air Force One. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Prince Andrew shuts door on cooperation in Epstein case: New York prosecutor says office looking into options on how to proceed in investigation into royal’s alleged involvement in sex trafficking. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: as virus closes in on Trump, he remains focused on calming spooked markets: US president to ask Congress to pass payroll tax relief and other quick measures to calm the fears of financial markets over the impact of the epidemic, will give details Tuesday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Israel’s Redhill Biopharma launches US sales of anti-bacterial drug: firm’s Talicia pill combats H. pylori bacteria, a major carcinogen which affects some 2 million US adults. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Italian PM locks down entire country to stop virus; 60 million told to stay home: Conte bans almost all travel; pubs, eateries and cafes to close at dusk; ski resorts shut; schools and universities to remain closed amid skyrocketing infections, 463 deaths. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Christians boldly proclaim testimonies on satellite TV, Iran: the TV program ‘Signal’ shares testimonies from Christians in Iran. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: Federal Judge rules high school is allowed to prohibit football coach from praying after games, US: the ruling states that the state school in Washington has every right to stop the football coach Joe Kennedy from praying after games. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: “Ballarat case” highlights school staffing issues in Religious Discrimination Bill debate, Australia: after refusing to sign a new statement of faith at the Ballarat Christian College, teacher Rachel Colvin sought an anti-discrmination case. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: middle school hangs LGBT pride flag, blocks traditional marriage flag, student says, US: after placing an LGBT pride flag in their cafeteria, the school in a small town in Minnesota may have to face a federal lawsuit when it refused to hang other flags that students offered. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: Italy quarantines 16 million people in coronavirus-hit north: Rome introduces month-long ban on entry and exit from Lombardy region including Milan and Venice; exceptions allowed for proven professional needs, exceptional cases, health issues. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: US Army scraps $1b. Iron Dome project, after Israel refuses to provide key codes: American military abandons plans to buy two more Israeli missile defense batteries, integrate system into existing air defenses, due to cyber vulnerabilities and other problems. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: 2nd Tehran lawmaker dies from coronavirus as Iran death toll hits 145: officials report 1,076 fresh cases in past 24 hours, says 16,000 people suspected of having virus hospitalized; Zarif accuses US of ‘medical terrorism’ through sanctions. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: St Paul City Council celebrates ‘Abortion Providers Appreciation Day,’ US: the resolution was fully approved by all Council members during the same week in which the Supreme Court was hearing a case which may lead to the dismantling of othe Roe v Wade abortion case. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: El Al cancels flights to San Francisco, Europe amid ‘unprecedented’ virus crisis: Israeli airline, hit hard by spread of coronavirus, combines flights, will use smaller planes as global travel slumps. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: coronavirus outbreak already at pandemic levels, Israeli health official warns: Health Ministry’s Asher Shalmon says situation around the world points to an emerging ‘full-blown international event,’ says vaccine a year away despite claims. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: ‘This is not a drill,’ WHO says, rallying global fight against virus: authorities raise alarms, urging countries to do everything possible to stop spread of deadly pathogen, as focus shifts to Europe and US. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: virus kills 3,400 worldwide, with 100,000 cases upending lives, livelihoods: coronavirus edges into more US states, pops up in at least four new countries, breaches the halls of the Vatican. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: 124 dead from virus including FM’s adviser, could use force to stop travel, Iran: Hossein Sheikholeslam was involved in 1979 Iran hostage crisis; at least 4,747 infected in Islamic Republic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Virginia becomes first southern state to ban conversion therapy for children, US: the new legislation will ban conversion which seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation, such as using spiritual intervention. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: married lesbian priest, Bishop will lead worship service to protest ban of LGBT partners from Anglican conference, US: the former South African priest, now a New York bishop, will protest the denomination’s decision to exclude gay partners from attending the international Lambeth Conference. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: the world prays for Zimbabwe: 6 March marks an annual world day of prayer in 170 countries where prayer and worship is organised. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: “I ask for help to heal, not death!” after suffering from post-traumatic stress and feeling suicidal, she had not been helped by the many psychiatrists she’d seen, but one doctor she approached suggested instead that euthanasia was probably better for her. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: Hindu re-conversation campaign aims at Christians: India’s VHP, a national extremist Hindu group has launched a ‘re-conversion campaign’ to encourage religious minorities to follow Hindiusm (Open Doors) [link]

5th: Israelis invent first pill to treat diabetes without insulin shots: the oral capsule has passed the second stage of testing, and is the first oral medication to work for diabetics in this way. (United with Israel) [link]

5th: Palestinians confirm 7 coronavirus cases, declare tourist ban: schools, universities, mosques, churches close, and Palestine Marathon postponed after carriers identified in Bethlehem. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: columnist opines about Coronavirus being economically ‘beneficial’ in ‘culling elderly,’ UK: Jeremy Warner, a UK columnist suggested that economically, by ‘culling’ the elderly, it would prove beneficial to those countries affected by the coronavirus. (LifeSite News) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: new Cinderella film to feature ‘genderless’ fairy godmother – ‘kids are ready’: the remake of the well-loved story of Cinderella is being remade by Sony with a gay actor as the ‘genderless’ Fairy Godmother. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: Tenth Avenue North group announced their farewell tour: the Christian band has decided to call it quits after two decades, with individual members chasing new dreams. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: US launches ‘defensive strike’ against Taliban as fragile Afghan peace deal teeters, Afghanistan: within days of the agreed peace deal, Afghanistan once again broke out in violence. (NPR) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: virus is biological attack on China and Iran, Iranian civil defense chief claims: Brigadier general says analysis and ‘certain news reports’ point to the source of the virus being a hostile state ‘with economic goals’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Serbia to open ‘official state office’ in Jerusalem as sign of ‘respect’ to Jews: addressing AIPAC convention in DC, President Vučić stops short of announcing embassy move, says he’s ‘trying to find the best possible way to do something officially in Jerusalem.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Egyptian army says high-profile Islamic jihadist executed: Hisham el-Ashmawi, who left the military in 2011 and became a leader in driving attacks on officials, had been affiliated with Islamic State, al-Qaeda terror groups. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: ‘freed because of Jesus’ – Asia Bible shares her story: the former Pakistani Christian who was acquitted after 8 years in prison, then faced serious death threats, has written herh autobiography which is due out in September. (Catholic News Agency) [link 1]

3rd: medical students told not to congratulate pregnant women, NSW, Australia: a medical tutor advised student doctors that a positive response towards a pregnant woman was ‘forcing expectations’ on their patient. (Life Choice) [link]

3rd: police officer prays every day at the flagpole for students, US: Officer DeAndra Warren prays at the school’s flagpole every morning, and has been walking through the schools praying for the children since 2015. (Christian Headlines) [link]

3rd: biased healthcare will get worse with euthanasia, Australia: a doctor continued to pressure a mother into considering euthanasia for her son who was suffering a treatable illness. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Iran refusing to give answers on 3 undeclared nuclear sites, UN watchdog says: confidential IAEA report reveals Tehran has tripled its stockpile of enriched uranium in violation of nuclear deal; agency head demands ‘clarifications’ on site flagged by Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: ‘born alive’ abortion surivor’s bill signed in West Virginia, US: a ‘Born Alive’ bill was signed by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and was passed unanimously by the Senate, will penalise doctors who fail to provide medical care for babies who are born after a failed abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: girl celebrates abortion in viral Tik Tok video: while the video has been deleted, it went viral on social media with more than 4 million views. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: high school paints over ispiring Bible verse after atheist group complains, US: the Kentucky high school removed the three ‘offensive’ Christian references following the complaint, because the religious words violate the Constitution. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: Vatican opens archives on highly controversial Holocaust-era pope: leading historian set to study newly released documents says ‘no doubt’ Piux XII knew of mass murder of Jews, but much may yet be learned about his state of mind, silence on matter. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: California would ban boys’ and girls’ toys, clothing sections under new bill, US: the law would lead to fines of stores who continue to separate clothing and children’s items and toys into boys’ and girls’ sections. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: school closes gender-neutral bathroom after alleged sexual assault, US: an 18 year old high school student was arrested after exposing his genitals and enticing a child (The Christian Post) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: AOC says religious libert advocates are ‘weaponizing scripture’ to ‘justify bigotry’ against LGBTQ community, US: Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the claim at a House Oversight Committee hearing and compared religious freedom advocates to white supremacists. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: Christians call for global day of prayer to end coronavirus: the day of prayer set for 3 March, would see Christians around the world praying for the virus to stop spreading. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: Islamic Jihad chief will visit Russia at Moscow’s invitation, terror group says: Gaza-based organization doesn’t say when Ziad al-Nakhaleh will make trip; announcement comes on heels of meeting slated to take place between Russia’s FM and Hamas head. (The Times of Israel) [link]

FEBRUARY 2020

1st: puberty blocker drugs surge at Brisbane kids’ gender clinic: the trend for children and teenagers in Queensland to seek to transgender has increased by 330% over five years. (The Australian) [link]

1st: stalemate in Iraq as deadline to pick new PM looms: political factions hold crisis talks after Iraqi president says he will name a premier unilaterally if they don’t agree on a candidate by Saturday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Egypt weighs death sentences for 37 Islamic State jihadists: among those who could be executed are Hisham el-Ashmawi, a former army officer who became a prominent leader in the extremist group. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: WHO calls on countries to ready for ‘domestic outbreak control’ as virus spreads: Death toll in China from coronavirus hits 259; Beijing slams US travel restrictions on foreigners who recently visited there. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Senate rejects witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, all but ensuring acquittal, US: Republicans outvote Democrats 51-49 against allowing new testimony following Bolton revelations tying president directly to charges; final vote to take place Wednesday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Britain leaves the European Union, leaps into the unknown: Mournful vigils and celebrations take place in UK as it departs EU, marking a historic blow to bloc; negotiations, tension to continue as 11-month ‘transition period’ begins. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: savaging Trump plan, Abbas says Palestinians cutting all ties with Israel, US: ‘I will not have it recorded in my history that I sold Jerusalem,’ PA leader tells emergency meeting of Arab League; offers to present alternative proposal. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: MP tries to criminalise criticism of abortion, UK: Christian Hacking, a pro-life campaigner will appeal an injunction for anti-social behaviour which pro-abortion MP Stella Creasy demanded when Hacking challenged her extreme abortion policies. (Christian Concern) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: seventeen day old baby recovers from coronavirus without medication after being born to a confirmed patient, China: the baby is the youngest patient to survive the virus, and wasn’t given antibiotics as she was doing well and was eventually allowed to go home. (Daily Mail Australia) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

22nd: 9 South Koreans test positive for coronavirus after returning from Israel: Israeli Health Ministry publishes list of places the group visited, including Jerusalem, on February 8-15 trip, warns anyone who was in close contact with them to self-quarantine. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: Iran reports fifth coronavirus death, the highest tally outside Far East: as global infection numbers rise to 78,000, Tehran says some 28 in country have been confirmed as sick, amid national parliamentary elections. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: forty-seven percent of mainline pastors now support same-sex marriage, US: Lifeway’s research survey determined that while just under half of mainline pastors back same-sex marriage, most evangelical pastors do not. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: Iranian student group threatens to destroy tomb of Quieen Esther, Mordechai: after President Temp announced the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, a group of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps threaten to carry the destruction of the tomb. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

21st: Switzerland opens the way for prisoner assisted suicide: while euthanasia isn’t allowed in Switzerland, those who wish to commit suicide are allowed to do so by law. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

21st: pro-lifer gets $5K fine, criminal record for discussing abortion, Australia: after speaking for less than 4 seconds to a couple in an ‘exclusion zone’ outside an abortion clinic, Kathy Clubb was taken to court, fined $5,000, given a criminal record and placed on a good behaviour bond. (LifeSite News) [link]

21st: Hillsong raises over $1m in response to Australian bushfire disaster: More than $1M has been raised by the Hillsong Church who said that the “…outpouring of love, care and concern and generosity from people from all walks of life both here and overseas, has been staggering and humbling.” (Christian Today) [link]

21st: children are too young for sex change treatment, former transgender patient warns: Keira Bell, a former transgender person is supporting legal action towards the NHS to ensure that young people and teenagers stop being given hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones, Australia. (Christian Today) [link]

21st: China appoints official who persecuted Christians to key Hong Kong post: Xia Balong who previously brought about the removal of hundreds of crosses in China has now been appointed to a position which will give him the power to persecute Christians even further. (Christian Today) [link]

21st: most evangelical Christians live outside of North America and Europe, new study finds: researcher Sebastian Fath discovered that most evangelical Christians live in Asia, Africa and Latin America. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: in vigils across Germany after shooting, calls of ‘Never again’ and ‘Nazis out’: thousands rally in cities throughout country amid shock over far-right attack in Hanau that claimed lives of nine people. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: Germany says security threat from far-right extremism, anti-Semitism ‘very high’: interior minister says police presence will be raised across the country alongside increased surveillance at sensitive locations to counter danger. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: white supremacists increasingly collaborating across borders, experts say: extremists forming alliances, working together, inspiring each other in growing international movement similar to jihadism; many blame Jews for facilitating immigration. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: Israel confirms first coronavirus case as cruise ship returnee diagnosed: one of 11 Israelis who arrived in the morning following quarantine aboard Diamond Princess ship tests positive, after entering 14-day isolation at Sheba Medical Center. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: Ukrainians riot to block China virus evacuees, including Israeli, from area: planeload of people who had been in and around Wuhan to be quarantined in village near Kharkiv, but locals protest plan, clashing with police and throwing stones at buses. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: US ‘troubled’ by report Iranians want to raze tomb of Mordechai and Esther: militant student group in Hamadan proposes turning Purim heroes’ tomb into Palestinian consulate in response to Trump plan; local official says site protected. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: voting underway in Iran parliamentary election amid rising public apathy: conservatives set to dominate vote, after thousands of candidates banned; experts expect low turnout amid internal and diplomatic crises. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: UK Islamic State supporter pleads guilty to St. Paul’s Cathedral bomb plot: Safiyya Amira Shaikh admits to preparing terrorist acts after saying she wanted to target London church or ‘historical’ site on Christmas or Easter to ‘kill more.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: famine looms as exodus like plague of locusts wreaks havoc across East Africa: the plagues of locusts, now spreading across East Africa is causing fear that it may lead to a large scale famine. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: breaking with colleagues, 6 settler mayors meet with US envoy to talk peace plan: West Bank municipality heads who opposed Yesha Council’s lashing out against Trump proposal thank David Friedman for Washington’s willingness to okay annexation. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Chinese churches ‘must support’ communist leaders and Gov’t, new law says: the new regulations require that all religious organisations be ‘examined and approved’ before they can legally worship, and requires all to ‘support the leadership’ of the community party. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

20th: court rejects atheist suit, says 79 year old public cross is constitutional, Florida, US: the 34′ cross in Pensacola which was erected in WWII will remain, despite two atheist organisations suing to have it removed. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Pete Buttigieg believes supporting Trump is incompatible with Christianity: Buttigieg, a Democratic presidential candidate claims that Scriptural teaching are contradictory with President Trump. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

20th: after endorsing same-sex marriages, a US Orthodox rabbi performs his first: Avram Mlotek says ceremony joining two men ‘in sacred, covenantal relationship’ was ‘joyous, Jewish, spiritual, full of love,’ similar to other events he has officiated at. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: two elderly cruise ship passengers die of virus as 4th Israeli confirmed infected: Japan health ministry officials says the deceased had existing chronic diseases before they caught coronavirus; Israeli to be taken to Japanese hospital for isolation and treatment. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: one-on-one with Reuven Rivlin: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has spoken exclusively to The AJN about the ‘true friendship’ between Israel and Australia ahead of his first official visit Down Under this week. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: 14 parents sue school district over policy allowing children to change name, gender identity at school without parental consent, Wisconsin, US: without the knowledge or approval of parents, teachers in one school district now ask children what is their preferred name and pronoun. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: mass revival breaks out across Tennessee – ‘the Holy Spirit came and took control,’ US: over one thousand churches have joined together for a 30 day prayer event for one month – ‘Awaken Tennessee.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: Iran reports its first 2 cases of the new coronavirus: health ministry official says infected people discovered in the central province of Qom, declines to say how many more are suspected of having the disease. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Germany to tighten screws on online hate speech: Draft law calls for pressuring social networks like Facebook and Twitter to quickly remove offending content. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Egypt begins building concrete wall along Gaza border: Egyptian military declines to comment on barrier, which runs along the path of older structure that includes underground fortifications meant to thwart smuggling tunnels. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: authorities target churches, Ukraine in many regions of the Ukraine, authorities are blocking churches from accessing water and electricity and also require them to register, and other issues. (Open Doors) [link]

19th: Christian Professor must use student’s transgender pronouns, judge rules, US: the federal judge ruled that the Ohio university had acted appropriate when a Christian professor had earlier refused to call a biological male student as ‘Miss’ and ‘she.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: Utah Senate seeks to decriminalise polygamy, US: the Senate’s Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee voted to decriminalise polygamy and will now go to full Senate for final approval. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: authorities target churches, Ukraine: many churches in eastern Ukraine have been facing increasing intimidation including blocking of electricity and water access for churches (Open Doors) [link]

18th: Jesus ‘found me in my dirt and pulled me out,’ Justin Beiber says: in an interview, Bieber claims that it was his faith and his Christian friends who saved him from self-destruction. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2

18th: Franklin Graham says the gospel ‘is what is really being banned’ in Britain: after having venues at many centres cancelled for their UK tour, Franklin Graham said that those who banned him were ‘truthophobic.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: Foreign Ministry said fearing diplomatic ‘revenge’ by East Asian countries: After taking far-reaching steps to contain virus relating to travelers from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau, officials say Cathay Pacific set to suspend flights to Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: protecting gospel workers – an anti-bullying group is open for business: The Gospel Workers Advocacy Group has been set up to assist workers who are bullied, abused or lose their jobs unfairly. (Eternity News) [link]

16th: China virus deaths pass 1,500; US plans to evacuate citizens from cruise ship: Embassy says some 400 Americans will be extracted from quarantined Diamond Princess in Japan; Tokyo this week rejected similar request from Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: New Zealand Prime Minister and Abortion Committee are supporting abortion till birth for downs syndrome babies: despite her promises to the disability community, Prime Minister Ardern has now agreed to abortion up until birth for downs syndrome babies. (Don’t Screen Us Out) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: Third Israeli contracts coronavirus on cruise ship off Japan: health Ministry working to extract remaining Israelis from Diamond Princess; Jerusalem chief rabbi to enter self-quarantine after Singapore visit, as Israel toughens rules. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: mass prayer held at Western Wall amid coronavirus crisis, Israel: Nearly a thousand people participate in event, including dozens of Chinese citizens, family members of Israelis quarantined on cruise ship. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: son of Israeli on cruise ship: Release of Americans shows quarantine ineffective: Israeli passengers expected to disembark in coming days if they test negative for coronavirus; American passengers gripe over 2nd quarantine after they are repatriated from ship. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: female athlete sues to block transgender athletes, Connecticut, US: three families of high school runners had submitted a federal lawsuit to block transgender athletes from taking part in girl’s sports. (Seven News) [link]

14th: primary school to host adult drag queens, NSW, Australia: as part of a ‘Say No to Bullying’ event, a school is featuring several drag queens and adult entertainers. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: SBC Pastors threaten to boycott conference over planned spoken word performance by female pastor, US: some churches may boycott a Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastor’s Conference simply because one speaker was from a female spoken word artist. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: Christian risks life, walks ‘many hours’ to be baptised, North Korea: Open Doors shared the story of a Christian woman who walked many hours to be baptised, in one of the Open Doors safe houses, despite the danger. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

14th: HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’ celebrates polyamorous ‘throuple’ family, US: the popular ‘House Hunters’ TV series aired a program with a ‘throuple’ of one man and two women who are in a relationship, as they search for a new home. (Christian Headlines) [link] [link 2]

14th: Jewish women’s group leads US push to pass national bill protecting abortions: National Council of Jewish Women spearheads letter from 50 faith-based organizations calling on Congress to safeguard medical procedures. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Attorney General holds mass funeral for remains of 2,411 aborted babies, Indiana, US: the remains of the 2,411 unborn babies discovered in a former abortionist’s garage and car after his death, were laid to rest. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: Lord of the Rings star says the world owes Christianity ‘the greatest debt of thanks:’ although John Rhys-Davies calls himself a skeptic and a rationalist, his declaration at the recent Movieguide Awards said “I f find myself constantly defending Christians and Christianity… we seem to forget that Christian civilization has made the world a better place than it ever was… [such as] abolition of slavery, for instance.”(Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: 215 House Democrats back bill that would overturn hundreds of pro-life state laws, US: the bill would guarantee the right to abortion and over-ride current state restrictions. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: Jewish Harvard students form anti-Zionist organization, US: Harvard Jewish Coalition for Peace to focus on Palestinian solidarity work, including support for BDS, fighting anti-Semitism and creating Jewish events outside of Hillel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Syria’s parliament recognizes Armenian genocide: Tensions between Damascus and Ankara have been running high after deadly clashes in northwest Syria. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

13th: a veneer of consultation – euthanasia advocates are rushing extreme euthanasia laws, Tasmania, Australia: while inviting community feedback, the legislation isi yet to be presented for proper scrutiny by parliament. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: churches destroyed twice in one month, Sudan: even though the incidences were reported to the police, they would not investigate. (Open Doors) [link]

13th: airline drops Christian chocolate supplier, Switzerland: despite supplying the airline with chocolates for ten years, Läderach will be dropped as a supplier because of their core beliefs. (Vision Radio) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: 15,000 new coronavirus cases, China: 14,840 new cases were reported, will takes the number of confirmed cases to 50,000 with 1,300 deaths. (Fox News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: Democrats strike down bill protecting abies born following failed abortions, Colorado, US: two bills that would have protected babies born alive after abortions and punished the doctors who would not provide care for them, were voted down by the Democrats in Colorado (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: China raids churches for ‘illegal’ bibles, threatens fines up to $1,400: Bibles have been confiscated from churches in the last few months, by Government officials as they crack-down on Christianity. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: Kentucky must pay atheist $150,000 for rejecting ‘IM GOD’ license plate, US: a federal judge ordered that the atheist be paid $150,000 in fees after he was denied his application for a license plate which read “IM GOD.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: defence official: Hamas agreed to halt rockets, balloons; Israel ends sanctions: Following weeks of unrest on the Gaza border, fresh ceasefire deal appears to have been struck, following intervention by Egypt, UN. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Iran Guards commander threatens to hit Israel, US if ‘slightest error’ made: Threat comes in response to Times of Israel report Defense Minister Bennett said US agreed to counter Iran in Iraq, while Israel fights it in Syria. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: US Senate votes to restrain Trump’s military powers against Iran: Democratic sponsor of measure, which picks up support of 8 Republicans, says it is aimed at reasserting Congress’ authority to declare war; House can take up bill later this month. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: defying radical cleric, Iraqi women protesters take to streets: Hundreds of women demonstrate in Baghdad, southern Iraq after Muqtada al-Sadr’s call for gender-segregated rallies. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Google, Target, Facebook rank high for commitment to religious inclusion, report shows, US: the report from January shows that a number of large companies are working towards promoting religious freedom. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: the Tweed declared natural disaster area, Australia: continuing rain and flooding has led to the Council declaring it a natural disaster area. (Tweed Daily News) [link]

13th: Pakistan court validates forced conversion, marriage of Christian girl: the court over-ruled the family’s petition that the child is underage and was forced against her will to be married to her abductor, who also forced her to became a muslim. They claimed that the man also violated her body. (Eternity News) [link]

13th: parents sound off over graphic child rape, gay sex scenes in school books for ten year olds, US: parents have been speaking out against novels that include normalisation of sexual perversion, rape and gay sex scenes, while the school refuses to take responsibility. (The American Mirror) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: confirmed – Mary Mohammadi is in a Qarchak Prison, Iran: a vocal Christian Fatemeh (Mary) Mohammadi was arrested during protests last month and is being held in the country’s worst prison. (Article 18) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: Okloahoma House passes bill revoking medical licenses of abortion doctors, US: the bill passed from the House of Representatives and will proceed to the Senate and would result in a doctor losing their license should they perform an abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: meet the African-American Jewish mom who fights gun violence with prayer: Documentary ‘They Ain’t Ready for Me’ chronicles student rabbi Tamar Manasseh, pioneer of a Chicago campaign providing poor families with a much-needed oasis. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Dutch euthanasia requests rapidly rising: during the last year there has been a 22% rise in euthanasia requests. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: UC Berkeley student gov’t won’t condemn display featuring Palestinian terrorists, US: University committee vetoes 4-1 resolution to condemn exhibition celebrating three women convicted of terror attacks against Israelis. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: ‘Brazil belongs to God:’ country’s president professions his faith at Christian worship event: President Jair Bolsonaro made an unexpected visit at the worship event in Sao Paula and shared that he believes in Jesus as his savior and that Brazil belongs to God.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: Democrats walk out of House meeting after Pastor prays for rights of the unborn and Biblical marriage, US: after the Pastor prayed, the Democrats walked out of the Virginia House of Delegates. (Christian Headlines) [link]

11th: county must pay atheists for blocking ‘secular invocations,’ Florida, US: after 2 federal courts determined that the county’s prohibition of ‘secular invocations’ was unconstitutional, Brevard County will have to pay a $490,000 legal bill. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: Deputy Sheriff’s son pleads guilty to setting fire to black churches, Louisiana, US: Holden Matthews pleaded guilty in federal court to three counts of intentional damage, a hate crime and felony. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: Democratic presidential candidate calls abortion a ‘tragedy’ and activists urge him to get out of the race for presidency, US: Andrew Yang is now facing backlash due to his views on abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: anti-semitism on campuses may force school to choose either free speech or bigotry, US: After universities fail to address Jewish students’ complaints, Trump issues EO to end discrimination — but even victims have second thoughts about how it might be enforced. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: priest bans legislators who support abortion from taking communion, Rhode Island, US: Rev Richard Bucci said that those legislators who voted for the abortion bill violated the teachings of the Catholic Church. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: 99 year old has read through Bible 60 times: ‘might as well make it 61,’ Tennessee, US: the 99 year old church member said that “God shows me something new every time,” and has commenced reading the Bible for the 61st time. (source) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: official announces that coronavirus is airborne, China: the official say that the virus can be inhaled even while an infected person is not there. (Behold Israel) [link]

9th: African leaders reject Trump’s Mideast peace plan: African Union chairman says White House proposal violates multiple UN resolutions, was prepared without international coordination and ‘tramples on rights of Palestinians.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: soldier kills 26 in bloodiest shooting spree in Thailand: hundreds rescued from mall by security forces, who eventually take out gunman after several-hour standoff; dozens hurt. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Iran starts countdown for satellite launch ‘within hours’: Zafar satellite will take photos of Earth, telecom minister says; US says Iranian space program helps Tehran develop ballistic missiles. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Khamenei says Iran ‘does not pose threat to any country,’ but must get stronge. nation’s leader says it must become strong enough to ward off enemy threats and prevent war; asserts US sanctions may be opportunity to end oil dependence. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: more euthanasia safeguards under attack in Victoria, Australia: concerns increase as a further safeguard in the legislation is requested, which presently requires doctors to sign off on a person’s request for euthanasia (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: Los Angeles passes legislation to prevent hate crimes: Bill requires police to establish hotline for prevention, protect houses of worship; measure comes days after LAPD reported spike in anti-Semitic attacks last year. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: ‘watered-down’ gospel is major concern for 72% of Pastors, US: among Protestant pastors some of the major concerns they believe effect churches is watering down of the gospel, cultural shifts, poor discipleship moderns, biblical integrity and more (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Starbucks Partners with organisation that promotes sex-changes for minors: Starbucks launched a commercial which is transgender-friendly and released its campaign that will aid a British charity that supports reducing age limits for children to access cross-sex hormones. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: United Methodist group enlists Ministers to perform LGBTQ marriages, US: the new United Methodists’ group Marriage Rites, is seeking ministers who will volunteer their services to stand in “faithful defiance against the unjust and hurtful discriminatory bans on marriages of LGBTQ couples,” which is currently against the rules of the United Methodist church. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: ‘No right to privacy from the opposite sex’: 13yo girl takes school trans inclusion rules to UK High Court: the 13 year old girl says that British schools, in an attempt to accommodate trans students, now means they go against girls’ desire for privacy, safety and dignity. (RT Question More) [link 1] [link 2]

