Prophecy News Watch - August 5, 2015

Around the World
Typhoon takes aim at Taiwan, China
Food, water, cots, generators and other federal emergency supplies were rushed Tuesday from Hawaii and Guam to help Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor blasted through the tiny U.S. island in the Western Pacific.
Iran stifling dissent over nuke deal, says snap-back of sanctions not possible
Iran is reining in critics of the nuclear deal it signed with world powers last month, and its president and foreign minister are arguing in its favor inside the country -- a sign that the formerly isolated regime is content with the accord and the resulting new trade opportunities with the West.
Islamic State Circulates Sex Slave Price List
A senior United Nations official says Islamic State is circulating a slave price list for captured women and children, and that the group's ongoing appeal and barbarity pose an unprecedented challenge.
Pro-Hadi fighters, Houthis recapture Yemen's largest military base
Fighters loyal to Yemen's exiled president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, bolstered by Gulf Arab support, seized the country's largest military base from Houthi forces on Monday after heavy combat in which dozens were killed or captured, a pro-Hadi commander said.
Locust swarms plague southern Russia
Millions of locusts have descended on farmlands in southern Russia, devouring entire fields of crops and causing officials to declare a state of emergency in the region.
Russia resubmits claim for energy-rich Arctic shelf
Russia said on Tuesday it has resubmitted a claim to the United Nations for some 1.2 million square km of the Arctic shelf, a drive to secure more of the mineral-rich region where other countries have rival territorial interests.
Syria foreign minister in Tehran for talks with Iran, Russia
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for talks with officials from allies Iran and Russia that are expected to focus on efforts to end the civil war in his country.
'Stalemate': Size of ISIS forces unchanged despite year-long air campaign
A year-long U.S.-led air campaign against the Islamic State has failed to reduce the size of the terror army, and its fighters remain in control of key cities, raising concerns the war is at a 'stalemate.'
The Oil Crash Has Caused a $1.3 Trillion Wipeout
It's the oil crash few saw coming, and few have been spared as it erased $1.3 trillion, the equivalent of Mexico's annual GDP, in little more than a year.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Obama: If Congress kills Iran deal, rockets will fall on Tel Aviv
If the US Congress shoots down the Iranian nuclear deal, America will eventually be pressured into a military strike against Tehran's nuclear facilities, which will in turn increase terror against Israel, US President Barack Obama told Jewish leaders Tuesday, a source who was present at the meeting said.
Netanyahu: Iran building ICBMs ?to hit U.S.?
Iran intends to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles to ultimately strike the United States and not Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned during a live webcast addressing the U.S. Jewish community Tuesday.
Sources: Hamas focusing on terror attacks from West Bank after high casualties in Gaza war
Hamas will not return to open war with Israel until it obtains anti-aircraft missiles to prevent IAF attacks on its positions, London-based, Arabic-language daily Al Hayat quoted sources in Gaza as saying on Tuesday.
Israeli Preemptive Action, Western Reaction
The Obama administration seems peeved that almost everyone in Israel, left and right, has no use for the present Iranian-American deal to thwart Iran's efforts to get the bomb.
Movement in UN Security Council to End Israeli Presence in West Bank
Palestinian Authority welcomed French efforts to lead an international group aiming remove Israelis from the West Bank and resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Al-Jazeera reported on Monday.

