Prophecy News Watch - September 28, 2015

UN summit approves 15-year blueprint to eradicate extreme poverty and combat climate change
With the bang of a gavel, international leaders approved an ambitious 15-year plan Friday to tackle the world's biggest problems, from eradicating poverty to preserving the planet to reducing inequality. Now comes the tough part: Drumming up support and money to achieve the goals and transform the world.
Putin's plans for Russian military in Syria has U.N., Obama on edge
Vladimir Putin's speech Monday is shaping up to be biggest of this year's U.N. General Assembly, as Obama administration officials brace for the Russian leader to lambaste their failed Syria policy and call on the world to get behind his plan for saving the war-torn Middle East from the clutches of the Islamic State.
Pentagon confirms: U.S.-trained rebels handed over weapons to al Qaeda operative in Syria
The Pentagon admitted Friday that a U.S.-trained rebel commander in Syria has surrendered trucks and ammunition this week to an al Qaeda affiliate.
Nasrallah: Failure of US-led campaign against ISIS led to Russian involvement in Syria
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday welcomed Russia's military buildup in Syria in support of common ally President Bashar Assad, saying it was the failure of a US-led campaign against Islamic State that had forced Moscow's hand.
France launches air strikes against Islamic State in Syria
The French military released on Sunday footage showing its first air strikes in Syria, which it says destroyed an Islamic State training camp in the east of the country to prevent the group from carrying out attacks against France's interests and to protect Syrian civilians.
Iran-Saudi war of words heats up over hajj disaster
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanded Saudi Arabia apologise Sunday for a stampede that killed 769 pilgrims at the hajj, as a war of words escalated between the regional rivals.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Police enter Temple Mount after Palestinians in Aksa mosque throw stones, firebombs
Dozens of police officers entered the Temple Mount complex early Monday morning after dozens of Palestinians holed up in al-Aksa mosque began hurling stones and firebombs at them, police said.
Netanyahu praises Sisi's call to expand Egypt-Israel peace to other Arab states
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday praised Egyptian President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi for calling to expand Egypt's peace with Israel to include more Arab countries.
IDF strikes Syrian military targets in response to stray fire into Israel
The IDF struck two targets belonging to the Syrian military on Sunday night in response to earlier projectile fallout from the embattled country exploding in Israeli territory in the northern Golan Heights.

Inside the United States
Obama: Religious freedom no excuse to deny rights to others
Freedom of religion isn't reason enough to deny any American their constitutional rights, President Barack Obama said Sunday as he addressed members of the LGBT community, one of his major sources of political and financial support.
DARPA is implanting chips in soldiers' brains
For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it's finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers' brains that they hope will enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted.

U.S. Politics
House Speaker John Boehner to resign at end of October
House Speaker John A. Boehner, faced with a constant conservative rebellion, announced Friday he will step down at the end of October, a move that shocked Capitol Hill and exposed the deep tensions within the Republican Party over how to use its congressional majority.
Carson: Religion Could Be Probable Cause for Police Search
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Sunday he is open to considering religion as a probable cause to search the emails and phone calls of Syrian refugees entering the United States.
Boehner unloads on GOP's 'false prophets'
In his first one-on-one interview since his resignation announcement, Speaker John Boehner blasted right-wing lawmakers and groups as 'false prophets' who 'whip people into a frenzy' to make legislative demands that 'are never going to happen.'
Trump promises 'large segment' of taxpayers will have zero rate
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said in an interview that aired on Sunday on the eve of the unveiling of his tax plan that a 'large segment' of U.S. taxpayers would have a zero rate if he wins the White House.
Mitch McConnell pushed to resign as Senate Majority Leader
With John Boehner now departing as House speaker, an influential Republican Party official is now seeking the ouster of another GOP leader who has frustrated conservatives: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Christian News
Iran: Pastor's Three-Year Anniversary of Imprisonment
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has just marked the three-year anniversary of Iran's imprisonment of an American pastor.
PA Strangely Silent after Muslims Set Bethlehem Church Afire
In its sole statement, the PA said that the fire at the St. Charbal church in the city was caused by an 'electrical malfunction' - a description that is at odds with an account by Israeli Christian Arab Father Gabriel Naddaf, who said that the church was burned down Saturday night by 'Palestinian extremists.'

