Prophecy News Watch - October 21, 2015

Around the World
Iranian official says expects nuclear deal to be implemented this year
Iran's nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said on Monday he expected a deal with six world powers on shrinking Tehran's atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief to be implemented by year-end.
Russia, US agree on Syria; Iraqis won't seek Russian strikes
The U.S. and Russia on Tuesday put into practice new rules designed to minimize the risk of air collisions between military aircraft over Syria, while Iraqi leaders pledged they would not invite Russian airpower over their nation.
Syria's Assad flies to Moscow to thank Russia's Putin for air strikes
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to Moscow on Tuesday evening to personally thank Russia's Vladimir Putin for his military support, in a surprise visit that underlined how Russia has become a major player in the Middle East.
Russia builds massive Arctic military base
Russia's defense ministry said Tuesday it has built a giant military base in the far northern Arctic where 150 soldiers can live autonomously for up to 18 months.
Report: North Korea preparing for new nuclear test
North Korea is preparing for a new nuclear test, South Korea's spy agency said Tuesday, according to the Yonhap news agency.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Jordan wants to send Arab troops to Temple Mount
While France is facing Israeli criticism for suggesting the deployment of international observers to the Temple Mount, WND has learned the Kingdom of Jordan is floating its own plan to consolidate power at the holy site, proposing non-uniformed Jordanian soldiers patrol the sensitive complex.
Jordan plays host to Israel hate fest
The Jordanian lawyers union held a rally in solidarity with the Palestinians on Tuesday in what could have easily been termed an Israel hate fest.
Netanyahu tells Ban: Abbas joined ISIS, Hamas in incitement
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of 'joining ISIS and Hamas in claiming that Israel threatens the al-Aqsa mosque' on Tuesday evening during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Palestinians drop bid to name Western Wall part of Al-Aqsa
The Palestinians have withdrawn their demand that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization declare the Western Wall an 'integral part' of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, Israeli officials said Wednesday.
Abbas to call for protection of Palestinians at UN Human Rights Council session
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to call for international protection for his people when he delivers his first ever speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.
Islamic State calls for more attacks against Jews in new videos
The Islamic State militant group on Sunday released a series of propaganda videos praising attacks against Jews in Israel and encouraging more violence.
10 Israelis killed, 112 hurt in past three weeks of terror wave
According to Magen David Adom as of Tuesday, 10 Israelis have been killed and 112 wounded since the current wave of Palestinian terrorism began three weeks ago.
Watch cute toddler say, 'I want to stab a Jew'
It looks like a typical cute toddler video posted online: a little girl standing in the family residence being coached by someone off-screen.

Inside the United States
Transgender rights movement seeks red-state ballot win with Houston 'bathroom bill'
Houston has emerged as ground zero for national gay rights groups seeking a key victory on red state soil as they mobilize behind a sweeping equal rights ballot measure expanding transgender access to public restrooms.
Republicans warn Obama not to veto defense policy bill in time of critical global threats
House and Senate Republicans sent President Barack Obama a $612 billion defense policy bill on Tuesday, warning him not to veto it as part of a partisan fight over government spending.
Judge denies Obama administration request in House Obamacare case
In a significant win for House Speaker John Boehner and congressional Republicans, a federal judge Monday denied a request by the Obama administration to immediately appeal whether the House of Representatives has the legal right to challenge a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Politics
Wisconsin's Ryan says he will 'gladly serve' as House Speaker -- with unanimous GOP support
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told congressional Republicans during a private meeting late Tuesday that he is willing to run for House Speaker -- as long as he is unanimously supported in the move.
Tea Party Caucus chair: Ryan's conditions 'entirely unreasonable'
Paul Ryan's conditional run for speaker is fell flat with at least one key conservative Tuesday night, who said his candidate remains Rep. Daniel Webster, a member who is pledging to end the 'top down' leadership approach.
Drudge looks like a 'no' vote on Ryan
The Drudge Report is not at all thrilled with the prospect of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., becoming the next House speaker, and the conservative news aggregator said as much on its front page Tuesday evening.
Trump: Obama mulling how to 'take your guns away'
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said late Monday that President Obama is working on an executive order to take Americans' guns away.
Poll: Obama approval highest in more than 2 years
For the first time in almost two and a half years, slightly more than half of Americans approve of the job that President Barack Obama is doing, according to the results of an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday afternoon. But Americans' slightly better views of the president do not translate to equal love for Congress.
Democrat Blocks Vote on VA Accountability Act in Senate
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) on Tuesday blocked an up-or-down vote on legislation meant to hold VA employees accountable for misconduct.

