Prophecy News Watch - August 17, 2015

Around the World
Russia Seizes More Territory in Ukraine, Eastern Europe with 'Incremental' Strategy
Fighting has escalated in Ukraine six months after a ceasefire was supposed to end hostilities, raising fears that Russian-backed separatists could soon launch another offensive as the West focuses on other global crises.
Doomsday clock for global market crash strikes one minute to midnight as central banks lose control
When the banking crisis crippled global markets seven years ago, central bankers stepped in as lenders of last resort. Profligate private-sector loans were moved on to the public-sector balance sheet and vast money-printing gave the global economy room to heal.
Iran's supreme leader opposes nuclear deal
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is opposed to a landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers last month, a prominent Iranian hard-liner claimed Saturday.
Ecuador Declares National State of Emergency as Volcano Erupts
Ecuador's government declared a nationwide state of emergency Saturday to prepare for a possible major eruption of a snow-capped volcano south of the nation?s capital, Quito, Bloomberg reported.
Russia steps up demand for U.S. to drop European missile shield
Russia urged the United States on Friday to scrap plans to station parts of a missile shield system in Europe now that Iran has reached an agreement with world powers to limit its nuclear program.
Russia Vows to Block Any UN Resolution on Sanctions Against Iran
Russia will not allow any more sanctions resolutions against Iran in the UN, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday.
Libya government calls for Arab airstrikes against IS
Libya's internationally recognized government has appealed to Arab countries to carry out airstrikes against the local Islamic State affiliate which is expanding its hold on the coastal central city of Sirte.
Obama Administration Warns Beijing About Covert Agents Operating in U.S.
The Obama administration has delivered a warning to Beijing about the presence of Chinese government agents operating secretly in the United States to pressure prominent expatriates -- some wanted in China on charges of corruption -- to return home immediately, according to American officials.
China blast site housed 'hundreds of tons' of cyanide
Hundreds of tons of highly poisonous cyanide were being stored at the warehouse devastated by two giant explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin which killed 112, a senior military officer said Sunday.
Russia and China to stage naval drills in Sea of Japan, train for beach landing
International naval drills by the Russian and Chinese navies will be conducted in the Sea of Japan next week. Sailors, marines and naval air pilots of the two countries will be training together in combined operations in an amphibious assault exercise.
With China Crash, Saudi Arabia Hemorrhaging Cash
With China's economic crash driving U.S. oil prices down to $42 a barrel, Saudi Arabia is the oil-exporting nation suffering the worst economic decline.
Can the US trust Europe to punish Iran if it violates the nuclear deal?
Among his rationales for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran, US Sen. Charles Schumer said that he did not trust the three European Union partners to punish Iran should it violate the terms of the accord that offers the Islamic Republic sanctions relief in exchange for scaling back its nuclear activities.
Air strikes near Damascus kill at least 80 people: activists
A Syrian government air strike northeast of Damascus killed at least 80 people in a marketplace on Sunday, rescue workers in the rebel-held area and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Iran says the nuke deal will help it target Israel
President Obama says his nuclear deal with Iran is good not just for America, but also for US ally Israel. Iran's foreign minister disagrees.
Sexual orientation in the UK: Half of young people say they are not 100% heterosexual
According to a new YouGov survey, 49% of 18-24 year-olds in Britain define themselves as something other than completely heterosexual. The Kinsey scale invented in the 1940s placed people on a range of sexual preferences from exclusively heterosexual at 0 to exclusively homosexual at 6.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF troops prepare for possible incursion into Syria
The IDF has already prepared plans to attack Syria in light of a recent military assessment that Iran has opened a new front against Israel on the Golan Heights.
IDF reveals defense strategy for first time in 60 years
The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday released, for the first time in 60 years, a document outlining Israel's defense strategy.
The quest for the red heifer: An ancient commandment meets modern technology
'The campaign is going quite well but it has had its challenges,' Rabbi Richman tells the Post. 'This is about the re-introduction of a concept that's really quite ancient and doing it in a very modern way with the latest technology - it's procuring one of the most elusive commandments with modern technology.'

