Prophecy News Watch - September 8, 2015

Around the World
Pentagon Reportedly Preparing to Overhaul Syrian Rebel Force
The New York Times says U.S. defense officials are drawing up plans to revise the training of moderate Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Syria following "significant shortcomings" in training and tactics. The assessment comes as Washington asks Greece to close its airspace to Russian supply flights to Syria amid concerns of a Russian military buildup in Syria.
Islamic State takes Syrian state's last oilfield: monitor
Islamic State fighters have seized the last major oilfield under Syrian government control during battles over a vast central desert zone, a group monitoring the conflict said on Monday.
Clinton to propose U.S. campaign finance overhaul
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will propose a slate of campaign finance reform measures on Tuesday aimed at limiting political donations by corporations and large donors and increasing transparency in election spending.
Stonehenge 'on steroids' found 2 miles away
Stonehenge, the world-renowned circle of stone columns in southern England, may have had a brother.
Iran's covert general reeled in over loose lips
Major-General Qassem Soleimani, a one-time Iranian military hero who leads the Islamic Republic's covert international fighting force, has fallen from grace after speaking out about Tehran's regional influence in spreading Shiite rule, the Economist reported on Saturday.
Athens Denies US Request to Close Airspace for Russian Aid to Syria
Greece denied on Sunday US request to close Athens airspace (FIR Athens) for the flights of Russian aircraft with humanitarian aid to Syria, a diplomatic source in Athens said.
Iraq mounts air operation against ISIS with F-16s from US
The Pentagon says Iraq's air force has gone after the Islamic State group for the first time using F-16 fighter planes bought from the U.S.
Analysis: Russia taking advantage of West's inaction to keep Assad in power
Russia's recent military buildup in Syria has sparked concern in Western capitals as Vladimir Putin again appears to be shrewdly calculating that the West will not significantly counter his moves.
100,523f7c Palestinians have fled Syria for Europe, more than 2,523f7c drowned at sea
Some 100,523f7c Palestinians have fled refugee camps in Syria for Europe, the head of the Palestinian Forum in Europe said on Sept. 6.
Obama's Iran Deal Is Still Far from Settled
To undermine President Obama's atrocious Iran deal despite the Republican-controlled Congress's irresponsible Corker legislation, it will be necessary to follow, of all things, the Corker legislation.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Abbas set to annul Oslo accords, declare Palestine a state under occupation
The fog created by the ostensibly impending resignation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appeared to clear Monday, as details emerged indicating that the resignation threats were a diversion ahead of a dramatic move planned by the Palestinians: declaring Palestine a state under occupation and reneging on their obligations as detailed in the Oslo Accords.
PA official: Obama should recognize Palestinian state in his UN speech
The Palestinians are demanding that US President Barack Obama recognize the Palestinian state during the upcoming session of the United Nations general assembly in New York, a senior Fatah official said on Sunday.
Hamas: Long-term truce with Israel only after Gaza gets airport, seaport
Hamas said on Sunday that any long-term truce agreement with Israel should include the reopening of the airport and the building of a seaport in the Gaza Strip.
IDF to unveil new radar system for mortar shells
The Israel Defense Forces is set to unveil a new radar system developed by the army that would improve warning time for southern residents in cases of incoming short-range rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.
Laser-guided weapons, GPS-guided weapons, and unguided weapons: IAF trains with USAF in Nevada
Israel Air Force (IAF) F-15 and F-15i squadrons are studying the results of an intensive, three-and-a-half week joint exercise with the United States Air Force (USAF), days after returning to Israel.
Turkey to rebuild 9 Gaza mosques in effort to insert itself into Palestinian cause
The Turkish government has its hands full with the ongoing war next door in Syria and with its domestic Kurdish insurgency, yet it continues to maintain a foot in the Palestinian pie.
Knesset approves gas deal
An agreement over the financial future of Israel's gas fields passed a vote in the Knesset Monday by a vote of 59-51, inspiring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stand up in applause as the results were announced.
Israel develops palm-sized flying nuclear detectors
Israeli nuclear researchers have developed a micro-copter capable of tracking nuclear radiation in difficult terrain.