Christian News
Pakistan: Christian accused of blasphemy released
Although charges are still pending, a court in Pakistan has recently ordered the release of a Christian laborer falsely accused of blasphemy.
Corps refuses to remove 'God Bless the Military' Sign
A Marine Corps base in Hawaii has refused to remove a sign that asks for God's blessing following a complaint from a group that seeks to separate Him from the military.
Evangelicals Now Officially Divided on Death Penalty
Since the early 1970s, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) has stood in favor of the death penalty. It reasoned that capital punishment was an ethical stance for Christians because it works as a deterrent and lends appropriate gravitas to heinous crimes.
New report finds Mideast Christians may disappear in less than a generation
A report from the United Kingdom-based Catholic charity group Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has found that Middle East Christians, especially in Iraq and Syria, are 'on course for extinction' within a generation or sooner.

Prophecy News Watch - October 20, 2015

Around the World
EU, US open new round of free trade talks
EU and US negotiators in Miami on Monday started the 11th round of trade talks seeking to create a trade and investment zone encompassing 800 million people and nearly half of global economic output.
As Russia reasserts itself, NATO opens biggest exercises in years
NATO and its allies opened their largest military exercise in more than a decade on Monday, choosing the central Mediterranean to showcase strengths that face threats from Russia's growing military presence from the Baltics to Syria.
Report: North Korea preparing for new nuclear test
North Korea is preparing for a new nuclear test, South Korea's spy agency said Tuesday, according to the Yonhap news agency.
Activists: Russian airstrikes kill dozens in northwest Syria
Activists say Russian airstrikes have killed dozens of people in a Syrian coastal province.
UN poised to call for decriminalisation of drugs, says Branson
A United Nations body plans to urge governments around the world to decriminalise possession of drugs for personal use, tycoon Richard Branson said last night.
Why the E.U. Is Offering Turkey Billions to Deal With Refugees
Under intense pressure to stem the flow of refugees into Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a weekend trip to Istanbul, where she pledged to push forward Turkey's long-delayed bid to join the European Union in return for cooperation in dealing with the worst refugee crisis the international community has seen since the end of the Second World War.
Anti-Islam march in Dresden draws large crowds
Thousands of people in Dresden on Monday (20 October) marched in protest against Germany's open-door policy on refugees.
Canada's Trudeau topples PM Harper in shock election win
Canada's Liberal leader Justin Trudeau rode a late surge to a stunning majority election victory on Monday, toppling Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives with a promise of change and returning a touch of glamor, youth and charisma to Ottawa.
Fighting near Syria's Aleppo displaces 35,523f7c
Fighting in Syria has displaced 35,523f7c people from Hader and Zerbeh on the southwestern outskirts of the city of Aleppo in the past few days, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
UN Entity to Vote on 'Malicious' Resolution Designating Western Wall Part of Al-Aqsa Mosque
A prominent Jewish organization is condemning a "malicious" United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution that would designate the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem as part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Top cleric: Jews to build new temple for devil worship
In a sermon broadcast on official Palestinian television, a well-known cleric claimed that in the future, Jews will build a temple outside of the area of the Temple Mount, where they will worship the devil.
Senior West Bank Hamas leader arrested for incitement
Israeli forces arrested senior Hamas leader Hassan Yousef in an overnight raid, accusing him of inciting terror attacks against Israelis, the army said Tuesday.
Dozens of Palestinian and Israeli Arab suspects arrested
Israeli security forces have arrested dozens of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs suspected of involvement in terrorist activity and violence against security personnel or civilians during the recent weeks of clashes.
Hamas said urging Palestinians to carry out suicide bombings
Palestinian terror group Hamas is reportedly calling for a resumption of suicide bombings against Israelis, as the wave of violence sweeping the region in recent weeks continued.
Netanyahu to offer Kerry no concessions for Abbas
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not offer any concessions to the Palestinians during his scheduled meeting in Berlin later this week with US Secretary of State John Kerry, a senior official in the Prime Minister's Office said Sunday night.
PM vows to go after Islamic Movement for incitement
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Sunday that his government was going to go after the finances of the Islamic Movement in Israel, a group he accuses of being the chief inciter of a recent wave of terrorist violence.
Hamas urges ramming attacks as 'stabbings don't kill enough Jews'
Hamas over the weekend urged lone terrorists to upgrade their tactics from stabbing to ramming attacks, as knifing attacks are proving to be 'ineffective' and often result in the assailants' death.

