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Prophecy News Watch - June 13, 2018

Around the World
EU Leaders Stress Need For a More United Europe after Trump’s Withdrawal From G7 Consensus
Europe must be 'united' in the wake of President Trump’s abrupt withdrawal from a G7 leaders’ communique, a senior European Union official told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
Saudi-led coalition attacks Yemen's key port of Hodeidah
A Saudi-led coalition launched an assault on Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday in the biggest battle of a three-year war between an alliance of Arab states and the Iran-aligned Houthis.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US peace envoys to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt next week for talks
White House special adviser Jared Kushner and US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt will reportedly travel to Israel and other Middle East countries next week for talks with regional leaders on when to present a Trump administration peace plan, as well as to seek ideas on resolving the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.
Obama Administration Funds Anti-Israel Group to Unseat Netanyahu, ACLJ Uncovers
The U.S. government was informed of the overtly political agenda of OneVoice Israel and OneVoice Palestine – to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – but gave the groups American taxpayer money anyway.
In a first, Haley proposes U.N. General Assembly vote to condemn Hamas
The Trump administration is responding to a scheduled Wednesday vote in the UN General Assembly condemning Israel's recent actions in Gaza with a counter-vote, in which the 193-nation body would separately vote to condemn Hamas.
US changes tactics at UN: From defending Israel to offensive
The United States has decided to change tactics at the United Nations and instead of merely settling for defending Israel, it is now going on the offensive against countries that refuse to condemn the Hamas terror organization.

Inside the United States
Proposal to split California into three states will be on November ballot
The six-state solution failed to catch on in California, but voters will now have an opportunity to decide whether the Golden State should be split three ways.
Feds Collect Record Individual Income Taxes Through May; Still Run $532.2B Deficit
The federal government collected a record $1,143,141,000,000 in individual income taxes through the first eight months of fiscal 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 through the end of May), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.

Prophecy News Watch - June 12, 2018

Around the World
Trump, Kim sign ‘comprehensive’ joint document as historic summit nears end
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un signed a ‘comprehensive’ joint document at the end of their historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday.
At Trump-Kim summit, human rights is a back-burner issue
President Donald Trump said it himself to Congress and the American people: 'No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea.'

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF Reservists Called Up for Surprise Drill on Northern Border
Israeli army reservists were surprised on Sunday to receive orders to immediately leave their jobs and families and report to the northern border with Syria.
Israel to top up Sea of Galilee after years of drought
The shrinking Sea of Galilee, the inland lake where Christians believe Jesus walked on water, is to be topped up with desalinated seawater.

Inside the United States
U.S. top court backs Ohio voter purge; Democrats blast ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived Ohio’s contentious policy of purging infrequent voters from registration rolls in a ruling powered by the five conservative justices and denounced by liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor as an endorsement of the disenfranchisement of minority and low-income Americans.
California Man Has Home Raided, Guns Confiscated After Trying to Register Firearm
A California man had his home raided, guns seized, and will appear in court this week to face a dozen state felony charges after attempting to register a rifle in accordance with state law.
Gallup poll: Americans evenly split on abortion
Americans remain split on the question of whether abortion should be legal in the United States, a Gallup survey showed Monday.
Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano produces two more explosions overnight
Two steam explosions occurred at the summit of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island early Monday, seismologists said.
'It Will Trickle Down to the Bible': Ex-LGBTQ Activists' Rally Against California Bill to Criminalize Same-Sex Change Efforts
California Assembly Bill 2943, which would ban faith-based efforts to counsel members of the LGBTQ community, will be up for debate before the state's Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.
Obama holds secret meetings with Democrats considering 2020 White House run
Former President Barack Obama has been quietly meeting one-on-one with at least nine prospective Democratic 2020 presidential candidates.

