Worthy News Archive

Putin Declares State of Emergency Following Oil Spill in Siberia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency after a fuel tank at a Siberian power plant collapsed on Friday and spilled 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil into the Arctic Circle’s Ambarnaya river, BBC News reported. The oil spread around 12km (7.5 miles) from the plant, reportedly contaminating a 350 sq. km (135 sq. mile) area.

Retired African American Police Captain Killed While Checking on a Friend’s Shop During Riots

Amid nationwide waves of extreme violence and looting that erupted following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, 77-year-old retired African American Police Captain David Dorn was fatally shot while checking on Lee’s Pawn Shop and Jewelry, a business that belonged to a friend of his, CBN reported. No arrests have been made.

Russia Expands Possible Use Of Nuclear Arms

In a warning to Washington, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new nuclear policy that allows him to use atomic weapons even in response to a non-nuclear attack.

Wycliffe Associates Reports That Bible Translators in 21 Countries Risk Starvation Due to COVID-19 Food Shortages

Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, reports that Bible translators and their families in remote and poverty-stricken areas are facing starvation due to food shortages resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congo Declares Second Outbreak of Ebola Virus

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo neared declaring an Ebola outbreak in its eastern provinces over, health officials on Monday announced a new cluster has emerged on the other side of the African nation.

Deadly Cyclone Narrowly Misses Mumbai But Hits Coastal Areas

At least three people reportedly died as a powerful cyclone roared ashore near India’s financial capital of Mumbai on Wednesday. Cyclone Nisarga was the most severe storm to threaten the city of 20 million people in more than 70 years, forcing many to flee the area.

U.S. Charges Officer With Second-Degree Murder Of George Floyd

U.S. prosecutors have charged a white Minneapolis police officer with the more serious charge of second-degree murder for allegedly pressing his knee on the neck of unarmed black man George Floyd, who later died.

Protestors in Europe Ignore Virus Rules Amid Outrage Over U.S. Police

Thousands of demonstrators ignored social distancing rules across Europe on Wednesday to protest against police violence and racial injustice.

Minnesota to Investigate Minneapolis Police Department Policies and Procedures

The state of Minnesota will start an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department’s (MPD) policies and procedures over the last ten years, to determine if officers “engaged in systemic discriminatory practices,” the Star Tribune reported. The inquiry follows the death of George Floyd, who died on May 25 after an arresting officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes as he lay face down on the road, unarmed and with his hands cuffed behind his back.

Highly unlikely the US will approve Israeli plans to start unilateral annexation of parts of the West Bank on July 1

It is highly unlikely the US will approve Israeli advancement of plans to unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank on July 1, a well-placed source told the Times of Israel (TOI) Wednesday. A central condition of US approval is that a joint US-Israel mapping committee must conclude its work on delineating the exact borders of the territory Israel would annex. According to the TOI source, it could take the committee weeks, if not months, to complete this task.

Hall of Fame NFL Coach: Christians Cannot Be Silent in Face of Injustice

Tony Dungy, the first African American coach to win the NFL Super Bowl, said Saturday that healing for a deeply divided US “has to start with those of us who claim to be Christian.” In a Twitter post about the police killing of George Floyd and the widespread protests and rioting that followed, Dungy said Christians “can’t be silent.” Most important, Dungy said, is for Christians to follow the Apostle Paul in his exhortation: "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Tear Gas And Prayers Amid Global Outrage Over U.S. Police Death

Global outrage over the unarmed black man who died in U.S. police custody last week spread to the streets of Paris Tuesday where protesters clashed with riot police.

Trump Cancels Republican Convention In North Carolina, Seeks New State

U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants a different state to host the Republican National Convention because host North Carolina refuses to guarantee the event can take place in Charlotte without restrictions due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Hindu Violence Spreading In East India

Hindu violence and threats against minority Christians spread in eastern India, a leading advocacy group says.

27 Killed In Attack On Mali Christians

Heavily armed suspected Islamic jihadists on motorcycles targeted mainly Christian Dogon farming villages in central Mali, killing at least 27 people, aid workers said Tuesday.

Journalists Covering US Riots Attacked by Both Protestors and Police

There have been numerous reports of journalists suffering attacks from both protestors and police while covering US riots sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. According to Reuters, there have been some two dozen attacks on members of the press by police. Documenting some 60 cases of attacks, arrests, or harassment of journalists, Radio Television Digital News Association reported many of the recorded incidents were by protestors as well.

Putin: Nationwide Vote on Removal of Limits to Presidential Terms will be Held on July 1

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that a nationwide vote which could keep him in power until 2036 will now be held on July 1.

Governors of 23 States Activate National Guard to Help With Rioting

The governors of 23 American states and the District of Columbia have activated 17,000 National Guard soldiers to help manage ongoing rioting in cities across the country, the Washington Examiner reported Monday. The US has been devastated by extreme - including deadly - violence, looting, and destruction of property since unarmed African American George Floyd was killed at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25.

Israel, Saudi Arabia in secret talks to curb Turkish presence on Temple Mount

Israel and Saudi Arabia have been reportedly engaged in secret talks since last December, through American mediation, over including Saudi representatives in the Islamic Waqf Council at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This development has been taking place against the backdrop of US President Donald Trump's deal of the century, and the plan to apply Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and the large settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria.

US President Warns Military To End Riots As Police Use Teargas Near White House

U.S. President Donald Trump has visited the 200-year-old church near the White House that was set on fire by protestors over the weekend after warning he may deploy the military to end days of rioting and looting across the nation.