Inside the United States
Planned Parenthood funding sustained in Louisiana, stopped in Texas
A Planned Parenthood affiliate received both good news and bad news Monday in its Medicaid funding battles, with a federal judge temporarily requiring Louisiana to fund the abortion provider while a Texas inspector general's office decided to cut off the group.
Bans on Assault Weapons in New York and Connecticut Are Upheld
A federal appeals court on Monday upheld strict statewide bans on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines that were passed in New York and Connecticut after the 2012 mass murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Obama: 'Much of Our Criminal Justice System Remains Unfair'
President Barack Obama said in his weekly address released Saturday that much of the American criminal justice system is unfair and that what he called 'underfunded schools' in the United States are a conduit to overcrowded prisons.
Top California official pushes ammo background checks
Gun control advocates are launching a new regulatory push in California to impose first-in-the-nation instant background checks for ammunition sales, a move that comes as gun violence surfaces as a lightning rod issue in the 2016 presidential race.
Gowdy: New Benghazi emails show 'disconnect' with Washington
The chairman of the panel investigating the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks said Sunday that new information reveals a 'total disconnect' between the security needs of U.S. personnel on the ground and the political priorities of Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department staff in Washington.

U.S. Politics
Ryan nears decision on speaker's race as Congress returns
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is more open than ever to becoming the next House speaker, following a contemplative week at home with his family. But before he makes a final decision, friends say, he will seek assurance from Republican hard-liners that he will have their full support should he win the gavel.
Secret Service protection activated for Trump, Carson
The Secret Service is moving forward on activating 24-hour protection for Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, Fox News has learned.
Poll: Trump Hits Highest Mark Yet, But Carson Is Close Behind
Real estate mogul Donald Trump remains the front-runner in the Republican presidential field, while former neurosurgeon Ben Carson holds a close second place, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.
Washington Post Publishes Biden Candidacy Story, Abruptly Yanks
Embarrassed Washington Post editors were left scrambling earlier today after a story was accidentally published that declared Joe Biden's presidential candidacy.

Christian News
Indonesia: Islamist mob attacks church
Last week, a mob of about 750 Muslims armed with axes set fire to a church in Indonesia's Aceh province that Muslims alleged lacked the proper building permits.

