Prophecy News Watch - May 25, 2016

Around the World

Khamenei: US ‘can’t do a thing’ about our missile program
Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei on Monday said the United States cannot “do a thing” about the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program.

U.S.-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near Islamic State capital
A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian militias launched a new offensive against Islamic State fighters near their de facto capital of Raqqa city on Tuesday, a monitoring group and an official said.

Hardliner named to head group that will pick Khamenei's successor
Iran's Assembly of Experts which is responsible for electing and overseeing the work of Iran's supreme leader has chosen hard-liner Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati as its leader.

Bloomberg News: The Secret History of the Iran-Deal 'Echo Chamber'
A network of advocates, experts and messaging specialists the White House says helped it sell the Iran nuclear deal in 2015 actually began to campaign for such an accord four years earlier, before the real negotiations started.

Kurdish forces launch major attack on capital city of ISIL's 'caliphate'
A force of 50,523f7c Kurdish and Arab fighters have launched a major offensive aimed at driving Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) from its de facto 'capital' of Raqqa, Syria.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline to cut Europe's reliance on Russia for natural gas
If it goes as its backers hope, a newly inaugurated pipeline crossing a half-dozen countries will shore up natural gas supplies in Europe and reduce the Continent's worrying dependence on Russia as its critical supplier.

Blair says defeating Islamic State needs 'proper ground war'
The Islamic State group will be defeated only with a ground war involving Western troops, former British prime minister Tony Blair said Tuesday.

Iran 'Blackmailing' U.S. for Greater Nuke Concessions
The Obama administration is taking steps to aid and please Iran far beyond U.S. commitments under last summer's nuclear accord, according to experts, who warned Tuesday during testimony on Capitol Hill that the White House is becoming 'dangerously close to becoming Iran's trade promotion and business development authority.'

Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Egypt seeks to advance own Israeli-Palestinian peace initiaitve
While France has pushing for an international peace summit in Paris in an effort to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Egypt has been working behind the scenes on its own diplomatic initiative.

Coalition deal reached in overnight negotiations, signing expected today
Representatives of the Likud, Yisrael Beytenu and the Finance Ministry reached an agreement overnight that will enable a signing ceremony on a new coalition deal that was expected to take place on Wednesday morning.

Hamas Plans 13 Public Executions in Gaza Strip
Authorities in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip plan to publicly execute more than a dozen criminals in the coastal enclave, the top judicial figure in the territory said on Sunday.

Palestinian Authority Media Glorify Murderer of U.S. Army Veteran
Official Palestinian Authority media glorified an attacker who murdered 29-year-old U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force and wounded nearly a dozen others in Israel earlier this year.

Inside the United States

State Department sets new single-day record for Syrian refugee approvals
The State Department admitted 80 Syrian refugees on Tuesday and 225 on Monday, setting a single-day record, as President Obama tries to meet his target of 10,523f7c approvals this year — renewing fears among security analysts who say the administration is cutting corners to meet a political goal.

Judge Rules in California's Open-Bathrooms Fight
President Obama's open-bathrooms campaign already has been taken to court by the state of North Carolina, civil and religious rights organizations, the Alliance Defending Freedom and several schools.

New York City Lets You Choose From 31 Different Gender Identities
Individuals living in New York City can choose from a minimum of 31 different gender identities, many of which allow them to fluctuate between some version or combination of male or female identities.

Season Approaches: U.S. Hits Record 127 Months Since Major Hurricane Strike
With hurricane season set to start next week, Tuesday marks a record 127 months since a major hurricane has made landfall in the continental United States, according to statistics compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Hurricane Research Division, which keeps data on all the hurricanes that have struck the U.S. since 1851.

Justice to seek death penalty against Charleston church shooter
Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Tuesday that the Justice Department would seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the suspect in the 2015 shooting at a Charleston, S.C., church.

Obama threatens to veto House D.C. budget bill
The White House is threatening to veto a House bill that would block the District of Columbia government from spending local tax dollars without approval from Congress.

