Prophecy News Watch - July 20, 2015

Around the World
Islamic State forces children to practice beheadings on dolls
The children had all been shown videos of beheadings and told by their trainers with the Islamic State group that they would perform one someday. First, they had to practice technique. The more than 120 boys were each given a doll and a sword and told, cut off its head.
U.S., Cuba restore full diplomatic ties after 5 decades
More than a half century of Cold War and lingering enmity came to an abrupt but quiet end on Monday as the United States and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations.
Despite Nuke Deal, Anti-US Chants Erupt in Iranian Capital
The main prayer service in the Iranian capital has been interrupted by repeated chants of "Death to America" ? despite this week's landmark nuclear deal with world powers that was welcomed by authorities in Tehran, the Associated Press reported.
Russia's Putin orders formation of new military reserve force
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a new reserve armed force as part of steps to improve training and military readiness at a time of international tensions with the West over Ukraine.
France's Hollande calls for 'eurozone government'
France favours a 'stronger organisation' behind the euro led by 'a vanguard of countries', French President Francois Hollande said in an interview published Sunday.
Hezbollah arrests 175 of own men for refusing to fight in Syria
The Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah has arrested 175 of its own fighters after they refused to take part in battles in the Syrian city of Zabadani, close to the border with Lebanon, Israel Radio said Saturday, quoting opposition sources in Syria.
Greek banks ready to open Monday, expect long queues
Greek banks expect long queues but no major problems when they reopen on Monday for the first time in three weeks, although withdrawals will still be limited and capital controls will remain, senior banking officials said on Sunday.
ISIS set up stronghold in the heart of Europe as terrorists secretly buy land near an isolated village
Security services think the area in Bosnia is used for ISIS training camps and could be a base for devastating terror attacks on the West.
IS May Have Used Chemical Agents on Kurds
Kurdish fighters and weapons experts say the Islamic State militant group has fired chemical weapons on Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq.
431 ISIS militants arrested by Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has arrested 431 people suspected of belonging to Islamic State cells and thwarted attacks on mosques, security forces and a diplomatic mission, the interior ministry said on Saturday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US aims to shift Israel focus to security ties after Iran deal
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said it plainly just before landing in Israel, where officials are fuming over the Iran nuclear deal: "I'm not going to change anybody's mind in Israel. That's not the purpose of my trip."
ISIS blamed for exploding seven Hamas, Islamic Jihad cars in Gaza
Seven cars belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists in Gaza exploded on Sunday morning in apparent car bombings that are being blamed on Islamic State militants.
Poll: 47 percent of Israelis back Iran strike following nuke deal
Almost half of Israelis would support a unilateral strike to prevent Iran obtaining the atomic bomb, an opinion poll carried out after Tuesday?s nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers found.
UK ends partial arms ban on Israel over Gaza fighting
Britain has lifted what was in effect viewed as a partial arms embargo on arms sales to Israel that was imposed toward the end of last year's Gaza war, because of fears some British components in weapons and equipment might be used against Palestinian civilians.
Red heifers in Israel prompt 3rd Temple speculation
The altar and sacred vessels have been reconstructed. The architectural plans are being drawn up. Now a group is taking another step toward fulfilling the biblical prophecy of a restored Temple by raising a group of red heifers in the land of Israel.
Israel reassessing security situation and expecting more US military aid after Iran deal
Two days after the nuclear deal was reached between world powers and Iran, the defense establishment is expecting that the US military aid package to Israel will increase in the coming years.
Iran deal will set off nuclear, conventional arms race, warns top Israeli official
The new nuclear deal with Iran gives Tehran full legitimacy to engage in further atomic work and will set off a regional nuclear and conventional arms race, a senior Israeli official warned on Friday.
PM calls Abbas with Eid greeting, says Israel wants peace
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to convey his wishes for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan.

Inside the United States
Obama Collecting Personal Data for a Secret Race Database
A key part of President Obama's legacy will be the fed's unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of "racial and economic justice."
AP-GfK Poll: Americans divided over same-sex marriage
People in the United States are evenly divided over the Supreme Court case that made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.
Obama looks to ban Social Security recipients from owning guns
The Obama administration wants to keep people collecting Social Security benefits from owning guns if it is determined they are unable to manage their own affairs, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Federal Reserve blames immigrant kids for robbing jobs from 'native' U.S. teens
American teen employment has dropped 20 percent from the late 1980s, in part because more and more immigrants have flooded into the market to displace native-born kids from jobs in percentages far higher than on adults, according to the Federal Reserve.
Pension Funds Burn Cities as $1 Trillion Shortfall Set to Grow
The cost to American cities for their cash-strapped pension funds is starting to look a lot worse, and it's not because the stock-market rally may be losing steam.

