Prophecy News Watch - August 5, 2016

Around the World
Obama says Islamic State on the run, despite attacks around globe
President Obama said Thursday that the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State is making progress in spite of high-profile terrorist attacks, while Republican nominee Donald Trump charged that Mr. Obama has allowed the Islamist extremist group to rampage “out of control.”
Iran shuts down human rights talks with U.S.
Iranian Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani this week shut down the possibility that his country would participate in a human rights discussion with the United States.
White House press secretary insists $400M to Iran was not 'ransom payment' for freeing U.S. hostages, but offers no more
The Obama administration was in full spin mode Wednesday as it tried to defend its controversial decision to send an unmarked cargo plane loaded with $400 million in foreign cash to Iran just as four Americans held hostage in Tehran were released.
Pentagon Blocks $300 Million in Military Aid for Pakistan
The Pentagon has withheld $300 million in military aid to Pakistan, according to U.S. military officials.
One third of Russian team banned from Olympics for doping
The International Olympic Committee confirmed 118 athletes, or almost one third of the Russian team, will be banned from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games due to blood doping.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
World Vision Doubts Hamas Pocketed Millions, says Gaza aid is audited
A global charity cast doubt Thursday on Israel’s indictment of one of its Palestinian aid workers for diverting million of dollars to fund the Hamas war machine in the Gaza Strip and insisted it conducts regular audits and evaluations to ensure financial aid in coastal enclave reaches those who need it most.
Obama: Even Israel now says we were right on Iran nuke deal
S President Barack Obama said Israeli officials had recognized the efficacy of last year's nuclear deal with Iran, citing the backing of Jerusalem, among the accord's staunchest critics, as he defended the agreement with Tehran and denied 'nefarious' motives in the transfer of money to the Islamic Republic.
World Vision's Christians Donations Funded Hamas
World Vision International is perhaps the world's largest Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization. It can now add direct, if inadvertent, funding of terrorism to its resume.

Inside the United States
U.S. Poised to Hit Obama's Target of 10,000 Syrian Refugees
After a slow start, it appears increasingly likely that the Obama administration will hit its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States before the end of September.
US may fund research to create mixed human-animal embryos
Research that mixes human cells into animal embryos could get US government funds for the first time under a new proposal that has stoked concerns about ethics and the limits of science.
FBI: July Was 15th Straight Month Of Record Background Checks
The latest figures from the FBI show that July 2016 was the 15th consecutive month of record background checks for gun sales.
FBI interviews reveal IRS delayed Tea Party applications until after 2012 campaign
Employees at the IRS's Cincinnati office said that the agency 'deliberately' delayed processing Tea Party tax exemption applications until after the 2012 presidential election, Judicial Watch reported on Aug. 1.
Atheist group forces U.S. courthouse to put down Christian flag
The atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FRFF) recently scored a victory over Bryan County Courthouse in Georgia, U.S.A., after it managed to get its officials to take down a Christian flag from its Superior Courtroom.
A secret group bought the ingredients for a dirty bomb -- here in the U.S.
The clandestine group's goal was clear: Obtain the building blocks of a radioactive 'dirty bomb' -- capable of poisoning a major city for a year or more -- by openly purchasing the raw ingredients from authorized sellers inside the United States.
Illinois: Rauner signs bill altering health care 'right of conscience' law
Patients will be assured of being informed how medical treatments they want or need might conflict with doctors' and hospitals' religious beliefs under a change in the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act signed into law last week.

U.S. Politics
Trump Falling Behind Clinton in National Polls
It took all of two weeks for Donald Trump's support to collapse. In mid-to-late July he began to pull ahead nationally. The last three major national polls have shown him trailing Hillary Clinton by 9, 10 and 15 points.
Panicked GOP Leadership to Trump: Get Your Act Together - Fast!
A week full of post-convention controversies involving Donald Trump has GOP leaders in damage control mode. They're reportedly hoping to persuade the Republican nominee to change his approach.
91 percent of blacks spring for Hillary Clinton
More than 90 percent of African-American voters nationwide would pick Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released late Thursday.
Poll: Clinton has 48-point lead over Trump among Latinos
Hispanic Americans support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by nearly a four-to-one margin, according to a Florida Atlantic University Business and Economic Polling Initiative released late Wednesday.