Inside the United States
In appeal, jailed clerk says governor let her down
In an emergency motion filed today, attorneys for Kim Davis accused Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear of ignoring her pleas that he protect her religious freedom. The motion, filed with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, expands on the notice of appeal Davis filed over the weekend.
Religious Freedom a Casualty of Legal Gay Marriage?
The case again Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis is just the latest example of how religious freedom is quickly becoming a casualty of same-sex marriage proponents.
Planned Parenthood faces unexpected challenge from Obamacare
Angered by videos in which Planned Parenthood officials discussed compensation for providing fetal tissue from abortions, Republicans in Congress are again demanding an end to government funding for the nearly 100-year-old provider of women's health services.
Jailed Kentucky clerk seeks emergency injunction in gay marriage case
Lawyers for jailed Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis said on Monday they had asked an appellate court to force Governor Steve Beshear to let her refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses based on her religious convictions.
Kim Davis 'Brought to Tears,' Speaks From Jail
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed since Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is in good spirits and is sharing Scripture with her supporters, according to Liberty Counsel, which is providing her with legal support.

U.S. Politics
Huckabee rallying for imprisoned Ky. clerk
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is holding a rally in Kentucky Tuesday to support a country clerk thrown in jail for her decision to deny marriage licenses to homosexual couples, saying that her imprisonment represents a dawning age of the 'criminalization of Christianity.'
Clinton: I don't need to apologize for private email server
Hillary Clinton said she doesn't need to apologize for using a private email account while leading the State Department, saying 'what I did was allowed.'
Trump nomination could kill hopes of down-ticket Republican candidates
Donald Trump has not only shaken up the GOP's presidential contest, he was also a dominant theme for congressional Republicans back home in their states and districts this summer, where many of the lawmakers took pains to show respect for him.
How Rep. Trey Gowdy is Shaping the 2016 Presidential Election
No other Republican can match the role Trey Gowdy is playing in shaping the Democratic presidential race.
Trump Back on Fox News After Megyn Kelly Flap
Donald Trump will be returning to Fox News after a two-week absence that fueled speculation that he was once again actively feuding with the network.

Christian News
Iraq: Committee to ID crimes against Christians
The Prime Minister of Iraq has established a committee that intends to identify and document the homes and properties that have been fraudulently or forcefully seized from his country's Christians.
Syria: IS gives Christians Ultimatum
Islamic State jihadists have given Christians living in Qaryatain, Syria, just 48 hours to decide whether they will convert to Islam, pay the jizya tax, or be forced to leave town.
Pope to reform marriage annulment process
Pope Francis will announce some changes to the way Catholics may gain a marriage annulment, the Vatican said Monday.
Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican
On a sunny morning earlier this year, a camera crew entered a well-appointed apartment just outside the 9th-century gates of Vatican City. Pristinely dressed in the black robes and scarlet sash of the princes of the Roman Catholic Church, the Wisconsin-born Cardinal Raymond Burke sat in his elaborately upholstered armchair and appeared to issue a warning to Pope Francis.