Inside the United States
Obama can do Iran Nuclear Deal even if Congress Disapproves
The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. Yet even if lawmakers reject the agreement, it's not game-over for the White House.
Planned Parenthood videos spur 200 rallies nationwide to defund abortion provider
Spurred by a series of undercover videos exposing the harvesting and distribution of post-abortive fetal body parts, pro-life activists are organizing more than 200 rallies at Planned Parenthood clinics and a coast-to-coast effort to reach members of Congress at their home offices this week.
Bird flu to human transmission a 'concern', not yet high risk: CDC
The worst animal virus outbreak in U.S. history has killed 48 million birds, yet no humans have been infected. Still, the head of the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Influenza Division says the department is 'concerned' that the bird flu virus may mutate.
AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale
The National Security Agency's ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.
FBI Said to Examine Whether Hillary Clinton E-Mail Was Backed Up
The FBI is seeking to determine whether data from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server may still exist elsewhere, a U.S. official said.
Tyson shuts Iowa beef plant because there's not enough cattle
Tyson Foods is shutting down most of a meat processing plant in Iowa because of too much beef and not enough cattle.
Pentagon Fears It's Not Ready for a War With Putin
A series of classified exercises over the summer has raised concerns inside the Defense Department that its forces are not prepared for a sustained military campaign against Russia, two defense officials told The Daily Beast.

U.S. Politics
Donald Trump's immigration plan calls for border wall funded by illegals' U.S. wages
GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump proposed a broad crackdown on illegal immigrants Sunday, including tripling the number of deportation officers and building a border wall, as new numbers show illegal crossings on the Southwest border are beginning to swell again.
News Corp chief tips Rubio to trump Trump
Marco Rubio's star may be rising and Tony Abbott's falling among senior News Corp executives, a Sydney speech on Thursday night by chief executive Robert Thomson suggested.
Carson: Fetal tissue allegations 'aren't even true'
Responding to critics that claim retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson used fetal tissue for research, Carson said Sunday his critics are 'desperate' and that 'they are looking for things that aren't even true' from over a quarter century ago.
Kasich: I don't 'read a Bible to figure out what I think'
John Kasich on Sunday tried to set himself apart from the rest of the Republican Party, saying that he has a 'heart' and would not allow the GOP to be forced into talking only about a few controversial issues.
Number of Hillary Clinton's emails flagged for classified data grows to 60 as review continues
While media coverage has focused on a half-dozen of Hillary Rodham Clinton's personal emails containing sensitive intelligence, the total number of her private emails identified by an ongoing State Department review as having contained classified data has ballooned to 60, officials told The Washington Times.
Safe given to lawyer among irregularities seen in review of Hillary Clinton emails
When State Department officials first discovered that Hillary Rodham Clinton's personal email account contained classified information, they did not seize the thumb drive containing her digitally archived inbox but rather provided her attorney a special safe to secure the device, according to interviews and documents.
Tips on Deleting Emails From Email Book Hillary Clinton Wanted to Read
The last batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department included one from Clinton asking to borrow a book called 'Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better,' by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe.

Christian News
Sudan: Pastors' Travel Ban Appeal Fails
Two South Sudanese pastors falsely accused of waging war against neighboring Sudan and who were released from prison last week have now lost an appeal to have their travel ban lifted.
Muslim Kidnappers Ransom Christians
Hundreds of kidnapped Arab Christians have been ransomed last year by Islamist terror groups trying to raise funds by spreading terror across the Middle East, according to The Christian Post.
Want 'sustained happiness'? Get religion, study suggests
A new study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone's 'sustained happiness' than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class.