Prophecy News Watch - October 16, 2015

Around the World
U.S. and Russian aircraft come within visual range over Syria
Two Russian and two U.S. aircraft came within visual range of each other -- separated by just 10 to 20 miles -- over Syria Saturday, according to the anti-ISIS coalition.
Iran's parliament approves nuclear deal
Iran's parliament on Tuesday approved the nuclear deal the country struck with world powers, and a council of senior clerics will review the accord before its final adoption, Iran's IRNA news agency said.
Gulf states said in talks to buy Iron Dome
Several Arab Gulf states are engaged in negotiations to purchase the Israeli-developed Iron Dome missile defense system in an attempt to ward off possible threats from Iran's 'growing arsenal of missiles,' Sky News reported Tuesday.
US, Russia Holding Talks to Seal Air Safety Agreement in Syria
U.S. and Russian defense officials are holding more talks Wednesday on safety procedures for their crews flying missions over Syria.
White House: Iran missile test likely a violation of UN Security Council resolutions
There are 'strong indications' that Iran violated U.N. Security Council resolutions related to ballistic missiles when it test fired a new missile, the White House said Tuesday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
3 killed, over 20 injured as terror attacks rock Jerusalem, Ra'anana
Two separate attacks hit Jerusalem in a matter of minutes Tuesday morning, when two Arab men attempted to stab passengers on a bus before being shot and a car rammed into a group of people in the center of the capital.
Israel Authorizes Police to Seal Off Arab Parts of Jerusalem
Israel's security cabinet has authorized police to seal off Arab sectors of East Jerusalem, according to a statement from the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released early Wednesday.
IDF strategy for the Third Intifada
Widespread talk of a Third Intifada becoming reality is a fairly recent phenomenon on the Israeli street, but the IDF has spent years coming up with scenarios and contingency plans in the event of an escalation of terror.
Government boosts security in cities
The Cabinet on Tuesday approved Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz's initiative to place additional security for public transportation in Jerusalem during an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Tuesday afternoon, convened by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following a string of deadly terrorist attacks that morning.
Israel deploys hundreds of soldiers in Jerusalem
Six companies of Israeli soldiers were mobilized in Jerusalem Wednesday, as the IDF joined efforts to secure the city following an escalation in the violence there. The move is part of a slew of measures passed by the security cabinet overnight Tuesday aiming to prevent further terror attacks after the deadliest day so far in the current wave of unrest.
MKs launch lobby for descendants of Jews forced to convert to Christianity
A Knesset lobby intended to push for greater outreach toward the descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews forcibly converted to Christianity, known in Hebrew as Bnei Anusim, was launched on Tuesday.
Israeli-Palestinian violence escalates, approaches 2014 Gaza Strip war levels
With tensions and violence soaring to their highest points in nearly a year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel's security forces will 'extract the full price' from Palestinians who have carried out attacks on innocent Israelis.

Inside the United States
Supreme Court takes up fight over power-grid rule
The Supreme Court will take up a case Wednesday that the Obama administration hopes will reverse a lower court's decision on a landmark electricity rule that pays consumers to use less energy.
Planned Parenthood says it will cover costs of fetal tissue programs
Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal tissue available for research, but will no longer accept any sort of payment to cover the costs of those programs.
Republican lawmaker seeks ban on LGBT conversion therapy
A young Republican lawmaker is proposing legislation in New Hampshire to ban therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of minors, a move that is sure to cause friction within the GOP when lawmakers reconvene in January.

U.S. Politics
Paul Ryan Still Weighing Pros, Cons of Becoming Next House Speaker
Maybe Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't feel like a character in the classic film "The Godfather," weighing an offer he can't refuse. But with Republican Party elders practically begging him to become the next House speaker, the pressure on him to seek the post is immense.
US presidential hopefuls to attend conference in Israel
A number of American presidential hopefuls are expected to visit Israel next month for a conference on foreign and defense policy.
Hillary finds footing as Sanders falls flat
A confident Hillary Clinton was the easy winner of the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night.
Clinton, Sanders Dominate First Democratic Debate
Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders dominated the Democratic Party's first presidential debate of the 2016 campaign, largely preserving their status as the party's frontrunners, according to some analysts.
Fox Poll: Ben Carson Just 1 Point Behind Donald Trump
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is now just one point behind front-runner Donald Trump in a new Fox News poll released Tuesday -- and he could beat Democrat Hillary Clinton with at least 50 percent of the vote.

Christian News
New Mexico town of Belen in fight to keep Nativity scene
For nearly a quarter of a century, a year-round Nativity scene made of metal has rested in the little town of Belen, New Mexico.
Christianity under global threat due to persecution, says report
Christianity is in danger of ceasing to be a truly global faith as increasing numbers of its followers flee violence and persecution across swaths of the Middle East and Africa, according to a new report.

