Prophecy News Watch - September 14, 2017

Around the World
US set to extend Iran sanctions relief under nuclear deal
The Trump administration is poised to extend sanctions relief to Iran, avoiding imminent action that could implode the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.
North Korea vows to accelerate weapons program following new US sanctions
North Korea displayed trademark defiance on Wednesday over new United Nations sanctions imposed after its sixth and largest-ever nuclear test, vowing to redouble efforts to fight off what it said was the threat of a US invasion.
Fearing Russia, Sweden holds biggest war games in 20 years
Neutral Sweden has launched its biggest war games in two decades with support from NATO countries, drilling 19,000 troops after years of spending cuts that have left the country fearful of Russia’s growing military strength.
Japan: North Korea threat to sink Japan is 'outrageous'
Japan's top government spokesman has called a North Korean threat to sink Japan with a nuclear bomb extremely provocative and outrageous.
U.S.-Led Coalition Dropped Record Number of Bombs on ISIS in August
The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State dropped 5,075 bombs during operations in August, the highest total of any month since the three-year campaign against the terrorist group began.
Ghost Jihadis: ISIS Fighters Have Thousands of Blank Syrian Passports That Could Be Used to Provide Fake Identities
The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has some 11,000 blank Syrian passports that could be used to provide fake identities for jihadists, German authorities believe.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Russia urges Syria not to respond to Israel's attack
Russia has urged Syrian President Bashar Assad not to retaliate against Israel after an airstrike on the country's Scientific Studies and Research Center, which the Syrian regime attributes to Israel, a senior Russia official dealing with Middle East affairs told Yedioth Ahronoth in an conversation in Moscow over the weekend.
Two more advanced F-35s en route to Israel from US
Two additional F-35 stealth fighter jets lifted off from the US on Wednesday morning on their way to Israel, the sixth and seventh planes to be delivered out of the 50 Israel has purchased from the US to upgrade the capabilities of its air force.
Devastating UK survey finds half of Britons agree with anti-Israel statements
Nearly one in three Britons holds at least one anti-Semitic attitude and more than half endorse at least one hard-line anti-Israel statement, finds a major new study published today.

Inside the United States
Trump sends warning to gridlocked Republicans by meeting with Democrats
President Trump's decision to hold White House meetings with Democrats on key agenda items has sent a clear message to the GOP that it needs to get moving or he'll make deals with the minority party.
Schumer, Pelosi announce deal with Trump on Dreamers
Democratic leaders emerged from a dinner meeting Wednesday night with President Trump to say they had worked out a deal to grant permanent protections to young illegal immigrants — without having to accept funding for the president’s proposed border wall.
Satanists emerge as advocate as Planned Parenthood restores Missouri abortion services
Satanists. Abortion. Planned Parenthood. Where in the world would those three things have anything to do with one another?
Judge orders Maryland bar to investigate lawyers who helped Clinton delete emails
A Maryland judge ordered the state bar to open an investigation Monday into the three lawyers who helped former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delete her private emails.
Antifa violence splits left as another major protest looms at Berkeley
Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro is likely to escape unscathed from antifa protesters planning to wreak havoc during his speech Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley, but the left may not be so lucky.
Feds Collect Record Taxes Through August; Still Run $673.7B Deficit
The federal government collected record total tax revenues through the first eleven months of fiscal 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016 through the end of August), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement.
Illegal immigrants get OK to vote in Maryland city's elections
A city council in Maryland has voted in favor of allowing resident non-citizens such as illegal immigrants to participate in local elections.

Christian News
'Attacks on Religious Liberty' in US Increased 133 Percent in Last 5 Years: Report
A new report released by a prominent religious liberty advocacy organization claims that there has been a 133 percent increase in domestic "attacks on religious liberty" in the last five years and about a 15 percent increase in attacks on religious liberty in the last year.

Prophecy News Watch - September 13, 2017

Around the World
U.S. Threatens to Cutoff China, Russia for Undermining Sanctions Against North Korea
The Trump administration on Tuesday threatened to cutoff from the U.S. financial system Chinese and Russian companies helping North Korea smuggle coal overseas to circumvent international sanctions on Pyongyang's nuclear activities.
Radioactive gas found after North’s nuke test
South Korea says it has found a small amount of radioactive element from air samples it collected following North Korea’s latest nuclear test.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel to occupy parts of south Lebanon in next conflict with Hezbollah
In the event of another war with Hezbollah, the IDF’s objective would be to occupy parts of southern Lebanon where the group has support and infrastructure and to force a UN resolution that improves the security situation on the northern border, a senior IDF officer said on Monday.
Trump and Netanyahu to meet on sidelines of UN confab, US confirms
US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in New York next week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, a US official confirmed on Tuesday.
State Department won't ask Israel to return $75 million in aid
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's team won't attempt to claw back $75 million in U.S. aid provided to Israel, a department official confirmed Tuesday.
Hamas ready to reconcile with Fatah with no conditions
Ismail Haniyeh, political chief of Hamas, said the organization is ready to talk reconciliation with the rival government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas without preconditions.