Christian News
Families of murdered Nigerian pastors mourn their loss
Joseph Kurah, regional chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the central state of Nasarawa and a pastor of the Evangelical Church Winning All, was murdered on 30 June by suspected Fulani herdsmen on his farm in Obi.
U.S. couple preparing for missionary work in Japan killed in car crash, together with their 3 young children
Minneapolis couple Jamison and Kathryne Pals were planning to move their family of five to Nagoya, Japan in the hopes of becoming missionaries, but their dream to spread God's Word never materialised after they were tragically killed in a car crash just before noon on Sunday.

Prophecy News Watch - August 4, 2016

Around the World
White House denies $400 million payment to Iran was ransom for hostages
The Obama administration insisted Wednesday that its airlift of $400 million in cash to Iran in January wasn’t ransom for the release of five imprisoned Americans, while Republican lawmakers called the move appeasement and demanded that Secretary of State John F. Kerry turn over documents and testify before Congress.
Iran says West failing to meet nuclear deal commitments
The U.S. airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran at the same time four Americans held in Tehran were released, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the covert mission.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US, Israel close many gaps in defense aid talks, hope for deal soon
The United States and Israel have closed many of the remaining gaps in negotiations over a new multibillion-dollar military aid package for Washington's top Middle East ally, and the two sides hope to reach a final deal soon, a senior US official said on Wednesday.

Inside the United States
Supreme Court temporarily blocks order on transgender bathroom use
A divided Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to temporarily block a lower court order that had cleared the way for a transgender male high school student to use the boys' bathroom in a Virginia public school this fall.
Fed official says 1 rate increase might be needed this year
A Federal Reserve official who has been a leading supporter of a slow approach to raising interest rates said Wednesday that one rate increase "could be appropriate" this year.
More than 2 dozen large wildfires burn in Western states
Federal officials say 27 large wildfires are burning in the West. Hot, dry temperatures often combined with winds have made firefighting conditions difficult, destroying homes and forcing evacuations.
Welfare discourages middle-class marriages, study finds
New research indicates that welfare is crimping the formation of families as benefits extend into the lower-middle class.
US declares F-35 'combat ready'
The US Air Force on Tuesday declared an initial squadron of F-35A stealth fighters as 'ready for combat.' The much anticipated jet is set to make its debut in Israel this December following an official transfer ceremony which took place in Dallas, Texas in June.
Obama Admin Calls for Zika Bill Weeks After Veto Threat
The Obama administration sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass emergency funding to fight the Zika virus just weeks after the president threatened to veto a $1.1 billion Zika spending measure passed by the House of Representatives.
The average Americans' weight change since the 1980s is startling
There's no doubt about it: Americans are getting heavier and heavier. But new U.S. estimates may still come as a shock -- since the late 1980s and early 1990s, the average American has put on 15 or more additional pounds without getting any taller.
CNN show airs 200 times more Trump controversies than Iran
Only hours after news broke that the Obama administration sent $400 million in cash to Iran that coincided with the release of four American prisoners, a popular CNN news show dedicated nearly 200 times more coverage to controversies involving GOP nominee Donald Trump than to the breaking Obama-Iran revelations.

U.S. Politics
Crowd Cheers Clinton's Call To 'Raise Taxes On The Middle Class'
Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton called on raising taxes on the middle class as she was in Omaha, NE campaigning with Democrat Billionaire Warren Buffett.
Trump and the RNC jointly collect $82 million in July, while Clinton and the DNC pull in $90 million
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was buoyed an enthusiastic base of small donors in July, helping him raise $82 million in conjunction with the Republican National Committee, the campaign announced Wednesday.
Trump, N.C. conservatives call voter ID ruling a green light for voter fraud
A federal court's ruling that struck down North Carolina's voter ID law could lead to massive voter fraud in November, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said.