Inside the United States
Planned Parenthood official: Abortion procedures, prices altered to meet demand
A Planned Parenthood executive admits in an undercover video that her doctors alter abortion procedures and she manipulates prices to accommodate specific fetal tissue harvesting requests -- including delivering fully intact fetuses -- though doing so may violate federal law.
White House rejects new GOP call to disclose 'secret' Iran nuke agreements
The White House said Tuesday the administration has given Congress all available documents on the Iran nuclear deal, brushing aside renewed calls from Republican lawmakers for text of 'secret' side deals between Tehran and the United Nations.
FBI looking into the security of Hillary Clinton's private e-mail setup
The FBI has begun looking into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton's private e-mail setup, contacting in the past week a Denver-based technology firm that helped manage the unusual system, according to two government officials.
FBI: Middle Eastern Men Intimidating U.S. Military Families In Colorado & Wyoming
An alert has been issued by the FBI to all law enforcement agencies in Colorado and Wyoming involving U.S. military families and concerns about who may be watching them.
Secretive Meetings, 'Collusion' Between EPA, Activists on Climate Change Regs
Environmental activists working to influence the Obama administration's sweeping new carbon regulations have colluded for years with officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a report released Tuesday by the Republican majority of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
California could allow more felons to vote, in major shift
California election officials are reversing a policy that prevents 45,523f7c felons from casting ballots, placing the state in the forefront of a movement to boost voting rights for ex-criminals.
Moody's says Puerto Rico has defaulted
Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank announced Monday that it was only able to make a partial payment on its Public Finance Corporation (PFC) debt service due over the weekend.
3 top Jewish House Dems come out against Iran deal
Three top Jewish Democrats in the US House of representatives came out in opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.
Feds answer Baltimore's SOS on violence
Baltimore is turning to the federal government for help in stemming a dramatic uptick in violence over the last several months.

Christian News
Christian Persecution Spurs Charity, Calls for More Asylum
A Syrian archbishop said the United States' reluctance to offer asylum to persecuted Christians is 'unjust' and appealed for help withstanding Islamic militants fighting to root out their faith.
N Korea Accused of Forcing Detained Pastor to Make False Confession
A group of pastors who worked closely with Lim Hyeon-soo, a Korean-Canadian pastor who confessed to attempting to overthrow North Korea, claim the detained pastor made a false confession against his will.

Prophecy News Watch - August 4, 2015

Around the World
United Nations Members Establish 15-Year Global Development Agenda
In what the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, described Monday as the organization's "to-do" list for the next 15 years, its 193 member states have agreed on an agenda for global development that aims to eliminate poverty and hunger, protect the environment from climate change, achieve gender equality and raise living standards.
Iran: U.S. Banned from Knowing Details of Iran Nuclear Inspection Agreement
Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the nuclear inspection organization is barred from revealing to the United States any details of deals it has inked with Tehran to inspect its contested nuclear program going forward, according to regional reports.
Searing 164-degree temps in Iran as 'heat dome' traps Middle East
The Middle East is trapped under a brutal 'heat dome' that has brought apocalyptic weather and a heat index that makes it feel like 164 degrees in one Iranian city.
US jets extend their mission to defend favoured rebels against Assad in Syria
US jets will defend favored rebels in Syria against attack by Assad regime jets, in an extension of their mission which entrenches America and its allies further in the civil war.
LGBT rights: Anti-terror orders should be used against Christian teachers who say same-sex marriage is wrong, says Tory
Christian teachers who tell pupils that gay marriages is ???wrong??? should have anti-terror banning orders used against them, a Tory MP has argued.
Nato reports surge in jet interceptions as Russia tensions increase
World powers are reporting surges in airspace violations and instances where aircraft are scrambled to intercept foreign jets, amid a sharp rise in geopolitical tensions in Europe and Asia.
Top ISIL leader in Sinai dies in shootout with Egyptian forces
Egyptian security forces killed a top leader of the affiliate of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) during a shootout in North Sinai on Aug. 1.
Super Typhoon slams into Saipan causing widespread damage
Super Typhoon Soudelor with sustained winds around 160 kph and gusts up to 190 kph has slammed into Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands in the northwest Pacific, causing widespread damage.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Heat Wave Causes Millions in Damage to Israeli Crops
Israel has not escaped the heat wave scorching the Middle East in recent days, which has caused massive damage to the Israeli agricultural industry to the tune of millions of shekels.
Jewish 'Terrorism': Israel OKs Jailing Citizens Without Trial
Israel's security cabinet approved on Sunday the detention of citizens suspected of waging violence against Palestinians without trial in a crackdown aimed at capturing the perpetrators of a lethal West Bank arson attack blamed on Jewish militants.
Archaeologists Uncover Entrance Gate to Goliath's City
An archaeological expedition has discovered the fortifications and entrance gate of the biblical city of Gath of the Philistines, home of Goliath and the largest city in the land during the 10th-9th century BCE, about the time of the 'United Kingdom' of Israel and King Ahab of Israel.