6th: UK anti-Semitism soars to record high, up 7% since 2018, says watchdog: Britain’s Community Security Trust records 1,805 anti-Semitic hate incidents, including 158 violent assaults, nationwide in 2019. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: ten justice denied to protect euthanasia law, Australia: the doctors in Belgium who were charged with an unlawful death by euthanasia, have been found not guilty. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: President Trump Acquitted on Both Articles of Impeachment: despite the Democrats’ attempt to remove Trump from office, he was completely acquitted of both articles of impeachment by the Senate. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

6th: animated video glorifying Palestinian terror attacks posted to TikTok: Palestinian Media Watch says clip on social media site popular with children is latest in a string of ‘similar animations urging Palestinians to murder Israelis’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: has China’s biggest online news site revealed ‘real’ coronavirus death figures? Screen grabs showing 24,589 death toll that sparked wild conspiracy theories ‘could have been digitally altered’: conspiracy theories have surfaced that China has been covering up the large numbers of deaths due to the virus. (Daily Mail, UK) [link 1] [link 2]

6th: major Christian group pledges $50M to re-elect Trump: the Faith & Freedom Coalition launched its campaign in its grassroots campaign to high what the President has achieved since he came into office. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

6th: the Bible could become Tennessee’s ‘official state book’ under new bill, US: although the bill had been rejected four years earlier, State rep Jerry Sexton has filed the bill again. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: Christians in China courageously share gospel in coronavirus crisis zone: in the epicentre of the coronavirusu outbreak, Christians are boldly sharing the gospel in the streets. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: after Trump plan, Khamenei to fund Palestinian terror groups ‘as much as we can’: Iranian leader says ‘stupid’ American peace proposal negotiates with ‘Zionists over what belongs to the Palestinians,’ and it will ‘die’ before Trump does (source) [link]

5th: Palestinians float UN resolution against Trump peace plan: PA leader Mahmoud Abbas set to attend Security Council vote next Tuesday; draft expected to get broad support but will be blocked by US veto. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: bucking EU position, Hungary expresses support for Trump peace plan: After meeting Kushner, FM Peter Szijjarto says efforts to resolve conflict need ‘new impetus,’ and US offer ‘is suitable for creating peace and stability in the region’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: Trump acquitted of all charges in US Senate impeachment trial: US president cleared of both abuse of power and obstruction of Congress; Mitt Romney the sole Republican to break ranks and vote for conviction. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: singer Chynna Phillips Says Jesus Is the ‘Way, the Truth and the Light’: formerly one of the group Wilson Phillips, says that both Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin can “help pave the way for other young people to see it (Christianity) in a new light.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: investors Buy Old Hotel and Convert It into 139 Mini-Apartments for the Homeless, Denver, US: the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless purchased a multi-million dollar former hotel in an attempt to help the homeless in the area. (Black Business.com) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: superintendent stands up to atheist group, says school is not ‘a religion-free zone’:’ after an atheist organisat called for an investigation after high school football players were baptized at the stadium, the superintendent says they followed the law. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: Christian, Muslim Parents Join Together to Protest State-Mandated LGBT Curriculum in New Jersey: both Muslim and Christian parents protested the LGBT curriculum being taught to their children in New Jersey public schools. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: Church of England Apologizes for Saying Sex Is Only for Married Heterosexual Couples: after making a statement that sex should be between heterosexual married couples, the church apologised and explained their decision further. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: human rights groups call for action on China’s AI-enabled religious repression: the AI Organization claims that the Chinese Communist Party is a threat to the world because of artificial intelligence and 5G agendas which will give them extreme control over its citizens and officials. (ChinaAid) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: Taylor Swift Rips Politician Campaigning on Biblical Marriage in New Documentary: ‘I’m a Christian. That’s Not What We Stand For’: Swift has chosen to step into the political arena and made a number of related comments in her recent film during the making of her latest album. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Pan-Islamic Organisation of Islamic Cooperation rejects Trump’s peace plan: body calls on its 57 member states not to cooperate with US proposal, saying it ‘does not meet the minimum aspirations and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: virus death toll in mainland China spikes, overtakes SARS: 57 people die in most fatal day since outbreak of new coronavirus, bringing China’s toll to 361; 1,000-bed hospital set to open Monday after just 10 days of construction. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: London attacker who stabbed 2 was recently freed from jail for terror offenses: Suspect named as Sudesh Amman; reportedly released week ago after serving half sentence for distributing terror materials; said to disparage Jews, Yazidi women in online chats. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Islamic State claims responsibility for London stabbing attack: Jihadist terror group says Sudesh Amman was one of its fighters, carried out assault in response to call for attacks on countries belonging to anti-IS coalition. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Ukraine: Recordings show Iran immediately knew plane was hit by a missile: ‘It is the light of missile,’ a pilot told a controller just after January 8 incident; Tehran says transcript is authentic, but now we don’t ‘want to give them any more evidence.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: three Christians granted early release from prison, Iran: the three Christians have been conditionally released as long as they don’t repeat their ‘offences,’ for practicing their faith. (Article 18) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: virus death toll shoots past 300 as countries close off borders: Over 14,000 people have been infected with Wuhan coronavirus, Chinese authorities say. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Israel rejects Trump’s idea of redrawing borders, moving Arab towns to Palestine: Netanyahu officials tell TV news the proposal in US peace plan is not viable; right-wing ministers said vowing to oppose any mention of Palestinian state in cabinet vote on deal. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Russia doubts viability of Trump peace plan, EU stresses commitment to 2 states: Kremlin spokesman says US proposal ‘not in compliance’ with UN Security Council resolutions; Europe’s foreign policy chief warns that it ‘challenges’ agreed-upon parameters. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: China apologizes after envoy says Israel’s travel ban reminiscent of Holocaust: embassy expresses regret after ambassador recalls Jews who escaped to China during WWII, urges Jerusalem not to slam its doors to his countrymen amid fears over coronavirus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

JANUARY 2020

31st: over half of churches use armed security teams after recent shootings, US: security teams have been put in place and their parishioners are allowed to carry weapons due to increasing shootings. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: Sesame Street to feature actor Billy Porter wearing a dress: Sesame Street advised that the Porter will appear on the show wearing a dress, though it’s not known if the outfit will be mentioned in the episode. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: Trump limits immigration from 6 countries in election-year push: US president to impose new visa restrictions on citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, but stops short of total travel ban. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

30th: extremists take life of Pastor, Nigeria: Pastor Lawan Andimi was kidnapped by extremists in his village of Michika in early January and executed him in late January (Open Doors) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: Fearing riots, police to beef up presence on Temple Mount during Friday prayers: Move comes amid tensions following Trump peace plan, and after officers arrest two armed men on suspicion they were planning a stabbing attack at the holy site. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

30th: Catholic school teacher fired for getting pregnant out of wedlock can proceed with discrimination case, US: the former English teacher has been given approval to continue with her discrimination lawsuit against her former employer (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: churches closed as laws target non-Muslim worship, Algeria: churches may be closed by authorities who may enforce their laws which control non-Islamic religious worship. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: Israel Folau signs to new team that forbids him from talking about his faith, Australia: after the controversy surrounding his earlier comments about same-sex relationships, Folau has now signed with a new team agreeing not to speak about his Christian beliefs on homosexuality. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: South Dakota’s House of Representatives passed landmark bill banning transgender treatment on children, US: one of the first states aiming to outlaw sex-change of children (source) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: Christian aid workers go missing, Iraq: the four aid workers from Iraq and France disappeared in Baghdad although no group has taken responsibility for their kidnapping. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: Tennis Players Petition for Sports Arena to Be Renamed over Margaret Court’s Christian Views: Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe unfurled a banner in protest of Margaret Court’s name being on the arena that hosts Australian tennis Open matches due to Rev Court’s stance on same-sex marriage. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: ‘persecuted even after death’ Christian funerals banned, China: at Christian funerals, authorities have been stopping ceremonies part of the way through and even arresting family members. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: Trump moves to calm virus fears after first death on US soil: US president says ‘there is no reason to panic’ as coronavirus claims life of Washington state woman. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: Hong Kong pets face quarantine after dog tests positive for coronavirus: health authorities in city state say the canine has no ‘relevant symptoms’ of the virus but has been placed in isolation as a precaution. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: Wall Street has worst week since 2008 as S&P 500 drops 11.5% amid virus spread: global financial markets rocked as coronavirus outbreak shuts down industrial centers, empties shops and slashes travel worldwide; US investors look to Federal Reserve for succor. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Trump unveils plan for ‘realistic 2-state’ deal, ‘undivided’ Israeli Jerusalem: Proposal sets conditions for Palestinian state that won’t threaten Israel, with capital ‘in eastern Jerusalem,’ president says; Netanyahu, Gantz okayed plan as basis for talks (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

28th: British Arena Boots Franklin Graham over ‘Homophobic’ Biblical Views: after scheduling Franklin Graham to preach in eight cities in the UK later this year, one venue has chosen to cancel the booking because of Graham’s bible views on LGBTQ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

28th: Thousands of Gazans protest Trump peace plan hours before its release: Demonstrators in Gaza City and elsewhere burn pictures of Trump and Netanyahu, but show rare support for Abbas ahead of rare joint meeting; protests also reported near Israel fence. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

28th: IDF sends more troops to Jordan Valley ahead of Trump plan release, Israel: No other reinforcements posted to West Bank, but military says it is conducting constant assessments amid fears of violence in response to so-called Deal of the Century. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

28th: On Remembrance Day, US House overwhelmingly passes Holocaust education bill: The Never Again Education Act would allocate $10m over five years to helping teachers across the country increase awareness of the Nazi genocide. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

28th: LISTEN: Israeli tech brings clean water and electricity to African villages: Innovation Africa, whose Israeli-made solar panels power schools, clinics and water pumps in 10 African countries, has changed the lives of 1.7 million people. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

28th: Well, that didn’t take long – euthanasia, Australia: the state of Victoria new euthanasia laws have only been in place for 7 months and now there are calls to remove the safeguards and doctors are being advised on how to get around the safeguards. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ Moves into Public Schools: ‘The 1st Graders Loved It,’ US: public schools are now embracing ‘drag Queen story hours’ for young students. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: Trump unveils plan for ‘realistic 2-state’ deal, ‘undivided’ Israeli Jerusalem: Proposal sets conditions for Palestinian state that won’t threaten Israel, with capital ‘in eastern Jerusalem,’ president says; Netanyahu, Gantz okayed plan as basis for talks. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

28th: school survey asks 6th graders if they’re transgender, ‘non-binary,’ pansexual, US: public schools in North Carolina sparked concerns from parents who discovered that this year’s questionnaires included sexual orientation questions for the first time, referring to many LGBTQ orientations, and was given to children in 6th grade. (source) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: NSW regional woman of the year could be a man, Australia: a trans ‘woman’ has become a finalist in the Regional Woman of the Year competition, ignoring the many women farmers who’ve been struggling with a terrible, long-term drought, female business owners, women firefighters, foster mothers and more in NSW (Binary) [link 1]

28th: World Health Organization raises global virus risk to maximum level: WHO chief says developments ‘are clearly of concern’ but that there is still ‘a chance of containing this virus’ if robust action taken. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Israeli firm unveils kit to diagnose coronavirus, as 2nd team works on a vaccine: announcement of BATM kit comes as officials struggle to balance need for rapid testing and worries over false positives; science minister hails institute’s progress toward vaccine. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Duck Dynasty star spotlights radical stories of redemption in new series ‘Restored,’: US the series shares interviews of women who had a tough upbringing and later found hope in Christ. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

28th: Christian charity works to restore towns destroyed by ISIS, Iraq: Aid in Need, a Catholic charity has been working to rebuild churches and a kindergarten. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Jordanian king expresses reservations over Trump peace plan: US said yet to receive response from Arab nations invited to take part in release of president’s plan, amid reports deal will give Israel go ahead to annex West Bank settlements. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: Survivors return to Auschwitz 75 years after liberation: Organizers of Monday event, the Auschwitz-Birkenau state memorial museum and the World Jewish Congress, say they want to keep the spotlight on those who went through the Holocaust. [link 1]

27th: bushfires: rebuilding residents hit with thousands in council fees, Australia: at least one council in New South Wales has hit victims in the recent fires, with thousands of dollars in applications fees so they can rebuild. (ABC radio) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Iranian general warns of retaliation against Israel if US threats continue: Revolutionary Guard chief Hossein Salami says America, Israel ‘will definitely regret it’ if Washington continues menacing Iran’s top military leaders. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: Trump to tell Israelis they have 6 weeks to get peace plan moving — report: US official tells Reuters that proposal won’t be released ahead of US president’s meetings with Gantz and Netanyahu to ensure he has their support before details announced. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: Abbas said to refuse to take phone call from Trump, Palestine: PA president reportedly turned down multiple requests over last few days as US prepares to roll out peace plan already rejected by Ramallah. (The Times of Israel) [link] [link 1]

27th: Palestinian Authority PM calls on world to boycott Trump peace plan: Mohammad Shtayyeh says upcoming offer contravenes international law, is aimed at protecting US president from impeachment and Netanyahu from indictment. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: Islamic State announces ‘new phase’ of attacks: Mainly targeting Israel: Audio message from spokesman says focus is now on ‘fighting the Jews and reclaiming what they have stolen from the Muslims’; urges sabotage of Trump peace plan. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: Victorians in the dark about assisted suicide regime, Australia: (Hope) the second Victorian report from the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board failed to provide important details about the high number of people who chose to be euthanased, which conflicts with euthanasia laws. [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Europe scrambles to contain coronavirus: France and Germany warn of the ‘start of an epidemic’ as Denmark and Estonia confirm first cases: hundreds quarantined in Germany, while in Denmark and Switzerland and several other countries have cases linked to Italy where more than 500 cases have arisen and 14 have died, but so far in 15 countries less than half a dozen have died. (Daily Mail UK) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: PBS Kids’ Clifford the Big Red Dog introduces LGBT characters, US: in recent weeks, the program was the second children’s series on PBSS incorporating LGBT characters. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: the church goes online in the age of the coronavirus, China and Singapore: as all Christian services have been suspended, some churches are live-streaming their services. (Eternity) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: proposed ban on conversion therapy is seriously flawed, Australia: the proposed bill in Queensland seeks to outlaw ‘conversion therapy’ and is based on outdated information, and also seeks to punish doctors who don’t toe the ‘rainbow agenda’ line. (Binary) [link 1]

27th: Victorians in the dark about assisted suicide regume, Australia: the second report from the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board indicates that the anticipated number of deaths is far more than the government estimated, but provides inadequate information on important questions such as who accessed it, and were they properly assessed. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: College students set to unite in prayer, US: the Collegiate Day of Prayer is held by students across the US to pray for campuses and students. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: High Court extends surrogacy rights to gay couples, single men, Israel: ruling celebrated as ‘dramatic and exciting’ by activists; court gives Knesset one year to amend discriminatory legislation. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: Oklahoma pushes to display ‘In God We Trust’ in all government buildings, US: a bill which will require all government buildings in Oklahoma to show the national motto of ‘In God We Trust,’ is being challenged by an atheist group. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: bill could ban ‘drag queen story hours’ with parental oversight boards, Tennessee, US: a bill has been introduced to set up a parent-led review board for every library to ensure that only age appropriate material is provided in libraries including drag queen story hours. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: Netanyahu en route to Trump meeting: ‘Together we’ll make history,’ Israel: Taking off for Washington, PM contrasts the Iran nuclear deal championed by Barack Obama with the Deal of the Century to be released by ‘huge friend’ of Israel, Donald Trump (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

26th: Gantz heads to Washington for lightning peace plan talks with Trump, Israel: Blue and White leader says he’ll ‘exchange views’ with US president but will keep content of conversation behind closed doors (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

Jan 2020: Trump declares Jan. 22 ‘National Sanctity of Human Life Day:’ Trump declared that date for both 2018 and 2019 and also said that the US “must remain steadfastly dedicated to the profound truth that all life is a gift from God, who endows every person with immeasurable worth and potential.” (Catholic News Agency) [link 1]

26th: Germany warns of ‘mass exit’ of Jews if anti-Semitism persists: Insults and attacks against Jews — both physical and online — have become ‘a daily occurrence,’ says Berlin’s foreign minister, calling for tougher action across Europe [link 1]

26th: Trump rejects Iran talks opening as enriched uranium stockpile swells: US president rebuffs overture for negotiations if sanctions lifted; nuclear official says Tehran has almost three times as much enriched material as allowed under nuke deal. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

26th: Prince Charles says he wants to visit Iran, be ‘peacemaker’ in Middle East: Heir to British throne praises Islamic Republic’s people as ‘remarkable’ as relations have deteriorated; says he prays for peace between Israel and the Palestinians [link 1]

26th: Savaging Trump peace plan, Palestinians again threaten to dissolve PA: text (source) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: Savaging Trump peace plan, Palestinians again threaten to dissolve PA: As Netanyahu and Gantz head to Washington to meet with US president about deal, activists call for ‘day of rage’ against its announcement. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

26th: France reports 27% increase in anti-Semitic acts: With hate crimes on the rise against many minorities, interior ministry establishes network of special investigators to tackle the problem. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

26th: in unprecedented move, Israelis advised to avoid all travel abroad over virus: Health Ministry warning sees ‘high probability’ pathogen has now spread worldwide and is no longer containable; Israelis returning from Italy ordered to 14-day quarantine. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Senate Democrats defeat bill requiring medical care for babies who survive abortion, US: 41 Democrats joined together to defeat the bill before the legislation received a floor vote, (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: gender dysphoria has risen by 1,500 percent in Swedish teen girls since 2008: the 1,500 percent increased occurred in just one decade, and some politicians are trying to introduce a law the reduce the minimum age for sex reassignment from 18 to 15, and children as young as 12 to legally change their gender. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: ACLU sues 7 Texas ‘sanctuary cities for the unborn,’ calls ordinances ‘cruel:’ after seven Texas towns passed ordinances which enabled them to become “sanctuary cities for the unborn” are being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: Police miss key facts in euthanasia advocacy, South Australia: the SA Police have shown support for euthanasia and assisted suicide laws, but ignored the very real need for palliative care which is poorly funded. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: megachurch helps pay off $46.5 million in medical debt, Cincinnati, US: Crossroads Church’s donation went towards familys who found themselves in medical debt. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

25th: Turkey earthquake: 20 dead, hundreds injured after 6.8-magnitude earthquake: the quake struck nearby Sivrice, a town in the eastern Elazig province and shocks were felt around 1,300km away in Israel (NBC News) [link 1] [link 2]

25th: US moves to restrict entry for pregnant women on ‘birth tourism’: New visa rules aim to minimize number of foreigners who take advantage of American ‘birthright citizenship,’ a particular area of chagrin for Trump. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

25th: Amazon halts sale of books assailed as ‘Nazi propaganda’: Company’s removal of items, including anti-Semitic children’s book ‘The Poisonous Mushroom,’ comes after criticism by the Auschwitz museum. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: 9th Circuit upholds Trump pro-life rule, OKs defunding of Planned Parenthood, US: the new rule which prevents some of the federal funds going to Planned Parenthood has been upheld by the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: British politician suggests babies are born without biological sexes: Labour Party member Daw Butler claimed in a on-air live TV program that “a child is born without sex, a child is formed without sex in the beginning.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: over 100,000 people greet President Trump in India: the crowd showed their approval of the President with cheers and welcoming signs. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

25th: day after sweaty press conf, Iran deputy health minister says he has coronavirus: Iraj Harirchi isolates himself at home; revelation comes a day after he was seen sweating and coughing during press conference in which he denied mass deaths from disease. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Korean flight attendant who was in Israel, LA tests positive for coronavirus: diagnosis adds weight to possibility that group of South Korean tourists may already have been infected when they were in Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Israeli woman who caught coronavirus on Japan cruise recovers, leaves hospital: Rachel Biton will fly back to Israel from Japan tomorrow and will be tested again before she is released, reports say. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: China bans trade, consumption of wild animals due to coronavirus: the trading and consumption of wild animals will be banned, in an attempt to stop the coronavirus outbreak. (Reuters) [link 1]

24th: Virginia passes series of pro-LGBT laws, introduces bans on conversion therapy, US: the senate has voted to ban conversion therapy by counsellors, psychologists and professionals to anyone under the age of 18. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

24th: Swastikas painted on synagogue in New Zealand: Swastikas painted on synagogue in New Zealand. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

24th: Powerful quake rocks eastern Turkey, killing 21; tremors felt in Israel: Turkish authorities say 6.8 magnitude tremblor in eastern province of Elazig causes buildings to collapse; no reports of injuries or damage in Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

24th: President Trump’s historic 2020 March for Life speech, US: the first US President who has ever attended the annual March for Life – text of his message (source) [link 1]

24th: Chinese Christians in the UK tell of racism as Churches urge prayer and caution over coronavirus: with the recent coronavirus outbreak, came an increase in racism towards Chinese Christians including verbal abuse. (Christian Today) [link 1]

24th: in shakeup, virulently anti-Semitic Malaysian PM submits resignation: Mahathir Mohamad, who has defended calling Jews ‘hook-nosed’ and said they ‘rule the world by proxy,’ steps down amid political turmoil in Kuala Lumpur. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

24th: Amazon show’s fictional Nazi atrocities could fuel Holocaust denial, critics say: ‘Hunters’ starring Al Pacino particularly slammed for scene in which Auschwitz inmates forced to kill each other in chess game; creator says show never purported to be documentary. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

24th: Technion team develops novel water-from-air system using desiccants: (The Times of Israel) standalone platform is energy-efficient, works even in off-grid, desert areas, effectively filters out pollutants and kills bacteria, researchers say. [link]

24th: Belgian PM says Jewish caricatures at anti-Semitic parade ‘damage’ the country: Sophie Wilmes, who is Jewish, calls Aalst Carnival an affront to nation’s ‘values and reputation’; city’s mayor says event is ‘a display of unity.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: Israel may quarantine travelers from Italy, Australia over coronavirus: Health minister recommends against travel to Italy, says not afraid to enforce quarantines; president, currently visiting Australia, to keep itinerary unchanged. (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: Iran announces 50 dead in Qom coronavirus outbreak: Tehran says deaths date back to February 13, though first cases were only announced days later; Kuwait, Bahrain announce first cases in people entering from Iran. (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: South Koreans being shipped out of Israel on special flights amid virus fears: many have already left Jewish state following new measures, and hundreds of remaining visitors will leave Monday after many were forced to spend the night at the airport. (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: lost 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible found on dusty Cairo synagogue shelf: while attempting to document Egyptian synagogues, an Israeli historian stumbles upon a massive, well-preserved 616-page codex that was written in 1028. (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: in first, Saudi king hosts Israeli rabbi at royal palace: Jerusalem-based David Rosen, invited to Riyadh as part of interfaith meeting, hails ‘revolutionary moment’; says Palestinian issue still ‘glass ceiling’ for Israel-Saudi relations. (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: Dixney-Pixar’s ‘Onward’ makes history with first openly LGBT character: ‘Onward’ which will be released on 6 March, has a minor character who is not overtly lesbian, but her statement makes a reference to her sexuality. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

24th: Scottish court orders venue to explain why Franklin Graham’s event was cancelled: Graham asked the Scottish Event Campus as well as the Glasgow Sherriff Court for reasons why his event was cancelled at their venue. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: carnival that showed Jews as vermin ‘not anti-Semitic,’ Jewish Belgian MP says: Michael Freilich, Belgium’s only Orthodox lawmaker, says fewer than 50 of 6,000 participants presented anti-Jewish displays, compares Aalst procession to Israeli Purim parades. (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: Tim Tebow wants to be remembered for savings babies, shares how doctors recommended he be aborted: while at a pro-life fundraising banquet, the former NFL quarterback shared his own personal convictions about the pro-life cause. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

24th: Weinstein convicted of rape, sexual assault in landmark moment for #MeToo: disgraced Hollywood mogul found not guilty of predatory sexual assault, dodging life sentence; verdict followed weeks of often harrowing and excruciatingly graphic testimony. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Trump will become the 1st President to attend the March for Life, US: while earlier leaders had spoken to the crowd via phone, none had ever appeared live at the rally. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: government to regulate all church activity, China: the new laws will increase monitoring and restrictions of all religious activity and begin on 1 February (Open Doors) [link 1

23rd: Scott Morrison pays tribute to his father’s faith and service, Australia: the Prime Minister shared on social media that his wonderful father John had passed away the night before, and shared more about his father’s faith. (Eternity News) [link 1]

23rd: ‘lives worth protecting’ – Trump administration backs Ohio Down syndrome abortion ban, US: the Department of Justice is placing pressure on an appeals court to ban abortions simply because the unborn child has Down syndrome. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: Trump plan said to give Israel sovereignty throughout Jerusalem, all settlements: TV report: Palestinian state only if PA accepts Israel as Jewish state and Hamas is disarmed; no big refugee influx; if Abbas rejects plan, Israel can start annexing. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

23rd: Missouri lawmaker introduces bill to shield kids from drag queen story hours, US: in an effort to protect children at public libraries (that receive state funding) from being exposed to “age-inappropriate material.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: victory to the people re unisex toilets in schools, Australia: in 2019 a Queensland school was planning to make all toilets unisex. This situation has led to health issues for girls, and embarrassment and bullying towards girls, and many parents and other residents raised their serious concerns and the Premier of the state has now scrapped the gender neutral toilets. (Binary) [link 1]

23rd: church says they did not tell older members to leave to make room for new young people, Minnesota, US: the church leaders have denied the allegations that they asked their older parishioners to leave so they could make room for younger Christians. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

23rd: Prince Charles meets president, survivors on first-ever official visit to Israel: Rivlin welcomes future king, recalling his youth during the British Mandate period; royal plants tree as ‘symbol of hope.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

23rd: government to regulate all church activity, China: the government’s plan will include increased monitoring and tighter restrictions of all religious activity. (Open Doors) [link 1]

23rd: Pope cautions against ‘unfair’ Israeli-Palestinian peace offers: In apparent dig at Trump plan, pontiff says recent suggestions to resolve conflict ‘presaging new crises.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

23rd: Jordan official says medical staff examining all who enter kingdom: Adnan Ishaq says checks a precautionary measure to prevent spread of new virus; PA premier orders closure of places where infected Korean tourists visited. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

23rd: IDF strikes Islamic Jihad in Syria, Gaza in response to rocket fire, Israel: military says it bombed Iran-backed terror group’s facilities near Damascus, as well as in the Strip, after some 30 rockets fired at southern Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Israel confirms second coronavirus case among former cruise passengers: patient isolated at Sheba Medical Center; ministry says he contracted virus while abroad. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: We need you – you need us, Aboriginal leaders tells Christians, Sydney, Australia: Aunty Jean Phillips told the congregation at St Andrew’s Anglican Cathedral to “come on a journey with Aboriginal people … we’re going to change this nation.” (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

22nd: pastor executed by Boko Haram, Nigeria: on 20 January, Reverend Lawan Andimi, a respected pastor and father was executed by Islamic terrorists of Boko Haram, which he had earlier said might happen to him and “…don’t worry, but thank God for everything.” (Eternity News) [link 1]

22nd: TobyMac’s son Truett Foster McKeehan died from accidental overdose, US: the 21 year old musician suffered a cardiac arrest from overdosing on amphetamines and fentanyl. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