Inside the United States
Trashing Trump: Broadcast coverage of the president now 91% negative, say analysts
The trash talk, criticism and negative narratives continue. Much of the news media continues to offer coverage which is both hostile and biased against President Trump and his administration. Case in point: a wide-reaching new study from the Media Research Center finds that 91 percent of the recent coverage which aired on ABC, CBS and NBC has been negative.
House Passes Amendment to Block Funding of Sessions Civil Asset Forfeiture Program
The House of Representatives passed an amendment Tuesday which blocks funding of a controversial program reimplemented by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
25 percent of Florida Keys homes are gone after Irma, FEMA estimates
With 25 percent of the homes in the Florida Keys feared destroyed, emergency workers Tuesday rushed to find Hurricane Irma's victims -- dead or alive -- and deliver food and water to the stricken island chain.
Lights still out for 5.8 million U.S. customers after Irma
Some 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida and nearby states still had no power on Tuesday after the pummeling from Hurricane Irma, as utility companies scrambled to get the lights back on in one of the biggest power restoration efforts in U.S. history.

Christian News
Over 250 Protestant Leaders Sign 'Reforming Catholic Confession' on Essentials of Christian Faith
Over 250 prominent scholars, pastors, and church leaders from around the world released on Tuesday a theological statement affirming the essentials of the Reformation. And its Protestant authors contend that in this 500th anniversary year, the document is a 'catholic' statement in its best sense.
U.S. judge tells Christian churches they must cover abortion in insurance plan
A federal judge told three Christian congregations in California that they have no case in wanting to opt out of the state’s requirement that they cover abortions through their health insurance plans.

Prophecy News Watch - September 12, 2017

Around the World
Major U.S. allies in Asia welcome new U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea
Major U.S. allies in Asia welcomed on Tuesday the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous vote to step up sanctions on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned and fuel supplies to the reclusive North capped after its sixth nuclear test.
Australia kicks off weeks-long same-sex marriage ballot
Australia on Tuesday launched a postal vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage as a widely watched poll indicated the country would be overwhelmingly in support.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Tillerson State Dept. Demanding Israel Hand Back Millions in U.S. Military Aid
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been pushing the Trump White House to demand that Israel give back to the United States millions of dollars in military aid, prompting pushback in the West Wing and further fueling ongoing tensions between Foggy Bottom and the White House over a range of key diplomatic issues, according to multiple sources briefed on the situation.
Northern Command goes on offense in wide-scale exercise
The Northern Command began the next stage of its wide-scale training exercise in the Western and Lower Galilee on Monday, conducting offensive maneuvers in a simulation of an all-out war against the Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah.
Russia reassures Israel over Iranian presence in Syria -- report
Russia has reportedly reassured Israel that it will not allow Iran and its Hezbollah proxy to threaten the Jewish state from Syria, where Moscow is fighting alongside Tehran and the Lebanese terror group on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Inside the United States
Marking 9/11, Trump says ‘America cannot be intimidated’
Leading his first commemoration of the solemn 9/11 anniversary, US President Donald Trump said Monday that 'the living, breathing soul of America wept with grief' for each of the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost on that day 16 years ago.
National debt hits $20 trillion for first time in history
The national debt exceeded $20 trillion for the first time ever on Friday, the same day President Trump signed a bill into law that suspended the debt ceiling and allowed unlimited federal borrowing.
Floridians return to storm-battered homes as Irma flooding spreads
Storm-shocked Floridians returned to shattered homes on Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Irma pushed inland, leaving more than half of all state residents without power and city streets underwater from Orlando and Jacksonville into coastal Georgia and South Carolina.
U.S. Military Plays big role in Irma Relief Efforts
The U.S. military is playing a big part in the relief efforts associated with Hurricane Irma. The Department of Defense reports around 15,000 service members are helping in Florida, Georgia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Irma unleashes record flooding in Jacksonville, 'incredible' floods in Charleston
Irma's powerful winds triggered strong damage in the areas where the storm made a direct hit -- but for cities including Jacksonville, Fla., and Charleston, S.C., it unleashed pushing amounts of storm surge.
Hurricane Jose threatens the US
Another hurricane is moving in the direction of the mainland U.S. as the remnants of Hurricane Irma continue to sweep through the Southeast.
Trump’s travel ban temporarily restored as Supreme Court issues stay on lower court
The Supreme Court on Monday temporarily restored part of President Trump’s travel ban, potentially blocking up to 24,000 refugees from being able to enter the U.S.