Inside the United States
Senate Democrats block effort to defund Planned Parenthood
Senate Democrats on Monday blocked an effort to revoke federal funding for Planned Parenthood, following hours of debate and commentary from members of the Senate and 2016 candidates about women's health care.
Hillary Clinton email security breaches worry officials
Mrs. Clinton's reliance on a server kept at her home in Chappaqua, New York, could prompt a formal investigation by the FBI???s Counterintelligence Division, which handles cases of unauthorized disclosures of government secrets.
Poll: Opposition to Iran deal doubles since June
Opposition to the Iran deal has doubled since June, with the public divided nearly evenly between those supporting the agreement and those opposed, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
New York Legionnaires' Outbreak Sickens 81, Kills 7
The number of people sickened in at outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York City has risen to 81, and seven of them have died, health officials said Monday.
California wildfires torch 134,523f7c acres -- and counting
Firefighters worked Monday in steep terrain and other rugged conditions to fight California's Rocky Fire, one of nearly two dozen wildfires that have torched more than 134,523f7c acres of the parched state this year, according to state fire officials.
Iowans plan 1,523f7c anti-gay marriage billboards
After months of controversy, the Gortz Haus closed its doors last week in the wake of declining revenue -- first, for its refusal to host gay weddings, then for discontinuing its wedding business altogether.
Feds Charge 3 Men Accused of Prepping for Martial Law
Three North Carolina men fearing a government takeover and martial law stockpiled weapons, ammunition and tactical gear while attempting to rig home-made explosives, according to charges announced by the Justice Department on Monday.

Christian News
Iran: Religious minorities executed for "enmity against God"
A human rights group recently reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran had executed members of religious minorities who were convicted of "enmity against God," according to The Christian Post.
Houston: Pastors Plan to Sue Mayor Over Sermons Subpoenaed
The fight over Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, goes on, despite a Texas Supreme Court decision that ruled the anti-discrimination initiative has to either be repealed by city council, or go to the voters.
US Welcomes Iraqi Christian Refugees, with Jail Time
Some Iraqi Christians fleeing the Islamic State sought safety and freedom in America. But instead of being welcomed in as religious refugees, they were arrested and sent to a San Diego prison.