22nd: drag queen warns parents not to involve their children in ‘filthy’ drag scene, US: Kitty demure issued the warning after parents sought to involve their children in the drag-queen scene. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: Vice President Mike Pence under fire for attending ‘homophobic’ bible-based sermon, US: after attending a church where the minister raised concerns about anything that harms the foundation of marriage, such as homosexuality, Pence received backlash. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

21st: pro-life group pledges $52 million to re-elect Trump, the ‘most pro-life president’ in history, US: the Susan B. Anthony List and its partner Women Speak Out is also seeking to elect pro-life candidates (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: lawmakers introduce bill outlawing gender reassignment procedures on minors, South Dakota, US: the bill seeks to criminalise doctors who perform surgeries which attempt to affirm or change “the minor’s perception of the minor’s sex, if that perception is inconsistent with the minor’s sex.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: over 20,000 orthodox Christians flocked to the Jordan River to be baptized: they celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany and were baptisted at the spot where it is said that John the Baptist baptized Jesus and is also the same places where the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Jack Van Impe, a popular televangelist dies: while popular, Van Impe was also controversial, and fell out with a Christian TV network. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: ‘Arson is not caused by climate change’: Row breaks out over real cause of Australia’s bushfires after it emerges more than 180 people have been arrested over blazes in the past year: while some political leaders are claiming the bushfires were caused by climate change, there are others pointing out the ‘unprecedented’ number of people who actually set them in the first place. (Daily Mail Australia) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: Lebanese demonstrators block roads as protests enter fourth month: Dozens close thoroughfares, hundreds gather near parliament and central bank, the target of renewed anger amid worst economic crisis country has experienced since civil war. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

18th: Iran to US: Don’t test us; missile attack on base in Iraq was just a ‘warning:’ Defense minister says Tehran prepared to respond forcefully to US ‘adventurism’ following drone strike that killed Soleimani. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

17th: State under fire for choosing China over Australian Maleny Dairies: Ross Hopper of Maleny Dairies were greatly disappointed they missed it on obtaining the contract for hospitals in Queensland even though the reason given by the State Government is incorrect, and the contract has gone to French and Chinese owned companies that source milk in Australia. (91.1 Hot) [link 1]

17th: ‘Teacher of the Year’ Kneels in Protest during National Anthem at Championship Football Game Attended By Trump: at a football game, Kelly Holstine an esteemed teacher chose to kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest againt President Trump (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: Anti-Semitic ‘Jew pig’ sculpture at center of German court battle: Jewish activist wants 700-year-old relief on Wittenberg’s church removed; parish agrees it’s an ‘insulting’ piece of history but contends it is part of its inheritance. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

17th: FBI arrests 3 neo-Nazis ahead of Virginia pro-gun rally, Maryland, US: Members of violent white supremacist group The Base planned to attend event; Virginian governor declared state of emergency and banned weapons from demonstration. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

17th: Iran says it’s been banned from hosting international soccer: Iranian soccer federation doesn’t specify whether ban, handed down by Asian Football Confederation, is linked to shoot down of passenger plane.t (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

17th: Planned Parenthood announces plan to spend $45 million on pro-abortion candidates in 2020 election: the ‘We Decide 2020’ campaign will target large-sacle programs, digital, TV, radio, mail and grassroots programs. (source) [link 1]

17th: UK adds entire Hezbollah movement to terror blacklist and freezes its assets. Israel and US welcome move and call on other nations to blacklist the Iran-backed Lebanese terror group; step follows British government decision last March. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

17th: Hezbollah warns of ‘chaos’ if Lebanon government further delayed: Plan to appoint a new cabinet again stalls amid a crippling financial crisis and ongoing mass protests against the ruling elite; UK adds all of Hezbollah to terror list. (The Times of Israel) [https://www.timesofisrael.com/hezbollah-warns-of-chaos-if-lebanon-government-delayed/]

17th: Dershowitz to defend Trump at impeachment to protect ‘integrity of constitution:’ Harvard law professor says he will present oral arguments during Senate trial; Whitewater investigator Ken Starr and ex-Florida AG Pam Bondi also part of the team. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

17th: Indictment papers for Hubei Christians released, China: three women who collected the church offering during a service, were arrested by the government for fraud. (China Aid) [link 1]

17th: public schools begin teaching LGBT history to children, Nw Jersey, US: the law will require all schools to participate in the program, and several have begun it early. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: ;We will uphold religious liberty,’ Trump safeguards prayer in schools with new guidance, US: the Trump administration threatened loss of government funding should they not follow the guidelines to protect prayer in schools. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: Tennessee To Pass Bill Allowing Faith-Based Adoption Agencies to Refuse Same-Sex Couples: the new controversial bill was passed which will allow faith-based adoption agencies to refuse assistance to same-sex couples. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Iran crown prince predicts regime collapse as protesters ‘smell opportunity’: Exiled Reza Pahlavi, son of deposed Shah, says Iranians becoming more fearless in demonstrating against government, expect the world to show more than ‘just moral support’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

16th: ADL tells Congress to curb online hate speech if social media giants won’t: Appearing before House committee, Jonathan Greenblatt says Silicon Valley firms should have tackled anti-Semitism proliferating on their platforms long ago. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

16th: drought-ravaged farmers furious at Chinese company being allowed to take 100 MILLION litres of water from their region, Australia: despite residents in the Southern Downs having to truck in 50 loads of water every day and severely limiting their water usage, the local council has approved the sale of the groundwater to a Chinese company. (Daily Mail, Australia) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Pro-aborts hold “emergency” art exhibition titled “Abortion Is Normal”: a pro-abortion exhibition is being held in a New York art gallery in an attempt to ‘dismantle the stigma’ connected to the brutal abortion of babies in the womb (the Caldron Pool) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Japanese military experts join Australia’s fight against bushfire: arriving in Sydney, the 80 Japanese civilian and military disaster experts will work with Australian leaders to assist with fighting the bushfires. (9 News) [link 1]

15th: Transgender Mother Can Be Listed as Father on Birth Certificate, Illinois Rules, US: after giving birth in December, a biological woman who identifies as a male, has won the right to list herself as the father on the birth certificate. (source) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: Feminist Group Claims Responsibility for Spate of Shocking Attacks on Pro-Lifers, German Churches: the radical group set fire to a minibus after spray-paining a church, after admitting to vandalising a car belonging to a pro-lifer and vandalized another church later in Berlin. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: Qatar seeks to mediate amid tensions after US strike in Iraq: Foreign Minister al-Thani visits Baghdad, says his country has made international contacts and consultations with ‘brotherly and sisterly countries.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: Slovenian court voids executed Nazi collaborator’s 1946 treason conviction: Local Jewish community, Simon Wiesenthal Center condemn decision to nullify trial of Leon Rupnik, Germany’s wartime puppet ruler for the country (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: Mac Powell credits ‘miracle,’ prayers for wife’s recovery from aneurysm: Aimee Powell, wife of Christian singer Mac Powell was taken to hospital in November for a brain bleed, and after thousands of Christians around the world prayed for her recovery, she has now returned home. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: Iran threatens European troops, as FM Zarif admits officials lied about plane: Rouhani says soldiers could be in danger after triggering of nuclear accord’s dispute mechanism; Zarif says Iranians were lied to about Ukrainian airliner shootdown. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: UK envoy to Israel warns Iran has ‘last opportunity’ to comply with nuclear deal: Neil Wigan says Tehran ‘has a key decision to make about what path it wants to go down’ after European states dispute its violations of accord (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: Netanyahu urges immediate return of international sanctions on Iran: PM says ‘We know exactly what’s going on in the Iranian nuclear program’ after EU triggers dispute mechanism in nuclear accord over Tehran’s violations. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: Iranian video depicts killing of Trump, Netanyahu in assault on White House: Clip aired by country’s Fars news agency dramatizes officials’ decision to take revenge against US and Israel for killing of Qassem Soleimani. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: Bureaucracy and brutality: New evidence exposes Islamic State hierarchy: Trove of documents compiled by a US-based Syrian rights group could be used in international prosecutions of jihadists. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: ‘We thought we were basically done’: US troops recall Iranian missile attack: Though US forces had advance warning and most sheltered in bunkers during barrage, drone pilots remained to control army’s eyes in the sky — and then their connection was lost. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: Tony Evans Shares that His Wife Saw ‘A Glimpse of Heaven’ before She Died: Pastor Evans shared that his wife both saw and heard glimpses of heaven before she passed away from biliary cancer, including seeing both her deceased mother and father at different times. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: Villagers give to Australia, Papua New Guinea: after the recent bushfire disaster in Australia, thousands of those living in Chimbu Provincial have give from their own small finances to help. (Post Courier Papua New Guinea) [link 1]

15th: Gospel artist Carman asks for prayers as cancer returns, US: after going into remission from incurable myeloma cancer in 2013, he has undergone more advanced medicine and chemo to tackle the resurgence of the cancer. (Christian Today) [link 1] [link 2]

14th: thousands of ‘tradies’ join group to help bushfire-affected communities rebuild: Australia: up to 9,000 tradespeople signed up to help those in communities affected by the recent fires and through a Facebook group page set up for that purpose. (7 News Australia) [link 1]

14th: 9,000 people flood the streets of Chicago during March for Life to protest abortion: despite near freezing conditions, on 11 January the group marched then listened to various speakers, which occurred a few days before the US National March for Life (one of many pro-life demonstrations seeing record attendance around the world in recent years.) (LifeSiteNews) [link 1]

14th: Three-Self Church is shut down again, China: while the Three-Self Church is the only ‘approved’ Christian church, the government places high restrictions upon them, but even then, the authorities try as much as they can to close even these down. (China Aid) [link 1]

14th: Disney Launches New TV Show Featuring Demons and Witches: the main character is a human teenage girl whose aim is to be like her aunt, a powerful witch, and the program’s emphasis on demons and witchcraft has parents concerned (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: Rockets fired at Iraqi base housing US troops: No reported casualties in latest attack on facility hosting American forces amid tensions in Iraq between Iran, United States. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

14th: Rockets fired at Iraqi base housing US troops: No reported casualties in latest attack on Camp Taji facility, amid tensions in Iraq between Iran and United States. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

14th: Massive Christian Event Sells out in Minutes after Kanye West Announces He Will Be Performing: the annual event which has been running for 20 years will be held at the Super Bowl, and tickets sold out in minutes after the announcement of West’s performance, even causing the website to crash. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: Iran denies it tried to ‘cover up’ downing of Ukrainian airliner: Despite claiming for days that plane crashed due to technical failure before admitting it was a missile, Tehran says officials were acting on ‘existing information at the time.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

13th: Virginia Couple Threatened with Eviction for Hosting Bible Study Reaches Settlement with Apartment Complex: a couple in Virginia were issued with a notice from their senior living community because they held Bible studies in the community room or their apartment, and came to an agreement before the case reached court. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: ‘A Terrible Toll’ – 61 Million Abortions Since Roe, New Analysis Says: the last year has brought the total number of abortions in the USA to 61 millions since it was legalised. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: New Video Attacks Pro-Trump Religious Leaders: The Lincoln Project’s new video showed clips of Trump’s poor ‘Christian’ behaviours and hopes to encourage Christian supporters to remove their support of him. (source) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: Incredible moment Iranian students refuse to step on US and Israeli flags amid anti-government marches as Trump warns the country’s leaders not to kill its protesters: on the weekend, the crowd deliberately chose NOT to walk over the flags as a form of respect though Ali Khamenei’s regime wanted to show disrespect by expecting people to walk on it, but their attempt failed, amidst ongoing protests against the government and its leader. (Daily Mail UK) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: Israeli intel helped US carry out strike that killed Iran’s Soleimani – report: : information provided by Jewish state confirmed that Quds Force leader was at Baghdad airport before missile strike, NBC News reports. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: as protests restart in Iran, demonstrators refuse to trample US, Israeli flags: social media posts show hundreds at fresh gatherings against leadership; pro-regime rally outside UK embassy demands its closure over arrest of ambassador. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: Iran deploys riot police as it braces for further protests over plane shootdown: Tehran fears mass demonstrations after its Revolutionary Guard belatedly admits it accidentally shot down passenger jet. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: Trump warns Iran against ‘another massacre’ as protests flare over downed jet: US president calls for transparency, says he backs demonstrators, as memorial for those killed in Ukrainian plane crash turns to anger against regime. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: ‘Jeopardy’ causes online furor over location of Church of Nativity: clip showing contestant’s ‘Palestine’ answer being ruled wrong on US game show angers activists. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: Hezbollah’s Nasrallah threatens US troops, vows retaliation against Israel: Terror chief says American soldiers will leave the Middle East in ‘coffins,’ claims no country could have acted as transparently as Iran after shooting down Ukrainian plane. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

11th: Shirley Boone dies, USA: Shirley Boone, philanthropist and wife of Pat Boone, the singer and actor, passed away [link]

11th: ‘disastrous mistake’: Iran admits it mistakenly downed Ukraine plane, killed 176: after denying responsibility, Tehran says its military targeted the plane, blames ‘human error’; crash came hours after Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

11th: EU aviation agency warns against flying over Iran ‘until further notice:’ the European Aviation Safety Agency says it has re-evaluated dangers to commercial airline operations in light of Tehran’s admission that it accidentally shot down passenger jet. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

11th: UK ambassador arrested at Iran rally as thousands said to protest against regime: local media reports envoy freed hours later; London outraged by arrest ‘without grounds or explanation,’ says Tehran ‘at a crossroads’; unconfirmed reports of internet shutdown.(The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: Trump envoy calls on social media companies to target anti-Semitism: Elon Carr tells religious freedom commission that Facebook, Twitter can shut down anti-Semitic content by enforcing their own terms of use. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: US House to vote on preventing Trump from starting war with Iran: Pelosi says move prompted by ‘insufficient’ briefing that shows administration has no ‘coherent strategy’; Republican Sen. Mike Lee calls it ‘worst’ briefing he’s received. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: photographer captures jaw-dropping image of ‘devil horns’ rising out of the Persian Gulf: the photographer Elias Chasiotis had been set to take photos of a solar eclipse when he snapped the startling ‘devil horns,’ the result of a phenomenon called ‘fata morgana,’ and also set to appear this month is the ‘full wolf moon’ eclipse, leading to much speculation. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: Iran denies its forces shot down passenger jet, calls on West to share data: ‘We can say with certainty that no missile hit the plane,’ head of national aviation department says, as world leaders assert intelligence shows otherwise. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: as Iran and US take step back from the brink, Canada grieves plane crash victims: victims of Ukrainian Airlines crash were students, newlyweds, doctors and parents. ‘Community is overwhelmed with mourning and sadness,’ prominent Iranian-Canadian says. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: Florida guard accused of threatening to kill Trump to avenge Soleimani: Chauncy Lump says 7-minute video in which he brandishes a rifle while dressed in a shower curtain was made as a joke. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: Students Can Be Forced to Watch Indigenous ‘Cleansing’ Ceremonies, Court Rules, Canada: a court ruled that several school events when local indigenous elders performed some of their own religious performances, didn’t infringe upon the religious rights of the students, even though (it was claimed) that some were ‘forced’ to participate and even to pray their prayer. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: Nebraska Governor Declares ‘Day of Prayer’ to End Abortion on Roe Anniversary: the governor of Nebraska has issued a proclamation urging citizens to “pray for an end to abortion” on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision on 22 January. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: Abby Johnson Launches New Pro-Life Pregnancy Resource Helpline: the advocate for pro-life causes, Johnson recognised the need for pregnant women to find assistance, so set up the new website ministry called ‘LoveLine.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Justin Bieber reveals Lyme disease diagnosis, US: the pop singer and Christian shares about his ongoing health issues with Lyme disease in an upcoming docuseries on YouTube. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: Iran sends mixed signals as tensions with US seem to ease: Rouhani warns of ‘very dangerous response’ if US makes another ‘mistake,’ while senior military leaders strike more defiant tone, say further ‘revenge’ will come. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

9th: a judge rules Netflix must remove comedy depicting Jesus as gay, Brazil: the ‘comedy’ special created international outrage for making several blasphemous suggestions including that Jesus was gay, and Mary slept around. An online petition has garnered many thousands of signatures to stop it being aired. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

9th: Trump says new Iran sanctions have come into effect: ‘It’s already been done. We’ve increased them. They were very severe, but now it’s increased substantially,’ Trump says, without offering any specifics. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

8th: Trump insists ‘All is well!’ after Iran missile attack; Tehran claims 80 dead: US president says initial outlook after series of Iranian strikes on Iraqi bases housing US troops is, ‘So far, so good!’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

8th: atheist group demands removal of 9/11 cross painting from city property, Illinois, US: the group claims the mural is unconstitutional and inappropriate because it’s on a public building, even though the large cross with it is on private land. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: televangelist Jim Bakker claims President Trump is a test to prove if you are truly saved, US: Bakker claimed that “Only saved people can love Trump,” and commented on Trump’s positive actions towards Israel, receiving much backlash for his comments. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: on Spotify, hate streams unchecked as playlists praise Hitler, call to gas Jews: users on music service can register themselves as Nazi leader, post swastikas or name a playlist ‘Auschwitz Train Sing Along’; company says it conforms to German government standards. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: stepping back from brink, Trump says Iran appears to be standing down: : US president says immediate sanctions to be imposed on Islamic Republic, vows Tehran will never be allowed nuclear weapons, claims IRGC missiles ‘paid for’ by Obama administration. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

8th: Trump, full text: The days of tolerating Iran’s destructive behavior are over: US president says Soleimani’s hands were ‘drenched in both American and Iranian blood’; urges P5+1 to ‘break away’ from ‘defective’ Iran nuke deal and work for a better one. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

8th: Pastor freed from prison, Tajikistan: after spending three years in jail for “singing extremist songs in church and so inciting religious hatred,” Pastor Bahrom Kholmatov was released, but religious affairs officials claim that it wasn’t due to a prejudice against Christians. (Open Doors) [link 1]

8th: Pastor freed from prison, Tajikistan: after three years in jail for worshipping in his church, Pastor Bahrom Kholmatov was released. (Open Doors) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: Iran vows to ‘set ablaze place America loves’; crowds shout: ‘Death to Israel:’: Revolutionary Guard leader Salami issues threat as burial ceremony for Qassem Soleimani gets underway in slain general’s hometown of Kerman. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

7th: US prepares for possible Iranian reprisal after Soleimani drone strike: official says Washington anticipating a ‘major’ attack of some kind, possibly targeting an American commander in a tit-for-tat move within the next day or two. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

7th: the nation’s first non-binary person regrets switch, legally changes back, US: in 2016 a man won a court ruling to enable him to become the first non-binary person in the USA, but now wants to change it back as he regrets his earlier decision. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: Planned Parenthood reports a record 345,672 abortions – ‘abortion is its mission:’ with almost 350,000 abortions performed in the last fiscal year, a new record and increased by almost 13,000 since the previous year. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: new law requires Chinese Christians fully submit to communist party: all religious people of any faith must now not only submit to the Chinese communist party but are required to evangelise for them, as ‘faith in the Chinese Community party,’ is the only faith allowed. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: prayer saved thousands in Mallacoota, Australia: the former atheist David Jeffrey was one of a large group forced onto the beach as devastating fires reached their homes, and after prayer, the wind changed direction and saved them. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: Kayne West’s song ‘Jesus Is King’ reaches no. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart, Billboard 200 Chart, US: the Christian-based album was West’s 9th album in a row to debut at no. 1 on Billboard 200 and has the most records to hit the top of the charts in a tie with Eminem. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: Iranians threaten US, Israel as ‘millions’ at funeral bring Tehran to standstill: daughter of Soleimani tells ceremony that ”Trump is a symbol of stupidity, a toy in Zionists’ hands’; mourners carry mock coffins with pictures of Netanyahu, Trump. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: Iran general replacing Soleimani vows ‘to get rid of America from the region:’ Esmail Ghaani promises to avenge the US killing of his Quds Force predecessor. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: security chiefs said to reassure ministers Iran unlikely to strike Israel: US embassy sends out security warning, telling citizens in Israel and West Bank to stay vigilant, after US drone strike kills top Iranian general last week. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: Johnson says Britain will not lament death of Soleimani: British PM says he has spoken to Trump, calls slain Iranian general ‘a threat to all our interests’; London imam urges crowd to aspire to be like Soleimani. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: amid tensions, Philippines readies to evacuate citizens from Israel, Iraq, Iran: other Asian nations with large populations of expatriate labor may face similar decisions amid the rapidly escalating tensions between US and Iran. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: Trump doubles down on threat to strike cultural sites in Iran, US: President also warns Iraq of punishing sanctions if it expels US troops; says American forces won’t leave until Baghdad pays back cost of billion dollar airbase. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: confusion as US military says it’ll ‘move out’ of Iraq, but Esper denies pullout: after Baghdad MPs call to oust American soldiers, head of US task force tells Iraqi commander troops will be ‘repositioned,’ but then defense secretary says no decision made. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: a first: Jesus film in sign language will reach 70 million with gospel: crowd-funding by Deaf Missions and the Jesus Film Project is working to provide the Jesus film to deaf people around the world, by recreating it in their language, hopefully within the next several years. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: killing Trump wouldn’t be revenge enough for Soleimani, says top Iran general: Revolutionary Guards aerospace commander says rockets at American bases also not enough; only the total removal of US forces from Middle East will suffice. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: US embassy in Israel warns of rocket attacks after Soleimani slaying: in security alert, mission cautions that attacks ‘often take place without warning,’ advises citizens to remain vigilant. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: Trump administration urges Supreme Court to uphold pro-life law, citing Gosnel ‘atrocities:’ the Louisiana pro-life law will be heard in early March and is based on admitting privileges at local hospitals for abortion doctors, and pro-choice groups fear that the Roe v. Wade law may be changed and force abortion clinics to close. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: after general killed, Iran says it will take larger step back from nuclear deal: Tehran spokesman doesn’t specify what measure will be, as Tehran continues to retreat from 2015 accord despite pleas from remaining parties. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: crowds throng Iran city to mourn Soleimani, vow revenge, as body is flown back: tens of thousands attend ceremony in Ahvaz; remains to be taken to Tehran, other cities before burial in Kerman on Tuesday; Trump: US will respond to any attack without hesitation. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: Trump threatens to hit 52 Iranian sites if Tehran attempts reprisal: US president cautions Iran against taking revenge for Soleimani killing, saying targets will be hit ‘very fast and very hard,’ as tensions soar amid fears of all-out war. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: Iran pushes back after US threatens to target dozens of sites: army says US military lacks ‘courage,’ and Tehran’s top diplomat protests that hitting cultural sites is prohibited; Iran MPs chant ‘Death to America’ after Soleimani killing. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: top Iran official says revenge will be against military site, not seeking war: Qassem Soleimani’s daughter says Hezbollah will avenge her slain father; minister calls Trump a terrorist in a suit. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: we’re not bound by nuke deal, won’t limit enrichment, after Soleimani hit, Iran: Tehran says it will not observe curbs on uranium enrichment, stockpiles, research and development, but cooperation with UN watchdog will continue. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: key US allies push to deescalate crisis with Iran after top general killed: French president urges Tehran to avoid ‘military escalation that could aggravate instability in the region’ following death of Soleimani. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: Iraq’s parliament calls for expulsion of US troops: but even if the government approves the bill, canceling the US-Iraq agreement requires giving Americans a year’s notice for withdrawal. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: Hezbollah chief urges attacks, including suicide bombings, on US bases in region: Nasrallah says Israel asked Americans to kill Quds Force commander Soleimani, predicts US will leave the Middle East ‘in coffins,’ followed by ‘Zionists.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: Washington confirms Trump ordered deadly strike on Iran’s Soleimani: Pentagon says strike carried out to protect troops in Iraq; IRGC also confirms powerful Quds force leader killed; Trump tweets picture of American flag with no explanation. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: US citizens told to ‘depart Iraq immediately’ after strike on Iranian general: with Iran expected to seek revenge for killing of top commander Soleimani, State Department says Baghdad mission is closed with all consular services suspended. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: Iraq anti-government protesters sing, dance after Soleimani death: Pompeo shares video on Twitter of Iraqis celebrating Iranian Quds Force commander’s death, ‘thankful that General Soleimani is no more.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: US said seeing signs Iran prepping ballistic missiles as Tehran vows revenge: officials tell CNN there are intense efforts to assess when Tehran will attempt to retaliate for killing of top general – with estimates ranging between days and weeks. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: protesters in US rally against prospect of war with Iran: organizers say demonstrations held in some 70 US cities as prospects of major conflagration grow in wake of killing of top Iranian general. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: chanting ‘Death to America, Israel,’ thousands join Soleimani funeral procession: top dignitaries attend mourning ceremony in Baghdad’s Green Zone; Iranian general to be buried Tuesday in his hometown of Kerman; Iranian newspapers warn of coming revenge. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: Australian PM calls up 3,000 reservists as fire threats escalate: Morrison says 23 deaths confirmed so far this summer; danger increases as temperatures rise to record levels, surpassing 43 degrees Celsius (109 Fahrenheit) in Canberra. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

3rd: United Methodist Church announces plan to split over same-sex marriage, LGBT ordination, US: a new denomination for more traditional churches will be formed as the UMC incorporates LGBT ordination and same-sex marriage in its more modernised church following on from its year-long debate on the subject. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: more than 42 million abortions performed in 2019 making it leading cause of death globally: Worldometers compiled statistics demonstrating the enormous numbers of abortions worldwide. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: US kills powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad airstrike: leader of IRGC’s elite Quds force, blamed for attacks on Israel, killed in American bombing at airport; head of Iran-backed militia also slain. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Iran supreme leader vows ‘severe revenge’ after US kills top general Soleimani: Khamenei calls slain Quds Force chief ‘international face of resistance;’ state TV says deadly Baghdad strike is Washington’s ‘greatest miscalculation’ since World War II. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Netanyahu lauds Trump for killing of Iran’s Soleimani, says Israel stands by US, Israel: as Tehran vows revenge for hit on top general, PM says US president ‘worthy of full appreciation’ for actions; Gantz: Killing tells global terrorists – on your own heads be it. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

3rd: France, Russia and China condemn slaying of Soleimani as a destabilizing act: Britain and France urge deescalation after US strike on Iranian general; Moscow blasts ‘adventurist step,’ praises Quds Force chief’s ‘devotion’ to Iran’s national interests. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

2nd: Trump responds swiftly after Pro-Iranian protestors attack US Embassy, Iraq: after hundreds attempted to storm the Iraq embassy and destroyed windows and the reception area, marines were ordered to handle the situation. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: ‘I forgive him:’ daughter of church shooting victim says she forgives the man who killed her father, Texas, US: : the shooter began firing in the church as more than 240 parishioners were gathered in the church near Fort Worth, killing two. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: new Church of England Archbishop believes Christian views on sexuality should be adapted to ‘fit culture:’ in 2017 Stephen Cottrell made a number of controversial comments including incorporating more modern views on sexuality and that the Bible legitimises homophobia. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: Christianity Today Editor-in-Chief who authored the controversial Op-Ed will retire this week: after stating that President Trump’s actions were ‘profoundly immoral,’ Mark Galli followed with the demand for Trump to be removed from office. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: Trump warns Iran of ‘big price’ for attacks, sends 750 more troops to Mideast: US president says Tehran directly responsible for protesters storming US Embassy compound in Iraq and vows they will be held accountable. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Iraq – on 2nd day of riots, US troops fire tear gas at protesters outside embassy: pro-Iran demonstrators set fires and scribble anti-American graffiti in response to airstrikes that killed 25 fighters over the weekend. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Kim – North Korea ending nuclear test moratorium, will show off new weapon soon: Comments come after Pyongyang gives US New Year’s deadline to offer fresh concessions amid stalled negotiations. (The Times of Israel) [link]

