Prophecy News Watch - August 13, 2015

Around the World
U.S. begins air strikes against Islamic State from Turkish base; Ground Troops May Be Needed
The United States launched its first manned air strikes against Islamic State targets from the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.
Obama urged to re-interpret Helms amendment for foreign abortions
Some 81 House Democrats have urged President Obama to tell agencies that the Helms amendment does not ban all U.S. foreign aid-related abortions, but permits those in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is endangered.
Secret Iran-Turkey collaboration produces ceasefire in Syria
Iran and Turkey, who support opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, negotiated a 48-hour ceasefire on Aug. 12 after a month of behind-the-scenes negotiations.
Huge explosions in China's Tianjin port area kill 17, hurt 400
Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring around 400, official Chinese media reported.
Switzerland lifts sanctions against Iran
Neutral Switzerland will officially lift on Thursday sanctions against Iran that had been suspended since January 2014, the government announced on Wednesday, citing a deal last month between Tehran and six big powers to curb Iran's nuclear programme.
Some U.S. troops may be needed on ground in Iraq: retiring Army chief
The fight against Islamic State rebels is at a stalemate and if the U.S. military does not see progress in the coming months it should consider putting support troops on the ground with Iraqi forces, Army General Ray Odierno said on Wednesday.
'No snapback of sanctions if Iran breaks arms embargo'
Violations by Iran of the arms embargo on it or of the restrictions on its missile program would not force an automatic reinstatement or 'snapback' of United Nations sanctions under the terms of the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. However, he said other options would be available.
Yuan's Plunge Marks End of Chinese Stability for Global Economy
For about two decades China's yuan was an anchor of stability for the global economy, helping it navigate Asian and global crises by holding steady even as other currencies slid. That era appears to be over.
Iranian, Russian Warships Hold Joint 'War Games'
Iranian and Russian warships took part in joint 'war games' training exercises on Tuesday in Iranian waters, giving clear expression to the military cooperation between the two states.
US military: US, allies conduct 19 air strikes in Syria, Iraq
The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State forces in Syria with nine air strikes on Tuesday, and also conducted 10 strikes against the militant group in Iraq, according to a statement released on Wednesday.
Ukraine and rebels trade blame for violating ceasefire
Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Wednesday of attempting to break a six-month-old peace agreement, with a rebel official warning of the threat of 'a big war' if the ceasefire crumbles.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hamas has dug 'several tunnels' into Israel, in new Iran-funded war drive
A year after a bitter 50-day war, Hamas has again dug numerous attack tunnels from Gaza into Israeli sovereign territory, and is gearing up with major Iranian assistance for another conflict, a TV report said Tuesday.
Hamas claims captured Israeli drone, made it operational
Hamas' military wing claimed on Wednesday that its fighters were successful in taking over an Israeli drone and making it operational. The IDF said it was looking into the Hamas claim.
Israel foiled 17 suicide attacks so far this year, Shin Bet says
The Palestinian terrorism of 2015 looks very different from the kind that Israel suffered during the first years of the Second Intifada. The weapons are improvised, there are no 'wanted men' whom Israel is seeking for orchestrating the attacks; indeed, there is often no organizational support. But the effort to perpetrate terror attacks against Israeli targets is intensifying.
Hamas Official: There's No Room for Jews in 'Palestine'
Hamas continues to incite young people to violence and jihad against Israel.
Israeli combat troops react angrily to new rules of engagement in West Bank
In light of heightened security tensions in the West Bank, the Israeli defense establishment on Tuesday temporarily revised the rules of engagement for combat soldiers on the ground serving in the Palestinian territories, triggering a wave of resentment within the ranks.
Israel expects US Congress to block Iran nuclear deal, top Likud figure says
Israel anticipates that the US Congress will heed its call and vote down the Iran nuclear deal against the wishes of the Obama administration, the head of the powerful Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee told Israel Radio on Tuesday.
Analysis: Shin Bet interrogation sheds light on Hamas-Iran ties
The most interesting revelation in the Shin Bet security agency's Tuesday statement about an arrested and interrogated Hamas operative deals with the ties between the Islamist movement and Iran.
Abbas to resign within two months, report says
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is set to resign within two months, according to a report Wednesday.