Prophecy News Watch - September 7, 2015

Around the World
Father of the euro fears EU superstate by the back door
The euro's founding father has warned that Europe's latest plan for an EMU-wide finance ministry is a dangerous attempt to smuggle through political union, and breaches the basic tenets of modern democracy.
Iran announces Air Force war games, with focus on combat
Iran will launch war games Saturday involving a range of aircraft, in which the primary functions are air combat and destroying targets in the air and on the ground, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Friday.
Tehran brags at superpowers' 'surrender' in nuclear deal
Iran's defense minister hailed the nuclear accord struck with world powers as a 'surrender' by 'the superpowers' to 'the majesty' of Iran, a watchdog group said. The website of Iran's leader, meanwhile, published a poster hailing Iran as the region's 'foremost military power.'
Russia 'is building military base in Syria'
Russia is building a military base in Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's heartland, according to American intelligence officials, in the clearest indication yet of deepening Russian support for the embattled regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Thousands of Isil fighters could use migrant crisis to 'flood' into Europe, Nigel Farage warns
Thousands of Isil jihadists could use the migrant crisis to 'flood' into Europe, Nigel Farage has claimed as he warned Britons not to 'allow our compassion to imperil our safety'.
Pope calls on Europe's Catholics to take in refugees
Issuing a broad appeal to Europe's Catholics, Pope Francis on Sunday called on 'every' parish, religious community, monastery and sanctuary to take in one refugee family -- an appeal that, if honored, would offer shelter to tens of thousands.
West to blame for Europe's migrant crisis, say Erdogan, Putin
Who's to blame for Europe's deepening refugee crisis? To hear Erdogan and Putin tell it, it's the West.
Wealthy Gulf Nations Are Criticized for Tepid Response to Syrian Refugee Crisis
The Arab nations of the Persian Gulf have some the world's highest per capita incomes. Their leaders speak passionately about the plight of Syrians, and their state-funded news media cover the Syrian civil war without cease.
Sexual predator jailed after claiming to be 'transgender' in order to assault women in shelter
A biological man claiming to be 'transgender' so as to gain access to and prey on women at two Toronto shelters was jailed 'indefinitely' last week after being declared by a judge a 'dangerous offender.'

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
UN chief seeks to breathe fresh life into peace talks
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a ministerial meeting of key global players trying to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Sept. 30 during the annual high-level session of the General Assembly, the United Nations announced Friday.
Israel to build smart fence on Jordan border
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon are set to announce Sunday the start of a multi-billion-shekel effort to construct a sensor-laden fence on the southern border with Jordan, the news site Ynet reported.
EU close to decision on labeling products from Israeli settlements
The European Union is likely to finalize its guidelines for placing consumer labels on products made in West Bank settlements, its foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Saturday.
Lapid says Netanyahu must 'admit failure' for not thwarting Iran nuclear deal
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid wrote the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee over the weekend, asking it to investigate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to prevent the international community from making a deal with Iran, Lapid announced Saturday night.
Netanyahu: Israel not indifferent, but can't absorb Syrian or African refugees
While Israel is not indifferent to the human tragedy of refugees from Syria and Africa, it is a small country that cannot throw its doors open to them, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

Inside the United States
Why Can't the Kentucky Clerk Get Bail?
Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis has been jailed without bail since Thursday for refusing to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Obama: I'll veto any budget if it limits spending
President Obama praised the monthly jobs report during his weekly address Saturday and called on Republicans to pass his budget when Congress reconvenes next month. He also threatened to veto any budget that did not increase spending.
Legionnaires' Disease Outbreaks Shine Light on Rising Number of Cases in US
Outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease in New York, California and Illinois have drawn attention to a bacterial disease that experts say has been on the rise in recent years.
Nine Obama regulations to watch
The window is already closing on President Obama's regulatory agenda, and agencies across the federal government are moving to crank out a slew of new rules before election year politics bring business in Washington to a virtual standstill.
Obama to Give 300,523f7c Workers Paid Sick Leave With New Executive Order
President Obama will sign an executive order Monday giving hundreds of thousands of workers employed by federal contractors access to paid sick leave.
The law abider who sits in jail
As you read this column, Kim Davis is sitting in jail. What crime did she commit? Actually, no crime. The Rowan County Kentucky clerk is in jail for contempt of court because she refused, on the basis of her First Amendment rights, to issue a same-sex marriage certificate.