DECEMBER 2019

31st: Islamic State claims execution of 11 Christians in Nigeria: Jihadist group calls slayings ‘a message to Christians all over the world,’ says they are revenge for death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

31st: Notre Dame rector says 50% chance cathedral cannot be salvaged: scaffolding installed before devastating fire could collapse onto vaults, threatening structural integrity of monumental Gothic building, according to church official. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

31st: Chinese pastor sentenced to 9 years in prison for preaching gospel, China: Pastor Wang Yi was the pastor of an unregistered church known as Early Rain Covenant Church and was taken by police in 2018 along with his wife and many parishioners, and the Pastor has now been sentenced for “inciting subversion of state power” and “illegal business operations. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

31st: Christmas celebrations mark progress of religious freedom in Sudan, Kenya: for the first time in 8 years, the government announced that Christmas would be a public holiday and Nasr al-Din Mufreh, the new minister of religious affairs attended a Christmas church service, in contrast to previous government officials. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: ISIS-affiliated group executes 11 Nigerian Christians, West Africa: the killings were claimed by a group connected to the Islamic State and released a video of the shooting and beheading. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: Justin Bieber says ‘God has me right where He wants me,’ on cusp of new album release, US: the announced 2020 album will be his first in five years, as Bieber becomes more open about his faith and often shares on Instagram about his experiences with God. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: actor Tom Selleck credits God for guiding him throughout life, US: he also shared that his success was due to his Christian faith, adding that while life as an actor has been good, “that’s not what life is about… Life is about more important things.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

29th: five people hurt in mass stabbing attack at rabbi’s home in New York, US: man storms Hanukkah lighting ceremony in Monsey; two victims in critical condition; suspect arrested; New York leaders vow to fight anti-Semitism. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: worker sues Nike for $1.1M over use of wrong pronouns, US: the ‘transmasculine’ worker claims that they suffered harassment because of the use of wrong pronoun. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: do not lose hope, Pope Francis says at Christmas vigil: God loves you no matter what, Vatican City: : the Pope reminded Catholics of the redeeming power of grace, that God loved them and to take courage. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Russia says it is first nation with operational new hypersonic nuclear weapons: Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle can travel 27 times the speed of sound and zig-zag through atmosphere en route to target, making it almost impossible to intercept. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: nearly 200 faith leaders sign open letter rebuking controversial Christian Today Op-Ed, US: after the negative article in Christian Today’s editorial which demanded Trump be removed from office, the faith leaders claim that it was offensive to those Christians who believed in the President, particularly because it questioned their support of Trump. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Japan sending ship, planes to protect Middle East waterways: destroyer and patrol aircraft will not join US-led coalition or patrol Strait of Hormuz, but seek to protect oil shipments in Gulf of Oman and elsewhere. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

26th: Iowa man sentenced to 16 years in prison for burning Church’s LGBT pride flag, US: Mr Martinez stole the flag from the Ames United Church of Christ and later burned it, and was charged with committing a hate crime, third-degree harassment, reckless use of fire and violation of individual rights. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: over 370,000 pro-lifers sign petition to ban dismemberment abortion in Michigan, US: : the petition was submitted to the government, and if successful, the House and Senate must consider a bill to stop dismemberment abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: hobby lobby declares Christ is Lord in full-page newspaper ads, US: the advertisement also encouraged interested readers to learn more about Jesus Christ on a website. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

25th: King in waiting pleads for persecuted Christians as Queen pleads for reconciliation, UK: the Queen’s annual address included references to the example of Jesus “overcome long-held differences,” while Prince Charles asked us to remember “all those who suffer persecution for their Christian faith.” (Eternity News) [link 1]

25th: : IDF chief warns Israelis: The next war will hit our home front extremely hard: top military commander vows Israel will block Iranian threats ‘even at risk of war,’ laments IDF is alone in fight against Tehran. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: Iran to hold joint, four-day navy drill with Russia and China: maneuvers in the Indian Ocean seen as response to recent US exercise with Saudi Arabia in which Chinese navy also participated. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

24th: 50 churches in Myanmar reopened after ‘extreme’ accusations: after 100 churches in eastern Myanmar (Burma) were closed by rebels in 2018, 51 Baptist churches have been allowed to reopen, though 10 church buildings were destroyed. (Eternity News) [link 1]

24th: Netanyahu sends Christmas greeting to Christians: ‘We have no better friends:’: on eve of holiday, PM says Jewish state wouldn’t have been established if not for ‘avid support’ of Christians through the years. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

23rd: thousands rally in Iraq against Iran’s political influence: ahead of deadline for choosing new PM, protesters rail against candidacy of Qusay al-Suhail, who officials say is Tehran’s preferred pick. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

23rd: tuberculosis vaccine could help prevent Alzheimer’s, Israeli study shows: Hebrew University researchers say the BCG vaccine, also used to treat bladder cancer, may fight the sustained inflammation that is a feature of Alzheimer’s disease. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

23rd: State Department cites religious freedom violators, US: the list includes where religious freedom is being seriously violated around the world. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

22nd: Trump signs $1.4 trillion spending bill, avoiding shutdown: government secures funding as US enters election year, avoiding repeat of last year’s impasse caused by showdown over border wall funds. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: tens of thousands of civilians flee renewed Syria violence: fighting flares as Syrian regime and ally Russia bombard Idlib region, fueling humanitarian crisis and killing over 80. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: Syria says three oil and gas facilities hit in possible drone attacks: no claim of responsibility for near-simultaneous strikes in Homs region, but war monitor says IS likely behind attacks; Syrian oil ministry says some ‘production units’ damaged. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: UN experts slam Iran over reported torture of detained protesters: experts believe thousands still being held after deadly crackdown on mass protests, say Iranian security forces ‘were aiming to kill or at least cause serious injury.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: death toll in India citizenship law protests reaches 17: 3 peopled killed during clashes in Uttar Pradesh state, where police chief says ‘the number of fatalities may increase.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: Cyprus rallies Israel, other neighbors to counter Turkey-Libya maritime deal: Netanyahu backs joint diplomatic effort after Erdogan claims economic rights over large swath of eastern Mediterranean, threatening Israeli gas pipeline. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: Facebook says investigating data exposure of 267 million users: database of user names and phone numbers made available for download last week on online hacker forum apparently run by crime group. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: UK PM Boris Johnson pledges to move forward with anti-BDS law: newly reelected premier says measure will stop local councils developing ‘their own pseudo-foreign policy against a country which with nauseating frequency turns out to be Israel.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: New York State allocates $10 million to protect religious institutions: ‘with anti-Semitism and hate crimes on the rise,’ Governor Cuomo vows administration will ‘do all we can to protect our communities.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: ‘Jew coup’: The anti-Semitic conspiracy theories surrounding Trump’s impeachment: Jewish leaders worry over a backlash, as anti-Semites spread notion that a cabal of Jews is trying to oust the US president. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: US congressman: Trump treated worse than Jesus before crucifixion: Barry Loudermilk says president not given opportunity to face his accusers; Democrats note he was offered opportunity to testify and declined. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: Putin: Trump’s impeachment far-fetched, Senate will acquit: Russian leader, in annual news conference, claims ‘party that lost 2016 election is continuing the fight by other means.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: US President Donald Trump impeached by House on two charges: he becomes only third American president to be formally charged and will now go to Republican-controlled Senate for trial where he is likely to be acquitted. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: national security adviser talks Iran at White House with US counterpart: Robert O’Brien tells Meir Ben-Shabbat that ‘common interests between Israel and Arab states… have made new regional partnerships possible to counter Iran.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: Greek prosecutor urges acquittal of neo-Nazis in murder trial: attorney claims it has not been proven that Golden Dawn leader, other senior figures ordered the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

21st: Trump blasts Christian evangelical magazine that called for his removal: evangelical leaders rally to US president’s side after Christianity Today says he has a ‘blackened moral record,’ signaling his support with community remains sky-high. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

21st: mystery man who used narwhal tusk to subdue London Bridge terrorist identified: Darryn Frost says he instinctively grabbed the rare object off the wall when Usman Khan began stabbing people in deadly attack last month. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

21st: US military academies say students didn’t make racist hand gestures on TV: West Point and US Naval Academy say trainees were playing an ‘innocent game’ when they flashed signal used by white nationalists at nationally televised football game. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

21st: bushfire crisis: millions brace for ‘catastrophic’ weekend with warnings across several states, Australia: as the fire danger continues with catastrophic fires hitting the states, the high temperatures and gusty conditions will increase the threat, and travellers have been advised to delay travelling. (Nine News) [link 1]

20th: computer glitch causes thousands of patients to receive wrong medical dosage: Maccabi Healthcare Services working to reach out to some 3,000 Israelis whose prescriptions were not filled properly. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

20th: ‘I am God’: comedian jokes her abortion made her feel like God, US: during her Netflix special urged viewers to “Get one! See how you feel!” and “You can feel any way that you want after an abortion.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Court: employee can be fired for tweeting, ‘male people are not women,’ UK: after tweeting comments several times about transgenderism, Maya Forstater was fired from her job and when the case reached the court, the judge dismissed her complaint claiming that “That belief is not worthy of respect in a democratic society. It is incompatible with the human rights of others…” (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

20th: Omnibus Budget to fund U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom for three more years, US: USCIRF will continue watching for violations of religious freedom throughout the world. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

20th: Trump should go, says Billy Graham’s magazine, US: the editorial claimed that “The President of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents.” (Eternity News) [link 1]

19th: ‘Jew coup’: The anti-Semitic conspiracy theories surrounding Trump’s impeachment: Jewish leaders worry over a backlash, as anti-Semites spread notion that a cabal of Jews is trying to oust the US president. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: stone slab unearthed near Jerusalem suggests connection to Ark of the Covenant: archaeologists said to find rock table in 3,100-year-old temple in Beit Shemesh that echoes Biblical description of ark’s resting place. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: US denounces Iran rights abuses, imposes sanctions on judges: Pompeo slams Tehran’s violent crackdown on recent protests, says ‘appeasement of the regime simply will not work.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: 35 child psychologists leave gender identity clinic over concerns of ‘over-diagnosing’ gender dysphoria, UK: the 35 psychologists left during past three years after concerns about the ease in which young people were being diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and weren’t able to accurately assess patients due to the fear they might be termed as ‘transphobic.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: President Trump becomes 3rd U.S. President to be impeached: one claim is that Trump solicited the interference of a foreign government, but it’s unlikely he’ll be removed from office. (Christian Headlines) [link]

19th: hasten slowly when radically changing laws, Australia: rather than choosing to improve palliative care, the states of Western Australia and Victoria have opted instead to legalise euthanasia, and the state of Queensland looks set to follow. (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: 11 Christians die in attack, Kenya: the Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab stopped a bus on the country’s border and separated the Muslims from the non-Muslims and shot the eleven Christians who included a medical practitioner, teachers and several security officer. Their president stated that security forces are pursing the criminals. (Open Doors) [link 1]

18th: Ukraine restores diplomat who blamed Jews for WWII, posed with ‘Mein Kampf’ cake: Jewish community furious after court ruling to reinstate ‘anti-Semitic’ emissary Vasyl Maruschynets; Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine says Jerusalem ‘confused.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Cyprus adopts international anti-Semitism definition, earning praise from Israel: Jerusalem hails shift as an ‘important step’ in combating hatred of Jews; definition allows for criticism of Israeli policies. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: in blow to Turkey, US Congress ends decades-old arms embargo on Cyprus: senators who spearheaded bill say they hope move will foster cooperation between the Mediterranean island nation, Greece and Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: ‘positively Instagrammable’ suicide machine: Philip Nitschke is launching a 3D printable suicide machine that is also a coffin, and is being enthusiastically embraced by some. (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: atheists pressure Iowa town to remove nativity from Courthouse lawn, US: although a large percentage of the people at the council meeting spoke out to keep the nativity scene, the council still chose to remove it. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: Texas judge sues state after being reprimanded for refusing to marry same-sex couples, US: earlier in the year the Texas judge was warned because she wouldn’t perform same-sex marriage because of her faith, even though there was another person available to do it, and she’s now suing the state. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: Florida Education Department ‘deeply troubled’ by prayer ban, US: the department’s concerns arose from the Florida High School Athletic Association’s denial for prayer through a loudspeaker before a football game, a denial which the Commissioner of Education is also concerned about because of the Association’s limits to religious freedom. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: : school changes ‘Lord Jesus’ to ‘Baby Jesus’ in rendition of ‘Away in a Manager,’ US: so as not to offend non-Christian families the London school replaced the word “Lord” from the original Away in a Manger’ song, with “baby,” leading to shock amongst Christian parents. (Christian Headlines) [link]

17th: Congress nixes Trump’s $175m peace plan fund, gives $150m aid to Palestinians: $1.4 trillion spending bill leaves out White House-requested Diplomatic Progress Fund to boost peace efforts, inserts funding for Palestinian security and humanitarian assistance. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: New York School district reverses its decision against Christian Club, US: the students are now allowed to organise the club. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: more than 1,000 Christians slaughtered this year by Islamic militants in Nigeria: a Humanitarian Aid Relife Trust report revealed the details at the International Organisation for Peace and Social Justice crisis conference in London in November. (The Caldron Pool) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: : 2019 saw attacks on houses of worship with alarming frequency worldwide: from Christchurch to Colombo to Poway and beyond, worshipers were the targets of some of the most deadly violence seen in years. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: dozens hurt as violent clashes between police, protesters engulf Beirut: Lebanese security forces fire rubber bullets for first time since protests began in October, injuring at least 46 people in some of the worst violence in recent months. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: tens of thousands evacuated in Italy as WWII bomb defused: over half the residents of Brindisi ousted from their homes during tricky operation, the biggest of its kind in the country. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Trump sees incumbent Johnson’s UK win as ‘harbinger of what’s to come’ in US: Joe Biden also draws parallel between British vote and 2020 presidential race, says takeaway is ‘look what happens when the Labour Party moves so, so far to the left.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1

16th: ‘Your land or your blood’: over 1,000 Christians estimated killed in Nigeria in 2019tle: murdered by Fulani extremists, the aggressive attacks will likely continue as they attack villages, murder the people or force them to leave, then take the land for themselves. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: ex-Labour MP who got rats on doorstep says now’s time to tackle anti-Semitism: Joan Ryan quit parliament after receiving death threats for defending Israel. Now, following Corbyn’s defeat, the party must reassert its character and its values, she urges. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: school broke law by banning Fellowship of Christian Athletes over marriage definition, ADF says, US: the Alliance Defending Freedom wrote to Bozeman High School, Montana and threatened to sue as they had practiced religious discrimination by revoking the athletes group from existing because they believed in traditional marriage, which was against both state and Federal laws. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: crackdown on Christianity in China ramps up: more officials have now been empowered to close churches and other threats may block Chritians from jobs, bank loans and schools with harsh measures increase against Christians. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: US Army and Navy probing ‘white power’ hand signals at football game: cadets seen making gesture during broadcast of nationally televised game attended by Trump. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Pappinbarra dairy farming couple pours 4,000L of milk down the drain after NSW bushfires cut electricity, Australia: after their property was left without electricity for four days, the dairy farm owners had to pour out almost 4,000L of milk. (ABC News) [link]

15th: worship leader defends meeting Donald Trump at the White House: Eddie James was one of a group of ministers and church leaders who met with the President, and on his Instagram account addressed criticism of the group’s meeting. (Christian Today) [link]

14th: Hamas official threatens Israel, urges Palestinian reconciliation at mass rally: speaking at demonstration attended by tens of thousands in Gaza City to mark terror group’s 32nd anniversary, Osama al-Mazini vows to obtain freedom of Palestinian prisoners. (Times of Israel) [link]

14th: more than one million people sign petition in protest at Netflix Christmas film depicting Jesus as gay, Brazil: the satire depict Jesus in a gay relationship and result in almost 1.5 million people signing a petition for the satire ‘comedy’ to be axed. (Daily Mail) [link]

13th: Austrian parliament sets stage for overwhelming condemnation of BDS: all five parties represented in National Council co-sponsor resolution saying anti-Israel boycott movement ’employs anti-Semitic patterns.’ (Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Concern at anti-Semitism extended beyond Jews, played a key role in Corbyn loss, UK: huge victory for Johnson unmistakably boosted by racism charges against Labour, but Cobyn’s legacy will be hard to shake, with several anti-Zionist Labour (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

13th: Jersey City mayor: Gunmen wanted to target next door yeshiva with 50 kids inside: if police hadn’t managed to trap shooters in kosher store where 3 killed, result would have been ‘much worse,’ says Steven Fulop; attack viewed as domestic terrorism. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Polish far-right leader arrested for inciting anti-Semitism: authorities plan to charge Jacek Miedlar over manifesto accusing Jews of betraying the country when it regained independence in 1918. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: House panel approves Trump charges, setting up impeachment vote, US: White House spokeswoman slams committee’s approval of articles against US president as a ‘shameful end’ to a ‘desperate charade’; Democratic chair: ‘Today is a solemn and sad day.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Evangelicals call upon Governors to continue refugee resettlement amid executive order, US: a large number of evangelical have requested that their governors seek to organise for refugees to be resettle in their home state. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: CBS’ “Evil” TV series can spark conversations about God, producers say, US: : the series is based on two main characters including David who is training as a priest and the character who plays the forensic psychologist Kristen, who investigate unexplained mysteries within the Catholic Church. While today many viewers wouldnl’t be interested in a show about religion, Christianity and God, it appeals of fans of the supernatural and horror. (Christian Headlines) [link]

12th: Egypt family attacked by extremist: a man attacked the family next to him and severely injured one of them with a knife, and the other two required stiches, but police claim it was only a ‘normal quarrel.’ (Open Doors) [link]

12th: you could almost set your watch to it, Tasmania, Australia: after euthanasia was legalised in Western Australia, an Independent Tasmanian MLC has advised he will table a bill in the hopes of legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide in that state. (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: the Bible is banned as China continues to threaten Christians and close churches: Christianity is booming in China despite the communist governments continuing actions against Christians and churches with the new demand that they cannot read their Bible and at least one church has been warned about banning of the Bible. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: anti-religion group forces elementary school to cancel live Nativity, US: as part of its yearly Christmas production, a school in Oklahoma has been forced to omit performing a live nativity, after the Freedom From Religion Foundation claimed it breached the constitution. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

12th: Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell shares that he is now a youth Pastor, US: known for his parts in the sitcom “Kenan & Kel,” the show “All That,” and the movie “Good Burger,” as his roles petered out, he spiralled into depression, then drifted into drugs and alcohol abuse and eventually divorced, but eventually realised he needed God. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: Krispy Kreme owner gives 5 million euros to Holocaust survivors over Nazi links, Berlin, Germany: claims Conference says donation from Reimann family, which used forced labor during WWII, ‘will have a huge impact on the lives of the poorest Holocaust survivors around the world.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Reinhard Bonnke, the ‘Billy Graham of Africa,’ dies: drawing millions to his rallies, the Pentecostal evangelist and faith healer died, aged 79. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

12th: euthanasia law ‘the most dangerous in the world,’ Australia: the West Australian parliament has passed its euthanasia legislation this week, which Australian Christian Lobby charges is the “most dangerous and unsafe in the world.” (Eternity News) [link]

12th: how a foreign corporate giant is snapping up 89 billion litres of Australia’s waters as the country suffers its worst drought ever, Australia: despite being crippled by one of the worst droughts on record, billions of litres of Australia’s fresh water is being sold by a food company in Singapore. (Daily Mail) [link]

12th: Queensland school runs out of water as commercial bottlers harvest local supplies, Australia: while water has run out at the Mt Tamborine school, their parents were advised to keep the children home. (The Guardian) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: euthanasia law ‘the most dangerous in the world,’ Australia: the euthanasia legislation which was passed in West Australia has been denounced by the Australian Christian Lobby particularly mentioning that it has less protections than in the State of Victoria. (Eternity News) [link]

11th: Trump to sign executive order against anti-Semitism, US: because of rises in anti-Semitism, Trump has issued an executive order which defines Judaism as a nationality and not just a religion to help protect Jews in the USA. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

11th: Democrats reveal 2 official articles of impeachment – abuse of power, and obstruction of Congress, US: the documentation may lead to a House vote in the coming weeks. (Christian Headlines) [link]

11th: answers sought as authorities shy from declaring Jersey City attack anti-Semitic: footage emerges of gunmen parking outside kosher supermarket, opening fire and making a beeline for the store; 3rd victim of attack identified as Miguel Jason Rodriguez. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: US hits Iran with new sanctions, but hopes for prisoner dialogue: new penalties target Iran’s state shipping line and a China-based company involved in delivering missile parts to Tehran. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: German ‘Nazi grandma’ denied early prison release: though prisoners commonly released after serving two-thirds of their sentence, court decides not to free Holocaust-denying Ursula Haverbeck, 91. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: after 100 years, Germany to reinstate military rabbis: German defense minister says move shows commitment to Jewish life in country; 300 Jews estimated to be in army. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: it’s not ‘persecution’ but these Christians got a raw deal, Australia: discrimination is on the rise in Australia with various cases demonstrating the power of LGBTQ and the lengths that some people will go to force Christians to stop sharing about their faith, or to force them to leave or change. (Eternity News) [link]

11th: suspected Jersey City shooters named, said to have railed against Jews online: officials refuse to publicly elaborate on targeting of kosher market, but report identifies one gunman as former member of extremist Black Hebrew Israelites. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: US embassy gets approval for Jerusalem building plans: State Department officials agree on outline for permanent structure with Mayor Moshe Lion; construction expected to start within a year. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: thousands rally around threatened Holocaust survivor in Milan: Liliana Segre, under police protection due to anti-Semitic threats, speaks to hundreds of Italian mayors under banner reading ‘Hatred has no future.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: female athletes draw a line in the sand, Australia: a team manager and female athletes have spoken up to defend their rights as biological women, with the Australian Handball team rejecting a biological male from becoming a member of the team. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: a newly published scientific paper tears global warming and the IPCC to shreds: recently released from the University of Karachi, Pakistan, the scientific paper “An Overview of Scientific Debate of Global Warming and Climate Change” concludes that any warming trends are being used by those with political and environmental agendas and information has been deliberately manipulated. (Electroverse) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: Bill much improved, but little certainty for future Folaus, Australia: the Religious Discrimination Bill has been redrafted after major concerns about the protections for organisations and individuals, including non-religious workplaces and schools etc, but while it’s been improved, it still needs more work and more protections. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link]

10th: new draft of religious discrimination bill plugs holes, Australia: federal Attorney-General Christian Porter announced the changes to the updated draft bill including the definition of the term ‘vilify.’ (Eternity News) [link]

10th: Israeli student in Paris says he was beaten unconscious for speaking Hebrew: victim describes being assaulted on city’s metro after unidentified suspects heard him talking on phone; Jewish MP calls for investigation. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: ti23,000 Cambodians hear the gospel, more than 1,300 give their lives to Christ at Franklin Graham festival tle: while Cambodia is a Buddhist nation, thousands heard Graham’s message and over 1,300 responded during the two day festival. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: Christian doctor wins, won’t lose job after praying with patient, UK: the three month investigation cleared the doctor of any charges of wrong-doing even though the complaint was anonymous. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: UN rights chief: Iranian forces were ‘shooting to kill’ protesters: Michelle Bachelet puts death toll in recent unrest at 208, says demonstrators were shot ‘directly in the face and vital organs.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

9th: US says Iran may have killed over 1,000 protesters in government crackdown: charge comes as Pentagon said mulling sending up to 7,000 troops to region; Washington calls Iranian demonstrations ‘worst political crisis’ ever faced by regime. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

9th: : pro-Iran demonstrators stream into Iraqi anti-government protest camp: protesters demanding end to corruption are rattled by incursion in Baghdad, which hints at new effort to delegitimize or intimidate them. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

9th: Iran nuclear deal signatories to meet as accord nears collapse: meeting comes as European parties to pact weigh triggering mechanism that could lead to reimposition of sanctions over Iranian violations. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

9th: amid Iran tensions, US may send thousands more troops to Mideast: Pentagon mulling deployment as violence spreads in Islamic Republic and intelligence points to a growing threat from regime. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

9th: Attorney-General must explain pro-abortion SALRI report, Australia: the South Australian Law Reform Institute’s report indicates that they are backing weaker abortion laws which include abortion to birth. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link]

9th: anti-religion group asks Alabama Sheriff to stop referencing prayer after tragedies, US: Sheriff Nic Smith has been sharing or requesting prayer on the Sheriff office’s Facebook page, particularly after tragedies, to which the Associate Counsel for the Freedom from Religion Foundation has taken offence. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

9th: pro-life win – High Court upholds the law requiring ultrasounds before abortions, US: the US Supreme Court also refused to hear an appeal against the Kentucky law which requires a pregnant woman to hear information about the child during the scan and to hear its heartbeat. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

7th: Iran boasts it will soon unveil new nuclear centrifuges, power plant: assistant head of country’s Atomic Energy Organization says ’50 new achievements’ will be revealed next year. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

7th: Saudi gunman reportedly called US a ‘nation of evil,’ decried support of Israel: officials said to name attacker who killed 3 as Mohammed al-Shamrani, a Saudi Air Force officer training at Florida airbase who quoted bin Laden in a tweet prior to Friday shooting. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

7th: 15 killed in Baghdad as unidentified assailants open fire on demonstrators: attack comes as anti-government activists occupy parts of Iraqi capital near seat of government and a day after series of suspicious stabbings targeting protesters. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: in surprise change, 13 countries vote against pro-Palestine UN resolution: states led by Germany change their voting pattern in favor of Israel, opposing Division of Palestinian Rights, although motion still passes by wide margin. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: Pastor arrested at Drag Queen Story Hour wins in court, US: Pastor Afshin Yaghtin was observing protests at a Drag Queen Story Hour being held at a public library in Spokane, and was arrested when he refused to join the protesters in an area which the police had cordoned off for them. The judge dismissed the case. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: Joel Osteen, Kanye West to host massive evangelical event at Yankee Stadium, US: this will be the second event hosted by both Osteen and West, though the event will be much larger as the stadium can hold up to 55,000 people. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: US slaps sanctions on 3 Iran-linked Iraqi militia heads over protest abuses: the three officials are part of the Popular Mobilization Forces, a Shiite militia movement close to Tehran. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: Kayne West’s song ‘Jesus Is King’ reaches no. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart, Billboard 200 Chart, US: the Christian-based album was West’s 9th album in a row to debut at no. 1 on Billboard 200 and has the most records to hit the top of the charts in a tie with Eminem. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: trans activist rejected by gynaecologist, claims discrimination, Canada: Jessica Yaniv, a trans-woman who took 15 complaints about beauticians to court because they refused to give her/him a Brazilian as he/she was still male, and the judge found Yaniv Yaniv “engaged in improper conduct” and was “disingenuous.” Yaniv is now claiming that an OBGYN has discriminated against her/him for refusing to treat him, even though Yaniv is still physically a male. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: defiant Iran declares it will not halt ballistic missile development: rejecting complaint from France, Britain and Germany, the Islamic Republic says it is ‘determined to resolutely continue its activities.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: US Army orders group to stop stamping Bible verses on dog tags, US: while Shields of Strength printed Bible verses on dog tags for 20 years, just one complaint based on ‘separation of church and state’ led to the military demanding the organisation to cease. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: China’s communist party censors phone owners that use ‘sensitive words’ like ‘almighty God,’ China: the party has now put on a block on words that are ‘sensitive to the state’ and even deactivates phones of users that add such words or phrases. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: France passes a resolution that classifies hatred of Israel as anti-Semitism, France: the resolution passed 154-72 in the lower house of the National Assembly, which was tabled as a response to rising anti-Semitism. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: Iran said exploiting Iraqi unrest to place missiles that could hit Israel: NY Times quotes US officials saying the missiles also threaten Saudi Arabia and American troops stationed in area, and are part of Tehran’s efforts to project power in Middle East. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: UK, Germany and France slam Iran for working on nuclear-capable missiles: in UN letter, Tehran also accused of proliferating ballistic missile technology in the region; Iran insists all its missile activities are legal and not nuclear-related. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: Israel said hoping for breakthrough in ties with Morocco in next few days: with US Secretary of State Pompeo heading to Rabat to push for normalization with Jerusalem; report says Netanyahu hoping to use achievement to boost his political fortunes. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: Philippine  churches accused of communist ties: the Defence Secretary of the Philippines issued a security briefing claiming that Christian churches and Christian organisations are fronts for communists, as a means of encouraging rebellions and negative actions towards Christians and this is just one of government’s actions to rid their country of this faith. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: Canadian firefighters give up Christmas to help battle Australian bushfires: ‘absolute legends:’ at least 21 trained fire-fighters have shosen to leave their families during Christmas to help Australia through a dangerous bushfire season. (Australian News Today) [link 1]