Christian News
Christians in Russia Refuse to Stop Sharing the Gospel Despite Putin's Ban on Evangelism
The Slavic Centre for Law and Justice, an affiliate of the American Center for Law and Justice, said a new manner of carrying out missionary work in Russia will have to be established.
California Could Deprive Students from Attending Christian Universities
California state lawmakers are closely considering a bill that would force Christian colleges to give up their religious convictions or lose state funding.
Franklin Graham Cancels Persecution Summit in Moscow over Repressive Law
Rev. Franklin Graham says he is cancelling an evangelical summit in Russia after the government passed a new law placing severe restrictions on Christian evangelization.

Prophecy News Watch - August 3, 2016

Around the World
Obama Joins Singapore Leader in Latest Push of Trans-Pacific Trade Deal
U.S. President Barack Obama and Singapore's prime minister on Tuesday made impassioned sales pitches for the benefits of a pending Trans-Pacific trade deal during a state visit by the head of the Southeast Asian commercial hub.
White House approves 30-day airstrike mission against ISIS in Libya
President Obama has authorized a 30-day mission for the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State terror group in Libya as new strikes were unleashed Tuesday, Fox News has learned.
North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles, South Korea and U.S. say
North Korea fired two ballistic missiles Wednesday morning local time, U.S. and South Korean authorities said.
Syria Aleppo siege: Fighting rages as Russian jets strike
Intense fighting has continued around the Syrian city of Aleppo, where a rebel offensive is trying to break a government siege of rebel-held areas.
Pope Francis says it's 'terrible' that children are taught they can choose gender
Pope Francis has lamented that children are being taught at school that gender can be a choice, adding that his predecessor, Benedict XVI has labeled current times 'the epoch of sin against God the Creator.'
ISIS: Christians are Pagan 'Cross Worshippers'
ISIS is using the latest issue of its online magazine to portray Christianity as a 'false' religion and to encourage Muslims to launch more attacks on churches like the one carried out in France last week, Islam experts say.
Obama paid Iran $400 million ransom for American hostages: report
The Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran in January at the same time Tehran was releasing four jailed Americans, payment that a top congressional Republican is calling 'ransom.'
Worldwide drug use steady, but heroin on rise in U.S., U.N. report says
Worldwide, drug use has remained steady over the past four years, according to a report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. However, researchers found that heroin use in the United States is up 145% since 2007.
Obama Wants US to Ratify Trade Deal That His Likely Successor Opposes
U.S. President Barack Obama wants Congress to approve the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal his administration has been negotiating for nearly his entire time in office. The major candidates to replace him in January would rather not see that happen.
'Terrorist' chemical weapon attack kills 5 in Aleppo, Syrian regime claims
A 'terrorist' group launched a chemical attack that killed five people in Aleppo on Tuesday, CNN quoted a Syrian government official as saying. Meanwhile, an Anti-regime group stated chlorine gas canisters were dropped in Idlib province. If the two attacks are connected is still unclear.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Temple Institute announces school to train Levitical priests
The Temple Institute, dedicated to reestablishing the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and in keeping its memory alive, announced it is opening a school for training Levitical priests for their eventual service in a new temple.
Israeli officials tricked into interviews for Lebanese documentary on 2006 war
A documentary in the 2006 Lebanon war aired recently on a Hezbollah linked television station featured interviews with Israeli officials and a soldier who were tricked into providing statements, the Israeli daily Haaretz reports.
Israeli air force to take part in US exercise alongside Pakistan: report
A contingent of Israel's air force is to participate in a three-week training exercise in the United States, which will reportedly also include Pakistani pilots, Haaretz said on Wednesday.
national security leadership on Monday, entering the final stage of talks over a new decade-long US defense package.

