Prophecy News Watch - April 21, 2016

Around the World
Russia Moves Artillery Units to Northern Syria
Russia has reportedly been moving artillery units to parts of northern Syria populated by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, a move that could indicate that Russia is readying to bolster its ally should full-scale fighting resume.
Iran Conducts Space Launch
Iran this week conducted the first launch of a new rocket that the Pentagon views as a key element of Tehran’s effort to build long-range missiles.
NATO security chiefs warn of ISIS plan for nuclear attack on Europe
Islamic State terrorists are plotting to carry out biological and nuclear attack on Europe warned NATO security experts on Wednesday according to reports by the Telegraph.
Zika virus: 2.2 billion people in 'at risk' areas
The Zika virus, which is spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, triggered a global health emergency this year.
Nato and Russia trade accusations
Renewed Nato-Russia talks ended in 'profound disagreement' on Wednesday (20 April) over Ukraine and over Russia's harassment of Nato assets.
Japan earthquake Japan faces fresh earthquake panic as 6.1 magnitude tremor hits coast near Fukushima nuclear plant
Japan was plunged into fresh panic today as a 6.1 magnitude tremor hit the northern coast - the third major earthquake within a week.
Russia Bolsters Its Submarine Fleet, and Tensions With U.S. Rise
Russian attack submarines, the most in two decades, are prowling the coastlines of Scandinavia and Scotland, the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic in what Western military officials say is a significantly increased presence aimed at contesting American and NATO undersea dominance.
Justice opens criminal investigation into Panama Papers
The Justice Department has an open criminal investigation into the Panama Papers, according to a letter the department sent this week.
Conservatives won big last night, in election nobody noticed
Just months after the Conservative Party went down to defeat in Canada to Justin Trudeau's Liberals, they've come roaring back at the local level in the prairie province of Manitoba. Brian Pallister's Progressive Conservative Party got 40 seats in the 57-seat provincial parliament, the NDP got 14 and the Liberals 3.
Obama Seeks Meeting With Iranian President
President Barack Obama has sent two letters to senior Iranian leaders in recent months requesting a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, according to Persian language reports recently translated by a Middle East research organization.
Saudi Arabia takes out $10bn in bank loans
Saudi Arabia is raising $10bn from a consortium of global banks as the kingdom embarks on its first international debt issuance in 25 years to counter dwindling oil revenues and reserves.
Obama Admin Unsure If Iran Spent $3 Billion in New Cash on Terrorism
Obama administration officials disclosed Tuesday that Iran has been granted access to about $3 billion in unfrozen assets in the months since the nuclear agreement was implemented, but it remains unclear to the administration if the Islamic Republic has spent any of this money to fund its global terrorism enterprise, according to top officials. In the coming months, the U.S. and foreign governments will help Iran access another $50 billion to $55 billion in assets.
China Flight Tests New Multiple-Warhead Missile
China conducted another flight test of its newest and longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile last week amid growing tensions with the United States over the South China Sea.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu heads to Moscow for talks on Syria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was slated to travel to Russia Thursday morning for a quick round of a meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which the leaders are expected to discuss Syrian fighting and weapons sales to Iran.
Lamb slaughtered at Passover re-enactment in Jerusalem
At a model Passover sacrifice ceremony on the Mount of Olives attended by approximately 400 people, several public figures expressed the hope that the Dome of the Rock shrine and the al-Aqsa mosque will soon be removed from the Temple Mount.
Hamas praises Jerusalem bus bomber as 'martyr'
The Islamic militant group Hamas is praising a Palestinian as a 'martyr' for carrying out a bus bombing that injured about 20 people in Jerusalem this week.
Islamic radicalization fuels 'dire' threat to Jews in Europe, congressional panel hears
A congressional human rights commission heard testimony from experts on how Islamic radicalization in Europe has ramped up risk for Jewish communities.
Jerusalem pride parade stabber convicted of murder
Yishai Schlissel, who stabbed six people at the Jerusalem pride parade in July 2015, was on Tuesday convicted of murder and six counts of attempted murder. One of Schlissel's victims, 16-year-old Shira Banki, succumbed to her wounds after having been critically injured.