Christian News
India: Churches Attacked
In the early hours of June 28, suspected Hindu nationalists destroyed the cross of a church in India's Bhiwani district, Haryana state, according to Barnabas Aid.
Egypt: Christians Accused of Contempt for Islam
Three Christians in Egypt have been accused of showing contempt for Islam after evangelizing Muslims last weekend in the port city of Alexandria.
Deal with Iran Done Despite Detained Americans
While the United States and other world leaders reached an agreement with Iran about its nuclear program, the fate of Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other Americans trapped inside the Islamic Republic were not even addressed, according to International Christian Concern.
Franklin Graham: End All Muslim Immigration to America
The Rev. Franklin Graham on Friday called for the banning of all Muslims from entering the United States following the shootings in Chattanooga that left four Marines and a Navy sailor dead.

Prophecy News Watch - July 17, 2015

Around the World
UN Security Council to vote on Iran deal next week
The UN Security Council is expected to endorse a historic deal on Iran?s nuclear program on Monday, diplomats said.
Obama's U.N. plan backfires on Congress
President Obama's attempt to outmaneuver Congress and win quick United Nations approval for the Iran nuclear agreement is backfiring on him in Congress, and could further erode support among key players.
Iran Bans U.S. Inspectors from All Nuclear Sites
U.S. and Iranian officials confirmed Thursday that no American nuclear inspectors will be permitted to enter the country?s contested nuclear site under the parameters of a deal reached with world powers this week, according to multiple statements by American and Iranian officials.
Islamic State affiliate claims attack on Egypt navy boat in Sinai
An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt's Sinai said Thursday that it has destroyed an Egyptian navy vessel with a rocket off the strategic peninsula's Mediterranean coast.
Ex-Saudi spy chief: Nuke deal will 'wreak havoc'; Arabs lose faith in 'oldest and most powerful ally'
Arabs will continue to turn away from the United States after a nuclear deal with Iran that will 'wreak havoc in the region,' Saudi Arabia's former head of intelligence said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Obama adviser: We never sought 'anytime, anywhere' access to Iran sites
A top adviser to US President Barack Obama claimed Tuesday that the US had never sought co-called 'anytime, anywhere' inspections of all suspect Iranian sites in the newly signed nuclear accord. His comments came in marked contrast to statements he made to Israeli television in April.
Strike sooner or never: Preemptive strike on Iran legally dicier once UN lifts sanctions
Israel probably has until around mid-December to preemptively strike Iran's nuclear program before it gets even harder to justify legally than Tuesday's deal has already made it.

Inside the United States
Censored: ABC and CBS Refused to Cover Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Body Parts
A taxpayer-funded organization reportedly selling baby hearts and livers should be a huge story. Not so, say the broadcast networks, which have devoted just 39 seconds to the story, out of the 9 hours and 30 minutes of news shows they?ve aired since it broke.
4 Marines reportedly dead in shooting attack at Tennessee Navy facility
Four Marines were reportedly killed Thursday in one of two attacks at U.S. Navy facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., and at least one shooter was dead.
Bird Flu Cost the US $3.3 Billion and Worse Could Be Coming
It's been almost a month since a case of avian influenza was detected in poultry in the central United States. So it might seem that the epidemic?which over several months caused the destruction of 49.5 million chickens and turkeys?can safely be considered over.
California Democrat wants 'Husband' and 'Wife' Banned from U.S. Code
Rep. Lois Capps, who represents California's 24th district, comprised of Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, and the Los Padres National Forest, has sponsored H.R. 2976, which states that the federal government should replace references to 'wives' and 'husbands' in Federal law with references to 'spouses', and for other purposes.
Aurora Theater Shooter James Holmes Guilty
James Holmes was found guilty Thursday of multiple counts of first-degree murder in the July 20, 2012, shooting rampage that killed 12 people and injured 70 others in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater during a showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises.'
1/3 of 10-Year-Olds Access Internet Porn, 'The New Crack Cocaine,' Health Experts Warn
A group of health experts gathered on Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief congressional staff members on the new 'public health crisis' facing America -- the growing use of internet pornography among younger children and the impact it has on their mental growth and social understanding of sex.
U.S. jobless claims, housing data point to firming economy
The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week and confidence among homebuilders held at a more than 9-1/2-year high in July, indicating underlying momentum in the economy.
More Than 90 Small Earthquakes Strike SoCal City in 24 Hours
More than 90 earthquakes have struck a Southern California community over the past 24 hours, causing concern for residents and a few eyebrows to raise.