Inside the United States
FBI took months to warn Democrats of suspected Russian role in hack: sources
The FBI did not tell the Democratic National Committee that U.S officials suspected it was the target of a Russian government-backed cyber attack when agents first contacted the party last fall, three people with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters.
Federal watchdog: Whistleblower retaliation happens 'too often' under Obama
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Tuesday that whistleblowers across the federal government are still facing unlawful retaliation in the Obama administration, and that the agency is still working to stop these illegal practices.
Vice President Joe Biden officiates same-sex wedding of White House staffers
Vice President Biden officiated a same-sex wedding at the vice president's residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory on Tuesday.

U.S. Politics
Trump says he can't endorse GOP candidates Ryan, McCain in upcoming races
As criticism, tolerance and support swirl throughout the Republican ranks, presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday that he isn't supporting two of the party's most prominent leaders in their upcoming congressional races.
Report: Democratic National Committee CEO resigns
Another top Democratic National Committee official resigned after leaked emails revealed party leaders' conversations, according to a report.
Trump is 'woefully' unfit for presidency, Obama says
Obama says that Trump lacks the temperament, grasp of constitutional norms and basic understanding of the world around him necessary to occupy the world's most powerful office.

Christian News
Imprisonment of Christian pastors unabated in Iran
International Christian Concern has learned that three pastors from the country of Azerbaijan were arrested in late June after they visited Iran. It's not known why they were arrested, leaving their families to fear for the safety of their loved ones.

Prophecy News Watch - August 2, 2016

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
As 'caliphate' shrinks, Islamic State looks to global attacks
ISIS, losing territory and on the retreat in Iraq and Syria, has claimed credit for a surge in global attacks this summer, most of them in France and Germany.
EU won't budge on Turkey visa demands
The EU commission will not relax demands for Turkey to rewrite its anti-terrorism laws, a chief spokeswoman told reporters on Monday (1 August) in Brussels.
ISIS details 'Why We Hate You' in new magazine
In the new edition of its full-color, glossy magazine, ISIS mocks those who claim Islam is a peaceful religion, and even wades into the controversy surrounding Donald Trump and the parents of a dead Muslim U.S. soldier.
'Breaking the Cross': Islamic State Magazine Mocks Christianity, Claims Jesus Is 'a Slave of Allah'
In the latest issue of its English-language magazine Dabiq, the Islamic State calls on Christians to abandon Christianity, arguing that Jesus himself was 'a slave of Allah' who will 'wage jihad' upon returning to earth.
Texas shale oil has fought Saudi Arabia to a standstill
Opec's worst fears are coming true. Twenty months after Saudi Arabia took the fateful decision to flood world markets with oil, it has still failed to break the back of the US shale industry.
China Holds Live-Fire Navy Drills in East China Sea
China's navy has fired dozens of missiles and torpedoes during exercises in the East China Sea that come amid heightened maritime tensions in the region, underscoring Beijing's determination to back up its sovereignty claims with force if needed.
Khamenei says talks with US are 'lethal poison' to Iran
Amid growing Iranian complaints that world powers have failed to live up to their obligations under the nuclear accord with Tehran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that dialogue with the US had proven to be 'a lethal poison,' as Washington had shown that it could not be trusted.
Turkey navigates tense relations with key allies
Turkey summoned a German diplomat Monday over a court decision that prevented President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a demonstration in Germany, while the top U.S. military official visited Ankara as Turkey navigated through increasingly strained relations with key allies.
US opens new front against ISIS with airstrikes in Libya
The United States launched a round of airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Libya on Monday, Pentagon officials confirmed, opening a more persistent front against the terror group that had no specific 'end point' as long as the fragile Libyan government needed U.S. help.
Khamenei: Saudi ties with Zionist regime a stab in the back to Muslims
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei slammed Saudi Arabia on Monday for allegedly tightening its ties with Israel.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
White House 'aims to conclude' defense deal with Israel, official says
US inter-agency officials began a week of meetings with Israeli national security leadership on Monday, entering the final stage of talks over a new decade-long US defense package.
Iranian official accuses PA's Abbas of being CIA collaborator
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an Iranian diaspora opposition group, met in Paris on Saturday, renewing tensions between the Palestinian leadership and Iran.
Israel could be overwhelmed by lengthy rocket campaign, says emergency authority
Israel's home front is sorely lacking in preparation for a future conflict, Haaretz quoted the National Emergency Management Authority as saying on Monday.
Israel's Magal Eyes Trump Wall, Boasting Gaza-Tested Smart Fence
The border security business is thriving and that's good news for Magal Security Systems Ltd. boss Saar Koursh. His biggest showroom: the Gaza Strip.