Prophecy News Watch - September 25, 2015

Around the World
Russians, Syrians and Iranians setting up military coordination cell in Baghdad
Russian, Syrian and Iranian military commanders have set up a coordination cell in Baghdad in recent days to try to begin working with Iranian-backed Shia militias fighting the Islamic State, Fox News has learned.
Obama and Putin to meet; Syria and Ukraine vie for attention
U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in New York next week at a time of high tension in Europe and the Middle East, but the Kremlin and the White House disagreed on Thursday over the top priority for the talks.
More than 700 pilgrims die in crush in worst hajj disaster for 25 years
At least 717 pilgrims from around the world were killed on Thursday in a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi authorities said, in the worst disaster to strike the annual haj pilgrimage for 25 years.
Russia building huge military base on Ukrainian border as Putin fires warning shot to West
The Russian leader will construct a huge facility for more than 5,523f7c troops and heavy weaponry just a few miles from where the fiercest fighting has taken place between Moscow-backed separatists and Ukrainian army forces.
Pope Francis to Address UN
On Friday, the fourth day of his historic first visit to the United States, Pope Francis is in New York, where he continues his jam-packed itinerary.
Pressure grows to declare war against Christians a genocide
Human rights activists see it. Foreign leaders see it. And more than 80 members of the U.S. Congress see it. Together, they are pressuring the leader of the free world to declare there is a Christian genocide going on in the Middle East.
Pope expresses closeness to world's Muslims after fatal haj stampede
Pope Francis expressed 'closeness' with the world's Muslims on Thursday after more than 700 pilgrims were killed in a stampede outside the Islamic holy city of Mecca in the worst disaster to strike the annual haj pilgrimage in a quarter century.
US cautions Russia against fanning flames of Syria war
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday that he would talk to his Russian counterpart again about Moscow's military intentions in Syria, but cautioned that if the Russians insist on fighting the Islamic State without simultaneously pursuing a political solution to Syria's civil war they will be 'pouring gasoline' on the conflict.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem receives assurance of no proselytizing at ICEJ event
Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Aryeh Stern says that he has received guarantees from the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem that there would be no missionary activity at the organization's Feast of Tabernacles celebration, which starts next week.

Inside the United States
Full Text of Pope Francis Speech Before Congress
The full text of Pope Francis' speech before Congress on Thursday as prepared by the Holy See's press office.
Yellen: Rate hike 'likely' in 2015
An increase in interest rates will likely be justified this year, Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen said Thursday.
Fed's Yellen appears to fall ill during speech, Fed cites dehydration
Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen appeared to fall ill during a public speech Thursday night, struggling to deliver lines and falling silent for a few long moments.
US Has 10 Million More Foreign-Born Residents Than Entire European Union
The United States has 10 million more foreign-born residents than the entire European Union, according to an analysis from the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.
Justice Scalia 'Wouldn't Be Surprised' if Court Abolishes Death Penalty
Justice Antonin Scalia and the American Civil Liberties Union agree on this much: The death penalty's days may be numbered.
Repent! Pope Francis lectures America on gay marriage, abortion, immigration
Pope Francis delivered a stinging blow to nativist conservatives bent on keeping illegal immigrants and Middle Eastern refugees out of the United States, saying Thursday in a landmark address to Congress that Americans should show compassion to immigrants of all stripes.
U.S. New-Home Sales Up 5.7% in August
Sales of newly built homes reached the highest level since early 2008 in August, evidence that demand for housing is strengthening heading into the fall.

U.S. Politics
House GOP may opt against shutdown over Planned Parenthood
House GOP leaders have summoned their divided conference for a make-or-break discussion on how to fight taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood without having the battle lead to a government shutdown next week.
Ted Cruz: McConnell, Boehner Surrendering on Iran, Planned Parenthood
Ted Cruz slammed Republican leaders in Congress on Thursday for surrendering on the Iranian nuclear deal and Planned Parenthood.

