Prophecy News Watch - April 12, 2016

Around the World
Taliban announces start of spring offensive in Afghanistan
The Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive on Tuesday, pledging to launch large-scale offensives against government strongholds backed by suicide and guerrilla attacks to drive Afghanistan's Western-backed government from power.
Syrian cease-fire strained by new clashes ahead of talks
Government forces and rebels clashed Sunday across northern and western Syria, imperiling the month-long cease-fire ahead of peace talks in Geneva, while airstrikes pounded the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa, killing dozens.
2 more suspects charged in Brussels bombings
Belgian authorities have charged two more men with offenses related to the Brussels bombings.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hezbollah acquires advance Russian air-defense systems
Israeli intelligence has confirmed to the German newspaper Bild, that Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terrorist army that has vowed to destroy the Jewish state, has acquired advanced Russian anti-aircraft weapons systems that were given by the Russian military to the Syrian armed forces, reports The Times of Israel. The SA-17 Buk missile battery is a game changer and will directly threaten Israeli aircraft operating in northern Israel and the region.
75,523f7c Gazans still displaced after 2014 war, UN says
Some 18 months after Israel's Operation Protective Edge campaign in the Gaza Strip, some 75,523f7c Gazans are still internally displaced, with almost one in four people (23%) living in the rubble of their damaged homes, according to a report published Monday.
Netanyahu: Israel hit weapons convoys in Syria
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday acknowledged that Israel had struck weapons convoys in Syria making their way to Hezbollah, as he toured the Golan Heights to visit the site of an Israel Defense Forces reservists military drill.
Israeli firm unveils 'Drone Dome' that defends against aerial attacks
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled the Drone Dome on Monday, a system designed to detect and neutralize hostile drones.
Palestinian Authority: Abbas establishes constitutional court
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday established the first ever Palestinian constitutional court, Reuters reported on Monday.

Inside the United States
Obama pressed on top-secret 9/11 report
In 10 days, President Obama will visit Saudi Arabia at a time of deep mistrust between the two allies, and lingering doubts about the Saudi commitment to fighting violent Islamic extremism. It also comes at a time when the White House and intelligence officials are reviewing whether to declassify one of the country's most sensitive documents -- known as the '28 pages.' They have to do with 9/11 and the possible existence of a Saudi support network for the hijackers while they were in the U.S.
Scarier than we initially thought: CDC sounds warning on Zika virus
Public health officials used their strongest language to date in warning about a Zika outbreak in the United States, as the Obama administration lobbied Congress for $1.9 billion to combat the mosquito-borne virus.
Goldman Sachs settles mortgage fraud case for $5 billion
Goldman Sachs will pay more than $5 billion in fines and penalties to resolve a housing bubble-era mortgage fraud case with federal and state governments, the Department of Justice announced Monday.
Social Security still paying potentially bogus disability claims 3 years after fraud exposed
Investigators identified nearly 2,523f7c cases of potentially phony disability claims stemming from a massive Social Security fraud scheme, but three years after the scam was first exposed, the government says it's still struggling to stop the payments.
This Delaware Address Is Home to 200,523f7c Shell Companies -- Including Hillary Clinton's
The address 1209 North Orange Street in Wilmington, Del., has become known in recent years as the epicenter of U.S. corporate secrecy. The squat, split-level building is the official address of over 285,523f7c companies, many of which are looking to take advantage of Delaware's Panama-like secrecy rules, tax incentives, and business-friendly case law.

U.S. Politics
Bloomberg Poll: Married Women Hurt Trump in Coming Contests
Donald Trump is viewed negatively by almost three-quarters of married women in a potential general election and trails Hillary Clinton by double digits among those voters, highlighting his weakness in a key segment of the Republican base.
Donald Trump blasts 'rigged' GOP system after latest setback
Billionaire Donald Trump unloaded Monday on the Colorado GOP for what he called a 'rigged' system after being swept at last weekend's convention, but the attack also drew attention to his biggest weakness: his sloppy ground game.