Inside the United States
New Video Emerges; Administration Warns States Trying to Defund Planned Parenthood
In what appears to be the next installment of the Planned Parenthood controversy, the Center for Medical Progress has released an interview with a former technician who claims that the harvesting of fetal body parts was often undertaken without the knowledge or consent of the pregnant women.
Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 45 Million for 49 Straight Months
The number of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 49 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Record 42.1 million immigrants in U.S., Mexicans drive latest surge
A new analysis of legal and illegal immigrant counts by the Census Bureau revealed Thursday that there is a record 42.1 million in the United States, an explosion that is being driven by Mexicans flooding across the border.
Planned Parenthood scandal slipping off media's radar
Planned Parenthood's organ harvesting scandal is fading fast from media's focus, even as the pro-life activist group that broke the story continues to release jarring undercover video.
Iran nuclear deal vote count
Though majorities in both chambers are expected to vote to disapprove of President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran in September, overcoming an expected veto seems unlikely.
Experts See Long-Term Risks From Colorado Mine Spill
Toxic waste that gushed from a Colorado mine and threatened downstream water supplies in at least three states will continue to be dangerous when contaminated sediment gets stirred up from the river bottom, authorities said Wednesday, suggesting there is no easy fix to what could be a long-term public health risk.
More than 5,523f7c earthquakes have hit northwest Nevada since swarm started in July 2014
Seismologists studying a year-long swarm of thousands of mostly minor earthquakes in northwest Nevada say they could be the precursor for a 'big one,' although speculation that they're related to a series of extinct volcanoes can't be ruled out.
Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio hit with anti-Semitic graffiti
Racist and anti-Semitic symbols including swastikas were painted on more than 30 cars, homes, buildings and signs in a predominately Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio, prompting a police investigation, authorities said on Wednesday.
Obama pushes Congress to renew Voting Rights Act
President Obama on Wednesday urged Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act following a Supreme Court decision that gutted a core part of the landmark law.
Federal Judge Orders Obama Immigration Team to Defend in Person
U.S. officials must defend the administration in person before a judge in Texas who threatened to hold the government in contempt for failing to fully block President Barack Obama's immigration initiative.

U.S. Politics
Huckabee: I Would Have DOJ Prosecute Planned Parenthood
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says that if he were president, he would use the Justice Department to take on Planned Parenthood.
Joe Lieberman to head group opposed to Iran deal
Former US senator Joe Lieberman, a Democrat turned independent and a loyal friend of Israel on Capitol Hill, will take the leadership of the United Against Nuclear Iran organization after its current chairman stepped down Monday following a recent change of heart on the Iranian nuclear agreement.
CNN / ORC Poll: Trump tops in Iowa as Scott Walker drops
Trump tops the field with 22% and is the candidate seen as best able to handle top issues including the economy, illegal immigration and terrorism. He's most cited as the one with the best chance of winning the general election, and, by a wide margin, as the candidate most likely to change the way things work in Washington.
Why Trump's defense of Planned Parenthood might not hurt him
Donald Trump is the lone GOP candidate to refrain from calls to totally defund Planned Parenthood, but that might only cost him pennies, not dollars, among primary voters.
Senate committee seeks email facts from Clinton's tech company
The chairman of the Senate's homeland security committee has asked a small, 13-year-old Denver technology company that managed tens of thousands of emails for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to describe what measures it took to safeguard national security information.
6 Interesting Facts About the Christian Faith of Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina has surged in recent polls after what many believed was a strong showing in the first of the night GOP debate in Cleveland. A former chief executive at Hewlett Packard, Fiorina lost a 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate against Democrat incumbent Barbara Boxer.
Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire poll
Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, leads the former secretary of state 44 percent to 37 percent in New Hampshire among likely 2016 Democratic voters, according to a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll.