Inside the United States
House votes to rein in IRS
The House Wednesday passed two bills aimed at reining in the Internal Revenue Service and holding the agency accountable.
Movement pursues the 'real story' of Saudi involvement in Sept. 11
Saudi Arabia’s grass roots of Muslim clerics, mosquegoers and wealthy oilmen funded al Qaeda’s $30 million annual budget at the time a Saudi-dominated platoon of terrorists carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America.
Across U.S., thousands puff for legal pot at 4/20 parties
Thousands of people sent up a cheer and a collective plume of marijuana smoke at the stroke of 4:20 p.m. Wednesday in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signs resolution calling porn a 'health hazard'
A state with a national reputation for wholesomeness is taking aim at a medium with quite a different reputation: the pornography industry.
Abortion clinics accused of fetal-tissue profiteering
Cecile Richards' longstanding insistence that Planned Parenthood has never profited from fetal-tissue sales drew scrutiny Wednesday as House Republicans noted that abortion clinics essentially get paid for doing nothing.
US Supreme Court: Iran owes $2b to terror victims' families
The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a judgment allowing families of victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism to collect nearly $2 billion.
Court troubled by surveillance excesses at FBI, NSA
In a just-released court opinion, a federal court judge overseeing government surveillance programs said he was 'extremely concerned' about a series of incidents in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency deviated from court-approved limits on their snooping activities.
GAO to Investigate Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood
The Government Accountability Office has announced plans to investigate the federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
Utah declares pornography a 'public health hazard'
Utah state Sen. Todd Weiler finds pornography 'vile' and 'degrading,' but it's more than that: As far as he's concerned, it's also bad for you.
Federal Researchers Build Massive Online Database of Genomic Data
A new online portal would let scientists access vast amounts of genomic data from patients involved in heart, lung, blood and sleep research studies.
Nation's largest health insurer to exit majority of Obamacare exchanges
UnitedHealth, the nation's biggest health insurer, will remain in public health insurance exchanges in only a handful of states next year after expanding to 34 this year.

U.S. Politics
Home field advantage: Trump, Clinton win New York
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won New York's Republican and Democratic primaries, respectively.
Republican establishment warms to Trump after big New York win
U.S. Republican officials began meeting on Wednesday, a day after Donald Trump's crushing victory in a New York presidential nominating contest, and said he has been winning growing acceptance within their ranks - but they want to see the billionaire do more to mend fences with the party establishment.
GOP delegates: Trump's attacks could backfire
Republican delegates are warning Donald Trump that attacks on them and their party's presidential selection process could backfire, sinking him at the convention or damaging his prospects in November if he wins the nomination.
Clinton scores dominant win in N.Y.
Hillary Clinton cruised to victory in the New York primary Tuesday night, securing the dominant win she needed to halt Sen. Bernard Sanders' momentum and tighten her grip on the Democratic presidential nomination.
New York values Trump as The Donald demolishes Kasich, Cruz in Empire State
Donald Trump crushed his opponents Tuesday night en route to a major victory in New York's Republican presidential primary, scoring a needed boost after a string of setbacks and putting himself back in the driver's seat as the campaign nears the final stretch.
Gallup: 63 percent say nomination fight hurting the GOP
More than six in 10 Republicans worry the party's nomination process is taking a toll on the GOP, according to a new Gallup poll.

Christian News
Turky: Gov't seizes six church buildings
The Turkish government has seized control of six church buildings in the country's Diyarbakir region.
Indonesia: Authorities attack prayer gathering
Authorities in Indonesia opened fire on a peaceful meeting in Timika, West Papua, as thousands of protesters gathered to pray for an independence referendum on April 5.
Noah's Ark theme park to search for all-Christian staff
The Ark Encounter, a theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky, modeled on the biblical tale of Noah's Ark, will soon be hiring, but non-Christians need not apply.
Church Leader's Wife Buried Alive, Killed by Chinese Authorities for Protesting Church Demolition
A Christian house church leader and his wife were buried alive in China's central Henan province for protesting against the government-ordered demolition of their church, and while the man managed to escape, his wife suffocated to death.
Vietnamese Police beat wife of jailed Mennonite pastor
Tran Thi Hong is married to Nguyen Cong Chinh, a Mennonite pastor who is in prison on charges of being an enemy of the state. Last Thursday (14 April), she was beaten by Vietnamese police in Pleiku, Gia Lai province (central Vietnam), because she refused to reveal the contents of a meeting she had with a US human rights delegation.

