Prophecy News Watch - October 16, 2017

Around the World
Death toll from Mogadishu truck bomb rises to 276 in deadliest single attack ever in Somalia's capital
The death toll from a truck bomb that exploded near to a hotel and market in Mogadishu rose to 276 on Sunday, making it the worst terrorist atrocity in the country's history.
US officials: Trump won’t scrap Iran deal in Friday speech
US President Donald Trump will unveil a more aggressive strategy to check Iran’s growing power Friday, but will stop short of withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal, or declaring the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization.
Iran 'behind cyber attack' on British lawmakers in June
Iran carried out a cyber attack on British lawmakers earlier this year, The Times newspaper reported on Saturday, citing an intelligence assessment of the incident.
Antibiotic resistance could spell end of modern medicine, says chief medic
England’s chief medical officer has repeated her warning of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” as she urged world leaders to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.
Vietnam braces for typhoon Khanun after floods kill 72
Vietnam braced for typhoon Khanun on Monday after destructive floods battered the country’s north and center last week, killing 72 people, the disaster prevention agency said.
Ireland and UK on alert as Storm Ophelia nears
Storm Ophelia is set to bring 'potentially deadly' gusts of up to 80mph from the Atlantic to Ireland and parts of the UK.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces clash in oil-rich Kirkuk
Clashes have broken out between Iraqi and Kurdish forces south of the city of Kirkuk.
Nikki Haley: US to ‘stay’ in Iran nuke deal, aim to ‘make it better’
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Sunday that the US would 'stay' in the Iranian nuclear agreement negotiated between the world powers, including the US, and Iran, but 'aim to make it better.'
Austria's Kurz: Europe's youngest leader in waiting
'Whizz-kid', 'Basti Fantast', 'Messiah' are just some of the monikers given to Austrian conservative Sebastian Kurz, Europe's youngest leader in waiting.
AI implants will allow us to control our homes with our thoughts within 20 years, government report claims
Artificially intelligent nano-machines will be injected into humans within 20 years to repair and enhance muscles, cells and bone, a senior inventor at IBM has forecast.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Al-Aqsa Mosque Imam: 'Israelis are waging war on Al-Aqsa'
Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, is accusing 'extremist' Jewish organizations of waging a legal battle aimed at achieving Israeli sovereignty in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Two rockets fired from Egypt's Sinai toward southern Israel
Two rockets were fired at southern Israel from Egypt's Sinai desert on Sunday evening, the Israeli army said.
Report: Hamas agrees to halt terrorist attacks from West Bank
As part of the intra-Palestinian reconciliation, Hamas has pledged not to perpetrate terrorist attacks from Judea and Samaria, the London-based pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Sunday.
Def. minister: 'Europeans putting heads in the sand' on Iran deal
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman slammed Great Britain, France and Germany Saturday night for their opposition to the steps US President Donald Trump announced against the Iranian nuclear deal.
Netanyahu to Christian Media Summit: 'Israel has no better friends in the world'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised a crowd of Christian tourists on Sunday evening for being some of Israel’s best friends, while addressing the Christian Media Summit at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum.

Inside the United States
Trump Administration: Life Begins at Conception
The Department of Health and Human Services has published a draft of a new strategic plan that states in its introduction that life begins at conception.
18 states, DC file lawsuit against Trump over Obamacare insurer subsidies
Attorneys general from eighteen states and the District of Columbia have teamed up for a lawsuit against President Trump's decision to discontinue payments to Obamacare insurers.
Devastating California wildfires predicted to cost US economy $85 billion; Containment may take weeks
Devastating fires charring California have claimed more lives than any fire in the state's history, and the economic toll is predicted to climb to $85 billion.
Trump’s decertification plan for nuclear deal gives Congress 60 days to get tough on Iran
The U.S. plans to remain in the nuclear deal with Iran but will push to make sure Tehran lives up to its end of the bargain, administration officials said Sunday, as President Trump asks Congress for help in beefing up an international pact he once derided as 'the worst deal ever.'
Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress
In the midst of the worst drug epidemic in American history, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to keep addictive opioids off U.S. streets was derailed -- that according to Joe Rannazzisi, one of the most important whistleblowers ever interviewed by 60 Minutes.