Christian News
Saeed Interrogated, Tasered, Threatened with Charges
This week marks the three-year anniversary of American Pastor Saeed Abedini's captivity in an Iranian prison.

Prophecy News Watch - September 24, 2015

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
EU leaders claim unity regained, pledge aid for Syrians
EU leaders pledged at least 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) for Syrian refugees in the Middle East and closer cooperation to stem migrant flows into Europe at a summit described as less tense than feared after weeks of feuding.
Iran on Israel: 'We Are Going to Destroy Them'
The commander of Iran's army said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic would destroy Israel at all costs despite the recent nuclear deal aimed at reining in the country’s rogue behavior, according to comments by these officials.
Sinai: Egypt Claims it Killed 500 Terrorists in 16 Days
The Egyptian military claimed Wednesday to have killed more than 500 jihadi terrorists over the previous 16 days, as it gears up for the second phase of an intensive counter-terrorism operation in the restive eastern Sinai Peninsula.
Officials: Suicide bombing kills 25 at mosque during Eid prayers in Yemen's capital Sanaa
Security officials in Yemen's capital Sanaa say 25 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque during Eid al-Adha prayers.
US Frees Osama Bin Laden Bodyguard from Guantanamo Bay
The Defense Department said Tuesday that Abdul Shalabi, believed to have once served as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard, has been transferred from the prison at Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia.
Icelandic Volcano Spewed More Toxic Gas than All of Europe
Toxic gases and lava billowed from the top of the Bardarbunga volcano for nearly six months last year in the biggest Icelandic eruption for two centuries. In this time, the volcano spewed enough lava to cover an area the size of Manhattan -- and three times as much toxic gas than all man-made sources in Europe, according to new research.
Report: Putin plans air strikes in Syria if no US deal reached
Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing for unilateral air strikes against Islamic State in Syria if the United States rejects his proposal to join forces, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the matter.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu to convene cabinet in order to pass measures against stone-throwing attacks
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to convene the cabinet on Thursday in order to approve his plan to battle stone-throwing and Molotov cocktail attacks.
Abbas to Netanyahu: Chaos at al Aksa could lead to another intifada
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to 'stop the chaos' at Al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City.
'Zionist regime's insult of al-Aksa foremost problem for Muslims,' Khamenei says
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced Israel on Wednesday for what he called its 'insult' to Jerusalem's Al-Aksa mosque in connection with Israeli actions at one of Islam's holiest places.

Inside the United States
Pope Francis set to address fractious U.S. Congress
Fresh off his meeting with President Barack Obama, Pope Francis delivers a speech on Thursday to a U.S. Congress led by Republicans who have opposed Obama on issues of importance to the pontiff including climate change and immigration.
In meeting with nuns, Pope Francis makes quiet protest of Obamacare
Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop to visit the Little Sisters of the Poor Wednesday, a move that Vatican officials said was intended to send a message of support in the nuns' battle against Obamacare.
Pentagon Says Chinese Sub That Can Hit U.S. to Go on Patrol Soon
A new Chinese nuclear submarine designed to carry missiles that can hit the U.S. will likely deploy before year's end, the Pentagon said, adding to Obama administration concerns over China's muscle-flexing in Asia.
Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis: 'If I Resign I Lose My Voice'
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk under fire for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, says she loves all people, but she is most concerned with serving God.
OPM says 5.6 million fingerprints stolen in cyberattack, five times as many as previously thought
One of the scariest parts of the massive cybersecurity breaches at the Office of Personnel Management just got worse: The agency now says 5.6 million people's fingerprints were stolen as part of the hacks.
Pope Francis warns US bishops against 'divisive' language
Pope Francis told U.S. bishops Wednesday they should avoid 'harsh and divisive' language and create a church with the warmth of a 'family fire,' as he laid out a vision for American Catholicism far from the defensive stands on social issues that have put church leaders at the center of the culture wars.