U.S. Politics
Reid to prevent vote on Iran nuclear deal
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will try to prevent the Senate from voting on President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.
Trump receives 25% of black vote in general election matchup
For all the talk about Donald Trump allegedly driving minorities away from the Republican Party, could he actually bring people in?
John Kasich to Kim Davis: Comply with the law
Despite her religious beliefs, Kim Davis -- the defiant Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples -- should follow the law, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Sunday.
Sanders takes nine-point lead over Clinton in New Hampshire: poll
Senator Bernie Sanders has opened a nine-point lead over fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton among party supporters in New Hampshire, according to an NBC News/Marist Poll released on Sunday.
In Iowa, Clinton ridicules Trump immigration plan as unworkable
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton ridiculed Donald Trump's plan to deport all undocumented immigrants and then allow provisional returns as unrealistic 'political rhetoric' as she sought votes Sunday amid falling poll numbers here.

Christian News
Christian Movie 'War Room' No. 1 Movie in America in Weekend Box Office
Sony's faith-based drama 'War Room' has the edge on N.W.A biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' with $9.3 million to lead the modest U.S. box office over the Friday-Sunday weekend.
Professor gets fired for mentioning God in letter to students, lending Christian book
An astronomy professor from Pennsylvania is claiming that he was fired from the community college where he was teaching after he lent a Christian book and mentioned God in a letter to his students.
6 Interesting Facts About the Christian Faith of Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio is often cited in the media as the second preferred choice as the presidential nominee for many Republican voters.
ISIS Issues 11 Commandments for Christians to Obey If They Want to Live in Their Ancestral Homeland
The Islamic State terror group has issued a 'safety contract' that Christians living in the captured Syrian town of Qaryatian must follow, which includes 11 specific commandments, if they want to live.
At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves
Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. 'Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?' pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. 'Will you break away from Islam?'
Boko Haram Slaughters 1,523f7c Christians and Muslims in First 100 Days of New Nigerian President's Reign
Over 1,523f7c people have been killed by terror group Boko Haram in the first 100 days of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's reign, while close to 2.1 million have been internally displaced. Buhari had promised that he would find a way to drive out the Islamic terror group from his country, but so far the terror group's raids have continued in full force.

Prophecy News Watch - September 4, 2015

Around the World
Iranian General: Military Buildup Won't Stop Until 'Full Annihilation and Destruction' of Israel
A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Commander (IRGC) stated Wednesday that Iran will not stop building up its military until Israel is annihilated.
U.S. Shadowing Russian Ship in Atlantic Near Nuclear Submarine Areas
U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft, and satellites are closely watching a Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials.
Iran thumbs nose at US even as Obama rallies support for nuke deal
Even as President Obama was securing the Senate support necessary to assure passage of the nuclear deal with Iran, Tehran's top defense officials were scoffing at U.S. claims the pact will restrict the Islamic Republic's military ambitions.
Retired Military Leaders: Iran Nuke Deal Makes War More Likely
The nuclear agreement with Iran will increase the likelihood of military conflict, according to a council of prominent retired military leaders and intelligence officials.
Mastercard Goes to War to Eliminate Cash
In Canada, the biggest rival MasterCard Inc. is working to obliterate, according to its local president Brian Lang, isn't Visa Inc., American Express Co., Interac Association or Bitcoin dealers. It's cold, hard cash.
Migrants defiant as Hungary blocks train links for 2nd day
Hundreds of migrants chanted defiant slogans outside Budapest's main international railway station Wednesday as Hungarian police blocked them for a second day from seeking asylum in Germany and other European Union countries to the west.
Saudi king due in White House for nuclear deal talks
The Obama administration is greeting King Salman of Saudi Arabia with assurances that a nuclear deal with Iran also comes with the necessary resources to help check its regional ambitions.
Parchin inspection plan flawed, IAEA's credibility on the line, says ex-deputy
The nuclear deal's mechanism for inspecting Iran's Parchin military complex appears to be unreasonably lax, the former number two official at the United Nations nuclear watchdog said this week.
Iran Promises to 'Set Fire' to U.S. Interests
A senior Iranian military official has vowed to 'set fire' to all U.S. interests in the region and maintained that the Islamic Republic welcomes war with America, according to regional reports demonstrating that Tehran is still committed to fighting the United States in the wake of a recently inked nuclear accord.
Iran's Khamenei threatens only partial compliance with nuclear deal unless sanctions fully lifted
Iran will only partially comply with the nuclear arrangement with world powers unless all sanctions are lifted, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
US Suspects More Freed Guantanamo Inmates Returned to Battlefield
The number of detainees freed from the U.S. Guantanamo detention camp who are suspected of 're-engaging' with militant groups overseas increased over the first six months of 2015, the Obama administration said on Thursday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Palestinian prevents lynching of 5 lost American yeshiva students in Hebron
A Palestinian man saved five American yeshiva students from Brooklyn from being lynched in Hebron after they took a wrong turn Thursday on their way to the Cave of the Patriarchs.
PA officials reject Netanyahu's call for renewal of peace talks
A senior Palestinian Authority official on Thursday rejected the recent appeal made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said he was 'prepared to go to Ramallah' in order to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
IAF strikes Hamas training site from which bullets struck Israeli homes
The Israel Air Force pummeled a Hamas training facility in northern Gaza early Thursday in response to the firing of bullets from the site at Israeli homes in Moshav Netiv Ha'asara.
UN expected to easily pass resolution allowing Palestinian flag to fly at New York HQ
The UN General assembly is likely to adopt a resolution next week that would allow the Palestinian flag to be raised at the United Nations in time for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' visit to New York, the Palestinian representative to the United Nations Riyad Mansour said Thursday.