Prophecy News Watch - August 14, 2015

Around the World
Fidel Castro to US: you owe us millions
Fidel Castro marked his 89th birthday Thursday by insisting the United States owes Cuba "many millions of dollars" because of the half-century-old American trade embargo.
Russian Navy Holds Exercise in Mediterranean Sea
During an exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet carried out a number of tasks, including protecting convoys and repelling simulated enemy attacks.
Iranian military official: 'We laugh' when US threatens to attack
The West's frequent use of military threats and citing of their ability to attack Iran at will has become a joke among Iranian commanders in the military, according to a high ranking military official in the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported on Wednesday.
Intelligence sources assess: Mashaal asks Erdogan to let key terrorist operate from Turkey
Western intelligence sources asses to a very high degree of likelihood that Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal has officially requested from Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to allow top Hamas operative Salah Aruri to return to Turkey. The sources added that they believe, relying on Intelligence, that Erdogan will turn down the request due to US pressure on Ankara.
Islamic State likely used mustard gas on Kurds, US says
The United States is investigating whether the Islamic State used chemical weapons, the White House said Thursday, following allegations that IS militants deployed chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.
Iran military leader's Moscow trip sparks US outrage
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Thursday to express concern about a visit to Moscow by the commander of Iran's covert revolutionary forces, a senior State Department official said.
Al Qaeda leader Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri pledged the group's allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, in an audio statement posted online, showing the organization's stance on his disputed accession.
Iran to Fire Missiles in War Drills
The Iranian military is gearing up to launch a series of missile drills following a direct order to resume military activity from Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to Persian language reports flagged by the CIA's Open Source Center.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hamas Prepares for War with Iran Backing
Israel police and Shin Bet operatives arrested early in July Ibrahim Adel Shehadeh Shaer, a 21-year-old resident of Rafah and Hamas fighter with significant knowledge of Hamas' activities, Ynet News reported.
IDF Laser Beams to Intercept Mortar Shells?
Mortar shells are less powerful than Katyusha rockets, but have been lethally used against Israel by terrorists in Gaza and Lebanon during the Second Lebanon War and Operation Protective Edge. Both Boeing and Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Ltd. are working on laser defense systems against this threat.
Briefing congressmen on Iran deal concerns, PM provides no 'Aha!' moment
As the battle over the Iran nuclear agreement continues to rattle the American political establishment, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week hosted two delegations of US congressmen from both sides of the aisle.
Hamas, Fatah spar over peace talks with Tony Blair
Fatah launched a scathing attack on Tony Blair on Thursday and called on Hamas to stop dealing with him, after reports surfaced of a proposed long-term truce with Israel brokered by the former UK prime minister.