U.S. Politics
Senate GOP unveils measure to fund government through Dec. 11
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he will push a short-term spending bill that funds the government through Dec. 11 and redirects Planned Parenthood funding to other health centers amid controversy over the organization's abortion practice.
Reports of Trump's death are greatly exaggerated
Since the sign-off of the CNN debate last week, the political chattering classes have been speculating about the future of Donald Trump. Has he finally hit a peak, followed by an inevitable decline? There has been a lot of (possibly wishful) punditry to the effect that Trump's lackluster debate performance could represent a turning point in his campaign.
Mike Huckabee: Obama pretends to be a Christian
Mike Huckabee suggested President Barack Obama 'pretends to be' a Christian in knocking the President's handling of Pope Francis' first visit to the U.S.
Trump says he won't appear on Fox News
Citing unfair treatment, Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is not going to appear on any Fox News shows 'for the forseeable future,' reigniting a feud that has heated up and cooled throughout the summer.
Fox News Poll: Outsiders rule 2016 GOP field, support for Biden nearly doubles
Most Republicans feel betrayed by their party -- and show their displeasure by supporting outsiders over establishment candidates in the GOP presidential race.
State Department's account of e-mail request differs from Clinton's
Throughout the controversy over her use of a private e-mail system while she was secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton has described her decision last year to turn over thousands of work-related e-mails as a response to a routine-sounding records request.
FBI Said to Recover Personal E-Mails From Hillary Clinton Server
The FBI has recovered personal and work-related e-mails from the private computer server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Christian News
Israel to Compensate Church Targeted by Jewish Extremists
Israel will pay damages to the church where Christians believe Jesus performed the miracle of loaves and fishes, after an arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists, the justice ministry said.
Franklin Graham, One Million Moms: Cancel 'Mature' Muppets, It 'Promotes Sin'
The Rev. Franklin Graham has joined the group One Million Moms in calling for ABC to cancel its new series 'The Muppets.'
Pope Francis 'Reminds Us, People Are Only Free When They Can Practice Their Faith Freely,' Obama Says
With over 11,523f7c ticketed guests gathered on the South Lawn, Pope Francis made his first-ever visit to the White House Wednesday morning, and called on the world to defend religious liberties and take better care of the environment before going to the Oval Office for a private meeting with President Barack Obama.

Prophecy News Watch - September 21, 2015

Around the World
IAEA Chief Granted Access to Covert Iran Military Site
The head of the UN atomic watchdog was granted access Sunday to a controversial Iranian military site where it is alleged covert research to build a nuclear bomb took place, AFP reported.
Greek leftist Tsipras returns in unexpectedly clear election win
Greek leftist Alexis Tsipras stormed back into office with an unexpectedly decisive election victory on Sunday, claiming a clear mandate to steer Greece's battered economy to recovery.
Iran's Rouhani Dodges Questions on US as 'Great Satan,' Cries of 'Death to America'
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told '60 Minutes' in an interview aired Sunday that 'Death to America' and 'The Great Satan' are not terms aimed at the American people, but at the government it sees as not keeping its word.
Pope meets Fidel Castro in Havana, warns against ideology
Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Havana's Revolution Square on Sunday and met with former leader Fidel Castro but warned Cubans against the dangers of ideology as their country enters a new era of closer ties with the United States.
Some Iraqis ditch fight against ISIS for better life in Europe
The inability of Iraq to retain its soldiers threatens to further erode morale in a military that has partially collapsed twice in the past year in the face of the Islamic State militant group.
Vladimir Putin orders ground troops to Syria after Obama's use of moderate rebels flops
Vladimir Putin views the Syrian army and its Iranian allies as incapable of defeating the Islamic State in Syria, prompting the Russian president to directly intervene in recent weeks by setting up an air base and sending in tanks, artillery and jet fighters, a report to Congress says.
Fury after Saudi Arabia 'chosen to head key UN human rights panel'
The United Nations has been criticised for handing Saudi Arabia a key human rights role - despite the country having 'arguably the worst record in the world' on freedoms for women, minorities and dissidents.
U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies' Abuse of Boys
In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu to quiz Putin on Russia's reinforcement of Syria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow on Monday to seek reassurance from President Vladimir Putin about Russia's military deployment in Syria and to lay out Israel's concerns about the risk of weapons reaching militants on its borders.
Jordan's King says Al-Aqsa only open for Muslim prayer, can't be divided
Jordanian King Abdullah II told a group of Israeli Arab MKs visiting his country on Sunday that al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is a place for Muslim prayer with no division nor partnership.
Police arrest 39 Palestinians accused of throwing rocks, firebombs over 48 hours
Twenty-seven Palestinian suspects accused of throwing rocks and firebombs at officers in flashpoint Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem were arrested during an overnight police sweep that started late Saturday night, police said on Sunday.
IDF arrests six in overnight West Bank terror sweeps
Security forces in the West Bank arrested six Palestinians in overnight sweeps. Five of the suspects were arrested on suspicion of involvement in terror groups and terror related activities.
Herzog: EU plans to label settlement products a 'dangerous and grave' threat
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) on Monday criticized as a 'dangerous and grave' threat, European Union's plans to label products made in settlements over the Green Line.