Republicans Take Steps to Impeach IRS Commissioner
Republicans have launched an effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen due to alleged misconduct, including failing to comply with a congressional subpoena and allowing emails to be destroyed.

U.S. Politics

Vast majority of GOP lawmakers back Donald Trump
The vast majority of Republicans in both houses of Congress are backing Donald Trump for president, provided that they don't have to use the word "endorse" or call the presumptive Republican nominee by name.

Trump super PAC predicts raising $1 billion
A super PAC supporting Donald Trump for president expects to raise $1 billion for the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, according to a statement released late Tuesday.

Trump wins Washington primary despite delegate dilemma
Donald Trump easily won the Washington primary Tuesday on his way to a likely Republican presidential nomination, with all his opponents on the ballot now out of the race.

Hillary Clinton wins Washington primary
Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in Washington state Tuesday, though she technically got no closer to becoming the party's 2016 presidential nominee.

Prophecy News Watch - May 24, 2016

Around the World

EU Appoints Special Envoy for Religious Freedom
Due to mounting abuses of religious minorities, especially by ISIS, the European Commission created a new position to promote freedom of religion.

State admits: Syria cease-fire at risk of 'complete breakdown'
The State Department admitted Monday that the cease-fire in Syria brokered by the U.S. and Russia is at risk of falling apart, given the absence of any sign that Russia is working with Syria's government to stop the violence.

Wild U.S. election fascinates, worries Iran after nuclear deal
After decades of officially-imposed detachment from the 'Great Satan,' Iranians are this time transfixed by the wild U.S. presidential campaign, mindful that the next White House occupant could have direct impact on their lives.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict

IDF reveals defense strategy for first time in 60 years
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot's decision to make the document public is considered highly unusual, as it affords a rare glimpse into Israel's defense doctrine for the first time since the 1950s, when then-Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion approved the principles of the military's defense strategy.

Knesset passes law against human cloning for next 4 years
Human cloning will be illegal until 2020, after a law prohibiting the practice - should the technology become available - passed a final vote Monday night.

Palestinians reject Netanyahu's call for direct Paris talks
The Palestinians on Monday rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's call to hold direct talks in Paris under the auspices of the French government.

Inside the United States

Oklahoma governor vetoes bill criminalizing performing abortions
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a sweeping and unprecedented measure Friday that would have made performing an abortion a felony punishable by prison time, saying the bill was vague and would not be able to withstand a criminal constitutional challenge.

Record 499 Syrian Refugees Admitted to US So Far in 05/Includes No Christians
The Obama administration has admitted 499 Syrian refugees so far this month, with no Christians among them.

Obama Appoints Transgender Activist to Faith-Based Advisory Council
President Barack Obama has named a transgender woman to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Baltimore police officer acquitted in Freddie Gray death
Baltimore police officer Edward Nero was acquitted on Monday of all charges in the 2015 death of black detainee Freddie Gray, the second setback for prosecutors in a case that triggered rioting and fueled the Black Lives Matter movement.

GOP duo touts Obamacare state opt-out plan
A pair of Republican lawmakers touted a health care plan Monday that would let states opt out of Obamacare, rather than repealing it outright, and deploy a program that uses a uniform tax credit to help Americans get insured.

Congress revives debate over national security, limits of 'incidental' snooping
Privacy and national security analysts sparred Tuesday over suggestions to further limit law enforcement access to Americans' phone calls and emails that are swept up as part of the National Security Agency's surveillance of foreigners' communications.

Poll: Over 90% of shooters, anglers, plan to vote
The 67 million Americans who hunt, shoot and fish are preparing to vote in record numbers in November, potentially giving them the key to the election.

April Sets FY2016 Alien Apprehension Record, Surges Past FY2014 Numbers
The recent surge of illegal aliens flooding across the Southwest U.S. border continues undeterred as U.S. Customs and Border Protection set a new FY2016 apprehension record in April, catching a grand total of 38,135 illegal aliens over the 30-day period - an average of about 1,271 per day.