Inside the United States
Court: Colorado bakers must eat beliefs and make wedding cakes for gay couples
A Colorado appeals court Thursday ruled that a Denver baker can't refuse service to a gay couple seeking a wedding cake because of his beliefs, the latest blow for religious liberty and a decision the ACLU said opens the door for a national fight.
Obama Admin Moves to Block Restitution for U.S. Terror Victims
The Obama administration has intervened in a landmark legal case brought by the American victims of Palestinian terrorists, urging the court to limit restitution for the victims out of fear that a sizable payout could collapse the Palestinian government, according to a copy of the court filing.
California drought: El Nino keeps growing, but no guarantee the drought will end
With wildfires raging and three months to go before the start of the winter rainy season, drought-stricken California received promising news Thursday: El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean continue to gain momentum, increasing with every week the chances of desperately needed wet winter weather on the West Coast.
Audit: Healthcare.gov Did Not Verify Social Security Numbers, Citizenship Status
Healthcare.gov's internal controls did not effectively determine eligibility for coverage because Social Security numbers and citizenship status were not always verified properly, according to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) audit.
Just 33 percent approve of Obama's handling of Iran
A new Gallup poll says just a third of those asked approve of how President Obama has handled Iran, a dismal number that Obama will have to overcome if he hopes to sell the Iran nuclear agreement to Congress.
Drudge, Fox News could be censored under new federal rules, experts warn
A Washington, D.C., appeals court is set to hear arguments later this year on new net neutrality rules, which critics say could lead to government regulators censoring websites such as the Drudge Report and Fox News.
Judge nixes StemExpress's effort to obtain pro-life group's undercover video
A California judge rejected Thursday an effort by StemExpress to gain access to video footage from the pro-life Center for Medical Progress exposing the company's business relationship with Planned Parenthood.
Government Collects Record-High Taxes in First 10 Months of FY 2015
The federal government collected a record amount of taxes in the first 10 months of fiscal year 2015, exceeding $2.6 trillion in revenue, according to the latest monthly Treasury Department statement. Despite the record revenue, the federal government ran a deficit of $465 billion.
Lois Lerner Mocks 'Evil and Dishonest' GOP in Emails
A Politico review of some 5,523f7c pages of emails and documents recently released by the Senate Finance Committee found that the IRS targeted more conservative than liberal groups seeking tax-exempt status and 'firmly established' that Lois Lerner, the agency's former director of Exempted Organizations, 'held and discussed liberal views.'
Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 45 Million for 49 Straight Months
The number of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 49 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Politics
FBI Picked Up 'Blank' Clinton Email Server, Report Says
Hillary Clinton's private email server was turned over to the FBI on Wednesday after news broke that two of the classified emails found on the servers were "Top Secret."
In speech, Rubio slams Obama's outreach to Iran and Cuba
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is slamming President Barak Obama's outreach to Iran and Cuba, calling his diplomacy with the two nations evidence of 'every flawed strategic, moral and economic notion' that has driven his foreign policy.
Scott Walker Lays Out Plan to Secure Border, Stop Immigration Insanity in New Interview
In a new exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker -- a 2016 GOP presidential candidate -- walked through his plan to secure the U.S. border with Mexico and detailed how he believes in protecting the wages of American workers when it comes to setting the levels of how many people to bring into the United States.
O'Malley tries to rebuild American dream ... and campaign
Democratic longshot Martin O'Malley re-upped his efforts to win Iowa, launching his 'Rebuild the American Dream' tour at the Iowa State Fair Thursday.

Christian News
Federal judge orders Christian clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses
A county clerk in Kentucky will not immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, her lawyer says, despite a federal judge ordering her to do so Wednesday in a case that seeks to reconcile the country's new marriage law and its protections of religious freedom.
New York City Shocker: Madison Square Garden Sold Out For Christian Worship Service
Madison Square Garden was completely sold out -- not for Taylor Swift, One Direction, or Carrie Underwood -- but for a jaw-dropping night of worship.
President Obama the Antichrist? Not really, but he's 'paving the way,' evangelists say
US President Barack Obama has made public his stands on issues that are not exactly aligned with the Christian faith. He is pro-gay, and actively pushing for same-sex unions and rights of homosexuals even outside America. He is also pro-abortion, funding the killing of the unborn in his controversial health programme.
Are You Living in a Post Christian America?
The percentage of Americans who are categorized as 'post-Christian' has increased from 37 percent in 2013 to 44 percent in 2015, with the highest percentages residing in urban areas of the northeast and Pacific Northwest, according to a Barna Group study published this month.

