Prophecy News Watch - January 4, 2019

Around the World
U.S. warns Iran on space launches, Tehran rejects concerns
The United States issued a pre-emptive warning to Iran on Thursday against pursuing three planned space rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology.
US, China officials headed to Japan for trade talks Monday
China and the U.S. will commence trade talks in Beijing early next week as both countries work to put an end to yearlong trade tensions that have left global markets unstable, according to a report published late Thursday.
UN envoy bound for Yemen, Saudi Arabia for Yemen war talks
The United Nations’ envoy for Yemen is heading to the region this weekend to talk with government and rebel leaders as international efforts aimed at ending Yemen’s civil war continue.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Islamic Jihad tells Iran: We will create second front in any Israel-Lebanon war
The Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad has committed to spark an escalation on the southern front if Israel enters a military conflict with Lebanon’s Hezbollah on the north, said the Palestinian faction's leader, Ziad Nakhala, in an interview to the state-owned Iranian TV channel Al-Alam.

Inside the United States
Dems’ House takeover to usher in wave of Trump investigations
As Democrats officially take back control of the House when the new Congress is seated Thursday, newly empowered House Committee chairmen are preparing to launch a slew of Trump administration investigations.
'Unacceptable': White House vows veto on Dems' bill to end shutdown without wall money
The White House issued a veto threat Thursday on Democrats’ new bill to end the government shutdown, saying it shortchanged 'the nation’s urgent border security needs.'
Dem introduces bills to eliminate electoral college, stop presidents from pardoning themselves
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tn.), a vocal critic of President Trump, on Thursday introduced two bills to eliminate the electoral college and prevent presidents from pardoning themselves or their family members.
U.S. House elects Democrat Pelosi to be speaker for 2019-2020
Democrat Nancy Pelosi was elected on Thursday to be the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives as her party took majority control of the chamber following its election victory last Nov. 6.
Pew reports, 'Christians overrepresented in Congress': 55 percent Protestant, 30 percent Catholic, 6 percent Jewish
The new Congress that was sworn in Thursday afternoon is significantly more religious and Christian than the nation it represents, according to an analysis of religions claimed by House and Senate members.

Prophecy News Watch - January 3, 2019

Around the World
Trump gives no timetable for Syria, wants to protect Kurds
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States would get out of Syria slowly 'over a period of time' and would protect the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as Washington draws down troops.
Egypt confronts water 'poverty' in shadow of Ethiopia's dam
Anxiety over water is growing in Egypt as Ethiopian leaders press forward with plans to build a massive dam that officials here fear will block the flow of the Blue Nile.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Pompeo accepted almost all Netanyahu’s requests, senior Israeli official says
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had almost all of his requests accepted during his meeting in Brazil with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a senior Israeli diplomatic official said Wednesday.
Hamas, Fatah tensions rise; accuse each other of collaborating with Israel
Tensions between Hamas and Fatah have intensified in the past few days as the two Palestinian rival parties continue to exchange allegations and insults.

Inside the United States
No deal to end shutdown; Trump says ‘could be a long time’
No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through Day 12 over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They’ll all try again Friday.
House Democrats slip abortion language into bill to end partial shutdown
House Democrats have inserted language to expand abortion access into a bill to end the partial government shutdown set for a vote Thursday.
Trump Signs Bill Expanding Criminal Code on Church Vandalism to Protect Religious Nonprofits
President Donald Trump has signed a new bill into law to increase punishments for miscreants who damage or destroy the properties of churches or religiously affiliated organizations.

Christian News
Authorities Order Closure of another Church Building in Algeria
The official notice that a village pastor in Algeria received on Sunday (Dec. 30) confirmed what he had heard – his church had been ordered to close.