Christian News
Mexico's Persecution of Protestant Christians
United States officials have questioned Mexico's government regarding reports of widespread discrimination and displacement of Protestant Christian communities in Chiapas and other Mexican states.
No Visas for Christians Facing Muslim Persecution
Despite persecution from Islamic terrorists, Christians in Iraq will not receive any support from the United States government.
Christian Students Rejected, Failed and Expelled for Faith in Jesus
Public colleges and universities are taking the gloves off when it comes to Christian students on their campuses. Gone are the days of surreptitious slights against Christians; now it is open season on faith. Blatant, in-your-face anti-Christian discrimination is the new norm.

Prophecy News Watch - July 16, 2015

Around the World
Obama Lashes Out at Nuke Critics
President Barack Obama lashed out at critics, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who argue that a recently inked nuclear agreement with Iran does little to rein in the rogue regime's ability to construct a bomb, during a press conference Wednesday.
Putin Signs Law Likely to Strengthen His Hand in Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin set the date for early parliamentary elections in September next year as his country slides into its first recession since 2009.
Greek Parliament Passes Austerity Bill Despite Dissent
Greek lawmakers voted overwhelmingly early Thursday to approve a harsh austerity bill demanded by bailout creditors, despite significant dissent from members of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' left-wing party.
NATO plans biggest exercise since 2002 to counter Islamic State
NATO and its allies will hold their biggest military exercise in more than a decade from October, deploying 36,523f7c personnel across the Mediterranean to counter the threat of Islamic State on the alliance's southern flank.
Six Tropical Cyclones At Once in the Pacific Ocean: How Rare Is That?
On Sunday morning with an upgrade to Tropical Storm Dolores, it marked the first time in almost 10 years that there have been at least five simultaneous Pacific tropical cyclones of at least tropical storm strength.
'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' found guilty by German court
A 94-year-old German man known as the 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz' was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the murder of 300,523f7c people at the Nazi death camp, in what could be one of the last big Holocaust trials.
16 reasons nuke deal is an Iranian victory and a Western catastrophe
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday unsurprisingly hailed the nuclear agreement struck with US-led world powers, and derided the 'failed' efforts of the 'warmongering Zionists.' His delight, Iran's delight, is readily understandable.
Obama says Iran nuclear deal best way to avoid more Mideast war
President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and the American public, insisted on Wednesday that the landmark agreement was the best way to avoid a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel Strikes Gaza After Rocket Fire on Israel
The Israeli Air Force attacked an infrastructure target in Gaza early Thursday morning in response to a rocket that was fired from the Palestinian enclave just after 2am local time.
Strike sooner or never: Preemptive strike on Iran legally dicier once UN lifts sanctions
Israel probably has until around mid-December to preemptively strike Iran's nuclear program before it gets even harder to justify legally than Tuesday's deal has already made it.
Report: Secret US intelligence files say Israel assassinated Syrian general
Secret US intelligence files indicate that a small team of Israeli commandos assassinated a Syrian general in August 2008, The Intercept news website reported Wednesday.
US defense secretary to visit Israel to calm fears on Iran
Tensions in the wake of the Iran deal are expected to escalate in the coming weeks, despite the high-level phone conversation between US President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Inside the United States
Controversial Jade Helm Military Exercise Opens in Texas
Operation Jade Helm 15, the summer-long U.S. military training exercise in the Southwest that has stirred conspiracy theories of imminent martial law, kicked off Wednesday in Texas.
Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts
An undercover video released today shows Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how her organization sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to harvest intact body parts.
One-third of veterans in backlog for VA health care already dead
Nearly one-third of veterans waiting to receive health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs are already dead, according to an internal VA document provided to The Huffington Post.
ISIS flyer shows beheaded Statue of Liberty waving group's flag
In a threat to the U.S., the Islamic State group is circulating an image that shows a decapitated Statue of Liberty waving the group's flag.
S&P cuts Puerto Rico rating to 'imminent default'
Standard & Poor's on Tuesday lowered its rating on Puerto Rico to 'imminent default', saying the US territory intends to pay creditors less than the face value of their bonds.
Feds say they have shut down Darkode malware marketplace
Investigators shut down an online marketplace where cybercriminals bought and sold hacked databases, malicious software and other products that could cripple or steal information from computer systems, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
Obama launches free high-speed Internet service for low-income households
President Obama announced Wednesday his ConnectHome plan, which aims to expand high speed broadband internet access to more families nationwide.

Christian News
Holocaust survivor repays ultimate debt via rescue of Syrian Christians
On the eve of Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938, 19-year-old George Weidenfeld escaped Vienna for the United Kingdom. He began work at the British Broadcasting Corporation and within ten years had co-founded the publishing firm Weidenfeld & Nicholson.

