Prophecy News Watch - November 16, 2017

Around the World
Russian long-range bombers strike Islamic State targets in Syria
Six Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of Albu Kamal in Syria’s Deir al-Zor Province on Wednesday, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.
US, Russia headed for showdown over Syria chemical weapons probe
Russia and the United States were on a collision course ahead of a UN Security Council vote Thursday on the fate of a UN-led probe to determine who is behind chemical attacks in Syria’s six-year war.
UN to vote on rival resolutions on chemical weapons in Syria
The United States is calling for a vote Thursday on a resolution that would extend the mandate of experts working to determine who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria, which is likely to face Russian opposition.
'The disaster is biblical': Athens floods kill 15 after 'unprecedented' storm
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday declared a state of mourning after a freak overnight downpour with the force of a "waterfall" flooded three towns near Athens, killing at least 15 people.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
PA: Riyadh won't normalize ties with Israel before Palestinian peace deal
The Palestinian Authority is pushing back against reports that its being pressured by Saudi Arabia into agreeing to accept terms for peace with Israel.
UN envoy: Military conflict in Gaza could destroy Fatah-Hamas deal
An outbreak of violence between Israel and extremist groups in Gaza could destroy the fledgling agreement to end the 10-year rift between Fatah and Hamas, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov told The Jerusalem Post.
Abbas: We won't relinquish the 'right of return'
Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas vowed to the Palestinian people that the free and independent state of Palestine within the June 4, 1967 borders, with eastern Jerusalem as its capital, would be established with absolute certainty.
Iron Dome battery placed near Tel Aviv
One of the Iron Dome batteries recently deployed in the center of the country in response to rising tensions with terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip was placed in the Dan region, which includes Tel Aviv, the IDF cleared for publication Tuesday.

Inside the United States
House panel OKs bill to sanction financial backers of Hamas
A Republican-led House panel delivered a blunt bipartisan warning to Qatar on Wednesday, backing legislation that would slap sanctions on any countries or individuals providing financial and material support to the Islamic militant group Hamas.
Ex-Google Executive Registers First Church of AI With IRS
A former executive at Google has filed paperwork with the IRS to establish an official religion of technology. This religion doesn't just worship scientific progress, but artificial intelligence itself, with the goal of creating a godhead.
US doctors treat man for rare genetic disorder by editing DNA in world first
A US man with Hunter syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, has become the first human patient to trial a gene-editing treatment inside his body.

Prophecy News Watch - November 15, 2017

Around the World
Australia poised to legalize same-sex marriage after citizens voice majority support for change
Australia is poised to become the 26th nation to legalize gay marriage after the results of a survey were revealed Wednesday showing a majority support redefining the marital union to include same-sex couples.
Richest 1% own half the world's wealth, study finds
The globe’s richest 1% own half the world’s wealth, according to a new report highlighting the growing gap between the super-rich and everyone else.
Trump says Asian trade deals will total more than $1 trillion for U.S.
President Trump said Tuesday that he secured trade deals that will be worth over $1 trillion to the U.S. on his 12-day trip through Asia.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Amid increased tensions, Iron Dome batteries now deployed in central Israel
Amid increased tension on both its northern and southern borders, Israel has deployed Iron Dome batteries in the Gush Dan region in central Israel, it was cleared for publication on Tuesday.
Report: Islamic Jihad raises state of readiness to 'highest level'
Amid increasing tensions between Israel and Islamic Jihad, the militant group has raised its state of readiness to its 'highest level,' according to a report in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat.
Pro-Hizbullah newspaper reports Saudis could embrace Trump’s Arab-Israel peace plan
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has called on Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to normalize relations between the kingdom and Israel, a report said.

Inside the United States
FBI asks for Senate docs in fetal tissue probe: Report
The FBI has reportedly asked the Senate for unredacted documents obtained from abortion providers, which may signal an investigation into Planned Parenthood and other parties involved in the market for fetal tissue from abortions.
Justice Dept. explores probe of Clinton Foundation, Obama’s Russia uranium deal
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he’s considering appointing a special counsel to look at whether the FBI properly handled the investigation into Russia’s purchase of uranium rights and donations to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton led the State Department.
U.S. household debt hit record $13T last quarter
Household debt in the United States reached a record $13 trillion in the third quarter, and rose for the 13th consecutive quarter, officials said Tuesday..

Prophecy News Watch - November 14, 2017

Around the World
EU takes step toward joint army
The vast majority of EU states have agreed to create what some have called the nucleus of a joint army.
Iranians built new military base in Syria
Iran is building a new military facility in Syria, the BBC has reported based on a Western intelligence source.
EU readies sanctions on Venezuela, approves arms embargo
European Union foreign ministers approved economic sanctions, including an arms embargo, on Venezuela on Monday, saying regional elections last month marred by reported irregularities had deepened the country’s crisis.
Iran-Iraq border earthquake is deadliest of 2017
A huge rescue effort is under way after a powerful earthquake struck Iran's mountainous border with Iraq, killing more than 400 people and injuring more than 7,000.
Paris deal failing? Global emissions up 2% despite U.S. drop; Chinese pollution skyrockets
Two years after nearly every nation on earth signed the landmark Paris climate accord, researchers say the deal is failing to live up to its mission as China drives a spike in global carbon emissions, reversing years of steady decline.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF deploys Iron Dome, raises alert amid Gaza terror threat
A number of Iron Dome missile defense batteries were deployed in central Israel on Monday, the military said, amid heightened tensions with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad since the army demolished the terrorist group’s border-crossing attack tunnel last month.
Trump to Netanyahu: We will take on Iran together
President Donald Trump penned a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently, thanking him for his support following Trump’s United Nations address in September, and pledging to work together with Israel to confront Iran over its nuclear program.