Inside the United States
Judge Orders Defiant Kentucky Clerk to Jail for Standing by Her Christian Beliefs
A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.
Stocks rebound: Dow jumps almost 300, Nasdaq surges 2.5%
Stocks surged Wednesday as a tech rally helped Wall Street stage a rebound that sent the Dow up almost 300 points and pushed the Nasdaq back into positive territory for the year.
U.S. Banks Posted Record Profits in Second Quarter, FDIC Says
U.S. lenders earned a record $43 billion in profits for the second quarter -- a 7.3 percent increase from a year ago, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Wednesday.
300,523f7c Individuals Listed as Pending in VA Health Care Enrollment System Already Dead
More than 307,523f7c of the pending records in the Department of Veterans' Affairs health care enrollment system belong to individuals who have already died, a VA Office of Inspector General report finds.
Study Finds That Chicago Criminals Get Guns From Friends, Family
A survey conducted by researchers from Duke University and the University of Chicago found that Chicago criminals obtained their firearms almost exclusively from friends and family.
Over $572 Million in Excess Obamacare Tax Credits Paid Out
The Internal Revenue Service paid out over $572 million in excess Obamacare tax credits and sent incorrect forms to over half a million individuals due to a computer programming error, according a new government report.
Tennessee judge dismisses divorce case, cites Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling
A judge in Tennessee has dismissed a divorce case, saying the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage has negated his state's ability to define divorce.
1,600-mile border fence would cost at least $11.7 billion, DHS paid $7M per mile
Despite repeated congressional demands that the administration build a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, some 66 percent, or 1,300 miles, have no fencing and only 36 miles of effective double-layer fencing has been erected, a fraction of the 700 miles sought.
Abortion clinics ask Supreme Court to overturn Texas law
Texas abortion clinics are asking the Supreme Court to overturn a controversial state law that could force half of the clinics in the state to close down, according to a report in the Associated Press.
Huckabee to hold 'liberty rally' for jailed Kentucky clerk
While Kentucky clerk Kim Davis continues to sit in jail after refusing to give out marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Mike Huckabee plans to stand up for her.