Prophecy News Watch - July 15, 2015

Around the World
Nuclear Deal Silent on Iran's Parchin Military Plant, Bushehr
The Iranian nuclear deal reached in Vienna contains no reference to the Parchin military facility where most of Iran's past nuclear arms-related work was carried out.
Obama: 'We Have Stopped Spread of Nuclear Weapons' With Iran Deal
A historic deal with Iran will close off any possibility the country can develop nuclear weapons, halting a potential arms race in the Middle East, President Barack Obama said.
Greece debt crisis: Leaked IMF report heaps fresh pressure on creditors to grant massive relief ahead of key vote
A leaked analysis of Greece's sovereign debt by the International Monetary Fund has heaped fresh pressure on the country's creditors to grant the Mediterranean country massive debt relief as part of its latest bailout deal.
Rowhani mocks Israel's 'failure', hails nuclear deal as 'new chapter' for 'our revolution'
In the same nationally televised address on July 14 Iranian President Hassan Rowhani blasted Israel for attempting to derail the nuclear deal, then hailed the deal with Western powers as a 'starting point' for building trust between the terror-sponsoring state and the world.
Spacecraft achieves flyby of Pluto, then calls home
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got humanity's first up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday, sending word of its triumph across 3 billion miles to scientists waiting breathlessly back home.
Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark.
Iran deal boosts fears of global oil glut
A historic deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions has fanned fresh fears on Wall Street of an oil glut.
Iranians Express Jubilation At Historic Nuclear Deal
In Iran, euphoric reactions are pouring in after a historic nuclear agreement was reached between Tehran and world powers.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel warns of Iran's continued nuclear R&D, problematic inspection
An Israeli government official said Tuesday evening that "According to the agreement, Iran can be warned up to 24 days before being visited by inspectors. It's as if police who want to raid a drug lab would give the criminals 24 days warning -- it is inconceivable."
Israel blasts Iran deal as 'dark day in history'
Israeli leaders across the political spectrum condemned in stark apocalyptic language the Iranian nuclear pact announced by the United States and world powers Tuesday, calling it a historic mistake that frees Iran to sponsor global terror while assembling the information and materials to build a nuclear weapon.
Israel, Saudi Arabia condemn Iran nuclear deal; other world leaders relieved
Israel and Saudi Arabia wasted no time blasting the nuclear accord with Iran, while many of the world's leaders -- and some of Iran's immediate neighbors -- expressed relief that a deal had been reached.
Iran deal could lead to improved covert Arab-Israel cooperation
If a nuclear deal is reached between world powers and Shi'ite Iran, it could stimulate covert cooperation between Israel and Sunni Arab states.
PM: Iran's ongoing incitement shows US will sign deal 'at any price'
With indications that a final nuclear deal with Iran is imminent, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused world leaders of pursuing an agreement no matter what the cost.

Inside the United States
'Hard Sell' Ahead for Iran Deal, But Congress Has No Real Kill Switch
Shortly after President Obama announced a nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday - and long before the detailed text became available - verdicts began flowing in from lawmakers. Some were already vowing to "undo" the agreement, others gave tepid support, but nearly all ignored the reality: that while Obama's achievement faces a tough sell on the Hill, even if lawmakers were to oppose his push, they have no real kill switch.
Obama leaves 4 Americans behind in Iran deal
The president has left behind four Americans in Iran, despite the years of negotiations by the Obama administration over the nuclear program being pursued by the Islamic Republic, and an attorney who has worked on one of the cases is outraged.
Presidential election already fueled by $377 million
The 2016 presidential contest is barely underway, and already donors have poured some $377 million into it, an Associated Press review shows.
Rand Paul sues Obama over foreign banking law
Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday officially sued the Obama administration, seeking to stop it from enforcing a federal banking law that has led large numbers of Americans overseas to renounce their citizenship.
Undercover video catches Planned Parenthood selling aborted baby body parts
An undercover video released this morning shows a national leader of Planned Parenthood admitting that the abortion provider uses the illegal and highly controversial partial birth abortion procedure to sell intact fetal body parts.

Christian News
Rev. Graham on Gay Marriage: 'Immorality Not Only Reigns But Is Now Celebrated' in USA
Commenting on the Supreme Court's ruling (5-4) that homosexual 'marriage' is now a civil right, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham said America has turned her back on God and rejected His 'laws and standards,' and added that it seems as though 'immorality not only reigns but is now celebrated' in this country.
Anti-conversion laws threaten religious freedom in Nepal
Proposed anti-conversion laws could threaten religious freedom in Nepal, country experts have warned.