Christian News
George Barna Explains How Christians Altered America's Future by Supporting Trump Last November
A veteran researcher has detailed how on Nov. 8, 2016, Christian conservatives altered the course of American history by voting overwhelmingly for and delivering victory to Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States. And though the mainstream press derides or ignores them, he says, such Christians will retain their influence if and only if they stay alert and engaged.nce if and only if they stay alert and engaged.</span>

Prophecy News Watch - October 13, 2017

Around the World
US officials: Trump won’t scrap Iran deal in Friday speech
US President Donald Trump will unveil a more aggressive strategy to check Iran’s growing power Friday, but will stop short of withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal, or declaring the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization.
Hurricane Ophelia has intensified to Category 2 strength as it heads toward Europe
Hurricane Ophelia is the latest weather system to whip up winds and rain in the Atlantic. But the storm is heading east toward the northwest coast of Spain and then up to Ireland instead of crossing the Atlantic toward the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.
Earthquake Detected Near North Korean Nuclear Test Site
A small earthquake has been detected early Friday near North Korea's nuclear test site, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Russia, Saudi Arabia close to sign S-400 missile deal
Russia and Saudi Arabia are on track to sign a contract on supplies of Russia’s advanced S-400 air defense missiles to Riyadh, the Interfax news agency cited an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying on Friday.
Recording Released of High-Pitched Noise Heard by Victims in Cuba Attack
A recording of the high-pitched noise heard by some U.S. Embassy workers during a series of deliberate attacks in Havana, Cuba, has been released.
Iran moves to sidestep ballistic-missile sanctions with German weapons companies
Tehran is soliciting German defense firms to support its ballistic missile program, in an attempt to sidestep harsh international sanctions designed to prevent Iran from obtaining such weaponry.
Trump lays out new Iran strategy Friday, complicating European ties
President Donald Trump will lay out a more confrontational strategy toward Iran by the United States on Friday in a speech in which he is likely to strike a blow at an international Iran nuclear deal, complicating U.S. relations with European allies.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel, US to quit UNESCO citing 'anti-Israel bias'
Hours after the US’s dramatic decision to withdraw from UNESCO, citing anti-Israel bias, Israel stated that it also planned to leave the education, scientific and cultural body.
Jordan condemns ‘provocative’ Jewish visits to Temple Mount
Jordan on Thursday condemned the influx of Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount over the week-long festival of Sukkot, describing it as 'the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by settlers and Jewish extremists,' and slamming 'irresponsible' Israel for permitting them entry to the compound.

Inside the United States
Trump to end Obamacare insurer subsidies, putting pressure on Congress to act
President Trump intends to end insurance subsidies under Obamacare, a move that would likely result in lawsuits and put pressure on Congress to act.
Weeks after Hurricane Maria, forgotten Puerto Ricans plea for help
The burning question in many Puerto Rican residents’ minds remains: Where’s help from the government?
Former West Point professor’s letter exposes corruption, cheating and failing standards
The following letter was written by retired LTC Robert M. Heffington as an open letter. Heffington was an assistant professor at West Point for several years, until this past August.
House passes $36.5 billion disaster aid package
The House on Thursday passed a $36.5 billion disaster aid bill to help states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from a string of natural disasters.
FDA advisers endorse gene therapy to treat form of blindness
A potentially groundbreaking treatment for a rare form of blindness moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday, as federal health advisers endorsed the experimental gene therapy for patients with an inherited condition that gradually destroys eyesight.
Republicans eye alternatives for getting to 20 percent corporate tax rate
Republican lawmakers are considering indirect paths to meeting President Donald Trump’s goal of slashing the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, one of the toughest challenges they face in trying to overhaul the U.S. tax code.
Yellowstone supervolcano could blow faster than thought, destroy all of mankind
Arizona State University researchers have analyzed minerals around the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park and have come to a startling conclusion. It could blow much faster than previously expected, potentially wiping out life as we know it.
Unemployment claims fall to lowest level in 43 years, despite hurricanes
The total number of laid-off workers receiving unemployment benefits fell to 1.89 million at the end of September, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, the lowest such mark in nearly 44 years.
Winners and losers of Trump's executive order on Obamacare
President Trump signed an executive order Thursday directing federal agencies to loosen Obamacare's mandates and pledging to bring numerous Americans less expensive health insurance coverage.