Christian News
Pastor Saeed Pleads for First Female Underground Church Leader in Iranian Prison
Pastor Saeed Abedini is pleading for the release of another Christian convert still imprisoned in Iran.
Tens of Thousands Cry Out for Unity, Revival at 'Azusa Now' Rally
Tens of thousands of Christians filled the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles over the weekend to pray for a spiritual revival to sweep across the nation.
Syria war: IS group killed 21 Christians in al-Qaryatain, says patriarch
Reports are emerging of the killing of Syrian Christians by Islamic State militants in the town of al-Qaryatain.
Holy Bible on List of 'Challenged' Books at Libraries
On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises.

Prophecy News Watch - April 11, 2016

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Iran to US: Missile program 'not open to negotiation'
Iran’s foreign minister said Sunday the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program is “not open to negotiation” with the United States, seemingly spurning an overture from Secretary of State John Kerry.
U.S. deploys B-52 bombers to Middle East for the first time in 25 years
The U.S. Air Force has deployed B-52 long-ranger bombers to the Middle East, for the first time since the Gulf War ended, to conduct strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, officials said Saturday.
Russia, Syria Plotting Military Push to Retake Aleppo
Russian news reports say the Syrian military is preparing a major operation with the Russian air force to regain control of the embattled northern city of Aleppo.
Iran says it has begun receiving S-300 missile system
Russia began delivery of the S-300 missile defense system to Iran on Monday, according to the Iranian foreign ministry.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu warns of Temple Mount agitation ahead of Pesach
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned that there are ongoing attempts to reignite dwindling tensions in Jerusalem ahead of Pesach, particularly surrounding the Temple Mount.
Israeli military develops system to improve warning time for Gaza mortar shells
The Israeli military has reportedly developed a new radar that looks set to give residents of southern communities near the Gaza border improved warning of incoming short-range mortar shells fired by Palestinian militants, Army Radio reported Monday.

Inside the United States
IRS sued for refusing to release secret 'church investigations' procedures
Government watchdog groups have filed a motion in federal court to compel the IRS to reveal how it determines when to initiate “church investigations” after accusing the tax-collecting agency of “stonewalling” efforts to bring to light its procedures.
FBI Warns of Cyber Threat to Electric Grid
Three months after a Department of Homeland Security intelligence report downplayed the threat of a cyber attack against the U.S. electrical grid, DHS and the FBI began a nationwide program warning of the dangers faced by U.S. utilities from damaging cyber attacks like the recent hacking against Ukraine’s power grid.
Obama On Clinton's Emails: 'There's Classified, And Then There's Classified'
President Barack Obama is guaranteeing that evidence, not politics, will dictate the outcome of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails as secretary of state.
Border Patrol ordered to release illegals 'still soaking wet' from Rio Grande, union says
Border Patrol agents have been ordered to release dripping-wet illegal immigrants at the Rio Grande unless they actually see them climbing out of the river, creating what amounts to "an open border with Mexico," the chief of the agents' labor union told Congress in new testimony last week.
Obama: Not going to help Hillary get out of FBI investigation
President Obama said on Sunday that he is not going to help Hillary Clinton escape the FBI investigation into her server, or a potential indictment by the Justice Department.

U.S. Politics
Colorado Republicans cancel presidential vote at 2016 caucus
Colorado will not vote for a Republican candidate for president at its 2016 caucus after party leaders approved a little-noticed shift that may diminish the state's clout in the most open nomination contest in the modern era.
Rigged race means Hillary takes more delegates in Bernie's Wyoming win
Bernie Sanders won again Saturday -- and still lost. The Vermont senator took ­Wyoming by an impressive 12 percentage-point margin in statewide caucuses, beating Clinton 56-44 percent.
Trump erupts as Cruz sweeps Colorado without votes
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump erupted on Twitter Sunday night, after a weekend which saw Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sweep all of Colorado's 37 delegates without any votes being cast by citizens in a traditional primary process.
Angry Donald Trump blasts Colorado GOP results as "totally unfair"
A day after being trounced by Sen. Ted Cruz in Colorado, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted the state party's process for selecting national delegates and called into question the results.
Kasich: 'Establishment' not going to let Trump, Cruz become nominee
Republican delegates are not going to be likely to support either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz when they get to the party's national convention in July, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on Sunday.

Christian News
Chile: Christian churches set ablaze
Last month two churches in Chile were set ablaze by supporters of the Mapuche -- a Chilean movement that seeks to rid the region of religions contrary to their own indigenous beliefs.