Prophecy News Watch - October 15, 2015

Around the World
U.S. and Russian aircraft come within visual range over Syria
Two Russian and two U.S. aircraft came within visual range of each other -- separated by just 10 to 20 miles -- over Syria Saturday, according to the anti-ISIS coalition.
Iran's parliament approves nuclear deal
Iran's parliament on Tuesday approved the nuclear deal the country struck with world powers, and a council of senior clerics will review the accord before its final adoption, Iran's IRNA news agency said.
Gulf states said in talks to buy Iron Dome
Several Arab Gulf states are engaged in negotiations to purchase the Israeli-developed Iron Dome missile defense system in an attempt to ward off possible threats from Iran's 'growing arsenal of missiles,' Sky News reported Tuesday.
US, Russia Holding Talks to Seal Air Safety Agreement in Syria
U.S. and Russian defense officials are holding more talks Wednesday on safety procedures for their crews flying missions over Syria.
White House: Iran missile test likely a violation of UN Security Council resolutions
There are 'strong indications' that Iran violated U.N. Security Council resolutions related to ballistic missiles when it test fired a new missile, the White House said Tuesday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
3 killed, over 20 injured as terror attacks rock Jerusalem, Ra'anana
Two separate attacks hit Jerusalem in a matter of minutes Tuesday morning, when two Arab men attempted to stab passengers on a bus before being shot and a car rammed into a group of people in the center of the capital.
Israel Authorizes Police to Seal Off Arab Parts of Jerusalem
Israel's security cabinet has authorized police to seal off Arab sectors of East Jerusalem, according to a statement from the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released early Wednesday.
IDF strategy for the Third Intifada
Widespread talk of a Third Intifada becoming reality is a fairly recent phenomenon on the Israeli street, but the IDF has spent years coming up with scenarios and contingency plans in the event of an escalation of terror.
Government boosts security in cities
The Cabinet on Tuesday approved Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz's initiative to place additional security for public transportation in Jerusalem during an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Tuesday afternoon, convened by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following a string of deadly terrorist attacks that morning.
Israel deploys hundreds of soldiers in Jerusalem
Six companies of Israeli soldiers were mobilized in Jerusalem Wednesday, as the IDF joined efforts to secure the city following an escalation in the violence there. The move is part of a slew of measures passed by the security cabinet overnight Tuesday aiming to prevent further terror attacks after the deadliest day so far in the current wave of unrest.
MKs launch lobby for descendants of Jews forced to convert to Christianity
A Knesset lobby intended to push for greater outreach toward the descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews forcibly converted to Christianity, known in Hebrew as Bnei Anusim, was launched on Tuesday.
Israeli-Palestinian violence escalates, approaches 2014 Gaza Strip war levels
With tensions and violence soaring to their highest points in nearly a year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel's security forces will 'extract the full price' from Palestinians who have carried out attacks on innocent Israelis.

Inside the United States
Supreme Court takes up fight over power-grid rule
The Supreme Court will take up a case Wednesday that the Obama administration hopes will reverse a lower court's decision on a landmark electricity rule that pays consumers to use less energy.
Planned Parenthood says it will cover costs of fetal tissue programs
Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal tissue available for research, but will no longer accept any sort of payment to cover the costs of those programs.
Republican lawmaker seeks ban on LGBT conversion therapy
A young Republican lawmaker is proposing legislation in New Hampshire to ban therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of minors, a move that is sure to cause friction within the GOP when lawmakers reconvene in January.

U.S. Politics
Paul Ryan Still Weighing Pros, Cons of Becoming Next House Speaker
Maybe Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't feel like a character in the classic film "The Godfather," weighing an offer he can't refuse. But with Republican Party elders practically begging him to become the next House speaker, the pressure on him to seek the post is immense.
US presidential hopefuls to attend conference in Israel
A number of American presidential hopefuls are expected to visit Israel next month for a conference on foreign and defense policy.
Hillary finds footing as Sanders falls flat
A confident Hillary Clinton was the easy winner of the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night.
Clinton, Sanders Dominate First Democratic Debate
Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders dominated the Democratic Party's first presidential debate of the 2016 campaign, largely preserving their status as the party's frontrunners, according to some analysts.
Fox Poll: Ben Carson Just 1 Point Behind Donald Trump
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is now just one point behind front-runner Donald Trump in a new Fox News poll released Tuesday -- and he could beat Democrat Hillary Clinton with at least 50 percent of the vote.

Christian News
New Mexico town of Belen in fight to keep Nativity scene
For nearly a quarter of a century, a year-round Nativity scene made of metal has rested in the little town of Belen, New Mexico.
Christianity under global threat due to persecution, says report
Christianity is in danger of ceasing to be a truly global faith as increasing numbers of its followers flee violence and persecution across swaths of the Middle East and Africa, according to a new report.