Christian News
Franklin Graham: 'Shame on Target' for Gender Neutral Signage
Stopping short of calling for an outright boycott, the Rev. Franklin Graham said customers of Target should consider taking their business elsewhere due to the company's decision to stop using gender specific signage in the children's departments of its stores.
ISIS releases 22 abducted Christians
Islamic State has released 22 of the dozens of Assyrian Christians it abducted from villages in northeastern Syria earlier this year, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.
United Church of Canada passes Israel divestment resolution
The United Church of Canada passed a resolution Tuesday during its 42nd General Council encouraging divestment from Israel in order 'to address the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories by the State of Israel.'

Prophecy News Watch - August 12, 2015

Around the World
Russia and Nato 'actively preparing for war'
Russia and Nato are actively preparing for war with one another amid the greatest build up of military tension in Europe since the end of the Cold War, a new report says.
Ex-DIA chief Flynn: Obama ignored intel warnings, willfully backed Al Qaida groups that became ISIL
The Obama administration made a 'willful decision' to arm terror organizations in Syria that led to the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), former U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) chief Michael Flynn said.
White House Blocks Pentagon Report on Russian Treaty Breach
The White House is blocking the release of a Pentagon risk assessment of Russia's violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, according to a senior House leader.
China's move to devalue currency could reverberate globally
China's surprise move Tuesday to devalue its currency has intensified concerns about a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy, whose growth rate has reached a six-year low. It is also fanning tensions with the United States and Europe, whose exports could become comparatively costlier.
Amnesty approves policy to decriminalize sex trade
Amnesty International approved a controversial policy Tuesday to endorse the de-criminalization of the sex trade, rejecting complaints from some women's rights groups who say it is tantamount to advocating the legalization of pimping and brothel owning.
Amnesty International accuses UN peacekeepers of rape, murder
The UN mission in the Central African Republic launched an investigation Tuesday following charges that its armed peacekeepers killed a 16-year-old boy and his father and raped a young girl earlier this month.
Kerry: Dollar could suffer if US walks away from Iran deal
The dollar may be lose its place as the world's reserve currency if the US Congress votes to kill the Iran nuclear deal, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
Syria's Aleppo marked as international city under Iran peace plan
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to Turkey was cancelled Tuesday, when he had been expected to present the Islamic Republic's recently developed initiative to reach a peace deal in Syria.
Iran moving to capitalize on diplomatic gains from nuclear accord
Iran appears to be trying to leverage the momentum gained from the conclusion of the nuclear deal, and improved relations with the West, in order to achieve some kind of deal that safeguards its interests in Syria and Lebanon.
Congressmen: Egypt opposes Iranian nuclear deal
Egypt, like Israel, opposes the Iranian nuclear deal brokered last month by the US and other leading nations, a group of US congressmen who have been touring Israel and Egypt said Monday.
Greek bailout deal agreed 'in principle'
Greece has agreed a bailout deal 'in principle' with its creditors, the European Commission has said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
France Pushing Security Council Resolution Calling for End to Israeli Presence in West Bank
The Palestinian Authority welcomed French efforts to lead an international initiative aimed at ending Israel's control of the the West Bank and resolving the Israeli-Arab conflict, Al-Jazeera reported on Monday.
Zarif in Beirut: Nuke deal 'historic opportunity' to face Israeli threats
The Iran nuclear deal presents an 'historic opportunity' to combat Israeli 'threats,' Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah during a Tuesday meeting in Beirut, Hezbollah's al-Manar television station said Wednesday.
PA to present UN Security Council with resolution to end Israeli 'occupation'
The Palestinian Authority is planning to present a new resolution to the UN Security Council calling for ending Israeli 'occupation' and providing international protection for the Palestinians, PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki announced on Tuesday.
Palestinians and Iran Agree to Disarm Israel's Alleged Nukes
The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Iran have agreed to work together in holding an international conference on the nuclear disarmament of Israel, a senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official said.
IDF Says it is Aware of New Hamas Terror Tunnels
Military sources confirmed for the first time on Tuesday that the defense establishment has information that Hamas has been digging new terrorist tunnels to replace the ones destroyed by Israel during Operation Protective Edge last summer.
Obama administration warns US court: High cost of appealing terror verdict could topple PA
The Obama administration urged a US judge to 'carefully consider' the Palestinian Authority's financial condition in determining the size of any bond it must post to appeal a jury's finding that it supported terrorist attacks in Israel.
Poll: Most Israelis Feel Their Nation is in Danger
The monthly Peace Index survey conducted in late July found that a firm majority of Israeli Jews believe their nation is in serious danger from various security and military threats.
Arabs harass US congressmen during visit to Temple Mount
A group of Muslim men harassed a delegation of US Congressmen visiting the Temple Mount on Tuesday.