Prophecy News Watch - April 19, 2016

Around the World
This electronic tattoo turns your skin into a screen
Putting clock-radio-style numbers on your skin might not seem all that desirable. But these flashing digits are the proof of concept for a new electronic skin. In theory, e-skins like the one described Friday in Science Advances could be used for everything from monitoring vital signs to making wearable electronics a whole lot more wearable.
Turkey, Iran agree to improve economic ties, banking a priority
Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed on Friday to improve economic cooperation, with banking a priority, prime ministry sources told Reuters, following the lifting of international sanctions on Iran.
Putin Shuts Down Nuclear Reduction
In March 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented a toy 'reset button' replica to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov symbolizing a cooperative 'New START' era of mutual nuclear arms reduction.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Jerusalem bus blown up in terror attack, injuring at least 21
A bomb exploded on a bus in Jerusalem Monday afternoon, injuring over 20 people as it and other vehicles were engulfed in flames, and ratcheting up tensions in a city just recovering from a months-long wave of violence.
Kerry vows to continue pushing for 'two-state solution'
The United States will push for a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians until the end of President Barack Obama's mandate, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Monday, according to AFP.
United States 'doesn't consider the Golan a part of Israel'
The United States does not consider the Golan Heights to be a part of Israel, State Department spokesperson John Kirby stressed on Monday, a day after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed the Golan Heights 'will forever remain under Israeli sovereignty.'
Netanyahu lauds world first in being able to detect tunnels
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday hailed the IDF for what he called a breakthrough in tunnel detection, hours after the army announced it had located a tunnel meant for attacking Israel reaching from the southern part of the Strip into Israeli territory.

Inside the United States
Bitter Fight over North Carolina's Bathroom Law Not Slowing Down
The fireworks over North Carolina's new bathroom law show no signs of slowing as LGBT opponents are vowing to pressure state lawmakers to repeal the measure.
Houston region swamped and shut down by 'historic' flood
A flood event of excessive proportions has crippled Houston and a vast region surrounding it. Five to 17 inches of rain have fallen in the area in less than 24 hours, inundating homes and roads, while forcing more than 1,200 high water rescues.
Supreme Court split on Obama amnesty
A deeply divided Supreme Court grappled Monday with President Obama's deportation amnesty, as conservatives said the White House was encroaching on Congress' lawmaking powers, but liberal justices saying the court should stay out of the fight, leaving the president with a free hand.
State Department: Iran's Possession of S-300 Missile System Could Lead to Sanctions
Iran's recent purchase of the Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile system could lead to U.S.-levied sanctions on the country, State Department spokesman John Kirby said Monday.
Constitutional Sheriffs: The Cops Who Think the Government Is Our 'Greatest Threat'
Constitutional Sheriffs is a movement that doesn't just reject gun control -- it encourages law enforcement officers to defy laws they decide are illegal. And it sometimes puts police on the same side as 'sovereign citizens,' a fringe group that the FBI considers one of the most serious domestic terrorism threats.
45% of Americans pay no federal income tax
An estimated 45.3% of American households -- roughly 77.5 million -- will pay no federal individual income tax, according to data for the 2015 tax year from the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington-based research group.
Americans Earning Six Figures Or More Pay Nearly 80% of Individual Income Taxes
Americans earning six figures or more paid 79.5 percent of the nation's share in individual income taxes in 2014, according to the latest preliminary data from the Internal Revenue Service.

U.S. Politics
Donald Trump's national field director resigns
The shakeup in Donald Trump's presidential campaign continued Monday night as his national field director resigned.
Charge: FEC Dems would ban Drudge, NYT, free media on election eve
The war between Republicans and Democrats on the politically splintered Federal Election Commission flared late Monday when a Republican commissioner and former chairman charged that the panel's Democrats want to regulate the press and end free election media.
Revealed: Colorado Lawmakers Who Voted to Scrap Election Are Ted Cruz Delegates
Social media posts, along with Cruz's campaign website, reveal that Sen. Ted Cruz supporters in the Colorado Republican Party were responsible for crushing an effort to give Colorado the ability to vote in a state primary.

Christian News
New Report Weighs Impact of Christian Exodus on Middle East
War and persecution has led to a haemorrhaging of Christians from the Middle East, particularly from Syria and Iraq. A new report highlights what the region stands to lose should Christians continue to leave.
Christians Facing Violent Persecution in Buddhist Sri Lanka
Christians are facing increasing levels of persecution in the heavily Buddhist country of Sri Lanka, and the pressure has turned violent in several cases.
Pastor-Hunting Jihadi Becomes Christian After Seeing 'Hand of Christ' Save Poisoned Girl
A radical Islamic jihadi-turned-Christian evangelist says he accepted Christ as his Savior after Jesus foiled his plot to kill the daughter of a Christian pastor by bringing his hand down from Heaven to give her blood.
Health-minded Americans now turn to healing prayer, biblical 'laying on of hands': Study
A new study released Monday reveals that a vast majority of Americans turn to their faith during a health challenge. Nearly nine of 10 Americans have relied upon healing prayer at some point in their lives, praying for others even more than for themselves, according to a study by Baylor University epidemiologist Jeff Levin.