Christian News
‘Christianity in Syria is under Threat from Forces the West is Supporting’
Two thousand years of Christianity in Syria could be wiped out by the very forces Western governments are supporting, an Anglican vicar has claimed.
Supreme Court Rejects Conservative Breakaway Episcopalian's Effort to Keep $500 Million Worth of Property
The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal in the case of a conservative diocese that broke away from The Episcopal Church seeking to maintain ownership of $500 million worth of property.

Prophecy News Watch - June 11, 2018

Around the World
Trump calls for G-7 countries to drop all tariffs, subsidies
President Trump proposed a major shakeup of the world’s economic order during a summit in Canada this week, suggesting the world’s big economies drop all tariffs and market-distorting subsidies and go to a fully free system of trade.
Trump, Kim arrive in Singapore ahead of N.K.-U.S. summit
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un flew into Singapore at separate airports Sunday, two days ahead of their planned historic summit.
Chinese hackers 'steal US navy data on undersea warfare and supersonic missiles'
China's state hackers have reportedly stolen a large amount of highly-sensitive US navy data on its undersea warfare, including plans for supersonic anti-ship missiles on submarines.
Iran's Rouhani criticizes U.S. 'unilateralism' over nuclear deal
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized U.S. 'unliteralism' in withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and said on Sunday he appreciated efforts by China and Russia to maintain the agreement.
Trump slams Canadian PM as 'dishonest and weak,' pulls back on G-7 communique endorsement
President Trump on Saturday slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying he was 'very dishonest and weak,' and claimed the world leader made 'false statements' following the G-7 economic summit.
Chancellor Angela Merkel: Trump's rejection of G7 communique 'sobering' and 'depressing'
Germany's Angela Merkel on Sunday chided US President Donald Trump's decision to retract his endorsement of the G7 communique via Twitter.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Arab states call emergency UN General Assembly session on Gaza
The UN General Assembly will convene for an emergency session on Wednesday regarding Gaza, where a version of a resolution vetoed last week by the US in the Security Council condemning Israel will receive a wider vote.
Hezbollah is helping Hamas build rocket factories, training camps
Israel has complained to the UN Security Council, saying that Hamas is working with Hezbollah to establish missile factories and training camps in southern Lebanon, the Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria reported Saturday.
Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel
A rare, miniature sculpture of a king's head that dates back almost 3,000 years has prompted scholars to figure out whose face it depicts.
Head of Satmar Hasidic sect castigates followers for admiring Israel, IDF
The head of the Satmar Hassidic sect has accused his followers of increasingly admiring Israel for its military and political accomplishments, imploring them to maintain the Hasidic group’s hardline anti-Zionism.

Inside the United States
Devin Nunes to DOJ: Hand over docs on alleged FBI informant by Tuesday or it's 'obstruction'
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has set a Tuesday deadline for the Justice Department to provide documents related to an alleged FBI informant who spoke with members of President Trump's 2016 campaign tied to the Russians.
Colorado wildfire doubles in size, thousands evacuated
A largely unchecked Colorado wildfire nearly doubled in size from Saturday to Sunday, prompting a fresh round of evacuations, with the blaze expected to grow in size as it is fueled by bone-dry conditions and pushed by gusting winds, officials said.
Hurricane Bud on track to impact Mexico and the Southwest U.S.
Hurricane Bud, now swirling off the west coast of Mexico, is forecast to strengthen into a Category-2 hurricane and impact both Mexico and the Southwest U.S. over the next few days.
U.S. Justice Department says Obamacare individual mandate unconstitutional
The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday that the part of Obamacare requiring individuals to have health insurance is unconstitutional, an unusual move that could lead to stripping away some of the most significant and popular parts of the law.