Prophecy News Watch - August 3, 2015

Around the World
Islamic State recruitment document seeks to provoke 'end of the world'
An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan's lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like "end of the world."
Iran publishes book on how to outwit US and destroy Israel
While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran's religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel.
U.S. to withdraw carrier from Gulf amid Obama budget cuts
The United States' air strike capabilities against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) may take a serious hit this fall as the U.S. will be without an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf for the first time since 2007.
Greek stock market reopens with 22 percent loss
Greece's main stock index plunged over 22 percent as it reopened Monday after a five-week closure, giving investors their first opportunity since June to react to the country's latest economic crisis.
Obama approves using US air power to defend Pentagon-trained Syria rebel forces
President Obama has approved using American air power to defend U.S-backed rebels in Syria from attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's forces or Islamist groups, increasing the chances of direct conflict between Washington and Damascus.
Putin's Aide: Upgrading S-300 Missile System for Iran Delivery
The West has long pressured Russia not to deliver its advanced S-300 missile defense system to Iran, but a senior Russian official on Thursday said the system is being upgraded ahead of delivery to the Islamic republic.
Iranian Official Accuses Americans of Violating the Nuclear Deal
A senior Iranian official is accusing the United States of violating the nuclear deal with his country, by making comments indicating that the accord would make any attack on Iran's atomic program more efficient, The Associated Press (AP) reported on Friday.
Iran deal eroding allies' trust in U.S.
The nuclear deal with Iran is already changing the calculations of U.S. allies in the Middle East, who see it as the latest in a years-long series of blunders by the Obama administration that has strengthened Tehran's hand in the region.
Moniz: The Iran side deal is 'confidential,' not 'secret'
Protocols spelling out how the International Atomic Energy Agency will examine and monitor a country's nuclear program are always confidential, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Friday, trying to tamp down once and for all the notion that 'secret' deals with Iran exist as part of an agreement Tehran reached with six world powers to cease its nuclear weapons program.
In diplomatic outreach, Kerry seeks to convince Gulf Arabs on Iran deal
US Secretary of State John Kerry began talks with Gulf states in Qatar on Monday, seeking to convince them of the merits of last month's nuclear deal with Iran and to discuss the battle against Islamic State militants and the war in Syria.
Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms
A powerful new technique for generating 'supercharged' genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.
Nigerian troops rescue 178 people from Boko Haram camps
Nigerian troops rescued 178 people from Boko Haram in attacks that destroyed several camps of the Islamic extremists in the northeast of the country, an army statement said Sunday.
Physicists Restart Souped-Up Hadron Collider
After a two-year shutdown, the atom-smashing machine known as the Large Hadron Collider has embarked on a renewed quest to probe some of the biggest puzzles about the universe, such as dark matter and the possible presence of other dimensions.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Clashes erupt at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque
Clashes broke out on Sunday at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites, two days after a Palestinian toddler was burned alive in a firebombing by suspected Jewish extremists.
After fatal firebombing, Abbas threatens to change PA policy
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threatened Sunday to make unspecified changes to Palestinian policy next month if the Israeli government doesn't change its stance vis-a-vis the Palestinians and Jewish extremism.
Israeli scientists explore algae as biofuel producer
New Israeli research has shown that growing and producing bioethanol from algae of the species sea lettuce has great potential. However, the study has found that it is currently not economically viable.
Tibi to 'Post': There is great anger and rage, could be right before an explosion
Palestinians feel their lives are worthless and that tensions may be on the verge of exploding, Ta'al chairman Ahmad Tibi told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
Rabbis, Palestinian peace activists unite in show of solidarity against violence
In the sweltering heat of Sunday afternoon and the bitter atmosphere of recent days, some 150 people gathered in the Etzion settlement bloc to condemn the slaying of Ali Dawabsha, the Palestinian toddler who was burnt to death in the village of Duma on Friday morning.
Slain Palestinian toddler's parents, brother still fighting for lives
The parents and brother of a Palestinian toddler burned to death by suspected Jewish terrorists were still fighting for their lives Saturday, as protests over the firebomb attack on their home entered a second day.

Inside the United States
Senate to vote on defunding Planned Parenthood as judge weighs ban on video footage
The Senate is poised to vote Monday on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood brought by pro-life Republicans even as pro-choice groups take to federal court to stop the release of more graphic undercover videos on the fetal tissue business.
US to Issue More Green Cards than Populations of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina Combined
If Congress does not pass legislation to reduce the number of green cards issued each year, the U.S. will legally add 10 million or more new permanent immigrants over the next 10 years -- a bloc of new permanent residents larger than populations of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina combined.
Video with shocking admission of 'born alive' babies scares Planned Parenthood
The pro-reproductive health group Planned Parenthood is already 'very scared' of an unreleased video that may further expose how it profits from aborted or even 'born alive' babies, the man behind the expose said.
Heat, drought cook fish alive in Pacific Northwest
Freakishly hot, dry weather in the Pacific Northwest is killing millions of fish in the overheated waters of the region's rivers and streams.
Obama climate change plan to kill jobs, raise electric bills; could pose health risk
President Obama argues that his policies will result in cleaner air and will mitigate the effects of climate change, but unintended consequences of the administration's environmental agenda seem all but certain - possibly even including higher mortality rates across the country, according to at least one scholar.
White House to release final climate change rule Monday
The White House will finalize one of the most far-reaching regulations of the Obama administration Monday, a rule which will transform the way Americans receive their electricity, if it survives expected legal challenges.
Northern California wildfire grows, closes two highways
A raging wildfire along northern California's inland coastal range has now burned about 47,523f7c acres (18,615 hectares) and forced the closure of two highways, officials said on Sunday, while a blaze near the Oregon border also expanded a day after it killed a firefighter.
Las Cruces police investigate explosions near Calvary Baptist, Holy Cross
Explosions about a half hour apart shattered the serenity of morning services at two Las Cruces churches Sunday, but caused no injuries and only minor damage, police said.
Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years
Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

Christian News
India: Pastor Eventually Dies After Beating
A 70-year-old Indian pastor who was brutally beaten by Hindu nationalists in Tukkuguda two years ago has just died.
Boko Haram Slits the Throats of Sixteen Christian Fisherman
Boko Haram militants slit the throats of sixteen Christian fishermen on the shores of Lake Chad in the Nigerian state of Borno.
Over 100 Million Christians Are Being Persecuted for Their Faith in Jesus Christ, Says Christian Charity Report
A charity helping persecuted Christians throughout the world reports that over 100 million followers of Christ, along with other religious minorities, are being targeted for their faith.