Prophecy News Watch - April 18, 2016

Around the World
Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill
Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
235 Dead, Over 1,500 Injured After Major 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Ecuador Coast
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck about 9 miles, or 14 kilometers, north-northwest of Pedernales, Ecuador killing at least 235 people. The massive quake struck at about 6:58 p.m. local time Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
EU, Iran pledge deeper ties after high-level EU visit to Tehran
The European Union said on Saturday it would support Iran's bid to join the World Trade Organization but it urged Tehran to refrain from further ballistic missile tests after the highest-level talks with Iran in more than a decade.
Iran aims to buy fighter jets, advanced tanks from Russia
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan is planning to raise the purchase of warplanes and tanks during an upcoming meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow, Iran's semi-official news agency Fars reported Friday, citing Russian media.
Russia denies wrongdoing after jet barrel-rolls over U.S. aircraft
A U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane was barrel-rolled by a Russian jet over the Baltic Sea during a routine flight in international airspace, U.S. European Command said Saturday, but Russia disputed that account.
Fears strain of 'super gonorrhoea' could spread across UK - and may become untreatable
A strain of 'super-gonorrhoea' could spread across the UK and there is an increasing risk the disease could become untreatable.
Iran Vows to Defend Muslim Nations Against Terrorism, Israel
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday vowed to defend Muslim countries against terrorism and Israel while insisting that its neighbors should not feel threatened.
In crushing defeat, Brazil's Rousseff moves close to impeachment
Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff suffered a humiliating loss in a crucial impeachment vote in the lower house of Congress on Sunday and is almost certain to be forced from office months before the nation hosts the Olympics.
Japan earthquake: tens of thousands flee in fear of aftershocks and volcanoes
Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from earthquake-hit southern Japan as dozens of aftershocks struck and officials monitored nearby volcanoes for signs of activity.
Report: Dozens of Hezbollah militants 'accidentally' killed in chemical attack
Dozens of members of Hezbollah were killed last week in Aleppo in an accidental chemical attack carried out by the Syrian military, diplomatic sources reported to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida.
Iran parades parts of Russian S-300 missile system in military display
Iran proudly displayed parts of its recently acquired Russian S-300 air defense system Sunday in a military parade celebrating Army Day, Fars news agency reported. The missiles themselves were absent from the display.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
PM: UNESCO ignoring historic Jewish ties to Temple Mount
UNESCO, the United Nations body responsible for protecting historical and archaeological sites throughout the world, has changed its language for the Temple Mount, acquiescing last week to a request by the Palestinian Authority that it refer to the site using the term "Al-Aqsa mosque" only.
Hollande: International summit best way to tackle Israeli-Palestinian conflict
French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that an international conference to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the best way to bring peace, following a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Netanyahu to meet with Putin in Moscow this week
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fly to Moscow on Thursday for a quick six-hour visit during which he will meet with Russian President Vladmir Putin at the Kremlin.
Netanyahu: Golan Heights will forever remain part of Israel
The Golan Heights will forever remain part of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Sunday, in a signal to Russia and the United States that the strategic plateau should be excluded from any deal on Syria's future.
IDF prepared for all possibilities in south, says senior Likud MK
A senior Likud member of Knesset said Saturday that Hamas was deterred by the last round of fighting with Israel in 2014 but that it is gaining strength.

Inside the United States
Supreme Court to Hear Case of Christian-Owned Pharmacy's Refusal to Sell Abortion-Inducing Drugs
The U.S. Supreme Court in expected to decide Friday whether to hear a potentially groundbreaking case brought against a Christian family who own a pharmacy over their refusal to stock and sell any form of abortion-inducing drugs because of their religious beliefs.
Insurers warn losses from ObamaCare are unsustainable
Health insurance companies are amplifying their warnings about the financial sustainability of the ObamaCare marketplaces as they seek approval for premium increases next year.

U.S. Politics
Ted Cruz wins Wyoming Republican presidential nominating contest
Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Ted Cruz won all 14 delegates at stake on Saturday in Wyoming, besting rival Donald Trump, who made little effort to win the rural state, and further narrowing the gap in the race for the party's nomination.
While the GOP worries about convention chaos, Trump pushes for 'showbiz' feel
The volatility of the Republican presidential race threatens to undermine the ­party's July convention, putting potential donors on edge, raising security concerns and prompting some GOP politicians, including those in competitive reelection battles, to skip the Cleveland gathering altogether.
Facebook Employees Explore 'Responsibility' to Stop Donald Trump
Facebook employees submit questions weekly to the site's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking repeatedly what the social media company can do to block Donald Trump's presidential bid.