Christian News
Coptic Orthodox priest stabbed to death in Cairo, Bishop Angaelos laments 'negligence and injustice'
A Coptic Orthodox priest has been stabbed to death in Cairo, Egypt. The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK has decried what he said was the injustice surrounding the crime.

Prophecy News Watch - October 12, 2017

Around the World
Trump says open to bilateral Canada, Mexico pacts if NAFTA talks fail
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was open to bilateral trade pacts with either Canada or Mexico if a three-way deal cannot be reached to substantially revise the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Military heats up battle in Libya as Islamic State militants seek refuge
The U.S. military is ramping up operations and bombing raids against the Islamic State in Libya, where the terrorist group’s fighters have increasingly found refuge as their territorial base shrinks in Syria and Iraq.
Trump says Iran deal decision coming ‘very shortly’
President Donald Trump says he will 'very shortly' announce his decision on U.S. participation in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, as aides prepared for an end-of-the-week rollout.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hamas, Fatah reach agreement in Palestinian unity talks
Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have reached agreement on aspects of their reconciliation bid during talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo this week, Hamas said on Thursday.
Trump to Quit UNESCO Over anti-Israeli Bias, Report Says
The Trump administration is planning to withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nation's cultural and educational agency, over its bias against Israel, Foreign Policy reported on Thursday.
TV report: Islamic State chiefs gather near Israel border, set up training camp
Several senior commanders from Islamic State who recently fled from Iraq and northern Syria are now based in southern Syria, just across the Golan Heights border with Israel, and are training hundreds of new recruits there, an Israeli television report said.
Over 60 thousand participate in Jerusalem annual march
Over 60,000 people attended the annual Jerusalem March on Tuesday. Delegates from organizations and countries from all over the world participated in the 3-km. walk.

Inside the United States
Whole towns evacuated as Northern California firestorm grows; at least 23 people are dead, 285 missing
The death toll rose to 23 on Wednesday night from the rapidly spreading firestorm in California wine country as firefighters were battling the return of dangerous winds that sparked new evacuations.
Federal court upholds prayer in Congress
A federal court ruled Wednesday that Congress can continue to open its sessions each day with a prayer, and upheld the House’s ability to pick and choose who’s allowed to lead the prayer.
President Trump says TV networks should have their licenses challenged over ‘fake news,' calls press freedom 'disgusting'
President Trump made the First Amendment his No. 1 enemy on Wednesday, calling freedom of the press 'disgusting' and suggesting the TV networks he doesn’t like should lose their broadcasting licenses.
Border wall battle could spark a government shutdown
President Trump's proposal to fund an extension of the nation's southern border wall is pitting most Republicans against Democrats in a battle that could end up in a partial government shutdown.
Mattis Rebukes Reports That Trump Wanted 'Tenfold' Nuclear Increase
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis rebuked media reports that President Donald Trump wanted to increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal 'tenfold' after a meeting with defense officials in July.
Could Cyberattacks Knock Out Lights in the US? Not So Easily
Hackers likely linked to the North Korean government targeted a U.S. electricity company late last month, according to a security firm that says it detected and stopped the attacks.
ACLU sues over Kansas law that targets Israel boycotts
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of a teacher challenging Kansas’ new law barring state contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel, saying it’s a clear violation of her free speech rights.
Puerto Rico aid: FEMA approves $140M; House panel OKs $36B
The Federal Emergency Management Administration and a House commission both approved sizable financial assistance for relief efforts to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
Majority of Households Paying Obamacare Penalty Are Low and Middle-Income
The majority of households paying the Obamacare penalty in 2015 were low- and middle-income households, according to the most recent data from the Internal Revenue Service.