Inside the United States
Pope's visit will produce largest security operation in U.S. history
Federal authorities are mobilizing one of the largest security operations in U.S. history ahead of Pope Francis?s arrival Tuesday, an effort that is straining law enforcement resources in Washington, New York and Philadelphia.
Thousands of evacuees head home as California blazes near containment
More than 1,523f7c people who were forced to evacuate from areas of Northern California affected by a deadly wildfire that has destroyed nearly 900 residences will be allowed to return home on Sunday, officials said.
Northern California wildfire destroys another 162 homes
California fire officials said Sunday a wildfire north of San Francisco destroyed another 162 homes, raising the number of homes destroyed to 1,050 and making it the fourth worst wildfire in the state's history.

U.S. Politics
Conservatives have 'no plan' to remove Boehner
Even some of the staunchest anti-establishment Tea Party Republicans in the House admit they don't have a viable plan to unseat House Speaker John Boehner.
CNN Poll: Trump Drops 8 Points, Fiorina Jumps to No. 2
Front-runner Donald Trump is down, but still in the lead in the first poll released since Wednesday's second GOP presidential debate, while Carly Fiorina has leaped to second place.
Trump Courts Skeptical Christian Conservatives in Iowa
Republican front-runner Donald Trump is moving to try to establish deeper roots with social conservatives, a key segment of his party's electorate and one that's skeptical about him.
Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina say government shutdown hinges on Planned Parenthood funding
Even as a prominent pro-life group has warned Republicans not to shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding, GOP presidential candidates on Sunday continued to call on Congress to cut off money for the group and force President Obama's hand on financing the abortion provider.
Huckabee: Obama more interested in appeasing gays than strengthening military
Mike Huckabee said Saturday that President Barack Obama's decision to nominate a gay man to lead the Army was made so he could appease 'America's homosexuals.'
Carson doubles down on no Muslims in the White House
Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson is standing by his view that a Muslim should not be president of the United States, telling The Hill in an interview on Sunday that whoever takes the White House should be 'sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Koran.'

Christian News
UK discriminates against Syrian Christian refugees
The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned the U.K. Prime Minister that his government's policy on refugees discriminates against Christians trying to leave Syria.
Court Rules Sudan Gov't Interfered with Church
Last month a court ruled that the committees imposed upon a Khartoum church by the Islamist government of Sudan were illegal.
Christians Rally in Tennessee for Religious Freedom From Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Hundreds of Christian conservatives gathered in the blistering heat in Nashville on Constitution Day Thursday, to rally for religious freedom in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling and called on the state to uphold its definition of marriage as being a union between one man and one woman.
Franklin Graham Condemns Obama's Guest List for Papal Welcome as 'Sinful'
Evangelist Franklin Graham has called President Obama's guest list for Pope Francis' welcome this week 'disgraceful and obviously inappropriate,' even as the Vatican has reportedly objected to the White House's invitation to transgender activists, an openly gay bishop and supporters of abortion and euthanasia.
3 people injured in Alabama church shooting
A mother, her newborn, and a pastor were shot Sunday in an Alabama church, and the baby's father is in custody, authorities said.