4th: Justin Bieber shares guided prayers on Instagram: ‘they have really been helping me,’ US: Beiber shared the 4-6 minute videos with his 122 million Instagram followers who he encouraged to find “a quiet moment get into a comfortable position and listen.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: Democrats release impeachment report, Republicans respond, US: the 300 page impeachment report was released by House Democrats on 3rd December and alleged that the US President misused his power by bribing a foreign leader to interfere in the presidential election and had obstructed impeachment hearings. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

4th: LBGT activists protest Canadian Chick-fil-A saying changes are not enough, Canada: despite recent changes Chick-fil-A has made to their giving strategy, LGBT activists protesters held up signs which read things such as “Chick-fil-A hates LGBTQ+ people,” outside the Windsor City Hall. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: US Christians build field hospital in Gaza, deepening rift between PA and Hamas: PLO official claims project, funded by pro-Israel evangelical donors, serving ‘military, intelligence and security’ purposes, but terror group brushes off concerns. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: US warship seizes suspected Iran missile parts set for Yemen: officials say ‘significant cache’ of weapons, which contravene UN Security Council resolutions on Yemen conflict, showcase Tehran’s backing of Houthi rebels in the country. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: former Red Sox all-star Manny Ramirez finds God and enrols in seminary, US: the former star of the Red Sox team told his fans about the change in his life since becoming a Christian, including regret for his selfishness and taking drugs. (The Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: Hallmark Channel is ‘open’ to making movies with same-sex couples, CEO says, US: with their growing diversity in recent years the CEO Bill Abbott said “we’re open to really any type of movie of any type of relationship.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: Democrat presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg invoked Matthew 25 in his latest campaign ad, US: the gay candidate’s aim was to reach potential voters in South Carolina, and to encourage discussion before polls in February. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: children’s breasts and penises get the chop under Palaszczuk “conversion therapy” laws, Australia: Lyle Shelton stated that the next phase of the radical LGBTIQ+ political movement will include taxpayers funding to go towards mastectomies for minors who are gender confused and pushing for compulsory gender fluid teaching in all state high schools, while removing parents rights and punishing doctors who resist. (Lyle Shelton) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: precaution and prayer, as Samoa fights measles epidemic: on 15 November, the Samoan government declared a state of emergency, and to date more than 60 deaths have occurred with children under five mostly affected. On 5th December the government shut its doors to assist with mass vaccinations. (Eternity News) [link 1]

3rd: a win on religious freedom, Australia: many hundreds of concerned citizens, church and other leaders expressed their concern about the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill and Prime Minister Morrison has agreed to delay tabling the bill until it offers greater protection for people of all faiths. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link 1]

3rd: doctors bring a dead heart ‘back to life,’ UK: the medics pumped the heart full of electrolytes, blood and oxygen and the heart began beating again, which may lead to a procedure to save the lives of many waiting for organ transplants. (Daily Mail) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: atheist group claims that a football coach’s prayer is a ‘serious violation’ of the Constitution, Ohio, US: the letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation alleges that the high school football coach’s prayer with the team during football games is unconstitutional because it promotes their own religion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Florida church pays off $1.62 million in outstanding medical debt, Florida, US: the medical debts incurred by 1,300 residents in Lakeland were paid by Access Church who have also paid towards local needs as well as fixing and/or building houses, orphanages and churches in third world countries. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: Israel to UN: Jews forced out of Arab, Muslim lands should be seen as refugees: Danny Danon to introduce General Assembly resolution on behalf of 850,000 ‘forgotten’ Jews who fled Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Morocco, to counter one-sided focus on Palestinian refugees. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

3rd: Kanye West releases new ‘Closed on Sunday’ music video featuring his family, US: West’s pro-family song/video from his album ‘Jesus is King,’ begins with Kanye and Kim holding their four children and his lyrics are pro-family. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

3rd: brutal attack on Burkina Faso church leaves 14 dead, west Africa: while the church was celebrating mass, the gunmen broke in and sprayed them with bullets, killing the pastor and others, including children. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: swastikas, anti-Semitic slurs carved in door of Washington’s Sixth & I synagogue, US: ‘It is no small irony that it was our doors, symbols of welcoming and inclusivity, onto which someone spewed hatred and bigotry,’ rabbis tells congregants in email. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

3rd: for first time, Iran acknowledges killing ‘rioters’ during fuel price protests: admission marks first time Tehran provides accounting of violence used to quash recent unrest, in which over 200 reported killed. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

3rd: Trump slams Iran over ‘big numbers’ killed in protest crackdown: as reported death toll in recent unrest rises above 200, US president says Iranians being killed ‘for the mere fact that they’re protesting.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

3rd: Italian professor to be disciplined for tweeting Hitler praise: Education minister announces measures to be taken against Emanuele Castrucci, who hailed Nazi leader for having ‘fought against the true monsters.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

2nd: 3rd century Golan synagogue mosaics show shift in Jewish life post-Temple: colorful decorations in Roman-era synagogue record transition from study hall to public ‘mini-Temple’ prayer hall. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

2nd: belief in Trump as chosen by God part of growing evangelical power movement: Rick Perry and other influential conservatives are part of a movement seeking to change society by placing believers in critical social, commercial and governmental posts. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

2nd: President Trump pledges to donate his 3rd quarter salary to fight the opioid crisis, US: the $100,000 will go towards the “…the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis,” and has already given away earlier payments to other causes because of his own wealth. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: falsely accused of killing Hindu leader in India, five Christians ordered to be freed, New Delhi, India: the five Christians had already spent 11 years in jail and have been granted bail. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: Kim Kardashian has resolved to dress more modestly in the new year, US: infamous for showing off her body in scantily-clad outfits, Kim has possibly been influenced by her husband Kanye West, she had a kind of ‘awakening’ after returning to her homeland in Armenia earlier in the year to be baptised in one of the oldest churches in the world. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: another attack in Burkina Faso kills 14 Christians: ‘The attacks have shattered the lives of our people:’ the Protestant church in Hantoukoura was stormed by armed men where they killed the pastor and 13 others including 5 children. (Open Doors) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: Third Day singer Mac Powell asks for prayer for his wife after she’s admitted into hospital suffering a brain bleed, US: on his Instragram page, Powell shared that Aimee had been taken to hospital for a headache where a CT scan discovering bleeding in her brain possibly caused by an aneurysm. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 3]

1st: former Yazidi sex slave faints while confronting her IS rapist on Iraqi TV: Ashwaq Haji Hamid was 14 when the terror group seized her hometown, killing the males and abducting the girls. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

1st: two IS supporters planned Independence Day terror attacks in Jerusalem: the men, both residents of East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, attempted to join jihadist group’s Sinai branch earlier this year. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

NOVEMBER 2019

30th: Melbourne preschool cancels Christmas pageant over ‘cultural sensitivitiesm’ Australia: the pageant was called off because a parent of a different faith complained. (News Today) [link]

30th: Margaret Court’s family issues emotional response to Tennis Australia letter: : children of the former tennis star sent an open letter to Tennis Australia in response to the negativity and nastiness Margaret Court has experienced because of her vocal support of Christian values that some claim are bigoted. (News.com.au) [link]

29th: after more than 400 killed in 2 months of protests, Iraqi PM says he will resign, Iraq: Adel Abdel-Mahdi to ask parliament to allow him to step down, following sermon by top Shiite cleric calling for lawmakers to withdraw their support. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: woman who had breasts cut off, took hormones to live as ‘male’ now regrets ‘huge mistake,’ UK: after 17 years trying to live as a male, having hormone injections and going through the transition to become a man, now feels ‘completely mutilated’ and ‘trapped.’ She’s now begun to transitioning back to being a woman. (LifeSite News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: I’m a Nazi girl: Argentina students film video with singing Nazis; teacher fired, Argentina: parody of song ‘Barbie Girl’ by Aqua has students singing ‘I’m a Nazi girl in a Nazi world,’ with lines like ‘Come on Jews let’s go (to the) camp’ and ‘let’s make soap.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: after Iran quashes riots, top general threatens to destroy Israel and US: Revolutionary Guards head Hossein Salami accuses West of stoking protests sparked by a hike in fuel prices in which over 100 said killed, says Tehran has been patient until now. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: thousands of Iranians rally against ‘American-Israeli riots:’ regime supporters gather in Tehran after security forces quell days of demonstrations over gasoline price hikes. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: in possible climate breakthrough, Israel scientists engineer bacteria to eat CO₂: decade-long research at Weizmann Institute could pave way for low-emissions production of carbon for use in biofuels, food, and help remove excess global warming CO₂ from air. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: alleged sex abuse victims file suit against the Catholic Church, claim they were forced to take unfair settlement, Mississippi, US: the two cousins claims there were forced to accept lesser settlements for their childhood abuse from men within the church. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: more than 40 Iraqi protesters dead in 24 hours in bloody crackdown: death toll rises amid tensions in Nasiriyah and Najaf, day after anti-government demonstrators burn down Iranian consulate. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are more radically pro-abortion than ever before, NYT: the candidates are focussing on even more radical abortion rights and support funding from taxpayers, a fundamental change for the Democratic Party. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Iranian lawmaker says over 7,000 people arrested in protests, Iran: Interior minister claims demonstrators intend to take over state TV, without offering proof. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: Man shouts ‘Heil Hitler’ at rabbis discussing anti-Semitism at Geneva convention: Synagogue security blocks offender from entering property and asks rabbis to go inside. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: Christian singer Lauren Daigle takes home American Music Award for favourite artist (contemporary/inspirational), US: Daigle’s song “You Say” broke a Billboard record and gained her fourth straight music Award in the Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational” category. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Jewish candidate for UK Labour Party bombarded with anti-Semitic death threats: Ruth Smeeth says she is afraid to leave home, won’t go out alone due to abuse from both far-left and far-right. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: 12-year-old boy founds non-profit to help fight global homelessness, US: Symond Boschetto was eight when he saw a homeless man needing help and told his father of his desire to help all the homeless, not just one and with his dad’s assistance, he founded Share Hope USA which aims to help “bring hope, compassion and kindness to our Homeless friends.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Folau files new $14m suit against Rugby Australia: the former rugby star who was fired from the Australian team for his strong Christian comments has filed an updated claim against Rugby Australia for $14m in damages. (MSN) [link]

27th: Aussies increasingly concerned about China buying Australian assets: Australians are very concerned about Chinese companies and institutions buying up Australian assets, land and companies. (2GB Podcast) [link]

26th: Jeremy Corbyn declines to apologize to Jews over Labour anti-Semitism, UK: pressed repeatedly in BBC interview, UK opposition leader won’t express regret, says chief rabbi is wrong and he is ‘determined that our society be safe for people of all faiths.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

26th: five abortion workers quit, 738 unborn babies saved during 40 Days for Life, US: the annual campaign invites Christians to fast and fast outside abortion clinics where they hold peaceful vigils, has resulted in 5 abortion workers quitting and the saving of 738 babies. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

26th: new fossil suggests snakes once had legs helps to explain God’s curse on serpents in Genesis: the Science Advances journal demonstrated that snakes may have had legs, which Faithwire suggests may provide evidence to support the Genesis story of Adam and Eve. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Democrat representative says she doesn’t ‘see the value’ in moving forward with impeachment proceedings, US: in an interview, Democrat Rep Brenda Lawrence, Michigan says of President Trump, “I don’t see the value of taking him out of office, but I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: Palestinians clash with IDF during ‘day of rage’ over US settlement change: thousands attend rallies across West Bank protesting shift in longstanding American policy, death of cancer-stricken Fatah fighter in Israeli jail; 77 said lightly hurt. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

26th: Israeli team uses silicon chip to deliver Alzheimer’s-busting protein to brain: in Technion, Bar-Ilan trials, nanochip ferries ‘neural growth factor’ – which combats neurodegenerative diseases – and releases it where needed, overcoming blood-brain barrier. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

26th: Film depicts complicated clean slate given to neo-Nazis living ‘post-hate:’ documentary ‘Healing From Hate’ dives into the trenches with ex-skinheads as they make amends the only way they know how: recruiting others to leave the white nationalist movement. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

26th: New York state legislates teaching police to recognize hate crimes, US: Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs bill sponsored by Jewish lawmakers that comes as anti-Semitic incidents in particular are on the rise in NYC. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

26th: Donald Trump was ‘ordained by God’ to be President, Rick Perry says, US: Perry, Outgoing Energy Secretary said that God used ‘imperfect people’ throughout history, and has ordained Trump for His purposes. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

25th: 4 protesters killed in Baghdad, raising toll in Iraq clashes since October to 340: Iraqi security forces gun down anti-government demonstrators near city’s Green Zone; country’s top cleric calls for reforms. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

25th: Israel strikes ‘dozens’ of targets in Syria over rockets fired by Iranian force: army says it attacked Iranian and regime sites in the country, blames Tehran’s Quds force for launches at Israel; footage shows night-time blasts over Damascus. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

25th: Pompeo urges Arab states to abandon boycotts of Israel: US secretary of state advocates engagement with Jerusalem and says proponents of regional peace ‘shouldn’t face retribution,’ cautions that divisions only cause instability. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

25th: Columbia College Student Council to hold campus-wide Israel boycott poll, US: non-binding referendum to ask whether university should divest from companies that profit or engage in Israel’s ‘inhumane acts against Palestinians.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

25th: Christian photographer fights law that could force her to promote same-sex weddings, US: Chelsey Nelson has filed a suit through Alliance Defending Freedom against an ordinance in Lousville, Kentucky which would force her to photograph same-sex weddings or even to post on her website about her beliefs. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]]

25th: Democrat claims the case against Trump is ‘ironclad’ but says impeachment is still undecided, US: while House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said that the impeachment case against trump is ‘ironclad,’ he would not answer if the impeachment would proceed. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: Franklin Graham says that ‘demonic power’ may be behind the opposition to Trump, US: current impeachment proceedings and ongoing political divide may be the result of ‘demonic power,’ and a ‘spiritual battle.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

23rd: mountain of impeachment evidence against Trump beyond dispute, US: testimonies paint portrait of a president willing to leverage his powerful office to push for personal political help – but Trump’s wall of support in GOP seems formidable. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

23rd: impeachment witness casts anti-Soros narrative as modern ‘Protocols,’ US: former White House official Fiona Hill tells Congress attacks on Jewish philanthropist are new version of anti-Semitic ‘Elders of Zion’ libel. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

23rd: Iran’s internet blackout the first to effectively isolate a whole nation: shutdown of web by authorities during recent protests marks a milestone in efforts by authoritarian governments to censor online communications. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

23rd: Muslim woman intervenes to stop anti-Semitic abuse on London Underground: UK police looking for man who unleashed tirade at Jewish family with small children, threatened to assault passengers who tried to intervene. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: Planned Parenthood Action Fund says abortion is ‘moral’ and ‘health care,’ US: the non-profit advocacy group tweeted that abortion is ‘health care’ and also that it’s ‘moral’ after the Planned Parenthood Medical Director Dr Colleen McNocholas testified at the US House Committee meeting. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

22nd: an atheist groups claims that Kanye West’s jail house performance violated the Constitution, US: in the recent concert, West shared songs from his latest album “Jesus is King,” and the atheist group claims it violates the law which requires separation of church and state. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: Church of England report admits Christian anti-Semitism helped lead to Holocaust: Work acknowledges ‘fertile seed-bed for murderous anti-Semitism in the modern era’; in afterword to 105-page document, chief rabbi slams evangelical attempts to convert Jews. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: King Abdullah: Israeli-Jordanian relations are at ‘an all-time low,’ Jordan: Jordan’s monarch says problems in relationship partially due to Israel’s domestic issues; says there can be no Israel-Palestinian peace without active US involvement. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: Russian bank sends client promotional code containing phrase ‘kill Jews:’ former Amnesty International consultant from Moscow posts screenshot of bigoted password, which he received as a text from Sberbank. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

21st: school district gives transgender students unrestricted access to locker rooms, US: transgender students will be given unrestricted access to locker rooms as a result of a successful lawsuit in which a transgender woman felt discriminated against because there were lockers room set aside for transgenders. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

21st: ADL survey: 25% of Europeans anti-Semitic, East European bigotry rises sharply: a global poll of 9,000 adults in 18 countries shows significant numbers believe age-old tropes about Jews, including that they seek world domination. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

21st: over 100,000 sign petitions to urge Chick-fil-A to reverse their earlier decision about donating to Christian charities, US: signatories were concerned that the organisation was abandoning its Christian values and suggesting that Christians are haters of homosexuals and LGBTQ people. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

21st: ADL survey: 25% of Europeans anti-Semitic, East European bigotry rises sharply: a global poll of 9,000 adults in 18 countries shows significant numbers believe age-old tropes about Jews, including that they seek world domination. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

21st: Israelis should prepare for 50-degree Celsius summer days, climate expert says: James Salinger, a lead author on a Nobel Peace Prize-winning UN report on climate change, warns that the Middle East and North Africa are likely to suffer most from global warming. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

21st: Netherlands cuts aid to Palestinian Authority over terrorist salaries: Dutch government, which gives several millions of dollars a year to PA, says talks to end wages to those who carried out attacks on Israelis ‘did not lead to the desired outcome.” (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

21st: Jewish Democratic Council ad calls Trump the ‘biggest threat’ to Jews: 2020 campaign video highlights president’s response to Charlottesville white supremacists rally, Pittsburgh shooting and questions about Jewish loyalty. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

21st: nine Christians imprisoned for their faith, Iran: the nine men accused of “acting against national security,” after raids on house churches, and were sentenced to five years in prison. (Open Doors) [link 1]

21st: Mississippi teenager says God led her to missing elderly man: ‘It was all God:’ when the teenager read about the missing man, she couldn’t sleep until the man was found, so dressed warmly and went out to help find him and felt led towards a particular house where the found the man laying on his side. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: the Australian Press Council bows to PC pressure: the APC’s new 11 page guidelines now cover the topics of reporting on ‘gender diverse’ people and has been strongly influenced by gender activist organisations. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: Iran Christians imprisoned for their faith: the nine Christians men were sentenced to five years in prison for “acting against national security,” after security officials raided several house churches. (Open Doors) [link 1]

20th: amendments do little to protect patients, Australia: the West Australian government may be admitting that their euthanasia bill is not perfect and has agreed to a further six amendments to the bill. (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

20th: whatever you do, don’t tell them the truth, New Zealand: New Zealand parliament has decided to put the legalisation of euthanasia to referendum next year and will abide by the citizens’ decision, even though around 40,000 submissions were received by residents with more than 90% opposed to it, but most New Zealanders don’t know or necessarily understand what choices are available. (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

20th: a Montana school is under fire for telling a Christian Club to change it views on marriage, US: after 4 female students complained about the club on it position regarding homosexual relationships, the school demanded the club change its name and align with their policy on inclusion or disassociate itself entirely from the school and become an unofficial club. The club will be retaining legal representation to ensure their freedoms are protected. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Kanye West announces launch of Biblical opera about King Nebuchadnezzar, US: the opera will debut on 24 November at the Hollywood Bowl with music by Sunday Service Choir. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: British climate activist leader engulfed in row after downplaying Holocaust, UK: Extinction Rebellion founder Roger Hallam says murders of 6 million Jews ‘just another fuckery in human history.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

20th: Israel at UN says Europe’s ‘automatic’ support for Palestinians harming peace: 14 other UN Security Council members rebuke US on settlements decision, Palestinians scoff at Washington’s stance as undermining ‘what is left of US credibility.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

20th: Russia: Israeli airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria a ‘wrong move:’ Moscow, which is allied with Assad regime, says reprisal attack after rockets launched at Israel is in ‘stark contrast’ with international law; IDF said it coordinated with Kremlin. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

20th: ‘You aren’t immune’: Defense minister threatens Iran leaders after Syria strikes: ‘Wherever you send your octopus tentacles, we will hack them off,’ Bennett warns, after Quds Force targets hit overnight; ex-intel chief slams ‘unnecessary’ bellicose rhetoric. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

20th: in sudden switch, Canada backs pro-Palestine UN resolution: after decade of voting no, Ottawa now wants to reiterate commitment to two-state solution and ‘equal rights and self-determination of all peoples’; Israel ‘very disappointed.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

20th: as campus anti-Semitism morphs, bullied Jewish students counter-organize, Canada: a 42% drop in classic acts of bigotry at universities in 2018 is offset by a 70% rise in anti-Israel related harassment; a flurry of recent events highlight insidiousness of issue. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

20th: white supremacist manifesto reportedly shared at Syracuse University, NY, US: document appears to be copy of text linked to suspect in deadly shooting at New Zealand mosque; Department of Public Safety says there appears to be no direct threat to students. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

20th: US believes Iran will seek new fighter jets, tanks as 2020 arms embargo lifts: intel report says Tehran committed to becoming dominant power in Middle East, warns it is making rapid progress developing attack drones and other missile systems. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

19th: Kanye West surprises Texas inmates with performance: ‘this is a mission, not a show,’ Texas, US: the jail inmates were surprised by the event with West performing for both the women and the men, and several hundred attended. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: Chaplains and churches put lives on hold to care for bushfire victims, Australia: the largest ever deployment of Disaster Recovery Chaplains has been sent out to recovery and evacuation centres along the north coast of NSW, bringing victims comfort and helping those impacted by the bushfires. (Eternity) [link 1]

19th: Sydney’s westies rally for religious freedom, Australia: local Christian and non-Christians met on 18th for the ‘Free2BMe’ rally, recognising that our religious freedom is under threat. (Eternity News) [link 1]

19th: Pope Francis invites the poor to live in Vatican palace, Vatican City: a four storey ‘palace for the poor’ that was previously occupied by a congregation of religious sisters, was organised through Pope Francis who personally asked for a place for the poor and the homeless of Rome. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: Iran Christian exiled to Pakistan border for sharing gospel: after being convicted of conducting evangelistic activities, he has been exiled for two years to a remote area on the border of Pakistan, where he will be exposed to isolation and danger. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: amnesty: at least 106 killed as Iran forces get ‘green light to crush’ protests: rights group warns real death toll could be closer to 200 with video showing snipers firing into crowds; UN urges Tehran to stop using live ammunition against demonstrators. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

19th: Hezbollah calls US settlement policy shift ‘invalid and illegal:’ Lebanese terror group says Pompeo’s announcement ‘won’t change the reality that the Israeli entity is an occupier.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

19th: 3 Iranian security forces said killed by protesters: assailants wielding knives and machetes ambush a Revolutionary Guard and two members of the Basij militia west of Tehran. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

19th: Coca-Cola brand Sprite endorses chest binding, Argentina: an ad for Sprite has released an ad that encourages cross-dressing, transitioning and chest-binding which is aimed at both teenagers and children, despite concrete evidence that chest binding alone is a health risk. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: Chick-fil-A fans outraged after company caves, halts donations to FCA, Salvation Army, US: because Chick-fil-A regularly made donations to Christians to Christian organisations and charities such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, LGBT groups were outraged so Chick-fil-A has withdrawn from making donations to these organisations. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: ‘the only superstar is Jesus,’ Kanye West says during testimony at Joel Osteen’s church, US: on Sunday Kanye said “God’s been calling me for a long time, and the devil has been distracting me for a long time,” West said. “When I was in my lowest point, God was there with me and sending me visions and inspiring me.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: teacher defends drag queen makeup class: parents ‘don’t know what’s best’ for their children, US: after the school allowed a drag queen to teach makeup to a cosmetology high school class, the Texas school district came under fire from parents who weren’t aware it had occurred until after the event, and concerned parents were unhappy than an adult exotic dancer for men with a fake name was allowed to even enter the school. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: US cancels Iran nuclear cooperation waiver after Fordo restart: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Tehran has no reason to restart enrichment at once-secret Fordo facility, but critics note allowances had given rare window into site (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

18th: UN says Iran amassing heavy water in fresh breach of nuclear deal: in leaked report, IAEA says Tehran informed it this week that its stock of heavy water had exceeded 130 metric tons. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

18th: ideological war – religion vs gender theory, US: there are at least three cases against teachers in the US where there is a conflict between students with a transgender identity and religious beliefs after issues with incorrect use of names and pronouns in schools. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: IDF official admits post alleging strike targeted terrorist may be ‘imprecise,’ Israel: Avichai Adraee, the army’s Arabic-language spokesman, says information he was not previously aware of has raised ‘suspicions about the credibility’ of his original claim. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

17th: Prime Minister denies promises were made to Islamic Jihad for ceasefire, Israel: at opening of cabinet meeting, Netanyahu pushes back against terror group’s claim that last week’s truce was based on series of conditions. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

17th: Operation Kristallnacht: Neo-Nazi accused of running US synagogue vandalism ring, US: Court documents say Richard Tobin, 18, of southern New Jersey, planned many more attacks, almost carried out stabbing rampage against black people at mall. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

17th: Faroe Islands to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: Archipelago’s FM says he hopes diplomatic mission will open in city next fall; move seen as litmus test after Denmark gives islands more freedom on foreign policy. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

16th: Almost 1 in 10 US Christians have heard their clergy speak negatively about Jews, US: pew survey also finds 81% of Jews say religion declining in American life, and most Jews think religion has too much influence over American politics. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: Appeals Court overturns ban on prayer before Florida high school football games, US: after being banned from praying with the team in 2015 by the Florida High School Athletic Association, the Cambridge Christian School launched a lawsuit against them which over-ruled the district court’s earlier decision. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: Evangelical Alliance plans to strengthen and expand network for spiritual awakening: the worldwide event’s purpose was to create a renewed vision for the next decade of leadership, making disciples and to focus on relevant issues. (New Life Magazine) [link 1]

15th: more than 900 Northern Irish medical professionals have refused to perform abortions after laws were changed, Ireland: as a result of the legalisation of abortion last month, it has caused considerable moral challenges for many medical professionals and resulted in this action. (New Life Magazine) [link 1]

15th: terrorised Christians fleeing ‘soft ethnic cleansing,’ North East Syria: despite Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s promise that his forces wouldn’t persecute those of religious minorities, Christians have been refused access to their land to harvest their cotton. (New Life Magazine) [link 1]

15th: the US Commission on International Religious Freedom points out Algeria’s treatment of Christians and closure of churches: at least 12 churches have closed in the past two years and as a matter of course usually demands strict requirements and results in denials of applications to open churches. (New Life Magazine) [link 1]

