Prophecy News Watch - October 18, 2016

Around the World
WikiLeaks: Julian Assange's internet link 'severed' by state actor
WikiLeaks says that founder Julian Assange's internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor. Few other details were immediately available.
Nyet: 1% Russians approve of Obama, global disapproval at 8 year high
Global disapproval of President Obama and U.S. leadership is at its highest ever driven by Russia's nearly invisible 1 percent approval rating, according to a new world survey.
Even if Mosul is liberated, it won't be the end of Islamic State
After weeks of speculation about an attempt to retake the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi proclaimed the start of the offensive. 'God willing, the decisive battle will be soon,' he said at a press conference.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hamas test-fires long-range rocket into sea off Gaza
The Palestinian terror group Hamas fired at least one long-range missile into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, in what appeared to be a weapons test.
Report: IDF probe finds failures in preparation for 2014 Gaza war
A commission of over 30 IDF officers found shortcomings in the military's efforts to detect and block Hamas terrorist tunnels leading up to 2014's Operation Protective Edge, Army Radio reported Tuesday.
Sukkot celebrations to take place nationwide
In honor of the holiday of Sukkot, many public Sukkot are being erected in towns and cities across Israel. The Sukkot will feature various activities, performers and artists all free of charge to the public.

Inside the United States
IRS ordered to resolve Tea Party groups' applications
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered the IRS to resolve pending applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups that had been subjected to improper scrutiny.
Illegal border crossings by Central American families spike again
Arrests of migrants who illegally crossed the Southwest border jumped 23% in the past year, according to Homeland Security figures released Monday.

U.S. Politics
State Department official sought FBI declassification of Clinton email
A top official at the State Department repeatedly sought to have the FBI back down on classifying the contents of an email from Hillary Clinton's private email server, documents released Monday revealed.
Clinton Spreading Wealth, With Eye on Congress
Hillary Clinton's latest contribution to fellow Democrats who are fighting to win Senate, House and gubernatorial elections: nearly $10 million. The value of having a Democrat-controlled Congress to partner with in 2017 if she wins the presidency: priceless.

Christian News
US Missionary Evangelizing Muslim World Forced to Strip, Then Kidnapped by Armed Men in Niger
A California church is now praying desperately for the safe return of an American missionary working in Niger after he was forced to strip down to his underwear and then kidnapped from his home by armed men on Friday.

Prophecy News Watch - October 17, 2016

Around the World
CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia
The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.
Babies Inside the Womb Start to Have Heartbeat at 16 Days, New Research Shows
The heart of an unborn child inside a mother's womb develops and beats as early as 16 days, a recent study from the United Kingdom concluded, supporting the argument of pro-life groups that the embryo is not just a mere 'blob of blood.'
US warship possibly targeted by Yemen rebels for a third time
Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen may have launched missiles at U.S. Navy ships for the third time this week, defense officials said Saturday.
Syrian Rebels Seize Village Where ISIS Promised Apocalyptic Battle
Syrian rebels said they captured the village of Dabiq from Islamic State on Sunday, forcing the jihadist group from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West.
Vietnam braces for Typhoon Sarika after deadly flooding
Flooding caused by heavy rains have left at least 24 people dead and four others missing in Vietnam. A powerful typhoon is making its way towards Vietnam after hitting the Philippines.
New batch of U.S. troops heading to Iraq
Hundreds of soldiers attached to the Army's 1st Infantry Division are heading to Iraq to support American-backed efforts to drive the Islamic State from the country.
US detects what it says is failed N. Korean missile launch
The U.S. military said Saturday it's detected what's being described as a failed missile launch by North Korea.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel asks Russia to update security coordination after S-300 deployed to Syria
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are said to have approached Russia's Defense Ministry to request that a security coordination mechanism between the two countries be updated in light of Moscow's deployment of S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria, according to Russian media reports.
Clinton doubted Israel could stop Iran's nuclear program alone
In yet another set of hacked documents published by WikiLeaks, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton raised doubt that Israel could subdue Iran's nuclear program without external assistance.

Inside the United States
Local GOP office in North Carolina firebombed
A GOP office in Hillsborough, North Carolina, was firebombed overnight, with a swastika and the words "Nazi Republicans get out of town or else" spray painted on an adjacent building, according to local officials.
US Navy's stealth destroyer joins the fleet
The US Navy officially welcomed its largest and most technologically advanced destroyer to the fleet Saturday as the USS Zumwalt was commissioned in Baltimore.
Conservatives see political reprisal as Obama administration sues Peter Thiel's Palantir
A bitter struggle between an innovative Silicon Valley software inventor and the Army has shifted from the raging battlefields of Afghanistan to a sedate federal claims court in Washington.
More Than 1 Million to Lose Obamacare Plans as Insurers Quit
A growing number of people in Obamacare are finding out their health insurance plans will disappear from the program next year, forcing them to find new coverage even as options shrink and prices rise.