Inside the United States
Satanic Temple preps 'After School Satan Club' rollout
The Satanic Temple plans to host after-school activities in districts across the country.
DHS grants Syrians temporary amnesty
Homeland Security granted a new temporary amnesty Monday to more than 8,000 Syrians living in the U.S. right now, saying they can remain for up to 18 months longer no matter what their legal status.
Federal judge blocks North Dakota voter identification law
North Dakota on Monday became the latest state to have its voter identification law blocked by a federal court, adding to a string of recent rulings across the United States on the grounds that such measures disenfranchise poor and minority voters.
From California to Nevada, wildfires burn in seven Western states
Wildfires were burning Monday in seven Western U.S. states, from California's famed Big Sur region to tribal towns and hamlets near Reno, Nevada.
'No first use' nuclear weapons policy a dangerous Obama idea
With only six months to go in the Oval Office, President Obama is contemplating 'fundamental change' to U.S. national security policy: a declaration of 'no first use' regarding nuclear weapons.
FBI tech pleads guilty to acting as agent of China
A veteran FBI electronics technician - who had top secret clearance - pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of acting as an agent of China, and faces up to 10 years in prison.
With 10 new Zika cases in Miami, CDC advises pregnant women to avoid Wynwood
Federal health officials on Monday advised pregnant women to avoid a Miami neighborhood -- marking the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned against travel to any area within the continental United States -- as a Zika outbreak in South Florida has led to 10 more local cases spread by mosquitoes.
Foreign Appetite For U.S. Securities Has Taken a Drubbing
In fact, net foreign flows to the U.S. have been decidedly weak this year, thanks to an exodus by foreign central banks and sovereign wealth funds, who've been dumping U.S. securities in order to raise cash to put to work at home.

U.S. Politics
Trump: 'I'm afraid the election is going to be rigged'
Donald Trump fears he may lose in November because of the "rigged" political system he's been railing against for months.
Pat Caddell on 'Cooked' Reuters Poll: 'Never in My Life Have I Seen a News Organization Do Something So Dishonest'
On Sunday's Breitbart News Daily with SiriusXM host Alex Marlow, political strategist Pat Caddell outlined his charge that Reuters tampered with its own daily tracking poll to manufacture a sudden surge for Hillary Clinton.
Trump says election may be 'rigged,' Clinton is 'the devil'
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested Monday that he fears the general election 'is going to be rigged' -- an unprecedented assertion by a modern presidential candidate.

Christian News
Sabah, Evangelical Church of Borneo opposes introduction of sharia
We will defend our borders 'from any attempt made by anyone to approve sharia law in this state', says Reverend Jerry Dusing, leader of the Evangelical Church of Borneo (Sidang Injil Borneo, Bb) commenting on the desire of some political parties to impose Islamic rules to the entire population of Sabah (North Borneo).
Christians' Future Uncertain as Islam Tightens Its Grip on Turkey
Some warn that Turkey is on its way to becoming an Islamic republic like Iran. Recent developments put Christians there at even greater risk.
Franklin Graham rips pope over Islamic terror
Franklin Graham, who heads up the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Samaritan's Purse relief charity, has rebuked Pope Francis for saying that while the world is at war, the conflict has nothing to do with religion.