Christian News
Turkey: Evangelist detained, to be deported
In April, Turkey detained an American evangelist and ordered him held for a month with a view to his deportation.

Prophecy News Watch - April 15, 2016

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Iranian General visits Moscow for talks with Putin, defying UN travel ban
Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani has flown to Moscow for talks with Russia's military and political leadership, three sources with knowledge of his trip said on Friday. Soleimani's trip defies the UN Security Council travel ban, which was imposed on Soleimani and other Iranian officials in 2007 due to concerns about their ties to Tehran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Aftershocks, widespread damage after deadly Japan earthquake
Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents got a fuller look Friday at the widespread damage from an unusually strong overnight earthquake that killed nine people and injured about 800.
US says it detected and tracked a failed North Korean missile launch
The US military detected and tracked what it has assessed was a failed North Korean missile launch, a Defense Department spokesman said on Thursday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Obama Admin Open to U.N. Measures Focused on Israel
The Obama administration says it "will carefully consider" what are expected to be a series of United Nations Security Council Resolutions aimed at Israel in the coming months, generating accusations in Congress that Washington is preparing to abandon Israel at the U.N., according to State Department officials and congressional sources apprised of the measure.
Child poverty in Israel among worst in developed nations: UNICEF
Child poverty in Israel is among the highest in the world's most developed countries, surpassing Mexico and Chile, according to a report published by the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday.
As Hamas grows stronger in Gaza, IDF prepares for future conflict
Hamas has quickly learned the lessons of the 2014 Operation Protective Edge and has been hard at work recovering its strength, a high-ranked IDF officer said Thursday. However, the Gaza terror organization has yet to restore its rockets arsenal to the same quantity and quality as before the war, it is hindered by a shortage in supply of arms and raw materials, and suffers from increasing tensions between its military and political branches.

Inside the United States
DARPA is investigating self-mutating vaccines to take down viruses
How do you begin to deal with viruses that mutate quicker than we can provide vaccines or antivirals? DARPA, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, thinks the solution may be playing the enemy at its own game, and making vaccines that reproduce and evolve faster than the viruses they target.
US Military's Satellite-Launching XS-1 Space Plane Could Fly in 2019
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is now entering the second and third phases of its ambitious Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which aims to make launching satellites a daily occurrence.
Report: Terrorist's iPhone turned out to be useless
The iPhone at the center of the months-long battle between Apple and the FBI contained nothing of interest, according to a recent report.
Gay rights movement 'emboldened' by marriage ruling targets religious liberty
Professor John C. Eastman, founding director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, said the Supreme Court opened a Pandora's box in June when it struck down all laws nationwide defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Federal judge calls IRS untrustworthy in tea party case
A federal judge said the IRS isn't to be trusted as he and his colleagues tried Thursday to figure out whether the tax agency is still targeting tea party groups for intrusive and illegal scrutiny.

U.S. Politics
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders trade blows in contentious Democratic debate
With the crucial New York primary just days away, Sen. Bernard Sanders and Hillary Clinton engaged in a brutal, tough-talking debate fitting of the Empire State on Thursday night.
Poll: One-in-three GOP voters would support a Trump independent run
A poll released Thursday finds that one out of every three Republican primary voters supports a third-party presidential run from Donald Trump if he is denied the GOP nomination at a brokered convention.
Clinton and Sanders Have Extended Exchange Over Differences on Israel
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) had a lengthy exchange over their differing opinions on the U.S.-Israeli relationship at Thursday night's debate.
Fox News Poll: Trump widens lead in GOP race, Clinton-Sanders tightens
Donald Trump jumps to an 18-point lead over Ted Cruz this week with record high support for the Republican nomination.
Donald Trump's favorite Bible verse is one Jesus specifically repudiated
Donald Trump was asked about his favorite Bible verse in a Thursday radio interview, and he responded by citing an Old Testament law that Jesus specifically repudiated.

Christian News
Syria: Damage, destruction to churches
After the April liberation of an ancient Syrian town from the Islamic State's control, many of its churches and Christian buildings were found to have been destroyed, or badly damaged.
Anne Graham Lotz: God Is Hiding From America, His Anger and Judgment Are Coming
Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of famous evangelist Billy Graham, has warned that God might be purposefully hiding himself from America in preparation for a coming judgment on the nation.