15th: students stage walkout to protest the restaurant Chick-fil-A at football games, because it makes them ‘feel unsafe,’ Oregon, US: as Chick-fil-A is owned by a Christian and supports Christian organisations, the students state they won’t stand for “hate crimes and harassment” anymore. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: ‘Not anti-Semitic’: Khamenei defines Iran’s goal of ‘wiping out Israel:’ belying Tehran’s relentless threats to ensure ‘nothing left’ of Jewish state, ‘raze’ Tel Aviv and Haifa, leader says aim is to abolish ‘regime,’ get rid of ‘thugs’ like Netanyahu. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: Rouhani warns Muslim countries against ‘friendship’ with Israel, Iran: Iranian president calls cooperation with Jewish state a ‘strategic mistake,’ proclaims bond with Saudi Arabia, UAE. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: UK notables say they can’t vote Labour because of anti-Semitism: John le Carré, Jimmy Wales among signatories of open letter saying backing opposition party over Brexit sends signal that ‘anti-Jewish prejudice is a price worth paying.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: local councils in southern Israel announce return to normal after hours of calm: Israelis living near Gaza had awoken to uncertainty after rockets violated ceasefire throughout Thursday and IDF retaliated with air strikes; schools in region shut Friday. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: Netflix to change Holocaust documentary after Poland complains: streaming service to add text to maps in ‘The Devil Next Door’ to clarify that concentration camps were built by Nazi Germany, and not part of modern-day Polish state. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: far-right German lawmaker ousted from committee for comments deemed anti-Semitic: Stephan Brandner of AfD party removed from parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee for saying a singer received a ‘Judas award’ for taking a stand against his party. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: : face and fingerprint scanning installed in churches as China increases surveillance: the surveillance is being installed in the ‘approved’ Three-Self churches to check who attends and church members must submit to the scans or they cannot enter. (Christian Post) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: no, hurricanes are not bigger, stronger and more dangerous: a recent paper published by a team from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences which claims that hurricanes have increased by 330% per century conflicts with research by the US National Climate Assessment as well as the World Meteological Organization. (Forbes) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3][link 4]

15th: Police officer shot in the chest says Bible in his pocket saved his life, Bolivia: during civil unrest during the removal of the former president, the officer was shot in the chest, and was saved by the Bible he had in his left chest pocket. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: Salvation Army confirms Ellie Goulding will still perform at NFL halftime show: ‘We’re committed to serving anyone in need,’ US: Goulding said she wouldn’t perform at the show unless the Salvatio Army made a pledge to the LGBTQ community, but later said she would still perform. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: launches $100m ad campaign targeting Trump, US: ‘This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. We’re taking the fight to Trump directly,’ the former New York mayor tweets; focus on Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

15th: public fights to stop school chaplain ban in ACT, Australia: hundreds of submissions have been sent to the ACT Government in support of school chaplaincy as the deadline to banish them from public schools looms. (Eternity) [link 1] [link 2]

14th: as fighting fades, Islamic Jihad’s losses seen as less than catastrophic: former IDF official says terror group suffered a significant, but not fatal, setback, while Gazan analyst contends Israel caused only limited damage. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

14th: Jewish leaders call on German auction house to nix Hitler memorabilia sale: Rabbi concerned items will be ‘bought by those who glorify and seek to justify the actions’ of Nazi leader; 147 Third Reich-era objects to be on block. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

14th: 5 takeaways from day one of the impeachment hearings against President Trump, US: the first public hearings have begun after weeks of sequestered testimony. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: South braces for possibility of renewed fighting after day of truce violations, Israel: with rockets targeting Israeli communities throughout the day despite Islamic Jihad’s pledge to hold fire, it remained unclear whether the IDF planned to respond – and if so, how. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

14th: Aboriginal leader Brooke Prentis becomes Common Grace CEO, Australia: Common Grace is “an online Australian Christian movement for justice.” (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: 200 million Bibles printed in China: Amity Printing Company in China has gained a world record for printing Bibles, 100 million printed in 25 years followed by faster printing which enabled them to print the next 100 million in just 7 years. (Eternity News) [link 1]

14th: anti-slavery laws get buried by NSW Government, Australia: despite updated slavery laws being passed by the Upper and Lowers Houses (Parrliament) last year, they were somehow lost and didn’t receive full approval, and therefore didn’t ensure Australian companies were acting appropriately. (Eternity News) [link 1]

14th: tenuous calm holds after Israel-Gaza ceasefire initially broken by rocket fire: IDF: 450 rockets fired at Israel in 48 hours; Hamas: Gaza death toll 34; Israel: Most were terrorists; conflict in which IDF eliminated terror commanders named Operation Black Belt. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

14th: UN envoy urges ‘maximum restraint’ as shaky Gaza ceasefire takes hold: Mladenov says coming hours ‘critical’ in maintaining truce designed to prevent all-out war between Israel and Iran-backed Islamic Jihad terror group; 450 rockets fired at Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

14th: Trump says US to leave some troops in Syria ‘only for the oil:’ US president contradicts his own aides, GOP leadership, who insist remaining American soldiers will continue fight against Islamic State. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

14th: Ellie Goulding demands Salvation Army make Pro-LGBT pledge in NFL halftime show spat, US: Goulding, is pressuring the Salvation Army to make a donation or a pledge to the LGBTQ community or she will withdraw from performing. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: Christian affiliated college denies pro-life student group’s request to display crosses for aborted babies, US: the college claims that the gesture would be divisive and Dean Nason says that the school must “draw the line at public displays of divisive topics.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: rocket barrage, IDF airstrikes and ceasefire reports cap day of Gaza fighting, Israel: source says ‘quiet will be met with quiet’ after terror group lays out demands; death toll in Gaza up to 26; at least 360 rockets fired out of Strip in two days of violence. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

13th: Franklin Graham asks Americans to pray for Trump as impeachment hearings begin, US: Graham commented, “… politics in this country has hit a new low. Nancy Pelosi and her followers in Congress have weaponized the impeachment process. After two years of the Russia collusion hoax, now they’ve turned to this.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

13th: rocket barrage, IDF airstrikes and ceasefire reports cap day of Gaza fighting, Israel: Israeli source says ‘quiet will be met with quiet’ after terror group lays out demands; death toll in Gaza up to 26; at least 360 rockets fired out of Strip in two days of violence. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

13th: IDF: Israeli forces are ‘walking a tightrope’ to prevent Hamas joining fray: army spokesman says Islamic Jihad is continuing its attacks but ‘in a measured way’ so as to allow option of restoring calm; rocket count at Israel hits 250 by midday. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

13th: Islamic Jihad says it doesn’t want a ceasefire yet: spokesman for terror group says that only after it completes its response to Israel’s elimination of its commander will it be possible to discuss efforts to restore calm. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

13th: Pell granted leave to appeal to High Court, US: after being convicted for historical sexual abuse offences, the High Court has granted special leave for former Cardinal George Pell after witnesses and other evidence suggests the possibility that there is reasonable doubt of Pell’s guilt. (Eternity News) [link 1]

13th: hundreds commit lives to Jesus at Youth Alive, Melbourne, Australia: 10% of the youth requested Bibles at the event where about 5,000 youth attended, and of those around 800 gave their lives to Jesus. (Eternity News) [link 1]

13th: Wisconsin Governor changes ‘Christmas tree’ to ‘holiday tree,’ Legislature pushes back, US: despite the Democratic governor named the evergreen tree at the Capital rotunda a ‘holiday tree,’ the Wisconsin Assembly which is controlled by The Republicans, passed a resolution to ensure it was called a ‘Chritmas tree.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: Islamic Jihad posts video showing off missiles, bashing Israel: amid ongoing rocket fire at Israel, terror group posts footage of hidden launchers and mortars, slams ‘wanton aggression’ by Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

13th: Jordanian TV host calls to ‘gouge out eyes of the Zionists:’ praising return of border lands to Jordan, Rana Hmouz calls to ‘trample the peace accord underfoot.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

13th: FBI: Jews were victims of most religion-based hate crimes in 2018, US: despite Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, bureau records drop in the overall number of anti-Semitic incidents in America from 2017. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

13th: damning evidence of neglect and abuse in aged care homes, Australia: the interim report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care provides some disturbing examples of abuse and neglect in aged care homes with 39% of online complaints referring to loss of dignity, and the issues are more widespread than expected. (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: SA Parliament rejects pro-pimp prostitution model – ACL calls for pro-women Nordic model, Australia: the recent attempt to reform prostitution laws including legalising it (in South Australia) were rejected, the 13th attempt to change it in 25 years. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link 1]

13th: 80 LGBTIQ+ activists win in US elections: eight radicals who were supported through the Victory Fund, have won various political positions in state politics, as Mayors and as judges and will use their authority to push their own agendas. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: Trump tells Iran return of missing FBI agent would be ‘very positive step:’: US president appears to link information on Robert A. Levinson to nuclear issue, also warning Tehran in tweet against further uranium enrichment. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on Trump’s decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), US: the program protects children from deportation who arrived in the US before they were 16 and lived there from 2007 onwards, and at the time of his decision, the President acknowledged it was a difficult subject. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

12th: former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says top Aides tried to undermine Trump, wanted her to join them, US: in her new book, Haley claims that two top aides resisted carrying out Trump’s policies in order to ‘save the country.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: : over 200 rockets launched at Israel since killing of Islamic Jihad commander: sporadic fire from Strip continues as IDF hits rocket launching cells; 10 Gazans said killed in strikes; schools can reopen Wednesday in Tel Aviv area, will be closed in south. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: IDF girds for several days of fighting, Israel: after 6 hours of attacks by Palestinian Islamic Jihad in response to killing of terror chief, army launches air campaign targeting terror tunnel, naval commando compound. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: PM: terror chief was ‘ticking time bomb’; IDF head says braced for escalation, Israel: Netanyahu stresses Israel not seeking further conflict with Gaza after killing Baha Abu al-Ata; strike was okayed 10 days ago, with ministers telling IDF to choose the time. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: European Union condemns ‘utterly unacceptable’ Gaza rocket fire on Israeli civilians: ‘Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks,’ UK Foreign Office says in updated travel advisory; Dutch embassy in Tel Aviv remains closed. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: Israel kills powerful Islamic Jihad commander Abu al-Ata in targeted Gaza strike: IDF kills Baha Abu al-Ata, says he was planning ‘imminent’ attacks; rocket sirens sound in south as schools closed and army prepares for fresh round of fighting. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: Jordan says it thwarted terror plot against US, Israeli diplomats: two followers of Islamic State accused of planning to use cars, guns and knives in attacks on embassy staff and service personnel stationed in Jafr. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: Trump says Baghdadi successor being pursued by US: marking Veterans’ Day, US president declares that after killing IS leader and his second in command, ‘we have our eyes on number three.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: National Council of Churches of Australia calls for a unified national leadership regarding climate change: the NCCA has called upon Prime Minister Morrison to draw civil leaders together to work to prevent a further rise in global temperatures. (NCCA Media Release) [no link found]

12th: Iran accuses Israel of committing ‘terrorist attack’ against Gaza: Tehran, which financially supports Palestinian Islamic Jihad, condemns Israeli targeted killing of terror chief. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: Egypt, UN push for ceasefire as Gaza terror groups warn of imminent escalation: ‘The coming hours will speak for themselves,’ says Palestinian Islamic Jihad official after arch-terrorist killed in Israeli strike; 200 rockets fired at Israel through Tuesday. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: US ambassadors back Israel, lash ‘barbaric attacks’ from Gaza: Jordanian government condemns Jerusalem for targeted killing of Islamic Jihad terror chief that led to 200 rockets fired at Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

12th: father demands policy change after school gives 2nd-grader flyer promoting free condoms, US: the flyer also provided information about other services including free birth control such as IUDs, pills and condoms, and the father is demanding to know how the school could think that was appropriate. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: 6 girls, 2 adults who had been abducted from Christian high school are returned home, Nigeria: taken at gunpoint by Muslim Fulani herdsmen, a ransom was demanded for their release, and after much prayer the former governor of Kaduna were able to help them. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

12th: a record 10.2% of TV characters are LGBT, new report shows, US: increasing from 8.8% in 2018, the television stations are being pressured to increase that to 20% by 2025. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: 1500 New Zealand doctors have signed an open letter against euthanasia: over 1,500 doctors have signed an open letters appealing to MPS not to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia, because “killing is not caring,” and requires doctors to abandon medical ethics. (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: US urges early Iraq elections as rights group warns of ‘bloodbath:’ hundreds already dead in crackdown against growing protests over rampant corruption and clientelism; UN calls for ‘maximum restraint,’ including no use of live ammunition. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

11th: on Kristallnacht anniversary, yellow stars placed at Jewish sites in Scandinavia: stickers found on homes of Jews, a synagogue, gravestones and a café in Sweden and Denmark; authorities investigating incidents as hate crimes. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

11th: Trump to confront Turkey about buying Russian S-400 defense system: Ankara likely to face sanctions unless it gives up air defense system which US says could endanger F-35 fighters and give sensitive information to Russians. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

11th: Iran downgrades new oil find to just 2.2 billion accessible barrels: a day after Rouhani announces discovery of 53 billion barrel field in southwestern province, oil minister says only a small portion can be extracted. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

11th: Iran enriching 12 times as much uranium now Fordo restarted, nuclear head says: Salehi says production of low-enriched uranium soaring after operations at underground site resumed; Rouhani: Saving nuke deal could open up international arms sales. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

11th: Netanyahu: There was never a ‘real reconciliation’ between Israel and Jordan, Israel: PM says peace with Arab states based on strength and deterrence; reveals how in 2012 he got Egypt’s Morsi to withdraw tanks he had sent into Sinai in breach of peace deal. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

11th: Hezbollah chief: Chance of US-Iran war down by 99%, Trump’s strategy failed: Hassan Nasrallah also claims he doesn’t need Iranian arms: ‘We have so many missiles, we don’t know where to put them.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

11th: atheist group demands football coach stop praying with players, says it’s ‘unconstitutional,’ US: the group claims that the coach praying with his players is unconstitutional and illegal and demands the Missouri school district investigate. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: fifty accept Christ in theatre after watching the faith-based film ‘Overcomer,’ US: while the movie has remained in the top five for three weeks and grossed over $34 million, it’s director says that the face that lives are changed is more worthy of celebration. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

11th: how speaking up for parents’ rights cost this Labour MP his job, UK: because of his stance on radical gender education in schools, MP Roger Godsiff has been told that he can’t receontest his seat as a candidate in the Labour Party. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

10th: Pompeo slams Iran’s ‘intimidation’ of IAEA inspector as ‘outrageous:’ US secretary of state calls blocking of UN official from nuclear site an ‘unwarranted act of intimidation,’ says alarmed by Tehran’s ‘lack of adequate cooperation.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: on Berlin Wall anniversary, Merkel urges Europe to defend ‘democracy, freedom,’ Germany: at ceremony to mark 1989 fall of the wall, German chancellor says values of human rights and tolerance ‘must be defended anew’ and cannot be taken for granted. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: in blow to Moscow, top court green-lights extradition of Russian hacker to US: High Court of Justice shoots down petition by Aleksey Burkov, whose fate has been linked to that of Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: 80 gravestones vandalized at Denmark Jewish cemetery: olice say tombstones daubed with green paint, overturned in western town of Randers. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: Iran’s goal is to unseat Donald Trump: the recent spate of attacks was meant to draw the US into a military confrontation that would be unpopular with American voters. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: Iran begins building 2nd nuclear power reactor at Bushehr: in presence of journalists, authorities pour concrete for the base of Russian-funded facility. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: Jordan king says rule over border enclaves restored as Israeli lease expires: to standing ovation, Abdullah II tells cabinet the kingdom has extended sovereignty over ‘every inch,’ yet Israeli farmers still allowed to enter, harvest crops at 1 of the 2 sites. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: teen arrested in connection with series of anti-Semitic attacks in Brooklyn, US: juvenile charged with two counts of aggravated harassment after at least 3 separate assaults on Jews in Borough Park neighbourhood. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: top US military official says 500-600 troops to remain in Syria: despite Trump’s announcement of complete withdrawal, General Mark Milley says American forces need to stay in region to prevent resurgence of Islamic State. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

10th: top US general in the Middle East visits Israel to meet with IDF: in second-ever visit by the head of the US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie lands amid ongoing tensions over American withdrawal from the region. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

9th: hours before border lands go back to Jordan, Israeli farmers await final word: local leader says tenants haven’t been updated on what will happen after sites are returned to Hashemite kingdom on Sunday; hundreds of tourists visit Naharayim for farewell tours. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

9th: UN human rights delegates overwhelmingly applaud Iran for its record: at a periodic review of Iranian civil liberties, 85% of United Nations representatives lavish praise on Tehran; US says it ‘flagrantly violates’ its citizens’ freedoms. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

9th: UNESCO to vote on cutting ties with Belgian carnival where Jews were mocked: vote next month on parade in Aalst marks first time a place or event faces removal of UN’s cultural agency credentials; floats have drawn accusations of anti-Semitism. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

8th: descendants of Nazis organize global marches against contemporary anti-Semitism, New York, US: an Evangelical group dedicated to apologizing to Holocaust survivors and their offspring is speaking up in the wake of anti-Semitic attacks in Germany and the US. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

8th: Rocket barrage hits Iraq base housing US troops: no immediate word on casualties in attack near Mosul, where American soldiers are helping Iraqi forces battle remnants of Islamic State. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

8th: Florida high school denies pro-life club but allows LGBTQ group, US: a religious liberty group claims that the high school is violating both the Constitution and federal law by preventing a pro-life club from existing, despite allow many other clubs including an LGBTQ group. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: far-left French leader says Jews promote ‘violent sectarianism,’ France: Jean-Luc Melenchon falsely claims ‘ridiculous’ Jewish umbrella group CRIF urged rally-goers to attack him at memorial for slain Holocaust survivor. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

8th: judge fines Trump $2 million for misusing charity foundation, US: President to donate money to US Holocaust Museum, other organizations as part of settlement after admitting to using charity money to pay legal fees, campaign. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

8th: DC museum unveils rare 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible, Washington, US: manuscript dating from 10th or 11th century is one of the most ‘well-preserved texts’ from that era, says Museum of the Bible. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

8th: Senator challenges drag queen story time, Perth, Australia: a Facebook post, Senator Matt O’Sullivan shared the letter he wrote to the Perth Council, saying that adult entertainers are not appropriate to be involved in a children’s event, and our children are being over-sexualised. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: descendants of Nazis organize global marches against contemporary anti-Semitism, New York, US: an Evangelical group dedicated to apologizing to Holocaust survivors and their offspring is speaking up in the wake of anti-Semitic attacks in Germany and the US. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

8th: Florida Sherif rebuffs atheists, and won’t remove ‘In God We Trust’ stickers from patrol cars, US: Sheriff Wayne Ivey said “if we, as strong patriotic Americans, don’t stand for the principles of our great nation, we are going to lose the America we all know and love!” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: Francis Chan announces shock move to Asia as a missionary, US: after talking with people in slums in Myanmar, and seeing their eagerness to know more about God, Francis explained that both he and his wife felt God’s call to become full-time missionaries. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: National Abortion Federation appoints a lesbian Episcopal Priest as President and CEO, US: the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale has been outspoken about LGBTQ equality and abortion rights and has preached that abortion was a ‘blessing.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: 200 online attacks a day: Auschwitz survivor is symbol of anti-Semitism in Italy: battle over Senator Liliana Segre’s call for committee to combat racism highlights politicians’ role in what observers say is growing boldness in anti-Semitic attitudes. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

7th: ‘praying for gay celibacy’ could be banned, Australia: an inquiry into ‘conversion practices’ is looking at options for new legislation in Victoria which will ban current practices including Bible reading, fasting, prayer and spiritual healing and deliverance. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Christian comedian John Crist accused of sexual misconduct, apologises, US: various women have accused the popular comedian of inappropriate sexual behaviours, and Crist has acknowledged that he acted recklessly in some cases and apologised for his sinfulness, though saying that some claims were false. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Netanyahu: Europe ‘must stop stalling,’ confront Iran over its nuclear program, Israel: PM accuses Islamic Republic of lying about alleged atomic facility in Tehran; Gantz calls resumption of work at Fordo a ‘wake-up call for the world.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

7th: holocaust survivor in Italy gets police guard due to threats: Israeli envoy to Rome says assignment of security detail to Senator Liliana Segre underlines ‘the danger that the Jewish communities in Europe still are facing.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

7th: Jordan said to reject extending lease on border lands, but offer compensation: report says Jordanian FM told Israel’s national security adviser that Naharayim, Tzofor will return to Amman’s control; local official says access to end Sunday. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

7th: drag queens mock pro-life activists in a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, US: the fundraiser raised money by auctioning off cardboard figures of local Christians commenting that the group is “focused on the hateful actions and rhetoric of the Church at Planned Parenthood and their affiliates.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: warns Iran could be positioning for ‘rapid nuclear breakout:’ Pompeo urges international community to step up pressure after Tehran resumes enrichment; EU expresses ‘deep concern’ over cancellation of IAEA inspector’s accreditation. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

7th: police probing sex offender rabbi who told cancer patient to refuse treatment, Israel: Eliezer Berland, who has a cult of devout and often violent supporters, accused of manslaughter by lawyer for victim’s mother. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

7th: Shin Bet thwarted over 450 terror attacks in 2019, chief says, Israel: head of the security service credits advanced technology with helping prevent attacks and allowing Israelis to live ‘full, comfortable lives.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

7th: Israeli official: Jerusalem providing aid to Kurds since US pullout in Syria: : ‘We are proud of our taking a stand alongside the Kurdish people,’ says Deputy FM Tzipi Hotovely, adding the Kurds provide a bulwark against spread of Iranian influence in area. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

7th: US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on thousands of users: accounts included those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million followers and other prominent government critics; one suspect fled to Saudi Arabia. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: Iran injects uranium gas into Fordo centrifuges, in worst breach of nuke deal: IAEA inspectors on hand for latest pullback from JCPOA, as Fordo is converted from research center back into active nuclear facility with enrichment capabilities (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: macron: with new centrifuge operation, Iran is withdrawing from nuclear deal: French president urges easing sanctions while pressuring Iranians to negotiate a return; Russia calls on Tehran to uphold commitments to 2015 deal, blames US for situation. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: US accuses Iran of ‘nuclear extortion’ as Tehran expands enrichment at key plant: State Dept.: Iran’s move will ‘deepen its political, economic isolation’; Tehran brags of heavy water sales contravening sanctions; bans cooperation with outlawed UK cultural body. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: attacker stabs 8, including foreigners, at popular tourist site, Jordan: 4 tourists, local tour guide and 3 others injured in knifing, with the most seriously wounded taken to the hospital; assailant arrested. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: UAE said readying to open doors to Israeli tourists, starting with 2020 Expo: reportedly ongoing to enable visitors from Israel to continue coming after Dubai world fair, as tacit ties continue to warm. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: protests in Iraq reveal long-simmering anger at Iran: anti-government demonstrations are mainly directed at Iraq’s own political leaders, but they have also exposed resentment at Iranian influence in the country. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: 11,000 scientists worldwide warn of ‘untold suffering due to climate crisis:’ day after US announces formal withdrawal from Paris accord, researchers say there must be ‘bold and drastic transformations regarding economic and population policies.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: Colorado synagogue to add surveillance cameras after alleged bomb plot, US: security at second oldest synagogue in the state to be upgraded further after locked doors and armed guard added in wake of 2018 Pittsburgh attack. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: 2 Iranians accused of spying on Jewish, Israeli targets in US plead guilty: as part of plea, Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar admits to travelling to America to relay instructions to Majid Ghorbani on behalf of Tehran. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: abortion is loving and selfless, says controversial pro-choice campaign, US: a pro-choice organisation’s latest campaign “Abortion Actually,” encourages women to believe that abortion is an act of selflessness, of love, of healing and of compassion and is currently being actively promoted. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: an update on the Syrian conflict: the agreement on 22 October create a 30km safety zone between Syria and Turkey and required Kurds to withdraw from that area, but as at 6th November, the requirements had not been met – prayers are encouraged. (Open Doors) [link 1]

6th: ABC finds religious discrimination is real, Australia: a study of 55,000 found that 70% of religious people in the group had faced discrimination occasionally or often, but the study found too that most non-Christian people didn’t want to know about it. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: Erdogan to meet Trump in Washington next week as tensions flare, Turkey: relations between the two leaders have rapidly deteriorated since Washington gave Ankara the green light to invade Syria in October. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: anti-Semitic flyers plastered across Arizona State University campus, US: ASU and local police are investigating the incident as university administration decries ‘hateful rhetoric.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

6th: AG Barr says that America was founded on Christian values and progressive group calls the statement ‘toxic Christian nationalism:’ the attorney has received criticism from the group Faithful America who claim that his speech doesn’t reflect all of the faiths of the USA. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: Hasidic Jews chased and punched in series of attacks in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, US: assaults come amid an uptick in anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City, with at least 163 so far this year. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: elderly man was beaten on a New York subway for preaching the Gospel, US: the man was holding a Bible and quietly sharing his faith, when a trans-gender woman stood up, screaming at him, took off her stiletto shoe and attacked him with it, seriously injuring the older man. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: as Iran expands enrichment, Netanyahu vows it will never have nukes: Iran seeks to ‘envelop and destroy Israel,’ PM warns after Rouhani announces latest violation of 2015 nuclear deal and restart of processing uranium at underground complex. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: Richard Spencer slurs Jews, blacks in expletive-laden rant put online, US: in 2017 recording, white supremacist leader praises his ancestors for slavery, says Jews ‘get ruled by people like me.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

5th: Patricia Heaton encourages Kayne West to maintain his faith despite ridicule, US: the actress encourages West to stand strong as he’ll have to cope with intense scrutiny and criticism, and says she’s praying for him. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: Harvest Bible Chapel says former Pastor James MacDonald is ‘biblically disqualified’ from ministry, US: the church founder has been removed from ministry because he didn’t meet the spiritual standards of the church due to sinful behaviours. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: “I excommunicated myself” for living in ‘unrepentant sin,’ says Joshua Harris about why he renounced Christianity, US: the author and former church leader says that when he realised he was living in unrepentant sin, he could not continue in his role any longer. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: former US President Jimmy Carter is confident about life after death, US: after many years of doubt about life after death, Carter has gained confidence about the promise after many health issues including inoperable cancer when he asked God to change his outlook. (Eternity News) [link 1]

5th: Anne Graham Lotz: Trump Removing Troops from Syria Could Lead to ‘Last of the Last Days:’ daughter of Rev Billy Graham says that the US President’s decision to pull out of Syria may be part of God’s plan for the “last of the Last Days.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: push to bar puberty-blocking drugs, medical gender-transitioning of children widens to 3 states, US: there has been an outcry about pushing drugs onto young children after a Texan mother sought to medically transition her 7 year old son into a girl, and Republicans in three states have announced new bills to restrict or even criminalise medically altering children. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: Iran announces fresh violations of nuclear deal with extra, advanced centrifuges: Tehran’s nuclear chief says domestically made centrifuge in development is 50 times faster than those allowed under 2015 accord. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: Israel slams Iran for ‘murderous’ intervention in Iraq protests: FM Katz backs growing anti-government rallies, praises Iraqis’ ‘long & glorious history.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: 3 Iraqis shot dead during protest outside Iran consulate: health officials in Karbala say security forces used live ammunition to disperse angry demonstrators who attempted to torch Tehran’s diplomatic mission in Iraqi holy city. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: ‘Death to America! Death to Israel!’ Iran marks 1979 takeover of US Embassy: demonstrators gather in front of the former US mission in downtown Tehran as tensions remain high over the country’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: EU condemns rocket fire from Gaza: ‘Unacceptable and must stop immediately:’ Bloc says attacks on Israeli civilians must stop ‘unconditionally’ after 10 rockets were launched toward the south on Friday. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: Twitter suspends Hamas- and Hezbollah-affiliated handles: Al-Manar TV accuses the social network of giving into ‘political pressure’; IDF spokesman welcomes decision. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: Trump HHS rule will overturn Obama-era rule, protect Christian adoption Agencies in LGBT disputes, US: the proposed rule should over-ride a rule put in place during the final days of the former president’s administration which forced faith-based foster care agencies and adoption organisations to place children in same-sex homes. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: White supremacist charged with planning to blow up Colorado synagogue, US: Richard Holzer also intended to poison water at Temple Emanuel in Pueblo; said he wished Holocaust had happened. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: men dressed as Jews hand out Holocaust denial fliers at Colorado mall, US: group wearing yarmulkes and fringed prayer shawls distribute leaflets proclaiming that ‘Marxist Jews’ dominate academia and Jewish people run the porn industry. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

