Prophecy News Watch - May 14, 2018

Around the World
Microchips get under the skin of technophile Swedes
It's the size of a grain of rice but could hold the key to many aspects of your life. A tiny microchip inserted under the skin can replace the need to carry keys, credit cards and train tickets.
North Korea to Hold ‘Ceremony’ for Dismantling Nuke Test Site
North Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site on May 23-25, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with President Donald Trump next month.
One killed in Paris knife attack by man shouting 'Allahu akbar'
An assailant shouting 'Allahu akbar' killed a passer-by in a knife attack that also wounded four others in the heart of Paris late on Saturday before he was shot dead by police, French authorities said.
Rouhani says Iran may remain part of nuclear accord
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that, if its interests were protected, Tehran would remain committed to its 2015 nuclear deal, which his foreign minister hoped could be redesigned without Washington.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Trump Administration Readying Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan
The United States is in the 'late phases' of finalizing its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that will be presented to both parties for consideration, according to a senior White House official, who discussed progress on the matter ahead of a massive celebration in Israel to open the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
Jews, Arabs clash on Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day
According to eye witnesses, the Jews who entered the holy site were singing, while the Arabs called out 'Allahu Akbar.'
Russia seeks mediator role between Israel and Iran
Following Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria, Russia has positioned itself as a mediator between the Middle Eastern rivals as it has maintained good relations with both countries.
Al Qaeda chief says Israel's Tel Aviv is also Muslim land
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, speaking in a recording released on Sunday, the eve of plans by the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem, said that Tel Aviv was also Muslim land.
Israel sends troop reinforcements to Gaza, West Bank ahead of US embassy opening
The Israeli army is deploying three additional brigades to Gaza and the West Bank at the start of what Israeli security officials believe could be an extremely violent week of Palestinian protests coinciding with the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, the military said Saturday.
US Delegation Arrives in Jerusalem to Celebrate Embassy Move
The US delegation has arrived for the official embassy dedication ceremony in Jerusalem.

Inside the United States
Russian Nuclear Bombers Intercepted Near Alaska
Russian nuclear forces dispatch two strategic bombers into the air defense zone near Alaska on Friday and the aircraft were intercepted by American F-22 jets, the U.S. Northern Command said.
Swarm of earthquakes hits seismically active region along California border
A swarm of small earthquakes hit a town near the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday and continued into Sunday.
Huge fissure opens on Hawaiian volcano; some defy evacuation order
A massive new fissure opened on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, hurling bursts of rock and magma with an ear-piercing screech on Sunday as it threatened nearby homes within a zone where authorities had just ordered an evacuation.
Illinois Senate Approves Bill Requiring Public Schools to Teach LGBT History
The Illinois Senate approved a bill Wednesday requiring all public schools in the state to teach about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in history.
School District Accused of Punishing LGBT Students By Forcing Them to Read the Bible
An Oregon school district is accused of forcing LGBTQ students to read the Bible for punishment.

Christian News
Nine Killed, Dozens Injured After A Wave Of Blasts Strike Church In Indonesia
A wave of blasts including a suicide bombing struck outside churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine and wounding dozens of others, police said, the latest assault on a religious minority in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.
See the Signed Personal Note the Americans Released From North Korea Handed Mike Pence After Landing in the US
When Vice President Mike Pence greeted the newly released North Korean prisoners on the tarmac of Andrews Air Force Base early yesterday morning, he was expecting to make them feel as welcome as possible as they stepped onto American soil. But he could have never anticipated what he himself might receive.
Mike Pence Praises Bible-Reading, Church-Going Christians for 'New American Awakening'
In the commencement address at Hillsdale College in Michigan on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence told the Class of 2018 they were joining the workforce amid "opportunity and optimism" due to growing faith in America.

Prophecy News Watch - May 11, 2018

Around the World
UN takes first step toward landmark global environmental pact
The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted through a resolution establishing a framework for a global pact for the environment, an initiative put forward by French President Emmanuel Macron last September.
White House Examining Plan to Help Iranian People Oppose Regime
The Trump administration is examining a new plan to help Iranians fighting the hardline regime in Iran following America's exit from the landmark nuclear deal and reimposition of harsh economic sanctions that could topple a regime already beset by protests and a crashing economy, according to a copy of the plan obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
US Treasury, UAE sanction Iran money exchange network
The US Treasury on Thursday said it had sanctioned six individuals and three entities accused of funneling 'hundreds of millions' of dollars to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's elite Al Quds Force (IRGC-QF)
Five ISIS Leaders Caught After Three Month Long Intelligence Operation
At least five senior Islamic State officials have been captured in a three-month operation by Iraqi and American intelligence that involved phone apps and the breaking of secret bank accounts and communication codes, according to news reports.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
‘Operation House of Cards,’ the IAF mission to cripple Iran’s presence in Syria
During two pre-dawn hours, Israeli F-15 and F-16 fighter jets evaded 'dozens of missiles' and dropped 'many dozens' of bombs on over 50 Iranian targets throughout Syria as the Israel air force carried out an extensive campaign, dubbed 'Operation House of Cards,' to try and destroy Iran’s military presence in the country.
Senior official: Iran still has long-range capabilities to strike Israel
Iran still has long-range capabilities to strike Israel, a senior officer in the Israel Air Force said on Thursday, even though 'every target we wanted to hit was struck and destroyed.'
Hamas terror chief hopes to see hundreds of thousands storm Israel-Gaza fence
The Gaza leader of Hamas said Thursday he hopes to see hundreds of thousands of Palestinians breach the border fence from Gaza into Israel at protests to coincide with next week’s US embassy move to Jerusalem.
Israel, Cyprus, Greece push East Med gas pipeline to Europe
The leaders of Israel, Cyprus and Greece said Tuesday they are determined to push ahead with plans for a pipeline that would supply east Mediterranean gas to Europe as the continent seeks to diversify its supplies.
IDF pictures show targeted Iranian intel sites in Syria
The Israeli military published pictures Friday that it said showed Iranian intelligence installations in Syria that it attacked during a massive bombardment a day earlier. The attack was in response to a volley of rockets shot toward northern Israel.