Facebook admits rogue employees may have shown bias against conservatives
Facebook announced Monday it was sending employees out for retraining and would discontinue some of its practices as it sought to defend itself against charges of political bias against conservatives.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe under federal investigation for campaign contributions
Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say.

Sanders: Democratic Convention Could Be 'Messy'
Bernie Sanders predicted Monday that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could be 'messy' as he pushed the party to adopt his progressive agenda, but added, 'Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle.'

U.S. Politics

Clinton declines Calif. debate
Hillary Clinton is declining to debate rival Bernie Sanders in California, ahead of the state's June 7 primary.

Evangelical leaders to quiz Trump on faith and values
Donald Trump has agreed to meet privately with some of the nation's most prominent Evangelical leaders - a meeting seen as critical to garnering support from social conservatives, Fox News has learned.

Christian News

Pastors, Church Shocked After 2 Ministers Arrested in Human Trafficking Sting
Two pastors left their churches in shock after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Friday that they were among 32 men arrested for patronizing prostitution and human trafficking charges.

Iraqi-American lawyer facing prison for immigration fraud claims he was targeted for aiding Christians
In the Iraqi-American Christian community, he is revered as an activist who delivered thousands from persecution at the hands of Muslim extremists, but in the U.S. halls of justice, Robert DeKelaita is regarded as a criminal who helped clients lie to get asylum.

Prophecy News Watch - May 23, 2016

Today's Breaking News
Around the World

Islamic State Group Leader Urges Attacks in Europe and US
An Islamic State group spokesman has urged sympathizers in Europe and the U.S. to launch attacks on civilians there if they are unable to travel to the group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

Scientists Want to Bring Back Woolly Mammoths -- But Why?
In a frozen corner of Siberia, far north of where most humans care to live, there is a wildlife refuge where scientists are trying to rebuild an ancient ecosystem that could help slow global warming.

Austria on knife-edge as presidential race too close to call
Austrian far-right hopes of winning a presidential runoff remained on hold Sunday as the candidates were neck-and-neck in a battle closely watched by the EU, which is struggling to contain a surge of anti-immigrant parties.

Where did Ploughshares get its money to sell the Iran deal?
Three weeks after The New York Times Magazine published its profile of deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, in which he describes creating an 'echo chamber' of nongovernmental organizations, nuclear proliferation experts and journalists to sell the Iran nuclear deal, it was revealed a group he cited as disseminating the administration's narrative had donated to news outlets to report on the accord, as well as other advocacy groups supporting it.

J Street received over $500,523f7c to push Iran deal
A group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal gave liberal Jewish lobbying organization J street $576,500 to advocate for the deal.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Islamic State aims to destroy Israel, ‘liberate’ Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula terrorist force
With a media blitz, the Islamic State has set its sights on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the next shot at expanding its empire and establishing a base from which to attack neighboring Israel.

Iranian commander: We can destroy Israel 'in under 8 minutes'
A senior Iranian military commander boasted that the Islamic Republic could 'raze the Zionist regime in less than eight minutes.'

US defense bill to invest $600m in Israeli missile defense
A number of measures for Israel have been attached to a defense spending bill approved in the US House of Representatives, including $600 million in missile defense cooperation.

Inside the United States

GOP Lawmaker Calls for 'Civil Disobedience' on Transgender Bathroom Directive
A Republican lawmaker has condemned the Obama Administration's transgender bathroom directive, calling for 'civil disobedience.'

Soros, Top Clinton Lawyer Lose Lawsuit Against Virginia's Voter ID Law
Hillary Clinton's top campaign lawyer lost a challenge against Virginia's voter identification laws that was fueled by money from liberal billionaire George Soros.

Water Levels in Lake Mead Reach Record Lows
The water levels in Lake Mead, the man-made reservoir that serves about 20 million residents in Nevada, Arizona and California, is at an all-time low, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

U.S. Politics

Wash Post Poll: Trump 46%, Clinton 44%
It's not the headline, and it takes 219 words to get there, but a new Washington Post poll on the presidential race reveals that Republican Donald Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton among registered voters 46 percent to 44 percent.