4th: over 1,000 accept Christ at Kanye West’s Sunday Service – it’s a ‘new wave of revival,’ Pastor says, US: after the release of Kany’s Jesus is King album in October since he became a Christian, West announced that he has rejected worldly music and will be making Christian music. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: Hamas may want calm, but at least one Islamic Jihad leader has different plans: Friday’s rocket fire suggests the Iran-backed terror group’s Baha Abu al-Ata has his own agenda, and is willing to set area ablaze to achieve it. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

2nd: Iran unveils new anti-US murals at former embassy: revolutionary Guards chief attends ceremony to introduce the paintings, which include a Star of David in the Great Seal of the United States. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

2nd: hundreds protest outside prison where children of Filipina workers held, Tel-Aviv, Israel: Gena Antigo, 13, and Ralph Harel, 10, facing deportation along with their mothers after being detained in Tel Aviv. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

1st: Germany to tighten hate speech, gun laws following synagogue attack: Interior minister says legislation is needed because ‘the threat from far-right extremism and far-right terrorism, and with them anti-Semitism, is high.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

1st: man tries to break into Jewish school while shouting anti-Semitic slurs, France: security guard praised for confronting intruder, sounding alarm that allowed students and faculty to evacuate; suspect arrested. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

1st: University of Oregon accused of not reporting anti-Semitic incidents, US: complaint alleges at least 30 incidents on campus that were not included in annual summary. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

1st: company that makes water out of thin air signs deal with Uzbekistan: dry, landlocked Central Asian nation to buy thousands of Watergen atmospheric water generators in deal likely worth several million dollars. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

1st: ministry offers free Bibles to Kany fans after release of new album caused “Jesus” to trend on Google, US: Wests’ new album has encouraged new interest in Christianity and the American Bible Society has chosen to offer free Bibles to his fans. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

1st: a Christian family has narrowly escaped a brutal attack by Boko Haram, Nigeria: after hiding her children in the village’s graveyard, a mother struggled to keep hidden as the militants went through their village, slaughtering its inhabitants. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

1st: US extends nuclear waivers, puts new sanctions on Iran: nuclear deal critics slam decision to continue allowing foreign companies to work at Iranian civil nuclear facilities without penalties. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

1st: Iran said working to keep embattled Iraqi PM in power amid growing protests: secret meeting between Revolutionary Guards’ chief and Baghdad lawmakers seen as a sign of Tehran’s growing influence in region. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

1st: board fires Florida principal who said couldn’t confirm Holocaust was ‘factual: official reason for William Latson’s termination is his failure to return messages from district officials in the days after his comments became public. (source) [link 1]

1st: Christian print shop wins case, won’t be forced to create a gay pride shirt, US: after declining an order from the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization to create t-shirts to promote the Lexington gay pride festival, because of their Christian faith, they were sued, but the owner Blaine Adamson won the case both in the lower court and the appeals court. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

1st: one year ahead of elections, Christian leaders cross divides to call for respect, US: an initiative from various Christian leaders have begun the “Golden Rule 2020: a Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics,” initiative to discourage the poor behaviours seen during the lead-up to the previous election and to encourage respect and dignity. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

1st: lawyers concerned about transgender treatments for kids: a new article published in the Journal of Law and Medicine by medical negligence lawyer Bill Madden and professor of obstetrics and gynaecology Mike O’Connor, shares concerns about the effects of puberty blocks on children’s cognitive functions and long-term physical impacts. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

OCTOBER 2019

31st: Hart shares how God gave him perspective following a major car accident, US: the comedian posted a video in which he thanked God and how he came to understand that he wasn’t in control, and now sees things differently. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: push to get wellbeing counsellors into schools as mental health bill costs billions, Australia: the proposal has pointed out long-term issues in the current system including insufficient funding for prevention programs and enormous gaps in service for those needing assistance, and one major recommendation is that counsellors should be placed into schools. (ABC News) [link 1]

31st: kidnapped Nigerian priest released unharmed, Nigeria: earlier this week, a priest was kidnapped as he walked out of the Queen of Apostles Seminary in Enugu, the third attack in recent times as violence against clergy increases. Father Arinze Madu was released unharmed on Monday. (Eternity News) [link 1]

31st: the World Medical Association re-affirms its opposition to euthanasia: representing physicians around the world, the WMA has re-examined their stance on euthanasia and has re-affirmed their opposition to physician assisted suicide and euthanasia, despite pressure from Dutch and Canadian medical associations to change their stance. (HOPE) [link 1]

31st: doctors across Australia reject euthanasia ‘fake news:’ over 770 medical professionals who are involved in treatment of those with serious illness and end of life care have challenged ‘misinformation’ from euthanasia advocates in a letter to the West Australian Legislative Council as pressure increases to pass euthanasia laws in that state. (HOPE) [link 1]

31st: ‘Cold, calculated, institutionalized child abuse’: Experts comment on gender ‘transitions’ for kids, US: children’s rights activists and experts have warned that forcing children into transgenderism will have serious consequences, and that this is not scientific advance. (LifeSite News) [link 1] [link 2]

31st: former NBA player Lamar Odom is ‘walking with the Lord’ after surviving a near-death drug overdose, US: after the near death experience in 2015, Odom shared how he was saved through Pastor R.A. Vernon who helped him to understand the salvation available in Christ. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: US envoy: Iran has spent $16 billion on militias in Iraq, Syria: remarks by Brian Hook come amid growing concern in Israel over potential attack by Tehran in retaliation for efforts to thwart arming of Iranian proxies. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

31st: Turkey, Russia begin joint patrols in northern Syria: troops, armored vehicles and drones deployed along a 110-kilometer route where Syrian Kurdish fighters were forced to withdraw following Ankara incursion. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

31st: IS confirms Baghdadi death and names successor, calls Trump ‘crazy old man:’ terror group says its new leader is Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi and issues stark threat to US. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

31st: faith leaders pray over President Trump amid persistent push for impeachment, US: 25 Christian leaders prayed with the President at their meeting after the ongoing push that he face impeachment. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

31st: U.S. House passes rules of impeachment with 232-196 vote: approval has been reached in the US House of Representatives for the rules of impeachment to proceed against the President. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: all air defense systems on alert amid Iran attack fears – general, Israel: Air Force chief says challenge of intercepting missiles becoming more complicated, days after Netanyahu accused Iran of seeking to target Israel with cruise missiles from Yemen. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

30th: Nazi flag seen hanging in California parole office, US: Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation removes hate symbol, says it often comes ‘into contact with items that may be considered objectionable.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

30th: controversial sex education discussing gender identity, orientation approved in Austin, Texas, US: the Austin School District will introduce the controversial new curriculum for sex education possibly by May 2020 and will include teaching children in year seven about how to use condoms, and many parents are concerned. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: university students warned of ‘dangerous cult,’ Australia: students are being targeted and recruited to a “dangerous pseudo-Christian cult known as Shincheonji,” which at first sounds like it’s based on the Bible, but has been twisted, and students attend three intensive ‘Bible classes’ where they’re told not to talk to anyone about what they’re learning, and can be quickly duped. (Eternity News) [link 1]

30th: UK terror suspect plotted to kill 2 rabbis, target sites in Mumbai-style attack: Usman Khan, 28, was convicted in 2012 of grave terror charges, served less than half of his prison term before being released early. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

30th: Islamic State says London Bridge terror attack carried out ‘in its name:’ terror group says suspect Usman Khan, 28, a convicted terrorist out on parole who killed two in stabbing rampage, was acting on its behalf. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

30th: London attacker ID’d as ex-terror convict, reportedly had Islamic extremist ties: Usman Khan, who killed 2 in terror stabbing spree, was released from prison last year after serving six years for terrorism offenses; one victim still in critical condition. (The Times of Israel) [link 1

30th: hundreds rally for climate action in Tel Aviv as protests held around the world: international demonstrations see activists demand their governments take steps to tackle threat of global warming. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

30th: Belgian officials boycott trade delegation to Israel: : representatives of local governments pull out of business trip, citing alleged Israeli violations of international law. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

30th: Norwegian mayor asks church to take down Star of David decoration, Norway: head of Strand in southern Norway says symbol, used as Christmas holiday ornament, is too associated with Jews, Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

30th: Sudan overturns Shariah-inspired moral policing law, disbands ex-ruling party: the Public Order Act criminalized revealing clothing, drinking alcohol; rights groups say it targeted women. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

29th: Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri announces resignation over protests: Premier says he will meet president to bring down government, after nearly two weeks of intense demonstrations. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

29th: 18 protesters killed as pressure on government mounts, Iraq: more than 800 wounded when security forces open fire on crowds in Karbala in one of worst attacks since demonstrators began anti-government rallies. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

29th: Egypt officials: 1 policeman, 13 jihadists killed in Sinai incidents, Egypt: : attack in the town of Sheikh Zuweid also wounds three cops. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

29th: Israeli embassies said to ramp up security amid fears of Iranian attack: heightened security measures come amid growing concern in Jerusalem that Tehran is plotting strikes in retaliation for raids on its regional proxies. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

29th: a vote on prostitution is imminent, South Australia: a debate is resuming in South Australia’s Lower House on 30 October to consider decriminalising prostitution but 55% of people in South Australia want limits put on prostitution instead. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link 1]

29th: American pastor arrested and detained in India: Pastor Bryan Nerren was targeted, arrested and detained following an accusation that he violated their “Foreign Exchange Management Acts” after he told the customs agents that he was a Christian. (International Christian Concern) [link 1] [link 2]

29th: biological male runner named the Big Sky Conference’s female ‘athlete of the week,’ US: the biological male runner was running last year as Jonathan in men’s competitions and is still listed as a former member of the men’s team and now also as a member of the women’s team. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: ‘My only mission is to spread the Gospel: Kanye West opens up about pornography addiction, music and faith, US: during an interview with Apple Music’s Beat 1’s Zane Lowe, West spoke about his struggles before turning to God, and that he’s leaving his future and his decisions with God. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: Labor National Party to scrap transgender studies, Australia: Deb Freckington, LNP leader has promised to scrap transgender studies which are currently compulsory studies for children in Queensland, while the state’s Labor party has increased its transgender political agenda on children without the consent of their parents. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

28th: ‘The ABC (TV station) are heavily invested in alarmism’ over climate change, Australia: Chris Kenny, Sky News host also went on to say that the ABC had deceived its viewers about the climate and that if they “really believed in climate science, they would quote it…report it and discuss it,” but instead are “twisting the facts.” (Sky News) [link 1]

28th: Jewish mom gets nod as first female prime minister, Belgium: though she hasn’t highlighted her Jewish roots, PM Sophie Wilmes said to recently see Judaism as ‘a more important factor’ in her life, according to one Jewish community member. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

28th: Supreme Court rejects case of Christian student forced to write Islamic prayer, US: a Christian high school student claims her rights were violated after she was required to write “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah” as part of an assignment, has had her case rejected by the Supreme Court. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: Islamic State still poses threat after death of al-Baghdadi: killing of terror group’s leader leaves it without an obvious figurehead and is a major setback, but IS remains dangerous, officials and analysts say. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

28th: the government medical policy that’s killing us – CT v MRI, Australia: with one of the highest cancer rates in the world, the ongoing use of CT scans in Australia may be one of the major contributing factors because of the high doses of radiation involved which increases the risk by 24%. (The New Daily) [link 1]

28th: benevolent teenager raises over $12,000 for local food pantry, US: for the past four years, Joshua LeRette a thirteen year old, has saved money for the local food pantry and was able to give them over $12,000 this year. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: President Macron says final defeat of IS the ‘priority’ after Baghdadi’s death, France: President calls death of jihadist leader in US raid a ‘hard blow’ for the terror group, vows fight will continue until it is ‘definitively defeated.’ (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: Islamic State leader’s death is important, but not a game changer: killing of Abu Bakr al-Bahgdadi by US special forces is symbolic blow, but doesn’t mean end of Islamic terrorism or portend significant change in how IS operates. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: Lebanon protesters successfully form 170-kilometer human chain, says organizer: tens of thousands participate, linking north and south of country in demonstration rejecting sectarian affiliation and calling for unity. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: Seattle Holocaust center vandalized with white supremacist graffiti, US: ‘obscure’ symbols discovered on building as teachers’ seminar was taking place inside. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

25th: a strike on Israel by an emboldened Iran looms, but may not be imminent: IDF seems to have scaled back its operations against Tehran in Syria and Iraq during the Jewish High Holidays, but with their end, the threat of Iranian retaliation returns. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

24th: IDF chief warns ‘precarious’ security situation could lead to conflict in north, Israel: Lt. Gen. Kohavi says Iran behind main threats facing Israel, identifies Syria and Lebanon as primary areas of concern. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

24th: bone density concerns raised for transgender youth: doctors around the world have been vocal in their concerns about the safety of puberty blockers for youth which have not been adequately tested. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

24th: the China Government tightens their controls, China: as the country celebrates 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic’s founding, threats against minority groups such as Christians continue to increase and include arrests and fines of church leaders and raids on churches, but Christianity is growing. (Open Doors) []

23rd: 9 out of 10 US Jews worry about anti-Semitism, and most think it’s getting worse, US: overwhelming majority in AJC poll among over 1,200 Jewish respondents across political and religious lines see Jew-hatred as a problem. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

22nd: a male rapist who is caught by police, can choose to be recorded as a female, UK: some women’s groups are outraged and the Director of Fair Play for Woman, Nicola Williams said, that it would be “highly offensive to a woman who was raped to have it written down that her attacker was a female when clearly that was a male with a penis.” (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: Israeli develops piston engine that runs on water, alcohol – no gas: MayMaan LLC has developed the system using a traditional style piston engine which mixes 30% ethanol (or other alcohol) with 70% water and saves 50% of fuel costs , is up to 60% more efficient and has fewer emissions than diesel or petrol. (Jerusalem Post) [link 1]

20th: Syrian Kurdish military official calls on Israel to take action against Turkey: invoking past persecution of Jews, member of Syrian Democratic Forces expresses confidence the Jewish people will not neglect Syrian Kurds’ plight. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: hundreds of thousands in Lebanon’s biggest protest for years; PM promises reform: in 4th day of demonstrations over crumbling economy, protesters call for ‘the fall of the regime’; Druze party leader threatens to quit cabinet if reforms not enacted. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: former student arrested over swastika graffiti at California school, US: Logan Stone to be charged with felony vandalism and hate crimes after anti-Semitic, racist drawings found on high school near San Francisco. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: hospital threw our miscarried baby in the bin, Australia: what was a terrible tragedy for a couple who lost their baby in a miscarriage, resulted in a terribly cruel act by the hospital who threw the infant into a rubbish bin, and the mother wants the law to be changed. (Courier Mail) [link]

19th: Syrian Kurdish forces and Turkey exchange blame for continued fighting: clashes reported in key border town of Ras al-Ayn as Turkish interior minister says 41 suspected jihadists who fled detention camp have been recaptured. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: ‘Tremendous success’: Trump touts Syria truce as scattered fighting continue: US president says ‘big progress being made’ as Erdogan threatens to resume offensive and at least 14 civilians killed Friday in airstrikes by Turkey. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: ‘Only God is with us’: A Syrian family feels betrayed by the US: as 160,000 flee Turkish invasion, transforming a quiet corner of Syria into a war zone, displaced residents blame Trump for abandoning them. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Germany rethinks security for Jewish community after synagogue shooting: while some have called to post police outside Jewish institutions after Halle attack, others favor technological measures that won’t undercut sense of normalcy like in France. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: ‘Dirty Jew’ spray-painted on Judaica shop in France: owners of store in Lyon reportedly considering cutting short their vacation in Israel to return to file police complaint. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Bulgaria soccer coach quits after racist chants, Nazi salutes at England match: Krasimir Balakov says abuse directed at English players by Bulgarian fans at game in Sofia was ‘the final straw.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Ukraine’s chief rabbi sounds alarm over Jewish tycoon’s effigy: Moshe Reuvan Azman urges authorities to quickly find and punish men who perpetrated anti-Semitic stunt at Kyiv’s main synagogue during Sukkot. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Iraqi cleric’s backers chant against Israel as Shiites make Arbaeen pilgrimage: in what is considered the world’s largest public gathering, millions march to Iraqi city of Karbala for commemoration of Shiite saint. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Hobart Councillor cautioned for Nazi slur, Tasmania, Australia: Cr Holly Ewin was found to have breached several sections of the city council’s code of conduct when she compared a women’s rights group to Nazi’s and said they were a ‘hate group’ and ‘transphobes,’ and Ewin later said she wouldn’t apologise for her comments. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: as US withdraws, Jerusalem spooked by Moscow’s growing control over Middle East: Russia is becoming the last global power militarily engaged in the region. Many analysts warn of great dangers for Israel, though one also sees opportunities. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Eternity News celebrates 10 years, Australia: the newspaper also published its 100th newspaper earlier in 2019 and began with no funding. (Eternity News) [link]

18th: Hillsong UNITED wins Worship Album of the Year: the album ‘People,’ produced by Joel Houston and Michael Guy Chislett, received the Dove Award. (Eternity News) [link]

18th: Lebanese PM gives gov’t 72-hour ultimatum as riots bring country to standstill: sparked by austerity plans and proposed tax on WhatsApp, anti-government protests escalate, spread to Hezbollah areas; 83 demonstrators and police injured. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: blast at Afghan mosque kills 62 during Friday prayers: no claim of responsibility for attack in region where both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active; UN warns of soaring civilian casualties in conflict. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Sacha Baron Cohen makes Nazi analogy to slam Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook policy, US: actor says Facebook CEO’s free speech argument is disingenuous and he should kick anti-Semites and neo-Nazis off his platform. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: deadly Turkish airstrikes shatter deal to pause Syria offensive: Kurdish forces accuse Turkey of attacking its fighters and civilians despite US-brokered agreement with Erdogan for halt in operation to allow Kurds to withdraw. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Amnesty International accuses Turkey of war crimes in Syria: rights group alleges that Turkish military and allied rebels have carried out ‘summary killings and unlawful attacks’ in Kurdish areas. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Zuckerberg says Facebook stands for free speech, takes no questions from press, US: reporters sidelined, media filming barred as CEO hails his platform’s role in ensuring ‘free expression,’ defends its refusal to take down some problematic political content. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Algeria intensifies persecution of churches – pastor, church members beaten, Africa: one of Algeria’s largest churches was forcibly closed by the police on 16 October, and two others were closed the following day as persecution intensifies in this mostly Sunni Muslim country. (Open Doors) [link 1]

18th: new bill seeks to introduce Bible classes across Florida public schools, US: Kim Daniels, a Florida Democrat, evangelist and Jacksonville politician put forward his Bill to include Bible classes in state schools as an elective subject. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: Lt. Gov.’s prayer for atheist group was unconstitutional, atheist group says, US: Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth of Alabama posted a faith based message of support for Blount Country Sheriff who had received criticism from Freedom From Religion Foundation for hosting and promoting a prayer vigil, and threatened legal action. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: Turkey and Kurds agree to Syria truce; Trump: ‘A great day for civilization:’ deal, which will see US remove sanctions from Ankara, appears to give Erdogan all he sought to achieve with offensive. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: US, Israel ‘appalled’ as Venezuela wins seat on UN Human Rights Council: American ambassador decries vote as ‘an embarrassment and a tragedy’; Israeli envoy: Council ‘now in the business of protecting dictators and war crimes.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: Bloody effigy of Ukrainian-Jewish oligarch found outside synagogue: unidentified assailants place life-size puppet doused with red paint depicting Igor Kolomoisky at entrance of Kyiv shul. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: thousands of pro-Israel marchers from dozens of countries gather in Jerusalem, Israel: crowds of participants, many of them evangelical Christians, take part in 64th annual parade through capital’s streets. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: decline of Christianity in America continuing at rapid pace, poll finds, US: new Pew survey finds self-identified US Christians dropped 12% in a decade, as number of those claiming no religious affiliation surged. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: ex-Nazi concentration camp guard, 93, tells German court ‘sorry for what he did:’ Bruno Dey, a former SS private charged with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder, says he knew Jews were being gassed at Stutthof, ‘did not see himself in a position to free them.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: Kurdish politician urges Israeli diplomatic intervention to stop Turkish assault, Syria: speaking to Israeli radio, lawmaker calls for action ‘to save the Kurdish people,’ as authorities ask for humanitarian corridor, accuse Ankara of using banned weapons in Syria. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: concern in Gulf Arab states after US pullout from Syria: despite housing thousands of US troops, traditional American allies in the Mideast now re-calibrating how far to trust Trump in case frictions with Iran boil over. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: Johnson announces Brexit deal with EU, but parliaments still need to agree, UK: agreement still needs to be ratified by British lawmakers and the bloc; European Commission’s Juncker says deal is ‘fair and balanced.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: 7 arrested as hundreds of ultra-Orthodox riot in Jerusalem, Israel: some rioters said to seek out Arab vehicles to attack; most of those involved reportedly from sect led by convicted sex offender rabbi Eliezer Berland. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: ‘I stopped cross-dressing when I found God,’ UK: Pete Benjamin began cross-dressing as a child, and later suffering from gender confusion was encouraged to dress as a woman and take female hormones, then later went through gender reassignment surgery, but found he was still depressed and suicidal, until he became a Christian. (Christian Concern) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: school administrator suspended for questioning why school introduced LGBT agenda, UK: after questioning the introduction of ‘Pride Month’ to the school calendar and the addition of LGBT books to their school library, without consulting parents, Maureen Griffth who has worked at the school in London since the 1990s, was told she was homophobic and then suspended. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: San Francisco blacklists 22 pro-life states – banning travel and business, US: the Board of Supervisors has passed an ordinance to ban business and travel to any US state that is pro-life, to demonstrate their “commitment to women, trans men, and nonbinary people in San Francisco and across the country.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: archaeologists uncover Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem just how Bible describes it: the accuracy of the Bible regarding the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem as described in 2 Kings chapter 25, has been affirmed by archaeologists from the University of North Carolina who have found evidence to support the Biblical description. (The Bridgehead) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: Psychiatrist Association calls for enquiry, Australia: the National Association of Practising Psychiatrists has called for a broad inquiry into treatments for children who wish to be transgender, after a petition signed by 257 paediatricians asking that the Health Minister request a Parliamentary inquiry. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: a chorus of voices oppose drastic gender treatments, UK: the mother of an autistic, gender-confused girl has crowd-funded to help protect her daughter from being treated in the Tavistock youth gender clinic. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: teacher sacked after allegedly ‘joking’ about sending children to ‘gas chambers,’ Australia: Radlett-based Newberries Primary School dismiss supply teacher over reports of racist comment. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: US conducted cyberattack on Iran following strike on Saudi oil – report: offensive said to have taken aim at Tehran’s propaganda capabilities, seen as a more limited response than military strike that could escalate into war. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Iran blames alleged tanker attack on Israel, US and Saudis: senior MP says Tehran will present UN with ‘abundant documents’ showing ‘certain governments’ were behind last week’s explosions on ship in Red Sea. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: US warns Chinese against using untraceable ships to hide Iran oil shipments: sources say administration concerned China shipping companies are turning off tracking beacons on vessels to conceal sanction-busting crude cargoes. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Tunisia’s new president regards any ties with Israel as ‘high treason:’ Kais Saied, a political newcomer who scored a landslide election victory this week, says Jews without Israeli passports are welcome in his country. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: filling the void, Russia seeks to cement its role as power broker in Syria: desperate for a new protector, the Kurds struck a deal with Russia-backed Assad, whose forces have now begun moving into Kurdish-administered areas to shield them against Turkey. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Syria troops fighting Turkish forces alongside Kurds, says monitor: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports government troops in town of Ain Issa; Russian envoy says Ankara and Damascus officials in contact to avoid ‘unacceptable’ clashes. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: North Korea’s Kim rides white horse, says nay to US sanctions: state media publish propaganda footage that in the past preceded significant policy decisions by the leader. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Biden, Warren pledge to ‘codify’ Roe v. Wade into Federal law, US: US Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, two Democratic presidential candidates have vowed to legalise abortion into Federal law if elected. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: Christians caught in escalating conflict, Syria: 40,000 to 50,000 Christians have been caught in escalating conflicts in northern Syria, some suffering injuries and resulting in damages to schools, shops and homes, and many are unsure whether to flee or to remain despite the dangers. (Open Doors) [link]

15th: hate crimes against Jews in England and Wales doubled in past year, UK: government figures also show increase in targeting of individuals based on their sexual orientation. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: hundreds demonstrate against violence in Arab cities, decry police inaction: protest takes place in Ramle, where prominent imam shot days earlier; Joint List MK says police would be acting swiftly if ‘weapons were aimed at Jews.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: England soccer game in Sofia halted twice as Bulgaria fans make Nazi salutes: black players Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Tyrone Mings targeted with monkey chants; English FA calls for ‘very stringent’ action; England wins European qualifier 6-0. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Turkey vows to pursue Syria offensive ‘with or without world support:’ Ankara defies mounting pressure by Europe, NATO and Washington, says military operation against Kurdish fighters designed to eradicate regional ‘terror groups.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: US said considering plan to remove nukes from Turkish base near Syrian border: American military believed to keep some 50 tactical nuclear bombs at Incirlik in southern Turkey; official says bombs effectively hostage to Erdogan. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Syrian Kurds defend key border town as Turkey continues onslaught: despite much of border being seized by Ankara in week-long operation, SDF fighters still putting up a fight in Ras al-Ain as Erdogan ignores US pressure. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: 77-year-old UK rabbi arrested at London climate protest, UK: ‘We are in a period of enormous catastrophic breakdown,’ says Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, of the Finchley Reform Synagogue, who is taking part in Extinction Rebellion. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Elizabeth Warren says she’s ‘open’ to decriminalizing sex work, US: theElizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate spoke at an LGBTQ forum and said that she was ‘open’ to decriminalising ‘sex work,’ including prostitution, pimping and brothels. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

15th: watchdog finds major increase in TV profanity and violence, says Congress should act, US: with increasing vulgarity and coarseness on TV each year, a study by Parents Television Council showed demonstrated a 44% increase in profanity and 28% increase in violence during the past ten years, and called on Congress to put together a hearing with mental health experts, child and family advocates and paediatricians. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: Israeli farmers sweat as land they worked for decades to be given back to Jordan: Jerusalem will soon have to cede control of two parcels of land after Amman refused to extend lease outlined in peace accord; tenants say the government has failed them. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: winners of this year’s Nobel prizes follow Jesus: this year two Christians have won awards including the creator of the lithium battery John B. Goodenough who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia who won the Nobel Peace Prize. (Eternity News) [link]

14th: ‘Please leave us,’ Anglican Archbishop tells people who want to change doctrine, Sydney, Australia: as a result of ongoing disagreements within the Anglican church relating to same sex blessings, Archbishop Glenn Davis asks that parishioners move onto another church and allow the church to put its time and efforts into evangelising rather than arguing. (Eternity News) [link]