U.S. Politics
Planned Parenthood Debate Could Trigger US Government Shutdown
Members of Congress, heading back to Washington after their August recess, will have just a few days in which to pass legislation that will keep the government funded after a current measure expires October 1. With some Republicans saying they want to use the spending bill to defund Planned Parenthood, another budget showdown may be in the works.
Trump pledges allegiance to the GOP
Donald Trump pledged his support for whomever becomes the Republican Party's nominee and agreed that he would not run as a third party or independent candidate on Thursday afternoon. He made his decision to sign a formal pledge public during a press conference at Trump Tower in New York City. Trump, the GOP's front-runner for president, has long flirted with the idea of running as a third party or independent candidate, but explicitly ruled that out on Thursday.
Monmouth National Poll: Trump Surge Continues as Carson Leaps to No. 2
Donald Trump's standing rose 4 points since last month's Republican presidential debate in the latest Monmouth University poll released Thursday -- and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson jumped 13 points to second place.
Conservative groups could move against Trump
Conservative enforcers who labor to keep congressional Republicans in line are casting a wary eye at Donald Trump, an ideological apostate who has nonetheless rocketed to an early lead in the GOP presidential primary.

Christian News
Huckabee: 'Kim Davis In Federal Custody Removes All Doubts About The Criminalization Of Christianity In This Country'
A defiant county clerk was sent to jail for contempt Thursday after insisting that her 'conscience will not allow' her to follow a federal judge's orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Refugees threaten Europe's Christian roots, says Hungary's Orban
The influx of refugees into Europe threatens to undermine the continent's Christian roots and governments must control their borders before they can decide how many asylum seekers they can take, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said.

Prophecy News Watch - September 3, 2015

Around the World
Russia stalls on assigning blame for Syria chemical attacks
Russia is holding up Security Council approval to establish a new international body to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria's deadly conflict for the first time.
Europe hit by migrant flood of biblical proportions
Europe has been flooded by over 350,523f7c Middle East migrants in 2015.
Five Chinese Navy Ships Are Operating in Bering Sea off Alaska
Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, marking the first time the U.S. military has seen them in the area.
Dozens quarantined after new Ebola death in Sierra Leone
A medical quarantine has been placed in Sierra Leone following the death of a middle-aged woman. The fatality is a setback for efforts in wiping out the deadly virus that's claimed thousands of lives in West Africa.
Five Chinese ships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska
Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, in an apparent first for China's military that came as U.S. President Barack Obama toured the U.S. state.
CIA, Special Operations forces reportedly launch drone war against ISIS in Syria
The drone strike that killed ISIS' most notorious online recruiter in Syria last week was part of a stepped-up effort by the CIA and U.S. Special Operations forces to target and eliminate senior members of the terror group, according to a published report.
Kurds suspect another chemical attack by ISIS in Iraq
Kurdish authorities said Tuesday they suspected a rocket fired by ISIS at their peshmerga forces in northern Iraq contained chemical substances.
Putin Plans to Attend UN General Assembly For First Time in 10 Years
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend the United Nations 70th General Assembly in New York in September, according to an order outlining the members of the Russian delegation. The document was signed by Putin and published on the government's legal information portal on Friday.
Khamenei calls to increase air defense
Senior Iranian officials continued their rhetoric against Israel on Wednesday, with Revolutionary Guards Tehran commander Brig.-Gen. Mohsen Kazzemeini saying military preparedness would be increased until 'it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine.'

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Kerry to outline US assurances to Israel, Gulf to lawmakers
Secretary of State John Kerry will send a letter to all members of Congress on Wednesday outlining US security commitments to Israel and the Gulf Arab states in light of the Iran nuclear deal.
Egypt gas find sparks panic in Israel about Israeli reserves
Egypt's new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over indecisiveness and infighting that have delayed production from the country's own gas fields.
IAF Attacks Hamas Military Compound in Gaza
Israeli aircraft on Wednesday night attacked a military compound belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in northern Gaza from which shots were fired at two homes in the Hof Ashkelon region of southern Israel on Wednesday evening.
IDF puts finishing touches on mass evacuation plan in case of war with Hezbollah
Israeli authorities have already made contingency plans in the eventuality that hostilities are re-ignited with the Shi'ite group Hezbollah just over the border in Lebanon.
Israel asks UN to reject Palestinian attempt to raise flag
Israel on Tuesday urged U.N. leaders to reject a Palestinian attempt to raise their flag at U.N. headquarters as early as this month's gathering of world leaders there.
Abbas and Fatah Encourage 'Religious War' over Temple Mount
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing to openly encourage a religious war to gain exclusive Muslim control over Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.
UN: Gaza Strip could become uninhabitable by 2020
Uninhabitable within five years unless Israeli restrictions on goods and people going in and out of the Strip are fully lifted, warns a new report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, located in Geneva.
Muslim Clerics Incite Against Jewish Holidays
Israeli media is warning of increased Palestinian violence during the upcoming Jewish High Holy Days in September and October.