Inside the United States
Appeals court lets Trump travel ban go partially into effect
A U.S. appeals court in California on Monday let President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban go partially into effect, ruling the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries with no connections to the United States.
Congress Heading for December Budget Showdown Over Defense Spending
Congress is heading toward a budget showdown next month after the two chambers agreed to a defense authorization plan for fiscal year 2018 that exceeds federal spending caps by roughly $85 billion.
Donald Trump Jr. confirms he was in contact with WikiLeaks during 2016 election
Donald Trump Jr. confirmed Monday night that he communicated with the WikiLeaks Twitter account during the 2016 election.
Supreme Court to decide if religious nonprofit clinics must post abortion signs
The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a challenge to California’s law requiring pro-life pregnancy counselling centers to also tell women about options for abortion, in a move opponents said amounts to a violation of free speech rights.
FBI data: Hate crimes overall climb 4.6 percent
The number of hate crimes reported to U.S. law enforcement in 2016 rose by 4.6 percent over the prior year, driven in part by upticks in race-motivated incidents against whites and Hispanics, and religion-motivated incidents targeting Muslims and Jews, according to FBI data released Monday.
Puerto Rico seeks $94B for Maria disaster relief
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello unveiled a $94 billion disaster relief request to Congress on Monday to help the U.S. territory recover from Hurricane Maria.

Christian News
Museum of the Bible Shares the History of 'This Dangerous Book'
The highly anticipated Museum of the Bible opens this week and along with it, co-founders Steve and Jackie Green have released a new book.

Prophecy News Watch - November 13, 2017

Around the World
3 US Navy aircraft carriers operate off Korean Peninsula
Three U.S. Navy aircraft carriers joined South Korea forces on Saturday to begin joint naval exercises in the waters off the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea as President Donald Trump ends his five-country Asia tour.
7.3 Earthquake kills at least six in Iraq, injures 150: Officials
A powerful earthquake that rocked northeastern Iraq on Sunday (Nov 12) killed at least six people and injured 150 others in the country, officials said.
Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Hovering Over Europe Traced Back To Russia
Authorities traced the origins of a mysterious radioactive cloud that passed over some 28 countries in Europe recently. First discovered over Italy in early October, the cloud was found to have originated sometime in September near the border of Russia and Kazakhstan.
Lebanon: Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he is free to leave Saudi Arabia, will return in days
Saad Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon's Prime Minister on November 4, said on Sunday that he is free to leave Saudi Arabia, refuting claims that Riyadh had put him under house arrest.
Warsaw nationalist march draws tens of thousands
Tens of thousands of people joined a nationalist march in Warsaw on Saturday, organised to coincide with Poland's independence day.
Arab League to meet on Iran at Saudi request
The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting next Sunday at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss 'violations' committed by Iran in the region, according to a memorandum.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Saudis told Abbas to accept Trump peace plan or resign — report
Saudi Arabia last week ordered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to either accept an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal being put together by the Trump administration, or resign, according to an Israeli report Sunday.
Will Trump bring peace to the Middle East?
US President Donald Trump and his advisors have begun formulating a new peace plan that is set to surpass in scale prior Israeli-Palestinian peace-making initiatives, the New York Times reported Saturday.
Abbas: PA could move to back one-state solution if two states fail
If the two-state solution fails, Palestinians will back a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with full rights for all citizens, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday.

Inside the United States
Next week: House, Senate move on tax reform
House and Senate Republicans will take up separate tax reform proposals next week as they race to complete legislation by the end of the year.
Trump says he backs U.S. intelligence agencies, clarifies Putin’s denial of election meddling
President Trump clarified Sunday that he believes the assessment of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in last year’s presidential election, but also said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is 'sincere' in his denials of interference.
Allegations against Roy Moore roil US evangelical ranks
For many evangelicals, fiery Alabama politician and judge Roy Moore has been a longtime hero. Others have sometimes cringed at his heated rhetoric and bellicose style.
Stealth Bombers Secretly Being Built in Desert
A once-empty parking lot at Northrop Grumman Corp.’s top secret aircraft plant in Palmdale is now jammed with cars that pour in during the predawn hours.
In Florida, all eyes on Puerto Rican voters after Maria
Javier Gonzalez has joined a human tide of more than 130,000 U.S. citizens arriving in Florida since Hurricane Maria wrecked Puerto Rico, grateful for a place to start over but resenting how their island has been treated since the disaster.

Christian News
Judge Gives FEMA 3 Weeks to Change Policy Banning Churches From Receiving Disaster Relief
A Houston federal judge has given FEMA three weeks to decide if its going to change its policy of denying disaster relief to religious institutions, rejecting FEMA's attempt to delay a challenge by three Texas churches.
Texas town holds 1st Sunday service since church attack
Hundreds of mourners crowded into the tiny town of Sutherland Springs for the first Sunday service since a gunman stormed the First Baptist Church a week earlier, killing more than two dozen people in the worst mass shooting in Texas history.

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