Fire, Shootings At Iran Prison Kills Four

A fire at one of Iran’s most notorious prisons where Christians and political activists are among inmates has killed at least four people and injured 61 others, Iranian authorities acknowledged Sunday.

Russia Furious Over UN Condemning Ukrainian Annexation

Russia has expressed anger that the United Nations general assembly condemned its annexation of Ukrainian territories and warned that admitting Ukraine into the NATO military alliance would lead to World War III. The statements came as Ukraine’s state emergency service said it is actively searching for people trapped under rubble after another Russian strike in the country’s south, while Turkey sought an opening for peace talks.

Russia’s Upper House Votes To Annex Ukraine Regions

The upper house of the Russian parliament voted Tuesday to approve the incorporation of four Ukrainian regions into Russia. Tuesday’s vote came after Ukrainian troops retook more territory in the areas annexed by Russia.

Chinese Christians seek refuge in Thailand after asylum denial from South Korea

A congregation of Christians escaping government persecution in China are applying for refugee status in Thailand after being denied asylum in South Korea, DW reports. In its efforts to impose “Sinicization” on the country, China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been engaged in a formidable crackdown on independent evangelical churches that will not register with the state-controlled Three-Self Patriotic movement.

50 million people worldwide subjected to modern slavery worldwide, UN says

A new United Nations study shows that fifty million people worldwide, including children, are being subjected to modern forms of slavery, the Associated Press reports. The report said almost every country in the world has modern-day slavery systems, including forced labor, sexual exploitation, and forced marriages.

US Envoy Pressures Israel on ‘Two-State Solution’ at UNSC

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

Somalia is facing catastrophic deadly famine, UN says

The United Nations Humanitarian Chief announced Monday that Somalia is facing a second catastrophic famine, worse than that of 2011, in which 260,000 people died, DW reports. The causes of the impending catastrophe are manifold, including four years of drought and a decade of disruption wrought by an insurgency led by the Islamic State-affiliated al-Shabab terror group.

Dozen Killed In Baghdad Clashes, Christians Concerned

A tense calm returned to Baghdad where in recent days at least a dozen people have been shot dead in Baghdad’s Green Zone amid religious and political tensions in Iraq, where minority Christians face persecution, several sources say.

Ukraine Urges More Weapons As Russia Invasion Enters 7th Month

Ukraine has urged Germany, Europe’s largest economy, to send more weapons despite concerns by critics that it will further escalate the war against Russia in the country. The call came while fighting intensified as the Russian invasion of Ukraine entered its seventh month.

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