Christian News

China: Pastor of state-run church released
The pastor of a state-run church in China's Zhejiang province was recently released after eight months in detention.

IS crucifies man collaborating with "Crusaders"
A Syrian has been crucified by the Islamic State for collaborating with what it called a "Crusader coalition."

Iraqi-American lawyer facing prison for immigration fraud claims he was targeted for aiding Christians
In the Iraqi-American Christian community, he is revered as an activist who delivered thousands from persecution at the hands of Muslim extremists, but in the U.S. halls of justice, Robert DeKelaita is regarded as a criminal who helped clients lie to get asylum.

Prophecy News Watch - May 20, 2016

Around the World

NATO finalizes military build-up to counter Russia
NATO foreign ministers were on Thursday finalizing the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia.

China says it's ready if US ‘stirs up any conflict’ in South China Sea
China's attempts to claim a nearly 1.4-million-square-mile swathe of open ocean are without precedent and probably without legal merit, but Beijing continues to assert its right to the economically critical zone — and increasingly puts its claims in military terms.

Europe, US open path to business with Iran
The US and Europe have sought to clarify support for doing business with Iran. A host of US non-nuclear related sanctions have made European firms hesitant to enter the Iranian market following a landmark nuclear deal.

US, Britain, France, Germany back business with Iran
Foreign banks and businesses should not hold back from conducting legal business with Iran, Western powers said Friday.

U.S. Special Forces take the fight to ISIS in Libya
U.S. Special Forces and surveillance flights are operating on the ground and over Libya as the West moves to boost security operations in the country to bolster Libya's increasingly desperate fight against ISIS.

Chinese intercept U.S. military plane over South China Sea
A pair of Chinese fighter jets buzzed a U.S. military reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea Tuesday, military officials said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict

White House Launched ‘Venomous Whisper Campaign’ Against Netanyahu to Sell Iran Nuclear Deal
As part of the Obama administration’s strategy to sell the Iran nuclear deal, the White House launched a smear campaign against one of the deal’s biggest critics, Israel’s prime minister, a former policy official told Congress on Tuesday.

Israel close to sealing offshore gas deal after compromise
Israel is expected to finally ratify a deal to put a major offshore gas field online, the energy ministry announced, after a compromise was reached with the US-led consortium of developers.

Ya'alon resigns as defense minister, MK
Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon announced on Friday morning on his Facebook and Twitter feeds that he has resigned from his ministerial position and from the Knesset. He further announced a break from political life.

Inside the United States

Oklahoma Legislature Passes Bill Criminalizing Performing Abortions
The Oklahoma state legislature on Thursday passed a bill that would criminalize performing abortions.

Fed signals interest rate hike firmly on the table for June
Federal Reserve officials felt the U.S. economy could be ready for another interest rate increase in June, according to the minutes from the central bank's April policy meeting released on Wednesday.

Top ICE official: Obama's policies contributed to decreased deportation
A top U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official admitted before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee on Thursday the Obama administration's reforms to deportation policies have caused the decrease in removals of people in the U.S. illegally.

Federal Judge Upholds Virginia Voter Photo ID Law
A federal judge on Thursday upheld Virginia's 2013 law requiring voters to show a valid photo ID at the polls.

Chaos in House after GOP votes down LGBT measure
The House floor devolved into chaos and shouting on Thursday as a measure to ensure protections for members of the LGBT community narrowly failed to pass, after Republican leaders urged their members to change their votes.

Christian News

DR Congo: Christians hacked to death
Jihadists armed with axes and machetes killed at least 17 Christians in the Democratic Republic of (the) Congo on 05/3 causing thousands to flee their village.

Tanzania: Third church in four months razed
Yet another church in north-west Tanzania was burnt to the ground this month, but its congregation has refused to stop meeting.