Inside the United States
IRS officials processed zero Tea Party applications in 2011
Officials at the Internal Revenue Service ignored the tax-exempt applications of conservative groups for years at a time, bringing the growth of new Tea Party nonprofits to a standstill in the run-up to President Obama's re-election.
River users want EPA to be held accountable for its own toxic spill
The EPA is known for its hard line on environmental offenders, but its own accountability is being challenged after its agents unleashed a disastrous toxic spill threatening water supplies in four Western states and two Indian reservations.
The Death Cross Forms on the Dow Chart
The Dow Jones Industrial Average's biggest decline in a month is proving the final nail in its death cross.
Foreign banks have $1 trillion parked at the Fed
The largest U.S. banks and subsidiaries of foreign banks account for most of the excess reserves parked at the U.S. central bank, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Cleveland Fed.
Obama's Iran nuclear deal rhetoric troubles American Jews
Some prominent members of the American Jewish community are increasingly worried that the rhetoric the Obama administration is using to defend the Iran deal could fuel a backlash against Jews.
Oath Keepers arrival at Ferguson protest 'inflammatory,' top cop says
Four white men armed with rifles who arrived early Tuesday at protests in Ferguson, Mo., said they were there to protect journalists, but they were not welcomed by police, who fear their presence could prove 'inflammatory' amid demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of the racially charged police shooting of a black man.
George Soros funds Ferguson protests, hopes to spur civil action
In all, Mr. Soros gave at least $33 million in one year to support already-established groups that emboldened the grass-roots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson, according to the most recent tax filings of his nonprofit Open Society Foundations.
Shock Poll: Only 41% Of Democrats Want Congress To Approve Obama's Iran Deal
A new poll released on Monday shows that support for Obama's nuclear deal with Iran continues to unravel. According to the poll from Monmouth University, only 41 percent of Democrats believe Congress should approve the president's nuclear deal with the Iranian regime.