Christian News
Iris Global Ministry in Danger of Attack by Terrorists in Mozambique
CBN News has learned Heidi Baker's ministry Iris Global is in danger of attack by terrorists in Mozambique.
Pence Vows Trump Admin Is Aiding Middle East Christians, Fighting Bureaucratic Delays
Vice President Mike Pence assured conservative Christian activists and donors Saturday night that the Trump administration is still following through on its promise to provide direct assistance to Iraqi and Syrian Christians despite complaints that some religious minorities groups have not seen the promised aid.
Christians Unite in Prayer and Fasting before North Korea Summit
In view of the U.S.-North Korea Summit taking place on June 12th, Open Doors USA has called Christians to spend the previous 24 hours in prayer.

Prophecy News Watch - June 8, 2018

Around the World
Merkel Urges Europe to Step Up in Trump’s New World Order
Chancellor Angela Merkel made a forceful pitch for Europe to play a more assertive role in global affairs as U.S. President Donald Trump dismantles the post-World War II order, setting the stage for a potential tense standoff at the Group of Seven summit this week.
Canada clears major hurdle in legalizing recreational marijuana
Canada’s Senate on Thursday voted to legalize recreational marijuana, clearing a major hurdle that puts the country on track to become the first Group of Seven nation to permit national use of the drug.

Trump trades barbs with leaders of Canada, France ahead of G-7 summit
President Trump engaged in some long-distance trash talking with the leaders of France and Canada over trade Thursday night as he prepares to meet them face-to-face Friday at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF gears up for massive Friday protests in Gaza amid peak tensions
The Israeli military is preparing for massive riots along the Gaza security fence on Friday afternoon, potentially on par with violent clashes that took place on May 14, in which tens of thousands of people participated and some 60 Palestinians were killed, a senior army officer said Thursday.
Israeli drones downed over 350 incendiary terror kites, balloons
The most effective method to date of countering helium balloons and kites fitted with flammable materials that are being sent over the border from Gaza to set fire to Israeli fields and nature reserves has proved to be — drones.
Tel Aviv readies for region’s largest gay pride parade
Much of Tel Aviv will shut down on Friday as hundreds of thousands of Israelis are expected to flock to the streets to celebrate the city’s 20th annual Gay Pride Parade.
Following Gaza border blazes, ‘terror kites’ see first use in West Bank
Mimicking tactics that have been increasingly used as part of violent Gaza border protests in recent weeks, Palestinians in the West Bank launched what are believed to be the first incendiary kites used there Thursday.

Inside the United States
House approves Trump's bill to slash $15 billion in federal funds
The House late Thursday passed President Trump's proposal to rescind $15 billion in previously appropriated funding by the government that was never spent.
Suicide rates rise across the US
More than 45,000 people in the U.S. killed themselves in 2016, with the rate increasing in almost every state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
$3 billion payoff: 101 utilities cut rates, credit GOP tax cuts
The number of electric, gas and water utilities cutting customer charges due to the recently passed Republican tax cuts has passed 100, and the total savings is about $3 billion.
DOJ watchdog finds James Comey defied authority as FBI director, sources say
The Justice Department's internal watchdog has concluded that James Comey defied authority at times during his tenure as FBI director, according to sources familiar with a draft report on the matter.
Judge: 'In God We Trust' on money isn't religion endorsement
A federal court has ruled that printing 'In God We Trust' on U.S. currency doesn't amount to a religious endorsement and therefore doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution.

Christian News
US missionary, captive for 20 months, is alive, reports Niger’s president
A US missionary kidnapped in Niger in October 2016 is alive, according to the West African nation’s president.
Freed American pastor says he shared the Gospel with North Korean official before his release
Kim Hak Song, an American pastor released last month from North Korea after spending a year in prison, recently spoke about his detention under one of the most brutal regimes on the planet and explained how he was able to share God's Word despite the circumstances.
Wycliffe Associates Looks to Begin Bible Translation for 10 Previously Unknown Language Groups
Wycliffe Associates, an international organization involving people in the advancement of Bible translation, has recently discovered 10 remote, previously unknown language groups in the Middle East and parts of Asia where Christians live in hiding and are without any of the Bible translated into their language.