Prophecy News Watch - July 2, 2019

Around the World
Trump says Iran ‘playing with fire’ after nuclear deal limit breached
US President Donald Trump warned Monday that Iran was 'playing with fire' after Tehran said it exceeded a limit on enriched uranium reserves under a 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by Washington.
Iran Breaches First Term of 2015 Nuclear Accord
Reversing promises it made to European powers on Friday to abide by the terms of the 2015 nuclear accord, Iran has exceeded its uranium stockpile limit under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the UN.
US threatens EU with $4 billion worth of additional tariffs
The United States could hit European Union products with $4 billion (€3.5 billion) in tariffs according to a statement on Monday.
'I've Never Seen Such Scenes': Hail Storm in Mexico Shocks Governor, Residents
On Sunday a Mexican city was deluged in hail and ice, leaving cars buried beneath 5 feet of the frozen substance and leading the state governor to exclaim he had never seen anything like it.
Trump makes history crossing into North Korea
President Trump made history by crossing the border that divides North and South Korea on Sunday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Iran: Israel will be destroyed in 30 minutes if we are attacked
Israel will be destroyed in half an hour if the United States attacks Iran, a senior Iranian parliamentarian said on Monday, according to the semiofficial Mehr news agency.
Israeli Intelligence Chief Says Mossad Must Lead the Way in 'One-Time' Opportunity to Oust Iran
Israel’s Mossad chief is coming out saying the Middle East has a 'one-time opportunity' to eliminate Iranian aggression in the region, with the U.S., Israel, and Saudi Arabia, in addition to smaller Gulf Arab states, all aligned against the Islamic republic’s 'thuggish behavior.'
Netanyahu: Iran’s breach of uranium cap marks ‘significant step’ toward nuke
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of taking a 'significant step' toward producing a nuclear weapon Monday, after Iran said it had exceeded the amount of enriched uranium it is allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal.
First artistic depiction of little known Exodus story uncovered in Galilee
Two new technicolor biblical mosaics were recently uncovered at a 1,600-year-old synagogue in the Galilean town of Huqoq, joining a growing collection of art, announced UNC-Chapel Hill’s Prof. Jodi Magness on Monday.

Inside the United States
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Trump's DACA Challenge Beginning October
The Supreme Court will issue a ruling on the legality of Trump’s actions in trying to end the DACA program instituted under the Obama administration, slating a decision to be made during the Court’s next session between October and June of next year.
Supreme Court Bends to 1992 Abortion Precedent in Denying Alabama Suit to Ban Dismemberment Abortions
The Supreme Court struck down an attempt by Alabama to reinstitute a 2016 law banning second-trimester abortions, citing the 'undue burden' precedent from 1992’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision.
US breaks record for longest economic expansion
The U.S. broke its record for time without an economic recession Monday as it began the 121st consecutive month of gross domestic product (GDP) growth since the 2008 recession.

Prophecy News Watch - June 28, 2019

Around the World
European Signatories Attempt Last-Ditch Effort to Save Nuclear Deal, While Iran Prepares To Break It
Brian Hook, U.S. special envoy for Iran, is in Paris discussing the looming crisis in the Persian Gulf with Britain, France, and Germany, ahead of talks Friday that will see the European allies seek to implement the 'INSTEX' currency system with Iran to circumvent Trump’s sanctions.
US gets no commitment from NATO for help on Iran threat
NATO allies gave the U.S. no firm commitments that they will participate in a global effort to secure international waterways against threats from Iran, acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday, wrapping up his first alliance meeting.
Trump's latest Iran sanctions target $200B economic empire of supreme leader
The Trump administration's latest sanctions against Iran reinstate an embargo on some of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's front companies that President Barack Obama lifted as part of the nuclear deal and could further expose the Iranian dictator's corrupt economic empire.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
After US-Russia summit, Netanyahu says Israel won’t stop hitting Iran in Syria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday vowed to continue to act against Iranian entrenchment in Syria, days after a high-level trilateral meeting with the US and Russia.

Inside the United States
Supreme Court delivers blow to Trump administration in census case
The Supreme Court on Thursday sent the case involving the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census back to the lower court for further proceedings in a loss for the Trump administration.
House sends Trump border aid bill after Pelosi caves to pressure from moderates
The House on Thursday passed a bipartisan Senate bill that would address the crisis at the southern border, dealing a major blow to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and progressives who had pushed for stronger protections for migrant children.
Massachusetts Democrats Seek Abortion Expansion, Hoping to Join 6 Other States
Massachusetts is looking to join Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, Illinois, Nevada, and New York as the next state to reduce restrictions on abortions, even as other states pass “heartbeat” bills seeking to prevent it.