U.S. Politics
Hillary Clinton agrees to provide private e-mail server to FBI
Hillary Rodham Clinton's attorney has agreed to provide the FBI with the private server that housed her e-mail during her four years as secretary of state, Clinton's presidential campaign said Tuesday.
Carly's crushing it: Catches Jeb for third place in poll as Trump falters
In the first poll to show troubles from his debate performance, Donald Trump has tumbled from 26 percent to 17 percent, with insurgent Republican business leader Carly Fiorina skyrocketing into third place.
O'Malley calls DNC debate set-up 'legally problematic'
Martin O'Malley's lawyer released a memo Tuesday claiming the Democratic National Committee's debate process breaks federal election rules, is 'legally problematic' and 'entirely unprecedented.'
Trump ready to spend all his annual income on White House run
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday night that he's willing to spend millions of dollars of his own money to win the White House, with one caveat.
Clinton's education plan: Less for charity, more federal control
Hillary Clinton's poll numbers have suffered lately, particularly on the question of her honesty and integrity. This won't make it easy for her to excite the younger voters who boosted Barack Obama's candidacy in 2008 -- the very ones most likely to spot and reject an obvious phony.
Carly Fiorina Shows How to Address the Left on Climate Change
The short version of Fiorina's argument is this: If the scientific consensus is that man-made climate change is real, there is also consensus that America, acting alone, cannot stop it. Indeed, the Chinese are only too happy to watch us constrict our economy as they capture the market in clean coal.
How Free-Market Are the GOP Candidates?
As Carly Fiorina gets a second look following her strong performance in last week's debate, observers are noticing the emergence of an interesting theme in her campaign: opposition to the crony capitalism that infests so much of our economy today. 'What we have now is less and less free market,' Carly points out, 'and more and more crony capitalism.' It is a distinction that her opponents would do well to note.

Christian News
Egypt's Christians in the Shadow of the Muslim Brotherhood
In the nearly five years of turmoil that have followed the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, no group in Egypt has suffered more than the 15 million Coptic Christians. Both a religious and ethnic minority, the Copts are descended from the native population of Egypt who lived and ruled there from the time of the pharaohs until the Roman conquest in 31 B.C. They are the largest Christian community in the Middle East today.
Christianity facing threat of being rendered illegal under Nepal's new constitution
Christians may soon be prohibited from participating in church services and other religious activities in Nepal after the predominantly Hindu nation adopted a new Constitution on Monday.
Over 15,523f7c Assyrian Christian Families in Danger From ISIS Following Mass Kidnappings of Hundreds
As many as 15,523f7c Assyrian Christian families might be in danger from the Islamic State terror group and the ongoing conflict in Syria, the Assyrian Church of the East in Lebanon bishop has said. Christians from over 100 families were kidnapped on Friday, with human rights groups fearing they will be beheaded or sold into sexual slavery.
Christian institutions garnering support in ObamaCare challenge
Three Christian universities gained allies Monday in their battle against ObamaCare. Among their supporters: 16 state governments.
Christian purge has begun: Chaplains banned from preaching that homosexuality is a sin
Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is 'sinful' or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials.