Christian News
Libya says remains found of Copts beheaded by ISIL on beach
The remains have been unearthed of 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by jihadists on a Libyan beach two years ago, the interior ministry said on Saturday.

Prophecy News Watch - October 11, 2017

Around the World
B-1B bombers fly over Korean Peninsula alongside Japanese, South Korean fighters
Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show-of-force exercise as tensions with a nuclear-armed North Korea continue to escalate.
U.S. Warship Sails Near Islands Beijing Claims in South China Sea
A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three U.S. officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.
UK reaffirms commitment to Iran nuclear deal in call with Trump
Prime Minister Theresa May has reaffirmed Britain's commitment to a 2015 Iran nuclear deal in a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump ahead of a key US decision on whether Tehran has stuck to the terms of the pact.
U.S. officials ramp up rhetoric against Iran-backed Hezbollah
U.S. officials elevated their public condemnation of Hezbollah on Tuesday, adding two of the Iran-backed terror group’s top operatives to a special State Department most-wanted list and asserting that all of the group’s factions — even those holding political office in Lebanon — are part of the same terrorist operation.
IMF Says Venezuela's Inflation Rate May Rise Beyond 2,300% in 2018
Venezuela’s triple-digit annual inflation rate is set to jump to more than 2,300 percent in 2018, the highest estimate for any country tracked by the International Monetary Fund.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel's defense minister says Hezbollah runs Lebanese army
Israel's defense minister says the Hezbollah militant group controls Lebanon's army.
Israel Hacked Kaspersky and Discovered Russia Stealing Top Secret U.S. Intel
Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers found they were using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software that is also used by 400 million people globally, including U.S. government agencies, according to media reports on Tuesday.
Tens of thousands participate in annual Jerusalem March
Tens of thousands of participants from 80 different countries took part Tuesday in the annual march in Jerusalem marking the 50th anniversary of the city's unification.
Iron Dome goes on display in Washington amid reports on possible US purchase
Amid reports that the US military is considering purchasing Israel’s Iron Dome to plug a gap in its European defenses, the missile-defense system is on display in the US capital this week as part of the Association of the US Army (AUSA) annual meeting.
US tank brigade to be armed with Israel's Trophy system
A brigade of more than 80 Abrams tanks belonging to the US military are expected to be deployed to Europe in 2020 armed with Israel’s Trophy active-protection system to counter the growing threat from Russia.

Inside the United States
Trump asks Congress for $4.9-billion loan to Puerto Rico
U.S. President Donald Trump asked Congress on Tuesday for a loan of $4.9 billion to help the cash-strapped Puerto Rican government pay urgent bills as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria, an administration official said.
Supreme Court Tosses One of Two Travel Ban Challenges
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeals court ruling that struck down President Donald Trump’s previous temporary travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations countries that has now expired.
Twitter reverses decision to suspend Marsha Blackburn ad
Twitter has backtracked its initial position and is no longer suspending an ad from Tennessee Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn, after 'reconsidering the ad in the context of the entire message.'

Christian News
Mass Trials of Over 6,600 Boko Haram Suspects Accused of Slaughtering Christians, Children Begin
The mass trials of over 6,600 suspects believed to be members of Islamic radical group Boko Haram have begun in Nigeria, and are being carried out in secret by civilian court judges at a military facility in Kainji town.
Operation Bible Smuggling: How Christian texts infiltrate North Korea
On the nights when the winds are light and the skies are dark, hundreds of helium-filled balloons are sent up and away from multiple points in South Korea, destined a few miles away and into North Korea. Only these are no ordinary balloons — they are considered 'Bible Balloons,' adorned with the Words of God printed in Korean or flash drives featuring the entire texts of the Testament.
Study: Anti-Christian Bias Hasn’t Grown. It’s Just Gotten Richer.
While conservative Christians have long complained about worsening societal hostility and persecution for their beliefs, there’s been little empirical evidence to gauge such claims—until now.

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