Christian News
Franklin Graham on Hurricanes, Fires, Earthquakes: World Needs to Prepare for Jesus Christ's Return
The numerous hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and other natural phenomena affecting the world today should serve as a reminder that people need to be prepared for the return of Jesus Christ, said evangelist Franklin Graham.
Trump Backs Texas Churches Suing FEMA for Disaster Relief Funds
President Trump continues to confirm his verbal support for Christians, with his actions--this time, standing up for churches barred from relief funding after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas.

Prophecy News Watch - September 11, 2017

Around the World
Report: Iran secretly helped N. Korea with nuclear program
British officials fear that North Korea's sudden advancement in developing nuclear weapons may be due to secret support from Iran, The Sunday Telegraph reported over the weekend.
UN experts: NKorea exported $270 million illegally recently
North Korea illegally exported coal, iron and other commodities worth at least $270 million to China and other countries including India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka in the six-month period ending in early August in violation of U.N. sanctions, U.N. experts say.
Merkel’s re-election in Germany is all but certain, but world of fourth-term challenges is not
Six months ago, it looked like her job might be in jeopardy, but now Chancellor Angela Merkel is cruising to victory in Germany’s Sept. 24 vote and the big question is what Europe’s dominant political leader plans to do with her mandate for a fourth term.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US trying to organize peace summit between Trump, Abbas and Netanyahu: report
The Trump administration is trying to arrange a summit between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Hebrew newspaper Yisrael Hayom reported Sunday.
4 arrested in Arad clashes between ultra-Orthodox, secular residents
Four Israelis were arrested in the southern city of Arad on Saturday night after violent clashes broke out between the city’s secular and ultra-Orthodox residents.
Israeli satellite images show damage to Syrian weapons facility
An Israeli satellite imaging company released photographs on Sunday showing the effects of last week’s airstrike on a Syrian weapons base that was attributed to the Israeli Air Force.

Inside the United States
Hurricane Irma will hammer insurance industry -- up to $65 billion in damage is projected
Hurricane Irma will create combined insured losses of $20 billion to $65 billion, according to a projection from risk modeling software company AIR Worldwide.
Trump Makes Proclamations Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary
In observance of the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, President Donald Trump has declared Friday through Sunday of this week to be 'Days of Prayer and Remembrance,' and Monday to be 'Patriot Day.'
Hurricane Irma: Nearly half of Florida in the dark, Tampa braces for storm
Hurricane Irma early Monday remained a dangerous Category 2 hurricane and is now bearing down on the Tampa-St. Petersburg region.
As Irma barrels into Florida, Washington takes a 1-2 punch
More than a decade of budget cutting and a rash of government job vacancies are taxing Washington’s ability to cope with a one-two punch of epic storms.
Irma lost some oomph over Cuba before its assault on Florida
Before crashing into Florida, Hurricane Irma set all sorts of records for brute strength as it flattened Caribbean islands and swamped the Florida Keys. Irma's assault — so soon after Harvey's deluge of Houston — marked the first time the U.S. was hit by two Category 4 storms in the same year.
Hurricane Jose downgraded to Category 3, expected to weaken
Hurricane Jose pulled farther away from the Caribbean Sunday morning and is expected to weaken over the next few days as it moves across the western Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said.
Antifa throws smoke and projectiles at police at Portland rallies; 7 arrested
Antifa demonstrators hurled smoke and projectiles at police officers during rallies in downtown Portland on Sunday, injuring at least two, according to police.
Three cranes at South Florida construction sites have snapped in Irma’s howling winds
The wildly swinging booms of three cranes at under-construction residential buildings in South Florida bent and collapsed in Hurricane Irma’s heavy winds Sunday.

Christian News
Christian leaders boosted by Trump recognition of National Day of Prayer for 9/11 anniversary
They were hoping for 100,000 signatures on their faith-based petition and got double that amount. They were hoping for one day of prayer for 9/11 — they got three.
Russian Anti-Missionary Law Mainly Hampers Christians
Concerns among Russian Christians that the government’s antiterrorism legislation, adopted last year, would take away their religious freedom have been proven true.

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