14th: German ‘Graffiti Grandma’ fined on Yom Kippur for painting over neo-Nazi slogans: Irmela Mensah-Schramm, who has spent 30 years removing racist slurs, to appeal $330 fine handed down on same day as Halle synagogue attack: ‘I did not do anything wrong.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Trump announces sanctions against Turkey over Syria invasion, US: as US troops begin pullout, president rejects responsibility for region, says he’s fine with anyone helping protect Kurds ‘whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: in one fell swoop, Trump throws US goals in Syria into disarray: one expert says troop pullout will impact US credibility for years to come; another believes president’s stock in Mideast has plummeted while Putin’s is skyrocketing. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: US moves toward a rapid, complete withdrawal of its military forces from Syria: Defense Secretary Esper says Trump has ordered all 1,000 troops in country’s north to pull out as quickly as possible; only other presence is small contingent near Jordan border. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Trump claims Kurds may be freeing IS prisoners to keep US engaged in Syria, US: Turkey accuses Kurdish fighters of ’emptying’ prison holding jihadists before arrival of its troops in the area. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Syrian army moves to confront Turkish forces as US withdraws: regime troops move toward border after reaching deal with Kurds to help counter Turkish military offensive; Erdogan signals imminent assault on Manbij. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Poland’s conservative ruling party declares victory in divided nation: critics fear nationalist Law and Justice could reverse country’s recent democratic achievements, including by hampering judiciary and marginalizing minorities. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: UK experts in Iran to upgrade heavy water reactor: as Iranians breach nuclear deal in protest of US sanctions, British embassy says ‘we are upholding our obligations to cooperate’ with Tehran on modernizing Arak facility. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Iran releases photos from alleged attack on its tanker off Saudi coast: images from national tanker company show hull of ship purportedly hit by explosions, punctured in two places above the waterline. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Jewish man slapped and called ‘dirty Jew’ in Brooklyn, US: incident in Crown Heights neighborhood being investigated as a hate crime; eggs thrown at Jews in Borough Park. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Anti-Semitic fliers left on cars in New Jersey town, US: leaflets in Evesham Township tie Jewish Hollywood producers to pedophilia, make racist statements about Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: 5 detained over deadly knife attack at Paris police HQ, France: source says one of those being held is Salafist imam who preached at mosque where assailant Mickael Harpon prayed. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Kurds announce deal with Syria on troop deployment to confront Turkey, Lebanon: abandoned by the US and facing possible ‘genocide,’ Kurdish fighters will move towards a compromise involving Assad and Russia, leader says. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: starting where Nazis burned books, 10,000 march in Berlin against anti-Semitism, Germany: thousands more rally elsewhere in Germany four days after neo-Nazi attempted to massacre Jews in Halle on Yom Kippur, failed to enter synagogue, killed 2 bystanders. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Khamenei urges Revolutionary Guards to build more ‘advanced and modern weapons,’ Iran: Iranian leader says America’s hostile actions have ‘increased the greatness of the IRGC’ but its armed forces must become more self-sufficient. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: hit-man found guilty in murder of Jewish law professor in Florida, US: prosecutors say gunman was hired to kill Dan Markel by members of his ex-wife’s family after their ‘contentious’ divorce. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Putin says Russia seeking free trade area with Egypt and Israel: deal would remove trade barriers between nations; Russian leader says Moscow can play key role in Mideast peace due to its good relations with region’s countries. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Kurdish politician, other civilians ‘executed’ by Turkey-backed group: Hevrin Khalaf, her driver and seven others killed by fighters allied with Ankara on road outside Tel Abyad in northern Syria, monitor says. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Israelis, Europeans take to streets to protest Turkish assault on Kurds: several hundred demonstrate in Jerusalem; tens of thousands hold protests in Paris and elsewhere, accusing Erdogan of terrorism. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: hundreds of Islamic State supporters escape Syria displacement camp: Turkish bombardments near Ain Issa send many fleeing; camp is home to 1,000 wives and children of jihadists. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Mattis warns of IS resurgence as Trump insists Middle East a hopeless case, US: former US defense secretary, French leader say jihadists will regroup if US pulls troops out and Turkey is allowed to advance offensive. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: UN: Turkey assault has displaced 130,000 and number could triple: humanitarian agency says it’s preparing for scenario in which up to 400,000 flee Kurdish areas. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: as climate rallies spread, Israelis to bring protest to sukkahs: following Europe’s lead, several Extinction Rebellion events planned for upcoming Jewish holiday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: as climate rallies spread, Israelis to bring protest to sukkahs: following Europe’s lead, several Extinction Rebellion events planned for upcoming Jewish holiday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Kurds urge US to assume ‘moral obligations,’ say they’re being left to slaughter: SDF chief said to accuse Washington of immoral behavior: ‘You are not willing to protect the people, but do not want another force to come and protect us.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: France, Germany halt arms exports to Turkey as Arab League demands UN action: thousands throughout Europe protest Turkish assault on Syria’s Kurds, while Ankara remains defiant. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Turkey’s takeover of northern Syria all but certain, but will come at a price: Erdogan’s forces face formidable opponent in Kurds, who are fighting in their own territory on their own terms, drawing blood that will test support at home for Turkish president. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: PM condemns swastika vandalism of Commonwealth military cemetery in Haifa, Israel: Netanyahu says Israel owes ‘historical debt’ to fallen soldiers whose tombstones were desecrated, vows to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: ‘My walk with Christ’: Pompeo gives contentious speech on being Christian leader, US: Jewish Democratic activist calls secretary’s address at State Department event ‘an affront to our separation of church and state.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Turkish forces claim to capture center of key Syrian border town; Kurds deny it: war monitor group also says Erdogan’s troops enter heart of Ras al-Ayn, marking most significant gain since invasion began; Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces say they’re still there. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: US troops come under fire as Turkish forces advance in Syria: no American soldiers injured in Turkish artillery strike near small outpost, as casualties mount, international criticism intensifies and 100,000 flee violence in Syrian Kurdistan. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Turkey vows Syria onslaught ‘won’t stop’ as US threatens sanctions: Washington warns ‘we can shut down the Turkish economy if we need to,’ as UN says over 100,000 displaced since launch of offensive against Kurds. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: British military cemetery vandalized with swastikas in Haifa, Israel: dozens of tombstones of fallen soldiers defaced in what police are investigating as a hate crime; in separate incident, 35 graves damaged in northern town of Nof Hagalil. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: California establishes fund to protect nonprofits from hate crimes, US: grants to provide up to $200,000 for security guards, reinforced doors, alarm systems and other measures to better shield ‘high risk’ organizations. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: as vigils held, Halle Jewish leader says he’s now ‘not sure Germany is our home,’ Germany: memorials in several cities after gunmen kills 2 when attempting Yom Kippur massacre; officials vow to boost security for Jews amid criticism of absence of cops outside synagogue. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: explosion on Iranian oil tanker allegedly hit by missiles near Saudi Arabia: ship’s owner says blast caused leak into Red Sea; crew unharmed and vessel ‘stable.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Jewish boy forced to kiss Muslim classmate’s shoes gets threats, Australia: reports say 12-year-old boy warned he’ll be slaughtered and asked if he wants to ‘talk about suicide.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Navy Bible: the Senior Service gets a new version of the old, old story, Australia: Senior Chaplain Paul Stuart who works in the Royal Australian Navy hosted the launch of the new Navy New Testament by Bible Society Australia, with the New Living Translation version’s cover in a camouflage design. (Eternity News) [link]

11th: Germany: 12,000 far-right extremists with ‘a very high affinity for firearms’: interior minister warns of ‘elevated’ risk of violent attacks after near-massacre on Yom Kippur at Halle synagogue in which 2 killed; plans to ban six small far-right groups. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Stephan Balliet confesses to German synagogue attack, admits anti-Semitic motive: lawyer says his client, who killed 2 people in Yom Kippur shooting, stands by his actions: ‘He blames others for his own misery and that’s what ultimately triggered his action.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Synagogue attacker reportedly admits to receiving anonymous funding online, Germany: German media says Stephan Balliet was sent some $800 in Bitcoin from an unknown person with whom he communicated on the internet. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: US deploying 3,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia to boost air defences: buildup includes Patriot batteries, THAAD ballistic missile interception system and two fighter squadrons following attack on oil plant blamed on Iran. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Palestinians riot on Gaza border; 49 said wounded: 4,000 Palestinians take part in weekly demonstrations, with hundreds throwing rocks and explosives at IDF troops.(The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: O’Rourke: churches opposed to same-sex marriage should lose tax-exempt status, US: Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate said that if he is elected, he will end the tax-exemption of religious organisations and churches for those who oppose same-sex marriage, a necessity as part of human rights. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: Christian volunteers in Hong Kong stand between police and protesters, hope to end the violence, China: protests continue unabated in Hong Kong, and to keep protesters safe, Christian volunteers are placing themselves between the police and the protestors, in an attempt to stop the violence. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: Trans-women deny women’s rights at rally, US: trans-women in a rally outside of the US Supreme Court shouted down women who were trying to speak, including a lesbian speaker, calling them homophobes, denying the women speakers the right to freedom of speech. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: Greens’ constitution pushes trans agenda, Victoria, Australia: the Australian Greens in Victoria has announced their updated agenda which now ensures that gender diverse people will be given equal opportunities and requires their official documents includes gender-neutral pronouns and language, but omitted any protections for women’s rights which may now be placed as of lesser importance than gender diverse people. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: Halle synagogue shooter appears in federal court after release from hospital, Germany: gunman charged with two counts of murder and nine counts of attempted murder for what prosecutors have described as far-right ‘terror attack.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: latest shooting indication of increasing anti-Semitism worldwide, Germany: Jewish leaders warn of growing and ‘lethal’ Jew hatred from the far-right and Islamic extremists. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Netanyahu condemns Turkish invasion of Syrian Kurdistan, offers aid, Israel: Prime minister warns against ‘ethnic cleansing’ of minority in northern Syria, does not mention decision by US president that paved way for offensive. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: World calls for restraint, warns of resurgent IS as Turkey begins Syria assault: concern of regional destabilization mounts after Ankara launches ground offensive on Kurdish forces following US troop withdrawal from area. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Anti-Semitic posters, graffiti found at NY Holocaust memorial on Yom Kippur eve, US: police step up patrols; governor condemns ‘heinous act.’ [link]

10th: Iran said to release Russian journalist said suspected of spying for Israel: family members had said Yulia Yuzik was accused of espionage, but Tehran later said she was detained over an issue with her visa. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: NFL player Demario Davis wins appeal, does not have to pay fine for wearing ‘Man of God’ headband, US: the New Orleans Saints football player won an appeal against the fine of over US$7,000 by the NFL, and took the opportunity to fundraise for a local hospital. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: Halle synagogue shooter brought to federal court, faces murder charges, Germany: security official says Stephan Balliet was caught 90 minutes after assault started, having wounded two others in another town; was not on authorities’ radar prior to attack. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Turkey’s Syria offensive could displace over a million Kurds, top analyst warns: Jonathan Spyer says Erdogan’s army indiscriminately shelling civilian areas, though unlikely to carry out massacres; believes Kurds will reject Israeli offer of humanitarian aid. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Turkey hits back at Netanyahu for condemning its onslaught against Kurds: Erdogan spokesman calls PM’s rebuke of offensive ’empty words of a disgraced politician facing years in prison’; claims Kurds are under Turkish protection. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: farmers stripped of drought support, Queensland, Australia: as Australia’s severest drought on record continues, the Government has denied assistance funds to around 200 farmers, and Shadow Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon said that it may force them off of their land, “…while this drought is still ongoing, (it) is a callous act.” (4BC 1116 radio) [link]

9th: tickets sell out in minutes as Iran lets women into soccer for 1st time in years: after threat of suspension by sport’s governing body, Tehran relents on decades-old ban for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Cambodia. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Supreme Court to consider reviewing case of high schooler who was forced to recite Islamic conversion prayer, US: the petition will be put before the Supreme Court for consideration to decide if they’ll take on the case, of Caleigh Wood, a Christian student who was forced by her high school to write the Islamic creed for an assignment, and was given a low grade for her refusal. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

9th: In-N-Out owner continues adding Bible verses to their packaging: It’s ‘a family touch,’ US: the owner and president Lynsi Snyder embraces the tradition of the former president Rich Snyder who began adding Bible references on their packaging.

9th: Israel shuts down for Yom Kippur: airports, public transport cease operations, radio and television broadcasts go quiet and roads empty ahead of 25- hour Day of Atonement; IDF imposes closure on West Bank, Gaza. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Europeans fear IS comeback after Trump pullback from Syria: Bloc warns Turkish offensive would lead to the ‘massive displacement’ of refugees and risks ‘severely undermining’ political efforts to end civil war. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: two shot dead, several injured as synagogue targeted in Yom Kippur attack, Germany: assailants try to enter Halle synagogue during prayers on holiest day; Turkish restaurant may also have been target; 2 victims in serious condition; 1 suspect held, others sought. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: synagogue shooter livestreamed deadly attack, including anti-Semitic rant, Germany: Twitch platform says suspect uploaded video of attack; media reports assailant is 27-year-old German man ‘Stephan B’; interior minister confirms motive of Jew hatred. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Trump defends Syria move: For us, ‘the stupid, endless Mideast wars are ending!’ US: ‘USA should never have been in Middle East’ president tweets, amid scathing bipartisan criticism for withdrawing forces, and mounting concern in Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Turkey begins assault on Kurdish fighters in Syria, after US forces step aside, Syria: as his warplanes attack targets near border, Erdogan says they’re eradicating ‘threat of terror’; Kurdish spokesman says civilian areas hit, causing ‘huge panic.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: EU demands Turkey halt Syria operation as NATO chief urges ‘restraint:’ EU chief says political solution is only way to end the Syrian conflict; NATO calls for Turkey to avoid actions that may further destabilize the region. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Trump’s new actions, inactions on Kurds, Syria, Iran have Israel deeply worried: former Israeli ambassador to the US says he no longer thinks Israel can ‘bank on’ the US intervening if a serious war broke out. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: aging Holocaust survivors hope to sue in US courts over Nazi-era insurance: up to $25 billion could be at stake; survivors group optimistic that recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing may finally yield the legislation they need. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: three win Chemistry Nobel for lithium-ion batteries, vital to phones, cleaner fuel, Israel: John Goodenough, 97, oldest ever laureate, is past winner of Israel’s Samson Prize; his father was expert on Judaism in the Hellenistic period. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: despite doomsday predictions, US Jewish community grew 10% in last seven years: new survey shows America’s estimated 7.5 million Jews are older, whiter and more liberal than country as a whole, and US has larger Jewish population than Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Romania approves Holocaust museum aimed at shedding light on its WWII role: panel headed by late Elie Weisel found 280,000 Romanian Jews and 380,000 Ukrainian Jews died in Romanian territory in Nazi era, along with 11,000 Roma. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: as Turkey launches ground invasion, Shaked calls for Kurdish state: former justice minister reiterates support for an independent Kurdistan; Blue and White’s Hauser says murder of Kurds will lead to wave of refugees, increase regional instability. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Kentucky school must remove ‘prayer lockers’ after group says it’s unconstitutional, US: Fellowship of Christian Athletes had sponsored a sign on the lockers at Pike Central High School which encouraged students to submit their prayer requests, and an attorney for a public school board has had his request to remove the sign approved. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Christian filmmakers brought back to court over refusal to film gay couple’s wedding, US: after Carl and Angel Larsen won a three year court battle defending their freedom of speech, the Attorney General as well as Human Rights Commissioner announced that they’ll be taking the Larsens back to court. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

9th: Supreme Court to consider reviewing case of Christian high schooler forced to recite Islamic conversion prayer, US: in 2014/2015 a teacher from La Plata High School required their students to complete an assignment, a portion of which included writing the Islamic conversion creed, which says “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

9th: Unisex school toilets pose health risks for girls, UK: doctors and politicians are calling on schools to stop providing unisex toilets to protect their female students, as many of the girls are refusing to use them and drinking less water so they don’t have to urinate, which can lead to serious medical issues. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: Welfare Ministry says calls to abuse hotline rose 160% in five years, Israel: 682 women and 1,011 children were treated in 13 shelters for victims of sexual violence over the course of 2018. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: France admits ‘failings’ over Paris police attacker’s Islamic radicalization: Mickael Harpon, who stabbed four colleagues to death last Thursday, had previously raised red flags by justifying terror attacks. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Iran unveils kit to convert artillery rockets into guided missiles: new weapon system a sign of increasing Iranian ‘self-confidence’ in its design prowess, says Israeli missile defense pioneer. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Ellen DeGeneres faced backlash then applause for sitting with George W. Bush, urges Americans to ‘be kind to everyone,’ US: DeGeneres was criticized for talking and laughing with the former president at an NFL game in Dallas, and later explained on Twitter “I was aware that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs” and added that we should “be kind to everyone.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: some 68,000 secular and religious Israelis to pray together on Yom Kippur: special non-synagogue services organized by Tzohar will take place in 350 venues. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: faced with fierce criticism, Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies, US: US president says he’s fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from ‘endless war’ in the Middle East. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Trump says despite pullout plan US has not ‘abandoned the Kurds,’ US: President again warns Turkey over incursion and says US continues to give money and arms to the Kurds, ‘special people and wonderful fighters.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: how Pittsburgh changed the way American Jews think about security, US: synagogues and federations are investing in security, stepping up cooperation with local authorities and other minority groups who have also been targeted by white supremacists. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: synagogue targeted with swastikas and anti-Jewish symbols, Canada: security footage shows 4 teens drawing chalk images near building in Hamilton; police hate crimes unit investigating. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: in first, Israeli company grows meat in space: experiment on International Space Station part of effort to create lab-grown ‘slaughter free’ meat; aims to show it can be done without access to Earth’s resources. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Trump says “biggest Pastors” believe his feud with Democrats, media is fueling a great revival, US: at Friday’s press conference, the US President shared in a televised broadcast about his belief that a revival was coming to the USA, and pastors are agreeing. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: Supreme Court to hear oral arguments that could redefine ‘sex’ as ‘gender identity,’ US: this is a result of a court case in which a funeral home fired a biological male employee after he chose to wear a female uniform which the business says violated their sex-specific dress code. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

8th: charitable foundation for detransitioners, UK: with increasing numbers of people detransitioning, radical gender activists are finding it more difficult to deny their existence, and that many are happier returning to their birth sex. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Supreme Court to hear major abortion case that could ‘Gut Roe v. Wade,’ US: those in the pro-life movement hope that this case will reverse the 1973 landmark decision, which will be heard next year, and analysts along with pro-choice advocates believe it will be reversed. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: as American troops withdraw in Syria, Trump says Kurds are on their own, US: in the US, Republicans and Democrats have warned that allowing Turkish attack could lead to a massacre of the Kurds and send a troubling message to allies across the globe. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: US troops begin Syria pullout as Turkey readies offensive, alarming Kurds, Syria: American-allied Kurdish fighters say withdrawal will undo achievements against Islamic State, accuse Washington of failing to honor commitments. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: UN ‘preparing for the worst’ from Turkey’s Syria operation: despite fears its threatened offensive against a Kurdish militia could bolster jihadists, Turkey says it won’t allow IS to return to area. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: police minister called racist after blaming Arab culture for violence, Israel: ‘It’s a very, very violent society,’ Gilad Erdan claims amid protests over lack of police action, drawing accusations of victim-blaming. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Trump ally: US pullout from Syria will put Israel at risk: Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says decision would allow Iran to get a greater foothold in region and become ‘a nightmare’ for the Jewish state. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Lauren Daigle’s ‘You Say’ breaks billboard record, becomes biggest Christian song of all time, US: Daigle’s song stayed at no. 1 for 62 weeks surpassing Hillson United’s “Oceans.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: Star Wars Children’s series features a gay couple, and the Producer says “We’re proud of that:’ while not in the iconic live-action movies, the producer and director of Star Wars Resistance, Justin Ridge told media that its alien characters Flix and Orka are a gay couple, and Disney is facing criticism with some saying they’re “sacrificing children’s innocence.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: Christian florist sued for turning down same-sex couple appeals case to U.S. Supreme Court: After Arlene’s Flowers owner, Barronelle Stutzman advised a long-term customer that she couldn’t arrange flowers for his marriage to his partner as it conflicted with her religious convictions, so he took her to court and won. She appealed to the Supreme Court who pushed it back to the state courts, and Stutzman is trying the Supreme Court again. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

6th: Iranian hackers reportedly targeted Trump 2020 presidential campaign: Microsoft says attackers breached 4 of its customers’ accounts, went after US government officials, journalists, dissidents. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: in apparent swap, Iran frees Australian travel bloggers charged with spying: simultaneous with return of Jolie King and Mark Firkin, Iranian state TV reports release of scientist detained by Australia for buying defense system from US. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: curfew lifted in Baghdad after nearly 100 killed in protests, Iraq: shoppers begin returning to the streets of Iraqi capital but tensions linger; firebrand cleric calls for government to resign. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: as Arab leaders slam police ‘neglect,’ officers report fear for their own safety, Israel: while political leaders blame each other for failure to rein in deadly violence in Arab Israeli towns, law enforcement agencies call for more manpower, harsher prosecution. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: anti-Semitic hate crimes in NYC have risen significantly in 2019, US: NYPD reports 163 offenses against Jews since start of year, including several incidents during Rosh Hashanah holiday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Wikipedia page on Warsaw death camp where 200,000 were killed was 15-year fake: Haaretz shows online encyclopedia since 2004 hosted false entry on Nazi camp complete with gas chambers where Poles were murdered; untrue claims made way onto other Wikipedia pages. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: PM condemns violence in Arab Israeli community, pledges resources to fight it, Israel: Netanyahu calls on minority to cooperate with law enforcement amid protests over police inaction; Joint List leaders blame premier for failure to stem crime. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: Paris police killer had ‘radical vision of Islam,’ French officials say, France: Mickael Harpon, who stabbed four colleagues to death, had been in contact with members of the Salafist movement, believed in rightness of atrocities committed in its name. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Australian Jewish boy forced to kiss Muslim classmate’s shoes, drawing outcry: photo of incident widely condemned; in separate case, 5-year-old boy in Melbourne called a ‘Jewish cockroach’; both students leave schools after anti-Semitic bullying. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: Victoria’s Education Minister James Merlino calls for urgent review after anti-Semitism incident in school, Australia: Merlino: ‘I have asked for an immediate review into how both schools have handled these matters, to ensure they were dealt with appropriately’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Russian journalist arrested in Tehran on suspicion of spying for Israel, Iran: Yulia Yuzik could face 10 years in prison if found guilty of working for Israeli intelligence agencies. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Iraqi PM addresses the nation, urges protesters to go home; death toll at 33: thousands of anti-government demonstrators have clashed with riot police in mass rallies across the country. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Republican lawmakers push new bill requiring states report all babies born alive after failed abortions, US: to date politicians have refused to debate the bill 70 times, claiming “…abortion attempts are rarely unsuccessful.” Two Senators Joni Ernst and Tom Cotton have sponsored the Act, and Senator Cotton recently tweeted, “Only a few states report cases where babies are born alive during abortions. We know about dozens of cases already. How many don’t we know about?” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: atheist group: Judge committed ethics violation by giving Bible to Amber Guyger, US: the group made the complaint against Judge Tammy Kemp because she told her that God “has a plan” for her life and gave her a Bible. The group claims the judge’s actions violated “a vital constitutional principle for a sitting judge to promote personal religious beliefs while acting in her official capacity.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: Palestinian said killed in border riot as 6,000 join Gaza protests: rioters throw explosive devices and rocks at troops who respond with tear gas and occasional live fire. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: India issues terror alert for Jewish, Israeli targets on Yom Kippur: Jerusalem said to be working with Indian counterparts to thwart any potential attack; security increased at embassy, synagogues and other sites. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: judge upholds transgender ideology over religious beliefs, UK: a UK tribunal is ruling in favour of radical gender ideology over religious beliefs which stated that “A lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to trans-genderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others,” and has led to deep and increasing concerns for many about freedom of religion and freedom of speech in the UK. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Iraq death toll rises to 18 as protests spread across south: defying curfew, demonstrators gather in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square; major network operators intentionally shut off internet access as protesters rally against unemployment, corruption. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: satellite images show activity around Iranian-flagged tanker off Syria: photos indicate Adrian Darya possibly preparing to unload oil, despite Tehran’s assurances to UK it would not deliver cargo. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Iran says it foiled ‘Israel-Arab’ plot to assassinate top military commander: three arrested in plan that allegedly involved blowing up Qassem Soleimani during a memorial service for his father. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: senior member of terror group allegedly behind deadly Dolev bombing arrested, Israel: Palestinian media report Israeli forces detained Walid Muhammad Hanatsheh outside Ramallah; riots break out nearby. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: terror suspects charged with August slaying of teen student, Israel: IDF prosecutors accuse 5 Palestinian men of forming Hamas cell to kill Dvir Sorek, carry out other attacks against Israelis. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Planned Parenthood announces ‘mega’ abortion clinic for Illinois, US: the new facility will offer surgical and medication-induced abortions despite Planned Parenthood receiving little or no funding since pro-life Protect Life rule was implemented by President Trump. (The Christian Post) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Trump earmarks $25m fund for the protection of religious freedom, US: the US President called a meeting on 30 September at UN headquarters to discuss freedom of religion in countries across the world, the first such meeting organised at the UN, and has promised funding to protect religious sites. (Christian Today) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: call for solidarity with the people of West Papua: mid August, a group of nationalists from Indonesia began taunting students from West Papuan studying in Surabaya. The Indonesian police arrived and threw tear gas into the dormitory before arresting 43 students. This resulted in demonstrations against racism across West Papua, and Indonesia responded with thousands of soldiers and police entering West Papua and violently attacking them and killing people. (National Council of Churches in Australia [link]

3rd: 20,000 join rally as Arab Israelis strike to protest deadly crime wave: schools and businesses close, Arab MKs skip Knesset swearing-in ceremony as community leaders demand police action to stem violence and killings. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: thousands protest for third day as death toll tops 30, Iraq: demonstrators clash with police defying curfews, tear gas and live fire amid an internet blackout, as they rage against corruption and unemployment. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: holocaust denial not a human right, European court rules, Germany: judges rule against German neo-Nazi politician Udo Pastoers, say his statements run counter to European Convention on Human Rights itself. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: actress/singer Demi Lovato is baptized in the Jordan River: Lovato said that it ‘filled the God-sized hole in my heart,’ US: of Jewish ancestry, Lovato was raised as a Christian and during a trip to Israel said she felt a “connection to God” and believed it was what she’d “been missing for a few years now.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

3rd: Title X protect life rule reallocates millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood to other providers, US: Planned Parenthood’s funding will be allocated to 50 other groups, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: the government is encouraging men to have pap smears, Canada: men who claim they are women, are now being encouraged by the Canadian Cancer Society to be checked for cervical cancer, even though they don’t even have a cervix. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: US citizen accused of spying on behalf of Chinese government: Federal prosecutor says charges against Xuehua Edward Peng of California ‘provide a rare glimpse into the secret efforts’ of China to obtain classified info from US. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Khamenei: We’ll further breach nuke deal until we get ‘desired results,’ Iran: Iranian supreme leader doesn’t specify what additional steps Tehran may take to violate accord, says US ‘maximum pressure’ campaign has failed. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Putin says ‘no evidence’ Iran carried out attack on Saudi oil facilities: in comments at Moscow energy conference, Russian president defends Donald Trump, says ‘nothing compromising’ in US president’s call with Ukraine’s Zelensky. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Zuckerberg says he will ‘go to the mat’ to fight breakup of Facebook, US: In leaked internal audio, CEO blasts plan by presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, threatens ‘major lawsuit’ if government moves to split social media giant. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Christian teacher fired for not using transgender student’s correct pronoun, sues school board, US: Peter Vlaming a teacher of French was fired late last year after a female student ‘transitioned into a male’ and told the school to use ‘his’ preferred pronoun, and during one class when that student was in danger of bumping into a wall, the teacher shouted out to protect them and said ‘her,’ instead of ‘him,’ for which he was fired because he was ‘discriminatory’ and ‘creating a hostile environment.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

2nd: I pray for the President all the time,” says Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, US: Ms Pelosi shared with MSNBC that “I pray for the president all the time. I pray for the safety of his family… I also pray that God will illuminate him to see right from wrong. It’s very problematic.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

2nd: Kanye West quits secular music: ‘Only gospel from here on out,’ US: after his latest release, West advises that he’ll no longer making secular music, and his wife, Kim Kardashian West said that ‘his conversion to Christianity has made a lasting impact on him.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [