Prophecy News Watch - July 12, 2018

Around the World
U.S., France and Gulf allies agree to new round of talks on Syria
French President Emmanuel Macron and President Trump on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels have reportedly agreed on a plan to push Middle East allies Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan to start talks on way to put an end to Syria’s seven-year civil war.
Russia moving into Libya
U.S. intelligence agencies are closely monitoring Russian military activities in Libya for signs that Moscow may soon build a military base in the divided North African state.
Trump stirs up NATO meeting with objection to Russian-German gas pipeline
President Trump on Wednesday stoked divisions in Europe by wading into the middle of an intense fight over the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, a project that critics fear will give Moscow new leverage in the region and could create a geopolitically dangerous Russian-German economic alliance.
Setting out vision for future ties, May presses Brexit plans
British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a blueprint on Thursday for what her government calls 'a principled and practical Brexit', putting at its core a plan for a free trade area for goods that has angered many in her party.
Argentina asks Russia to arrest Iran official over 1994 Jewish center bombing
An Argentine federal judge investigating the 1994 Buenos Aires AMIA Jewish center bombing has asked Russian officials to arrest a high-level Iranian adviser to the country’s supreme leader in connection with the attack.
From Ottawa to Berlin, world leaders pressured to stem refugee surge
President Trump had something in common with the other world leaders at the NATO summit in Brussels — an immigration emergency on their doorsteps.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Pledging not to oust Assad, Netanyahu urges Putin to ‘get Iranians out’ of Syria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that Israel will not seek to unseat Syrian dictator Bashar Assad from power, while urging Moscow to remove Iranian troops from the country, according to an Israeli official.
IDF strikes three military targets in Syrian Golan heights
The IDF spokesperson confirmed in a statement early Thursday morning that Israel attacked three military posts in Syria late Wednesday night.

Inside the United States
Supreme Court Declines to Hear 2 Cases on Legislative Prayer, Leaves Contradictory Rulings in Place
The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear two cases dealing with the legality of prayer at legislative meetings, maintaining one municipal council's right to continue holding prayers and leaving another stuck with a lower court defeat.
Rosenstein asks federal prosecutors for help in review of Kavanaugh documents
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has asked federal prosecutors to help the Department of Justice (DOJ) review Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's government documents, according to a report in The New York Times that notes the request is an unusual injection of politics into the law enforcement duties of the department.
Judge Rules Trump Admin. Is Wrong to Deny 87 Iranian Christians, Religious Minorities Asylum Without Reason
A federal court ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration wrongly denied asylum to dozens of Iranian Christians and other religious minorities who were invited to seek asylum in the United States under a congressionally enacted program.

Christian News
US missionaries fear for lives amid riots in Haiti
The capital of Haiti has faced four days of riots and demonstrations — forcing US tourists and missionaries to stay inside following a government-ordered increase on gas prices.
Compassion International Boy among 13 Rescued from Cave; ‘Thank You to God,’ Parents Say
The parents of the boys rescued from a Thailand cave were celebrating Monday, and among them were the father and mother of a boy who is sponsored through Compassion International.
20 Indian Christians hurt in attack on prayer meeting
Twenty Christians have been injured in an assault on a prayer meeting in India's Uttar Pradesh state, according to International Christian Concern.

Prophecy News Watch - July 11, 2018

Around the World
NATO Summit to Begin; Trump Says Allies ‘Must Pay MORE,’ the US ‘Must Pay LESS’
On the eve of NATO’s annual summit, secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg reported that all 29 alliance members are increasing their military spending, adding that President Trump’s 'leadership' on the issue 'is clearly having an impact.'
U.S. says to slap tariffs on extra $200 billion of Chinese imports
The Trump administration raised the stakes in its trade war with China on Tuesday, saying it would slap 10 percent tariffs on an extra $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.
U.K. Tory Rebels to Weigh Veto of May's Brexit Deal
Euroskeptic Tories have failed to stop U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for a soft Brexit and are considering a radical last-ditch move that could bring down her minority government later this year.
'Brexodus' continues as May loses two more party members
US President Donald Trump says he expects the UK to be in 'turmoil' when he visits this week and British politicians are continuing to add to that atmosphere. On Tuesday, two Conservative party vice chairs, Ben Bradley of Mansfield and Maria Caulfield of Lewes, both resigned in protest to British Prime Minister Theresa May's so-called Chequers Brexit compromise.
$152,237,500,000: Merchandise Trade Deficit With China Hit Record Through May
The U.S. merchandise trade deficit with China set a record through May, hitting $152,237,500,000 for the first five months of 2018, according to data released Friday by the Census Bureau.
UN Security Council: Ethiopia-Eritrea peace deal is historic
The U.N. Security Council says the peace declaration signed by Ethiopia and Eritrea after 20 years as enemies 'represents a historic and significant development with far-reaching positive consequences for the Horn of Africa and beyond.'

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu slated to meet Putin amid friction over Iranian foothold in Syria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday, the latest in a series of frequent summits between the two amid persistent tensions over the presence of Iran-backed fighters in Syria.
Archeologists Discover Biblical Gate Related to 12 Tribes of Israel
Archaeologists in Israel say they’ve uncovered the entrance gate to Zer, a biblical city from the Old Testament they say was later known as Bethsaida in the New Testament.
Israeli Company Plans Lunar Landing Next Year
Israeli company says it will soon attempt to become the first private entity to land a spacecraft on the moon.
Tensions soar as Syrian fight nears Israeli border -- with possible Iranian military presence
It was yet another sign that the Syrian civil war, with a possible Iranian military presence, has arrived on Israel’s doorstep.

Inside the United States
For Senate Republicans, Kavanaugh's confirmation a political imperative
For Senate Republicans, the rejection of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, could foment a political disaster in the midterm elections.
Trump admin cuts funding to program that helps people sign up for healthcare
The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it will cut funding to nonprofits known as 'navigators' that help people sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
DNA tests, criminal charges complicate effort to reunite illegal immigrant families
The federal government has caught at least five adults whose claims to be parents of illegal immigrant children were disproven with DNA tests. Eight more had serious criminal records, including murder and kidnapping charges, that made them unfit to take back their own children, the government said Tuesday.
Jeff Flake says Senate will vote on resolution opposing Trump's tariffs
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said Tuesday that the Senate will vote on a motion on Wednesday aimed at challenging President Trump’s authority to impose tariffs on imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which permits a president to implement tariffs on 'national security grounds.'
U.S., Mexico vow to reunite separated migrant families quickly
The United States and Mexico on Tuesday vowed to work with Central American nations to reunite migrant families separated at the U.S. border 'as quickly as possible' as the Trump administration faced fresh criticism over the practice.

Christian News
60 Churches Bombed or Burned: Kachin Christians Facing Genocide in Burma
Northwood Church founder Pastor Bob Roberts worries if the US Congress doesn't act soon, ethnic Kachin Christians in Burma may face the same plight as the Rohingya. He believes prayer and action can make the difference in saving them.
Episcopal Church Closer to Revising Official Prayer Book to Include 'Inclusive,' 'Expansive Language' for God
The Episcopal Church is one step closer to revising their official Book of Common Prayer to include more 'inclusive and expansive language' for both God and humanity.
Baptist Church Builds 20 Tiny Homes for Recovering Addicts in Opioid-Stricken Community
A Southern Baptist church in one of the poorest communities in the United States plans to build 20 tiny homes to help accommodate the needs of recovering drug addicts in their quest toward sobriety.

Prophecy News Watch - July 10, 2018

Around the World
1 in 4 children live in country of conflict or disaster, UN says
A quarter of the world’s children -- about 535 million -- are living in a country affected by conflict or disaster, the head of the UN children’s agency said Monday.
U.S. Seeks to Thwart Iran Flying Millions in Cash Out of Germany
Top Trump administration officials are working to stop Germany from allowing Iran to fly more than $350 million in cash out of the country and back to Tehran as part of a bid by the Iranian regime to restock its coffers ahead of a major financial crackdown by America, according to conversations with senior U.S. diplomats and officials on Capitol Hill.
Syrian Muslim Brotherhood revives amid ongoing civil war, lashes out at the U.S. and Israel
The Syrian Civil War, which has lasted more than seven years, has claimed the lives of at least 500,000 people, displaced more than 12 million from their homes and cost others, too many to count, their arms and legs, each victim lost in the fog of war.
Mexico reportedly will create its own border force
Mexico’s president-elect has complained about President Trump’s immigration policies, but he’s looking to adopt some them for his country, a top aide said.
China dominates armed-drone market by selling to customers in terrorist hotbeds
China’s no-rules approach to armed drone exports has Beijing positioned to dominate the rapidly growing multibillion-dollar market, frustrating American companies while presenting real national security dangers for the Trump administration.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Archaeologists uncover gate to biblical city of Zer
Archaeologists have uncovered the entrance gate to the biblical city of Zer during excavations carried out in the Golan Heights over the past two weeks, the Golan Regional Council said Sunday.
Mind-blowing 1,600-year-old biblical mosaics paint new picture of Galilean life
In its eighth dig season, the vibrant mosaic flooring of a fifth century synagogue excavated in the small ancient Galilee village of Huqoq continues to surprise. The 2018 Huqoq dig has uncovered unprecedented depictions of biblical stories, including the Israelite spies in Canaan.
China pledges $15 million to Palestinians amid major push for Mideast influence
China will provide Palestinians with more than $15 million in aid, President Xi Jinping told top Arab officials Tuesday, as Beijing seeks to build its influence in the Middle East and Africa.

Inside the United States
Federal judge tosses most of DoJ's challenge to California's 'sanctuary' laws
A federal judge on Monday dismissed several parts of the Justice Department's lawsuit against California for its so-called 'sanctuary' laws, which seek to limit federal power in enforcing immigration laws in the state.
Trump taps Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
President Trump nominated federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Monday night, setting up a furious partisan confirmation battle as he seeks to move the high court firmly under conservatives’ control for decades to come.
Republicans are running out of time
Republicans are running out of time. Today they control all of Washington. Come January, they may be confined to the White House.
Judge Kavanaugh's long Washington history gives Senate much to review
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh has perhaps the longest Washington pedigree of any of the people who were on President Trump’s short list for the Supreme Court, having worked at the highest levels of the White House under President George W. Bush.

Christian News
25 Preachers Accused of 'Forced Conversions' in India
Authorities in India's eastern state of Jharkhand have accused 25 evangelists of allegedly trying to convert tribal Hindu villagers to Christianity.
Kidnapped Nicaraguan Pastor Freed, Christian Translator Murdered in Front of His Children
According to producers with CBN's Spanish language Christian World News program, a prominent pastor who was kidnapped by paramilitaries in the Nicaraguan city of Leon has been released.
Iranian Christians Attacked by Muslim Mob in Greece
A group of Iraqi Muslims living in a refugee camp in Greece recently targeted a group of Iranian Christians who were holding a Bible study.

Prophecy News Watch - July 9, 2018

Around the World
Japan floods: At least 100 dead in record rainfall
At least 100 people are thought to have died after record rainfall caused flooding and landslides in western Japan, a government spokesman says.
The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban
As Afghanistan edged ever closer to becoming a narco-state five years ago, a team of veteran U.S. officials in Kabul presented the Obama administration with a detailed plan to use U.S. courts to prosecute the Taliban commanders and allied drug lords who supplied more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin -- including a growing amount fueling the nascent opioid crisis in the United States.
A major factor behind the US-China trade war is winning at a $12 trillion technology -- 5G
Trade tensions between the U.S. and China escalated Friday after months of threats over billions of dollars of tariffs.
North Korea says denuclearization talks with Pompeo 'regrettable'
North Korea on Saturday accused the U.S. of undermining the spirit of last month’s summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un after what it says were 'regrettable' talks with a delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Top UK official in charge of Brexit quits in fresh blow to May
Britain's most senior official in charge of negotiating the country's exit from the European Union resigned Sunday, two days after Prime Minister Theresa May announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind a plan for Brexit.
Looting follows protests in Haitian capital
Looters pillaged burned and vandalized shops in Haiti's capital Sunday following two days of violent protests over the government's attempt to raise fuel prices.
US Ambassador Says Russia Trying to Destabilize NATO, ‘Flip’ Turkey
Days before President Trump meets with NATO partners ahead of a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the U.S. ambassador to NATO warned Sunday that Moscow is attempting to destabilize the transatlantic alliance – among other things, by trying to draw away Turkey.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Syria says Israel struck Iran-operated airbase near Homs
Syria on Sunday accused Israel of targeting an air base in the central Homs province known to be operated by Iranian forces, claiming that its air defenses were activated in response to the attack and hit an Israeli jet.
Abbas: PA to continue paying salaries to families of prisoners, 'martyrs'
The Palestinians will not allow US President Donald Trump's yet-to-be-announced plan for peace in the Middle East to pass, and will continue paying salaries to families of Palestinian prisoners and 'martyrs,' Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday.
Report: Trump team to use Gaza aid as pressure on PA to return to peace talks
The Trump administration is doubling down on its push for an international humanitarian aid package to the Gaza Strip, hoping that doing so will demonstrate its commitment to the Palestinians and politically pressure the Palestinian Authority to engage with its Mideast peace plan.
Report: Hamas increases training ahead of possible war with Israel
Hamas has increased its training in preparation for a possible conflict with Israel, defense officials warned on Sunday.
Amid talk of early-2019 elections, Netanyahu, Kahlon squabble at cabinet table
In a sign of rising political tensions amid widespread expectations that the country is entering an election year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon bickered with unusual intensity in front of fellow ministers in the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.
Northern Israel experiences yet another earthquake
A 3.2 tremor was felt a little after 1pm on Thursday in the north of the country, the Geophysical Institute of Israel said.

Inside the United States
With second nomination, Trump gets rare chance to reshape Supreme Court
President Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court pick Monday, appointing a jurist who has the chance to set the highest court on a new trajectory and deliver decisions to which conservatives have been looking forward for generations.
Southern California sets all-time heat records amid broiling conditions
Many parts of Southern California hit new high-temperature marks Friday, with a few spots reaching the hottest readings ever recorded.
Worse than AIDS: Opioid epidemic is public health crisis CDC director fears most
The federal government’s top disease fighter, who built his career battling the emergence of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, says the opioid epidemic will be even worse.

Christian News
UK: Government drops doctor who says gender given at birth
A doctor has been 'sacked' as a medical assessor for a government department after refusing to renounce his Christian belief that gender is determined at birth, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.
Haiti Unrest Strands a Number of US Church and Volunteer Groups
Volunteer groups from several U.S. states were stranded in Haiti Sunday after violent protests over fuel prices canceled flights and made roads unsafe.