Prophecy News Watch - August 11, 2015

Around the World
China Rattles Markets With Yuan Devaluation
China devalued the yuan by the most in two decades, a move that rippled through global markets as policy makers stepped up efforts to support exporters and boost the role of market pricing in Asia's largest economy, Bloomberg reported.
Obama Signed Off on Iran's Right to Nuclear Program in Secret 2011 Talks
President Barack Obama approved of Iran's right to operate a nuclear program in 2011 during secret meetings with Iranian officials, according to new disclosures by Iran's Supreme Leader.
NATO Reducing Air Patrols Around Baltic Sea as Russian Provocations Continue
The NATO alliance will reduce by half the number of planes patrolling around the Baltic Sea beginning in September despite continuing provocations from Russian military aircraft, according to reports.
Safe zones and moderate rebels: Obama's Syria plan doubted on all sides
The Obama administration's move to partner with Turkey to carve out a 'safe zone' in northern Syria is drawing increasing criticism from national security insiders on both the left and right who see a gaping hole in the plan: There aren't enough U.S.-friendly rebels on the ground to secure and hold the territory.
Greece hopes for bailout deal this week
The Greek government hopes negotiations for a new bailout will be concluded this week, with eurozone finance ministers possibly endorsing the plan as soon as Friday (14 August).
Shrinkage of breakout time 'emboldens' Iran, Obama says
Failure to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will lead to an 'emboldened' Iran, driven back on the path toward nuclear arms with an ever-growing uranium enrichment capacity, US President Barack Obama said in an interview aired on Sunday.
I don't intend to lose battle over Iran deal, vows defiant Obama
Israel's security is 'sacrosanct' to Washington, US President Barack Obama said in an interview to CNN aired Sunday, as he pledged to overcome American political opposition to the recently struck deal with Iran over its nuclear program.
China has been hacking US officials' Gmail for 5 years
Chinese cyber spies have been accessing the private emails of top US national security and trade officials since April 2010, according to an NBC News report on Monday, citing a U.S. intelligence official and top secret document.
Russian Warships Dock In Iran for War Training
Two Russian warships have docked in northern Iran for a series of naval training exercises with the Islamic Republic, according to Persian-language reports translated by the CIA's Open Source Center.
Car bomb explodes near Kabul airport, killing five
A car bomb exploded near the entrance to Kabul airport on Monday, killing at least five people and wounding 16, days after a series of suicide attacks in the Afghan capital killed dozens of civilians and wounded hundreds more.
Study: Iran Terror Funding Gets $4.8 Billion Boost Under Nuke Deal
Sanctions relief provided to Iran under a recently inked nuclear accord is expected to boost the Islamic Republic's military spending by nearly $5 billion dollars, with much of that money going to fund Iran's terror forces, according to a new study by a Washington, D.C.-based think-tank.
U.S. consulate in Turkey targeted as wave of attacks kills eight
The U.S. consulate in Istanbul came under gunfire on Monday and at least eight people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara launched a crackdown on Islamic State, Kurdish and far-left militants.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Palestinian Authority seeks to strengthen ties with Iran
The Palestinian Authority is looking forward to developing its relations and strengthening mutual trade with Iran, a senior PLO official, Ahmed Majdalani, said Sunday after meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif in Tehran.
Iran Deal: When will Israel go to War?
If the Iran deal guarantees war -- as argued by a former adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- then the question is when.
Vatican seeks indictment of Jewish supremacist for supporting church burning
The Custody of the Holy Land, the Vatican's representative body in Israel, called on Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to indict high-profile Jewish supremacist Bentzi Gopstein on charges of incitement to racism.
Temple Mount guard arrested in clash with Israeli police
Israeli police arrested a Temple Mount guard from the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf following a clash over allowing a group of Arab youths on the site.
US envoy Shapiro on Iran deal: Israel needs to prepare for the day after congressional vote
Despite the clear disagreement between the United States and Israel on the Iranian deal, it is in Israel's best interest to begin diplomatic talks with the US in preparation for the day after the congressional vote takes place, said the United States ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, in an interview with Israel Radio on Monday morning.

Inside the United States
Ferguson Demonstrations: Authorities Declare State of Emergency in St. Louis County
St. Louis County authorities declared a state of emergency Monday and more than 100 people were arrested on the second day of protests marking a year since a police officer killed Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown.
Keystone pipeline rejection could come this month
Canadian sources are confirming rumors that the Obama administration could soon reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.
Judge orders Clinton, aides not to delete emails
A federal judge ordered Hillary Clinton and two of her top aides not to delete any potentially work-related emails after Clinton's former chief of staff vowed to discard all electronic copies of her records by Monday.
Poll: More think Iran got a better deal than the U.S.
A plurality of people think Iran got the better end of the nuclear agreement it reached with the United States, and trust in Iran has fallen even further since that deal was struck, according to a new poll.
New York imam reinterprets Islamic tradition calling for war with Jews
A New York-based imam made a rare attempt at reinterpreting a selection of Islamic texts that make harsh statements against Jews.
Planned Parenthood's Clergy Advisory Board: Killing Babies Is 'God's Work'
Believe it or not, Planned Parenthood has a Clergy Advocacy Board. And these clergy claim Planned Parenthood employees are 'doing God's work.'
Study: Pro-Life Messaging Moves Women, Hispanics, Millennials to Republican Party
Democratic-leaning women, Hispanics and Millennials were most likely to shift their vote to the Republican Party after listening to anti-abortion ads, according to the results of a study reported in Campaigns & Elections.
'Dead Zone' in Gulf of Mexico Large Enough to Fit Connecticut, Rhode Island Combined
Measuring in at 6,474 miles, the annual Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' covers an area roughly the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.