U.S. Politics
WikiLeaks Exposes Hillary Clinton Speeches to Goldman Sachs She Wanted to Keep Private
During the primary campaign and now well into general election season, Hillary Clinton has tried to keep paid speeches to the global investment banking company Goldman Sachs under wraps. She was paid $675,000 for three off-the-record discussions in 2013. Her main primary opponent Bernie Sanders and now Republican nominee Donald Trump have charged that she did not want what she said to one of the world's richest, most influential banks to get to voters.
Network news gave 23 times more coverage to Trump sex allegations than to new WikiLeaks Clinton emails
Network news broadcasts, watched by an average of 22 to 24 million Americans each night, devoted less than a minute of coverage to the latest WikiLeaks revelations on Oct. 13 compared to 23 minutes on the unsubstantiated allegations of unwanted sexual advances lodged by four women against GOP candidate Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton backers worried about Clinton Foundation scandals
Hillary Clinton's aides and supporters expressed concern about public perception of the Clinton family's charitable enterprise, with one left-leaning pundit writing that Clinton seemed unaware of the 'danger' of her 'money problem,' according to purported emails disclosed by Wikileaks on Sunday.
Trump campaign cuts ties with Ohio GOP chairman weeks from election
Donald Trump's campaign announced Saturday that it is cutting ties with the Republican Party chairman in the critical battleground state of Ohio less than a month before the election.
Donald Trump Prepares New Attack on Media, Clinton
Donald Trump will broaden his attack against the media to hit globalism and the Clinton Foundation by charging that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is part of a biased coalition working in collusion with the Clinton campaign and its supporters to generate news reports of decades-old allegations from several women.

Christian News
Residents In Augusta to 'March For Jesus'
When Christians come together in unity it makes a powerful statement, and thousands will gather in Augusta, Georgia, this Saturday, Oct. 22, to take a stand for Jesus.
Evangelist with No Arms or Legs Leads Thousands to Christ in Europe
An inspiring evangelist who has no arms and legs shared the gospel message in eastern Europe and saw thousands come to Christ.
Persecution of Church in China to Escalate as Zhejiang Experiment Goes National
In October 2012, the South China Morning Post ran a series of articles on China's looming leadership transition. One line might prove prophetic, although not in the way intended: 'For clues about how China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping might manage the world's second-largest economy, Zhejiang Province is a good place to start looking.'

Prophecy News Watch - October 14, 2016

Around the World
Iran deploys warships off Yemen after US, Houthis trade fire
Iran deployed two warships off Yemen threatening to further escalate tensions after the U.S. fired Tomahawk cruise missiles destroying three coastal radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.
Obama, aides expected to weigh Syria military options on Friday
U.S. President Barack Obama and his top foreign policy advisers are expected to meet on Friday to consider their military and other options in Syria as Syrian and Russian aircraft continue to pummel Aleppo and other targets, U.S. officials said.
Putin ratifies deal for Russia to use Syria base indefinitely
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ratified an agreement with the Syrian government that allows Russia to use the Hmeimim air base in Syria indefinitely, the Kremlin said on Friday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
UNESCO declares Israel an 'occupying power' in Jerusalem
UNESCO, the U.N. body charged with protecting humanity's cultural treasures, approved a draft resolution Thursday calling Israel an 'occupying power' in its own capital of Jerusalem, ignoring deep Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and instead accusing Israeli settlers of provoking Muslims through 'aggressions.'

Inside the United States
Several states square off with Homeland on Real ID law
The Department of Homeland Security this week rejected requests to extend the amount of time five states have to develop identification cards compliant with the Real ID Act, upping the incentive for states to fall in line with the federal proof-of-identity law.
Franklin Graham Concludes 'Decision America Tour' in Home State of NC
The Rev. Franklin Graham concluded his 50-state Decision America Tour prayer rally in his home state of North Carolina today.
Obama expands his executive power beyond Earth
President Obama has expanded his use of executive power beyond bounds of earth, signing an executive order Thursday to prepare the federal government to deal with the effects of space weather events.