Prophecy News Watch - July 31, 2015

Around the World
Iran says it will ban US experts from UN nuclear inspections
Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday.
$100bn BRICS currency pool kicks in
The agreement on the BRICS $100 billion currency reserve pool came into force Thursday. The fund was set up by the developing nations group to protect their national currencies from volatility in global markets.
US defense chief: Good Iran deal better than strike
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the US armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.
Facebook now used by half of world's online users
Half of the world's estimated online population now check in to the social networking giant Facebook at least once a month.
Russia Signs Nuclear Deals With Traditional U.S. Allies in Middle East
The Russian government has signed major nuclear cooperation agreements with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan since the start of this year, increasing its influence among traditional U.S. allies in the region.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Six people stabbed at Jerusalem pride parade
Six people were stabbed at the Jerusalem pride parade on Thursday evening by an ultra-Orthodox man who claimed he was on a mission from God.
Why is Muslim harassment of Jews on the Temple Mount increasing?
The problem of intimidation of Jews at the holiest site to Jews has reached a critical stage in the last several years, Yisrael Medad, secretary of the Temple Mount Group, said on Wednesday.

Inside the United States
Networks Covered Cecil the Lion More in 1 Day Than Abortion Videos in 2 Weeks
America's anchors have spoken: the shooting of one lion vastly outweighs the trafficking of baby parts by a taxpayer-funded abortion giant. In other words, the broadcast news shows spent more time in one day on Cecil the Lion than they did on the Planned Parenthood videos in two weeks.
Abortion Opponents Plan Nationwide Planned Parenthood Protest
Anti-abortion groups are planning a coordinated, nationwide protest in front of Planned Parenthood clinics later in August, in an effort to ramp up pressure on the group for its involvement in obtaining aborted fetal tissue.
Major U.S. companies go nuts for 'gay' rights
The 'Wall Street wing' of the Republican Party is working with Democrats and LGBT rights activists to pass sweeping legislation that would make it a federal crime to discriminate against homosexuals and transgenders in housing, education and the job market.
Strategic Command Focused on Hypersonic Missile Threat
China and Russia are developing maneuvering high-speed strike vehicles that pose new threats to the United States, U.S. Strategic Command leaders said Wednesday.
U.S. intel fears hundreds of secrets leaked in Hillary's private emails
The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday.
Turns out Obamacare is a government takeover
During the legislative debate over the passage of President Obama's healthcare law, supporters of the program were sensitive to any suggestion that it represented a government takeover of the healthcare system.
US Economy Grew Less Than Expected In Q2: Worst Economic Recovery Since WWII Revised Even Weaker
The much anticipated Q2 GDP number with prior revisions is out and, as expected, Atlanta Fed's 2.4% estimate was once again nearly spot on, with the advance release coming in at 2.3%, below Wall Street's consensus estimate of 2.5%. But more importantly, as part of the annual revision to prior GDP data, one which as we observed would include the infamous 'double seasonal adjustments', both Q1 2014 and 2015 GDP prints, the 'winter' collapse, was revised well higher, with Q1 2014 increase from -2.1% to -0.9%, while last quarter's final GDP which had printed at -0.2% is now 0.6%.
Did You Ever Notice the Asterisk on Your Social Security Statement?
While engaging in the mundane task of gathering financial statements for a 'secure retirement' meeting with my husband's and my adviser, this Baby Boomer stumbled upon documented proof that our nation does not have the guts to confront one of its most serious economic problems. The realization came when I pulled from my files a document statement innocently titled, 'Your Social Security Statement.'

Christian News
Christian mother of three 'abducted and forced into Islamic marriage'
A Christian mother of three has been kidnapped and forced into an Islamic marriage in Pakistan, campaigners say.

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