Prophecy News Watch - April 8, 2015

Around the World
US open to 'new arrangement' on Iran's missile tests
The United States suggested Thursday it was open to a “new arrangement” with Iran for peacefully resolving disputes such as Tehran'’s recent ballistic missile tests.
Number of 'Islamic State' fighters has doubled in Libya, according to US general
On Thursday, US Army General David Rodriguez, who heads Africa Command, said the 'Islamic State' (IS) had seen the number of its fighters in Libya double in the past year, reaching up to 6,523f7c.
More migrants arrive in Turkey from Greece under EU pact
A ferry carrying 45 Pakistani migrants returned to Turkey from the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday - the second round of arrivals under a European Union deal with Ankara to stem mass migration to Europe across the Aegean Sea.
Syria's Assad shows no willingess to compromise
As the Syria peace talks resume next week, President Bashar al-Assad, backed militarily by Iran and Russia, shows no willingness to compromise, much less step aside to allow a transition Western powers claim is the solution to the conflict.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Newly Operational IDF Weapon Can Fire 18 Rockets Per Minute
One year after commencing field testing, the Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday declared that a new guided artillery rocket called the Romach ('Spear') is now operational.
Report: Hamas taps over 1,523f7c terror operatives to dig Gaza tunnels
Hamas employs more than 1,523f7c operatives to excavate underground tunnels in the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported Thursday.
Danon on Palestinian Security Council move: There are no shortcuts to peace
'The Palestinians must understand that there are no shortcuts,' Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said on Thursday in reaction to reports of a Palestinian Security Council draft resolution condemning Israeli building in the West Bank and Jerusalem as an obstacle to peace.
PM: Abbas move to condemn settlements at UN will push negotiations further away
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a sharp response late Thursday night to reports that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to push forward a UN Security resolution later this month condemning the settlements.

Inside the United States
Obama refuses to utter 'radical Islamic terrorism' amid 800% terror spike
From the 2009 Fort Hood shooting to the 2015 San Bernardino massacre and the recent Brussels bombings, radical Islamic terrorists have been wreaking havoc and destroying lives worldwide. In just the last five years of the Obama administration, terror deaths have increased 800 percent globally. However, as these horrifying attacks reveal the dangerous realities of the growth of radical Islam, President Obama continues to refuse to name our enemy.
Auditor: Government Will Owe More Money Than Entire Economy Produces
An auditor for the Government Accountability Office told lawmakers Wednesday that in the next few years the federal government will owe more than our entire economy produces.

U.S. Politics
Rush: GOP Wants to Steal Nomination From Trump, Cruz
The Republican establishment is still "toying with the idea" of denying the GOP presidential nomination to either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh says.
Poll: Trump popularity plummets
Donald Trump's unpopularity has reached an all-time high across a wide range of voter demographics, according to a new survey released Thursday.
The Democratic nomination fight is starting to get interesting
The drama of the Republican presidential race has overwhelmed interest in the Democratic contest. So has the virtual certainty that Hillary Clinton will be the nominee.

Christian News
Pastor of China's largest Protestant church released: Report
A U.S.-based Christian group says Chinese authorities have released the pastor of the country's largest Protestant church after he was detained for more than two months following protests against the government's removal of crosses from churches.
Rev. Graham: PayPal Hypocrite, Does Business in Countries Where Homosexual Behavior Is Illegal
In response to PayPal's decision to not open a new center in North Carolina because of the state's law against men using women's bathrooms and locker rooms, Rev. Franklin Graham said PayPal is a hypocrite and noted that PayPal does business in countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, but it decided to fault North Carolina.
Christian cross ordered off Los Angeles County seal
Restoring a tiny Christian cross to the Los Angeles County seal is unconstitutional because it places the county's power, prestige and purse behind one religion, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Prophecy News Watch - April 7, 2016