U.S. Politics
Leaked emails detail cozy relationship between Clinton campaign, media
Leaked emails show that Hillary Clinton's campaign officials boasted about getting favorable news coverage from compliant journalists, received political advice from cozy reporters and circulated the names of journalists who were 'friendly' to the candidate.
Feingold: Hillary Might Issue Executive Order on Guns
Russ Feingold, the former Democratic senator from Wisconsin who is running again in an attempt to win back his old Senate seat, was recorded at a fundraiser saying that Hillary Clinton might issue an executive order on guns.
Clinton 'does not recall' ordering destruction of emails from personal server in testimony
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said she 'does not recall' ordering emails related to State Department business to be deleted or permanently erased from her personal server after she left her post in 2013, according to sworn testimony made public Thursday.

Prophecy News Watch - October 13, 2016

Around the World
Navy launches Tomahawk missiles at rebel sites in Yemen after attacks on U.S. ships
The U.S. Navy launched Tomahawk missiles early Thursday from the Red Sea at three coastal radar sites in Yemen, destroying targets associated with missile attacks on U.S. ships this week.
Missiles fired at U.S. warship of coast of Yemen for second time this week
A U.S. Naval destroyer off the coast of Yemen was targeted by missiles for the second time in a week, and military commanders are now threatening retaliation as it becomes apparent rebel forces in the country are responsible for the attacks.
Russia tests ballistic missiles amid tensions with West
Russia's military conducted a series of intercontinental ballistic missile tests on Wednesday, the latest flexing of its muscles as tensions with the US spike over Syria.
Bermuda Braces for Hit From 'Nicole,' a Cat 4 Hurricane
Heavy wind and rain began battering Bermuda late Wednesday as the British territory braced itself for Hurricane Nicole, which became a major Category 4 storm as it tracked toward the tiny island in the northern Atlantic Ocean.
Russia & US will engage in 'global war', unless 'proxy' Syria conflict resolved - Turkey's deputy PM
The Syrian conflict has now become a 'proxy war' between the two Cold War superpowers, believes Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Numan Kurtulmus, who warned that that the conflict could escalate beyond the Middle East.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Riots erupt in east Jerusalem on Yom Kippur, Silwan man killed in clash with police
A 20-year-old Arab man who threw firebombs at border police during a riot in southeast Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood was shot dead shortly after Yom Kippur commenced on Tuesday night, as police responded to two other riots in Arab areas in the capital.
Gaza Strip population said to reach 2 million
he two millionth person has been born in Gaza, the Strip's Hamas rulers claimed Wednesday, with the birth of a baby boy named Waleed officially recognized as reaching the milestone in the densely populated Palestinian territory.
PM: Israel is a strong country that is becoming stronger
The prime minister said that the country was in the midst of the High Holidays, known as a time when 'those who incite and fan the flames of terrorism' continually try to provoke violence and clashes.

Inside the United States
Satanic Temple asks city council for OK to give invocation
Satanists want to give their blessings to city leaders in Boston.
More than half of U.S. adults want to legalize marijuana: Survey
A new survey finds U.S. adults increasingly supportive of marijuana legalization, with 57 percent saying that the drug should be made legal.
North Carolina's record floods could have unexpected environmental consequences
Hurricane Matthew swept across the southeastern seaboard of the United States this weekend, bringing intense rainfall to North Carolina and triggering record flooding across much of the state. Over the weekend, Hurricane Matthew -- which had been downgraded to a tropical cyclone by Sunday -- brought as much as 18 inches of rainfall to parts of North Carolina, causing rivers across the state to reach dangerously high levels.

U.S. Politics
Leaked Email Suggests Clinton Camp Got Heads-Up on CNN Town Hall Question
Leaked emails are now revealing the Clinton campaign's communications with the media and TV personalities, including interim DNC chair and former CNN commentator Donna Brazile.
In leaked email, Clinton claims Saudi and Qatari governments fund ISIS
The Clinton campaign today tried to tamp down a mounting controversy over a newly disclosed, and potentially explosive, email in which the former secretary of state appeared to accuse the Saudi and Qatari governments of secretly funding the Islamic State.
'This is war': Trump drafting lawsuit against NY Times
Donald Trump's campaign was drafting a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times late Wednesday night, hours after the news organization published a story in which two women accused the Republican presidential nominee of sexual assault, sources confirmed to the Washington Examiner.
How Evangelical Women Are Responding to Trump's Lewd Comments
Evangelical women are perhaps most conflicted about the election in the wake of the 2005 recording released this past weekend showing GOP nominee Donald Trump bragging about groping women.
Miss USA Contestant Details Unwanted Encounters With Trump
As a flood of new allegations against Donald Trump emerged Wednesday, one of the women who says he approached her inappropriately told NBC News about two encounters similar to the behavior Trump boasted about in a now-notorious 2005 hot-microphone video.

Christian News
Another state tells churches to shut up about transgenders
For a second time in just weeks, a state finds itself on defense in a legal action triggered by its attempt to dictate what ministers and others say inside their churches.