Christian News
Syria: IS Abducts Dozens of Christians
Islamic State jihadists have captured several Christian families after seizing Qaryatain, a town in the Syrian province of Homs.
Black Pastors Ask Smithsonian to Remove Bust of Planned Parenthood Founder
A group of black pastors sent a letter to the director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery asking that the bust of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger be removed from the museum's 'Struggle for Justice' exhibit, citing her support for eugenics and the targeting of minorities by the nation's largest abortion provider.
IS kidnaps 230 civilians in central Syria
The Islamic State group has abducted 230 civilians, including at least 60 Christians, in a central Syrian town hours after it captured it, a monitoring group said on Friday.
Over 15,523f7c Christian Families at Risk in Northeast Syria
The Assyrian Church of the East in Lebanon bishop says that over 15,523f7c Assyrian Christian families remaining in Syria are at risk from the ongoing crisis.

Prophecy News Watch - August 10, 2015

Around the World
Islamic State building up for mass-casualty attacks, competing with al Qaeda for recruits, intel
Members of the U.S. intelligence community are warning that Islamic State fighters could be working toward mass-casualty attacks, a serious departure from the terror group's current focus on lone-wolf attacks.
U.N. approves resolution on Syria chemical weapons
The U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed Friday to establish a joint investigation mechanism to identify perpetrators of chlorine and other toxic chemical attacks in Syria. It is the first time the council has sought to establish accountability for such attacks in Syria.
Planned Parenthood baby parts videos prompt call to suspend European Commission funding
A member of the European Parliament has submitted written questions to the European Commission in the wake of the release of videos that depict Planned Parenthood officials involved in the possible illegal sale of baby parts from abortions.
IS top command dominated by ex-officers in Saddam's army
While attending the Iraqi army's artillery school nearly 20 years ago, Ali Omran remembers one major well. An Islamic hard-liner, he once chided Omran for wearing an Iraqi flag pin into the bathroom because it included the words 'God is great.'
ISIS unveils chilling new map of Europe as it plans for world domination by 2020
This chilling map reveals the calculated way ISIS plan to take over the world by 2020.
Iranian ex-pat: Nuclear deal ruins opportunity to remove the ayatollahs from power
The Iran deal is a setback, an ex-pat argued, and 'the architecture behind the global Iran policy is an incredible willingness to appease the dictators and to just get over this conflict. It is essentially, as a friend of mine described the deal that was cut last week in Vienna, in fact a business deal.'
Iran rejects accusations about military site as 'lies'
Iran's foreign minister said on Saturday that accusations about activity at its Parchin military site were 'lies' spread by opponents of its landmark nuclear deal with world powers clinched last month.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Seven Israelis arrested in anti-terror raids
Seven Israelis were arrested overnight on Sunday in Adei Ad in the West Bank, after joint raids by Israel Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), according to Honenu, an organization that assists Jews accused of acts of violence against Arabs.
Obama: Netanyahu only foreign leader 'I can recall' forcibly interfering in US policy
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the only foreign leader he can recall who has forcibly interfered in a foreign policy debate in Washington, US President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Sunday.
Report: Iran furious at Hamas' warming ties with Saudis, cancels delegation's visit to Tehran
Iran has canceled a scheduled visit by a Hamas delegation to the Islamic Republic in response to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal's visit to Tehran's rival Saudi Arabia last month, the Huffington Post's Arabic edition quoted informed sources as saying Saturday.
Top Palestinian in Iran trip seeks to exploit anger at Hamas-Saudi ties
The Palestinian Authority (PA) is seeking improved relations and trade with Iran and is also looking to Teheran for assistance in ending the PA's ongoing dispute with Hamas.
Defense minister hints Israel may have been behind killings of Iran nuclear scientists
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon indicated on Aug. 7 that Israeli intelligence services may have been behind the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists.
Israel Reportedly Withdrawing From Joint Military Exercise With United States
Israel has refused far-reaching proposals from the United States for American-Israeli security cooperation as part of a major joint exercise to be held in Israel in early 2016, Israel's NRG reported on Friday. The report comes as tensions between the U.S. and Israel have escalated over the recent nuclear deal with Iran.