Around the World
Swiss police raid UEFA as Panama Papers scandal spreads
Swiss police raided the European soccer body UEFA on Wednesday to seize information about a contract disclosed in the Panama Papers that was signed by Gianni Infantino, now head of the global soccer body FIFA.
Diabetes cases have quadrupled in just over 3 decades
The number of people living with the potentially fatal disease has quadrupled since 1980, to more than 400 million, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Cologne Police Reveal 'Cover Up' Of New Year's Eve Rape Attacks Ordered By Government
A leaked cache of confidential emails and notes passed between the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) state government and local police has revealed the extent to which the force were placed under pressure to cover up the migrant sex attacks at New Year's Eve.
US Vows to Block New Russian Arms Sale to Iran
The Obama administration is vowing to stop Russia from selling to Iran advanced fighter jets, saying that such sales would violate United Nations resolutions governing the comprehensive nuclear agreement, according to comments by a top State Department official to the Washington Free Beacon.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Abbas Tells Palestinians Entire State of Israel 'Occupied,' Calls for Peace When Addressing Foreign Audiences (VIDEO)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks in "two languages" when articulating his policies on Israel, a Jerusalem-based research institute reported on Wednesday.
Abbas to meet Hollande to discuss French plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet French President Francois Hollande in Paris later this month to discuss France's recent push to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
Israel, Palestinians making progress on talks to limit IDF activity in West Bank
Israelis and Palestinians are inching closer to a possible deal that would limit Israeli military activity in areas of the West Bank controlled by the Palestinian Authority, Israeli officials and Western diplomats familiar with the secret talks told Haaretz.
Israel warns: Europe flooded with hundreds of jihadists planning to strike
There are 'hundreds of jihadists planning to strike Western targets on European soil,' already present on the continent, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told his Polish counterpart, Antoni Macierewicz, in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

Inside the United States
GAO: Debt will grow to three times the size of the economy
The national debt is on pace to keep growing over the next 20 years and eventually become three times the size of the U.S. economy, the government's top auditor warned lawmakers Wednesday.
California law enforcement officers seize Planned Parenthood videos, activist says
Agents from the California Department of Justice raided the home of an indicted anti-abortion activist and seized undercover videos allegedly showing Planned Parenthood officials arranging to illegally sell fetal tissue for profit, the activist said late Tuesday.
Economy may not have grown at all in first quarter
It may turn out the economy did not grow at all in the first quarter.
Americans spend more on taxes than food, clothing, housing combined
A tax advocacy group on Wednesday revealed that Americans spend more on taxes than their whole budget for food, clothing and housing.
Obama Claims Power to Make Illegal Immigrants Eligible for Social Security, Disability
Does the president of the United States have the power to unilaterally tell millions of individuals who are violating federal law that he will not enforce that law against them now, that they may continue to violate that law in the future and that he will take action that makes them eligible for federal benefit programs for which they are not currently eligible due to their unlawful status?
Ted Cruz's campaign stop in the Bronx is a complete dud
There are more than 1.4 million people in the Bronx -- but Ted Cruz couldn't even muster 100 at a campaign event in Parkchester with state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., a conservative Christian minister.
State Dept. on Iran sanctions relief: 'It's complicated'
The State Department insisted Wednesday that it is not 'coaching' foreign banks on how to avoid U.S. sanctions on Iran, and said it's only advising these banks.
Senate Dem: National debt is not 'a threat to our country'
Senate Democrats on Wednesday couldn't agree that federal debt is a national security problem, in a hearing aimed at assessing the long-term strategic implications of the government's $19 trillion debt.

U.S. Politics
Fallout: Donald Trump Will Fall 50-100 Delegates Short of 1,237 Needed to Clinch Nomination
Sen. Ted Cruz's overwhelming victory in Wisconsin on Tuesday makes it all but impossible for GOP frontrunner Donald Trump to win the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the nomination ahead of the RNC convention in Cleveland.
Cruz has won more delegates than Trump since Rubio dropped out
Sen. Ted Cruz has won more delegates than GOP front-runner Donald Trump since Sen. Marco Rubio ended his presidential bid, helping to validate his argument that he could beat Trump once the race consolidated.

Christian News
Muslim Family Converts to Christianity after Mother is Miraculously Healed
A Muslim family in the Middle East gave their lives to Jesus after Christian missionaries prayed over their sick mother and she was miraculously healed.
Turkey Seizes Six Churches as State Property in Volatile Southeast
After 10 months of urban conflict in Turkey's war-torn southeast, the government has expropriated huge sections of property, apparently to rebuild and restore the historical centre of the region's largest city, Diyarbakir.