Christian News
Almost 100 Malian Villagers Killed by Islamists as Genocide Against Christians in West Africa Continues
95 people, all of them Christian, in a traditionally Dogon village in Mali were slaughtered by a band of Muslim Fulani Herdsmen June 9th.

Prophecy News Watch - June 27, 2019

Around the World
NATO looks to outer space as modern warfare evolves
Defending the land, sea and airspace of NATO members may soon no longer suffice. At the organization's Brussels summit this week, NATO defense ministers have for the first time ever discussed branching out into space defense.
'We Wait For Your Help' Says Kurdish General to America, Hoping to See Greater American Support for Kurdistan in Light of Iran Crisis
Christian leaders met with Kurdish military officials in northern Iraq recently, who sought to position themselves as a natural ally of the US against Iranian aggression, should a conflict develop, and hoped the US would begin to see the cause of Kurdistan as part and parcel of its opposition to Iran.
Trump heads to Asia for talks on trade, Iran, North Korea
Heading into what is likely his most consequential overseas trip of the year, President Trump will be forced to grapple with a flurry of international crises, tense negotiations, and a growing global to-do list.
Trump says trade deal 'possible' with China's Xi, tariffs could be lower
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that a trade deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping was possible this weekend but he is prepared to impose U.S. tariffs on virtually all remaining Chinese imports if the two countries continue to disagree.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli F-35s train alongside US, UK in first international exercise
F-35 fighter jets from Israel, the United States and United Kingdom conducted training flights over the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday in the Israeli aircraft’s first-ever international exercise, the military said.

Inside the United States
Senate passes border spending package, setting up fight with House
Both the Senate and House have now passed legislation delivering billions of dollars to address the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border. But lawmakers have no agreement on how to reconcile those bills before a recess set to start on Friday.
'We Are Proudly Defending the Sanctity of Life': Trump Touts Pro-Life Record at 'Road to Majority' Conference
Judicial appointments, abortion, criminal justice reform -- all issues of importance to many evangelicals and they were all issues President Trump brought up Wednesday as he spoke to supporters at a conference in the nation's capitol.

Christian News
Pompeo: State Department Report on Non-Existence of Religious Freedom in Iran ‘Shocks the Conscience’
The thinning oxygen in the atmosphere for Iran’s religious minorities came to light Friday with the State Department’s release of its 2018 Report on International Religious Freedom, which detailed the level of suppression suffered by Christians and Baha’i under the Ayatollahs.

Prophecy News Watch - June 26, 2019

Around the World
North Korea, US in talks for 3rd Trump-Kim summit, Seoul says
North Korean and U.S. officials are holding 'behind-the-scenes talks' to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North's expanding nuclear arsenal, South Korea's president said, four months after a second meeting between the leaders in Hanoi collapsed without any agreement.
Iran Announces Plans to Scrap Nuclear Deal
Iran is planning on further scaling back its commitment to the 2015 nuclear accord July 7th, citing the failure of European signatories to find a way around Trump’s crippling sanctions.
NATO Gears Up to Respond to Russia’s Avoidance of ‘The Responsible Path’
NATO will announce new measures against Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty Wednesday, barring Russian compliance with longstanding U.S. demands for it to destroy a nuclear-capable missile system it says violates the treaty.
Pompeo Hopes for Afghan Peace Deal Before September
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday during a visit to Afghanistan that the Trump administration is aiming for a peace deal in the war-ravaged country by September.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
In trilateral Jerusalem summit, Russia sides with Iran, against Israel and US
Russia’s top national security adviser spoke out on behalf of Iran during trilateral meetings with his Israeli and American counterparts in Jerusalem on Tuesday, backing Tehran’s claims against the United States and supporting its ongoing military presence in Syria, which Israel sees as a threat to its security.

Inside the United States
Pro-choice advocates push do-it-yourself abortion kits to states
A coalition of pro-choice advocates is expanding abortion services via shipments of do-it-yourself medications and telemedicine in several states including Georgia, which recently banned the practice after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
U.S. House passes border aid bill, Trump vows veto
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a $4.5 billion aid package to address the migrant surge along the U.S.-Mexico border, including new standards for migrants in custody following reports of poor conditions facing young children at overcrowded facilities.
Vermont Medicaid Clears the Way for Transgender Kids to Get Gender Reassignment
Vermont will enact new rules in its health insurance marketplace that allow minors covered by Medicaid to receive free gender reassignment surgeries with fewer restrictions.

Christian News
London Churches Attacked with Arson, Satanic Symbolism
Three East London churches were attacked last week, in a string of arsons that left pentagrams, “666” symbols, and the word “hell” scrawled in the doors.