Inside the United States
Two shot in Ferguson amid standoff between police, protesters
Two people were wounded in gunfire at a rally in Ferguson, Missouri on Sunday marking the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown near where the unarmed black teenager was shot dead by a white officer.
DHS admits new surge of illegal immigrant families
The country saw another surge of illegal immigrant families crossing the border in July, a top Homeland Security official told a federal court late Thursday as the administration begged a judge not to forbid detention of new migrant mothers and children.
EPA crew accidentally turns Animas River orange
A federal cleanup crew accidentally caused a big, and potentially hazardous, mess in Colorado, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA: Amount of mine waste water 3 times original estimate
The Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday the amount of waste water that spilled from the Gold King Mine and turned the Animas River orange was three times its original estimate.
Multiple shots fired during clashes in Ferguson: AFP
At least one demonstrator was injured as several shots were fired during clashes in the US city of Ferguson late on Sunday.
Tensions flare in Ferguson on police shooting anniversary
Tensions flared in the US city of Ferguson late Sunday as looters targeted at least one store following a day of somber remembrance to mark the anniversary of the police shooting of an unarmed black teen.
The Ridiculous New York Gun Law that Turns Tourists into Terrorists
Elizabeth Elderli is not your typical felon. The 31-year-old Houstonian is a wife, a stay-at-home mom, an honorably discharged Iraq War veteran (U.S. Marine Corps) -- and now the latest tourist to run afoul of New York State???s unforgiving gun laws.
Record 93,770,523f7c Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Matches 38-Year Low
A record 93,770,523f7c Americans were not in the American labor force last month, and the labor force participation rate remained at 62.6 percent, exactly where it was in June -- a 38-year low, the Labor Department reported on Friday.
NYC Sees Surge in Synthetic Pot Use, with Dire Consequences
Ignoring the police officers standing down the block and the disingenuous fine print on the foil packet peeking out of his front pocket -- 'Warning: Don't Smoke' -- a homeless man openly lit up a synthetic marijuana joint and explained why it's not like the real thing.

Christian News
Iraqi Christian Martyrs Commemorated
The Assyrian community commemorated the 1933 massacre of an estimated 3,523f7c Christian martyrs in the town of Semele in Iraq's Mosul district on Aug. 7.
Philippines: Christians Subjected to Shari'a
In the wake of public alarm over the imposition of shari'a upon Christians caught in the newly proposed Islamic sub-state of Bangsamoro, the Filipino Congress has introduced House Bill 5811.
Obama indifferent to Christians in Middle East, Sununu says
Former White House Chief of Staff John Sununu said in an interview on Sunday that President Obama seems to be 'indifferent' to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
Church Drops Boy Scouts Over Gay Leadership Decision
A Presbyterian church in South Carolina says it is dropping its nearly 50-year association with the Boy Scouts after the organization agreed to allow gay leaders.
Jewish supremacist: Burning churches legitimate under Jewish law
Bentzi Gophstein, head of the Lehava organization, said he supported the burning churches as a legitimate act under Jewish law during a debate on a haredi panel Wednesday. The statement, made during a summer seminar session for students at Jerusalem's Netivot Hochma (Wolfson) Yeshiva, was first exposed on the religious news site Kikar HaShabbat.
Hundreds of Christians Fear IS Attack, Flee Syrian Town
Scores of Christian families have fled a Syrian town amid fears that Islamic State militants are advancing toward it and plan a major offensive, activists said Saturday.