Prophecy News Watch - January 2, 2019

Around the World
Trump concedes: No 'rush' out of Syria, we’ve 'almost' eradicated ISIS
President Trump claimed Monday that he never said the U.S. would 'rush out' of Syria despite reporting that indicated he had ordered a rapid withdrawal.
Kim Jong Un says he's willing to meet Trump at any time, in New Year's message
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday that he is prepared to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump at any time, but warned that he would pursue an alternative course if Washington kept up sanctions on Pyongyang.
China's Xi says Taiwan independence would be disaster, calls for peaceful 'reunification'
Taiwan independence would lead to 'disaster', Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday, pledging efforts for peaceful 'reunification' with the self-ruled island but warning China would not renounce the use of force.
Iran denounces Brazil's plan to move embassy to Jerusalem
Iran has denounced plans by Brazil's newly elected president to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Pompeo to Netanyahu: U.S. still committed to protecting Israel
Syria and Iran were on the agenda Tuesday when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Brasilia against the backdrop of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration.
US, Israel quit UN agency UNESCO, claiming anti-Israeli bias
The United States and Israel officially quit the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias.

Inside the United States
'I'm Ready to Go!' Trump Signals Willingness to Make a Deal – But Not Without a Wall
President Donald Trump says he's ready to negotiate with Democrats to end the partial government shutdown, which is now entering its eleventh day.
Under Trump, budget deficit projected to reach $1 trillion
President Trump, like his predecessors, has done virtually nothing to stop America’s runaway debt train.
US fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants
U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana.

Christian News
Facebook Apologizes after Banning Franklin Graham for 'Hate Speech'
Evangelist Franklin Graham was banned from Facebook last week over a post he wrote two years ago and now Facebook is apologizing.

Prophecy News Watch - December 31, 2018

Around the World
N. Korean leader calls for more talks with South in new year
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday calling for more peace talks between the leaders in the new year following their active engagement in 2018, South Korea's presidential office said.
Trump Hails 'Big Progress' Towards China Trade Deal
President Donald Trump reported 'big progress' in trade talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, providing an optimistic start to what could be a make-or-break year for ties between the world’s two largest economies.
Iranian cargo plane suspected of bringing arms to Hezbollah departs Tehran
A Fars Air Qeshm cargo 747 airliner left Tehran at 8 a.m. on Sunday and landed in Damascus at 10:30 a.m., returning to Tehran at 5 p.m. The 747 allegedly transported weapons to Hezbollah in September, according to a report from Fox News that was based on Western intelligence assessments. The aircraft also made suspicious flights in July and August to Damascus and Beirut.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
U.S., Israel work to block unilateral Palestinian statehood drive at U.N.
The United States and Israel are working to block a renewed Palestinian Authority drive to become a member state of the United Nations.
New US law threatens Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation
The security cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and Israel hangs in balance due to a new US legislation, which is expected to take effect next month, that threatens to bankrupt the government in Ramallah and collapse its security apparatus.

Inside the United States
Federal judge blocks Trump rule cutting drug payments to hospitals
A federal judge ruled Friday that the Trump administration must halt a policy shift that cut the money hospitals received under a program intended to provide cheaper drugs to uninsured patients.
Lindsey Graham: I 'feel a lot better' about Syria pullout after lunch with Trump
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday he felt less concerned about President Trump pulling U.S. troops from Syria following a two-hour lunch with him at the White House.
'Fake news' a real problem long before Trump era, media watchdogs say
The iconic photograph of a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying as her mother is questioned by a U.S. Border Patrol agent reached the cover of Time magazine before it was revealed that the toddler wasn’t caught up in President Trump’s zero-tolerance border policy and wasn’t separated from her family.
Ohio fails to override Kasich's veto of 6 week heartbeat abortion ban
The Ohio state legislature has failed by one vote to override Gov. John Kasich's veto of a bill banning abortion as early as six weeks, which is when a baby's heartbeat can first be detected.

Christian News
Evangelical leader banned from Facebook for ‘hate speech’ over transgender bathrooms
Evangelical leader Franklin Graham, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, was banned from posting on Facebook for 24 hours after a 2016 post of his was flagged for 'dehumanizing language.'