Inside the United States
Obama secures votes to preserve Iran nuclear deal despite majority opposition
President Obama's intense lobbying on Wednesday secured support from a 34th Senate Democrat, ensuring his Iranian nuclear deal will survive a veto battle with Congress and setting into motion the extraordinary imposition of a foreign agreement over the objections of large numbers of voters and big majorities in both the House and Senate.
Judge eager to re-enter NSA surveillance fight
Warning that the constitutional rights of tens of millions of Americans are being violated, a federal judge said Wednesday that he's eager to expedite a lawsuit seeking to shut down the National Security Agency's controversial program to collect data on large volumes of U.S. telephone calls.
Kentucky clerk seeks same-sex marriage license reprieve
A county clerk in Kentucky sought an emergency injunction on Wednesday to temporarily block a federal court order requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a day before she goes to court to face contempt charges.
Report: More than half of immigrants on welfare
More than half of the nation's immigrants receive some kind of government welfare, a figure that's far higher than the native-born population's, according to a report to be released Wednesday.
Obamacare grants to Planned Parenthood spark fury on Capitol Hill
The Obama administration announced more than $1 million in grants Wednesday to Planned Parenthood, banking on the women's health care provider to help sell Obamacare to patients and defying congressional Republicans battling to end all public funding for the organization.
Baltimore Judge Orders Individual Trials for Police in Gray Case
A judge on Wednesday ordered individual trials for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in custody, a case that fed the U.S. debate on police treatment of minorities.
Transgender locker room change sparks student protest
Nearly 200 students walked out of a Missouri high school on Monday because Lila Perry was changing in the girl's locker room.
Statistician: Data proves biblical financial collapse
Get ready -- because the best of times are over and the worst of times may have just begun. That assessment of a Florida mathematician who has studied the biblical Shemitah cycle as it applies to the financial markets.

U.S. Politics
Nancy Pelosi says House will vote on Iran deal next week
The House will vote on a resolution to disapprove the Iran nuclear deal by the end of next week, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
In shutdown blame game, Republicans keep losing
Who would be to blame for a government shutdown caused by a fight over funding levels? Republicans of course.
What a top U.S. diplomat really thought of Netanyahu -- from the Hillary e-mail stash
Among the trove of e-mails released by the State Department on Monday night is an unflattering 2010 assessment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and peace negotiator.

Christian News
Kenya: Attacks Against Churches Thwarted
About 120 miles from its border with Somalia, Kenyan police uncovered a stash of weapons after arresting 14 suspected members of al Shabaab last week.
Nigeria: Pastor decries killings by Boko Haram
A bishop of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria said that Boko Haram has killed thousands of his denomination's members, destroyed most of his churches and left many of his pastors without a congregation, according to the Christian Post.
Atheists Demand 'No Gods' Statue in Arkansas After State Approves Ten Commandments Monument
After a statue of the Ten Commandments was officially approved to be erected on the grounds of the Arkansas state capitol last month, a Wisconsin-based group called the Freedom from Religion Foundation is demanding that a statue be erected representing atheism.
Majority of American Catholics OK With Children Being Raised by Gay Parents, Survey Finds Ahead of Historic Papal Visit
A strong majority of American Catholics support raising children in non-traditional families, such as single-parent and divorced households, or by same-sex parents, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for Religion & Public Life.