Inside the United States
Congress releases every Russian Facebook ad that ran during election
House lawmakers released the thousands of Facebook ads Russian operatives used to sow division in the U.S. before and after the 2016 election, ranging from blatant political messages to lighthearted memes.
Trump readies crackdown on foreign ‘freeloading’ in bid to lower prescription drug prices
President Trump is set to propose the most comprehensive plan to tackle prescription drug prices in history, the White House boasted Thursday, setting a high bar for an upcoming address in which Mr. Trump plans to put 'American patients first' by cracking down on 'freeloading' by foreign nations and requiring Medicare to give a leg up to seniors.
School District Accused of Punishing LGBT Students By Forcing Them to Read the Bible
An Oregon school district is accused of forcing LGBTQ students to read the Bible for punishment.

Christian News
4 Christians Serving 10-Year Prison Sentence in Iran Lose Appeal
Four Christians found guilty of acting against Iran's national security have lost an appeal against their prison sentence.

Prophecy News Watch - May 10, 2018

Around the World
Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen fire missiles at Saudi capital
Yemen's Houthis fired a salvo of ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia's capital on Wednesday - an attack Saudi authorities said they intercepted in the skies over Riyadh.
Trump: Secretary of State Pompeo heading back from North Korea with 3 released prisoners
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that three American prisoners released from North Korea were headed home, a sign of potential good will ahead of Trump's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Saudi Arabia warns it will develop nukes if Iran does
Saudi Arabia will seek to develop its own nuclear weapons if Iran does, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN on Wednesday, amid spiraling tension between the regional rivals.
Mattis: Trump Admin. Already Working with Allies to Prevent Iran from Acquiring Nukes
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday the Trump administration is working with U.S. allies on a measure to prevent Iran from procuring a nuclear weapon, less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump torpedoed the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.
Moscow says it’s still mulling advanced air defense supply to Syria
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said Wednesday that a decision has not yet been made on supplying Syria with advanced air defense systems, a development that Israel fears could hamper its efforts to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in Syrian territory and transfers of arms supplies to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon.
After shocking election result, Malaysia may be headed for market volatility, economic change
A historic win at Malaysia's general election by the opposition alliance led by the country's former leader, Mahathir Mohamad, will likely send markets on a wild ride, although analysts said long-term prospects appeared encouraging.
Freed North Korea detainees thank Trump, Mike Pompeo, American people ‘for bringing us home’
The three American detainees freed by North Korea say they would like to express their 'deep appreciation' to the United States government, President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the American people 'for bringing us home.'
Regime change in Iran is goal of Trump’s sanctions, tough U.S. terms, analysts say
President Trump says he hopes 'maximum pressure' sanctions will coerce Iran into accepting a better and stronger nuclear deal, but with Tehran unlikely to accept concessions being demanded by the White House, many are beginning to suggest that the administration’s actual goal is regime change.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Liberman: Israel destroyed ‘nearly all’ Iranian military sites in Syria
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday morning that the IDF had destroyed 'nearly all' of Iran’s military infrastructure sites in Syria overnight in response to a rocket barrage on Israel’s north, and warned Tehran that attacks on Israeli territory will be met with 'the strongest possible force.'
After Putin meet, Netanyahu indicates Moscow won’t curtail Israeli strikes in Syria
Wrapping up a day-long visit to Moscow, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening said he has no reason to believe the Kremlin will attempt to limit Israel’s freedom of operation in the region, an apparent reference to alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria.
After alleged Iranian barrage, Israel launches massive counterattack in Syria
Some 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military bases by Iranian forces from southern Syria just after midnight on Thursday, sparking the largest ever direct clash between Jerusalem and Tehran, with Israeli jets targeting numerous Iranian-controlled sites across Syria.
Palestinians announce embassy move date to be ‘day of rage’
Senior PLO official Ahmad Majdalani said Tuesday that May 14, the day the US is expected to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, will be 'a day of rage.'

Inside the United States
Trump suggests revoking credentials over ‘negative’ reporting
President Donald Trump is suggesting that reporters have their credentials revoked for reporting negative news about him.
Trump says he’ll rebuild border wall in California despite Gov. Brown
President Trump said Wednesday he will push ahead with upgrading sections of the border wall in California, apparently reversing his early vow not to do any more wall construction in the state until Congress approved his full border barrier.
Scientists: Kilauea volcano may have explosive eruption
Geologists warned Wednesday that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could erupt explosively and send boulders, rocks and ash into the air around its summit in the coming weeks.
CDC: 28 more sickened from E. coli in romaine lettuce, total up to 149 in 29 states
The romaine lettuce multi-state E. coli outbreak has now sickened 28 more people in four more states, the Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday.

Christian News
House church pastor tried for leaking state secrets in China
A pastor of a now-closed house church in the capital of China’s inland Guizhou province was found guilty of 'intentionally disclosing state secrets' at a trial on April 26, but the announcement of the verdict was delayed.
YouTube Bans Pro-Life Channel, Labels It ‘Harmful’ And ‘Dangerous’
A pro-life organization says YouTube suspended one of its channels for being 'harmful or dangerous' because its videos told women how to reverse their medical abortions.
Sam Rodriguez, Johnnie Moore Launch New 'Congress of Christian Leaders' to Unite Global Church
American evangelical leaders Samuel Rodriguez and Johnnie Moore have announced the founding of a new interdenominational body called the Congress of Christian Leaders, which they say will seek to foster unity and serve growing Christian movements across the globe.
Pastor Unseats Sitting US Congressman: Could This Be a New Trend?
In a stunning upset, Mark Harris defeated Rep. Robert Pittenger Tuesday night in North Carolina's 9th District primary.
'This Place is So Special': Secret Hiding Place for Ancient Christians Discovered in Syria
Archaeologists have found a secret passageway where early Christians used to hide to escape Roman persecution.

Prophecy News Watch - May 9, 2018

Around the World
Defying world, Trump says US withdrawing from Iran nuclear deal
President Trump announced the US was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, following through on a campaign promise and defying European allies who implored him to maintain an agreement that international agencies have said Tehran is honoring.
Nine Iran-linked fighters reported killed in alleged Israeli strike on Syria
Syrian state media reported on Tuesday night that Israel conducted an airstrike south of Damascus, reportedly killing nine pro-Iranian fighters in an area previously identified as the site of a suspected Iranian military base.
New outbreak of Ebola kills 17 in northwest DR Congo
Seventeen people in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have died from Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday, describing the fresh outbreak as a 'public health emergency with international impact.'
Iran says it may resume enrichment after Trump announces nuke deal exit
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday slammed US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal as an act of 'psychological warfare,' warning that his country could start enriching uranium more than ever in the coming weeks.
Iranian lawmakers burn US flag, vow response ‘US and Zionists will regret’
Iranian lawmakers lit a paper US flag on fire at parliament Wednesday after US President Donald Trump’s nuclear deal pullout, shouting 'Death to America!'
In joint front, Europe’s Merkel, Macron and May vow to uphold Iran deal
In a show of European unity against the US president, the leaders of France, Germany and the UK vowed Tuesday to uphold the Iran nuclear deal despite Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from it.
Pompeo in NKorea to finalize summit, seek Americans’ release
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea on Wednesday to finalize plans for a historic summit between President Donald Trump and the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu sets off to Moscow as tensions skyrocket over Iran, Syria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Israel for Moscow Wednesday morning, saying that his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin would be focused on 'ensuring ongoing military cooperation in Syria.'
IDF puts Golan on alert over ‘abnormal’ Iranian movement in Syria
The Israeli army sounded alarms Tuesday night over irregular Iranian movements in Syria, advising Golan residents to ready bomb shelters and putting its air defenses on high alert.
Iran talks tough, Israel braces for worst after Trump pulls out of nuclear deal
Iran said Tuesday that it was prepared to quickly restart uranium enrichment — the process needed to make nuclear bombs — if President Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal leads to a total collapse of the Obama-era accord.

Inside the United States
Senate Intel report: Russia targeted at least 21 states in 2016 election
The Senate intelligence committee has concluded that Kremlin-supported operatives targeted the voting in nearly two dozen states in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to the first report in the panel’s yearlong probe.
Ex-CIA officer charged with intending to pass secrets to China
A former Central Intelligence Agency officer has been charged with gathering classified information he allegedly intended to pass to the Chinese government, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.
Tuesday's Republican primary winners just Trumpy enough
Republicans are now hopeful Tuesday night’s results put them in a good position to pick up Senate seats in the states Trump won easily in 2016, despite a tough national environment and scandals swirling the White House.
U.S. job openings reach record high of 6.6 million
The United States had a record 6.6 million job openings at the end of March, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.