Prophecy News Watch - August 13, 2015

Around the World
U.S. begins air strikes against Islamic State from Turkish base; Ground Troops May Be Needed
The United States launched its first manned air strikes against Islamic State targets from the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.
Obama urged to re-interpret Helms amendment for foreign abortions
Some 81 House Democrats have urged President Obama to tell agencies that the Helms amendment does not ban all U.S. foreign aid-related abortions, but permits those in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is endangered.
Secret Iran-Turkey collaboration produces ceasefire in Syria
Iran and Turkey, who support opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, negotiated a 48-hour ceasefire on Aug. 12 after a month of behind-the-scenes negotiations.
Huge explosions in China's Tianjin port area kill 17, hurt 400
Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring around 400, official Chinese media reported.
Switzerland lifts sanctions against Iran
Neutral Switzerland will officially lift on Thursday sanctions against Iran that had been suspended since January 2014, the government announced on Wednesday, citing a deal last month between Tehran and six big powers to curb Iran's nuclear programme.
Some U.S. troops may be needed on ground in Iraq: retiring Army chief
The fight against Islamic State rebels is at a stalemate and if the U.S. military does not see progress in the coming months it should consider putting support troops on the ground with Iraqi forces, Army General Ray Odierno said on Wednesday.
'No snapback of sanctions if Iran breaks arms embargo'
Violations by Iran of the arms embargo on it or of the restrictions on its missile program would not force an automatic reinstatement or 'snapback' of United Nations sanctions under the terms of the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. However, he said other options would be available.
Yuan's Plunge Marks End of Chinese Stability for Global Economy
For about two decades China's yuan was an anchor of stability for the global economy, helping it navigate Asian and global crises by holding steady even as other currencies slid. That era appears to be over.
Iranian, Russian Warships Hold Joint 'War Games'
Iranian and Russian warships took part in joint 'war games' training exercises on Tuesday in Iranian waters, giving clear expression to the military cooperation between the two states.
US military: US, allies conduct 19 air strikes in Syria, Iraq
The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State forces in Syria with nine air strikes on Tuesday, and also conducted 10 strikes against the militant group in Iraq, according to a statement released on Wednesday.
Ukraine and rebels trade blame for violating ceasefire
Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Wednesday of attempting to break a six-month-old peace agreement, with a rebel official warning of the threat of 'a big war' if the ceasefire crumbles.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hamas has dug 'several tunnels' into Israel, in new Iran-funded war drive
A year after a bitter 50-day war, Hamas has again dug numerous attack tunnels from Gaza into Israeli sovereign territory, and is gearing up with major Iranian assistance for another conflict, a TV report said Tuesday.
Hamas claims captured Israeli drone, made it operational
Hamas' military wing claimed on Wednesday that its fighters were successful in taking over an Israeli drone and making it operational. The IDF said it was looking into the Hamas claim.
Israel foiled 17 suicide attacks so far this year, Shin Bet says
The Palestinian terrorism of 2015 looks very different from the kind that Israel suffered during the first years of the Second Intifada. The weapons are improvised, there are no 'wanted men' whom Israel is seeking for orchestrating the attacks; indeed, there is often no organizational support. But the effort to perpetrate terror attacks against Israeli targets is intensifying.
Hamas Official: There's No Room for Jews in 'Palestine'
Hamas continues to incite young people to violence and jihad against Israel.
Israeli combat troops react angrily to new rules of engagement in West Bank
In light of heightened security tensions in the West Bank, the Israeli defense establishment on Tuesday temporarily revised the rules of engagement for combat soldiers on the ground serving in the Palestinian territories, triggering a wave of resentment within the ranks.
Israel expects US Congress to block Iran nuclear deal, top Likud figure says
Israel anticipates that the US Congress will heed its call and vote down the Iran nuclear deal against the wishes of the Obama administration, the head of the powerful Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee told Israel Radio on Tuesday.
Analysis: Shin Bet interrogation sheds light on Hamas-Iran ties
The most interesting revelation in the Shin Bet security agency's Tuesday statement about an arrested and interrogated Hamas operative deals with the ties between the Islamist movement and Iran.
Abbas to resign within two months, report says
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is set to resign within two months, according to a report Wednesday.

Inside the United States
New Video Emerges; Administration Warns States Trying to Defund Planned Parenthood
In what appears to be the next installment of the Planned Parenthood controversy, the Center for Medical Progress has released an interview with a former technician who claims that the harvesting of fetal body parts was often undertaken without the knowledge or consent of the pregnant women.
Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 45 Million for 49 Straight Months
The number of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 49 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Record 42.1 million immigrants in U.S., Mexicans drive latest surge
A new analysis of legal and illegal immigrant counts by the Census Bureau revealed Thursday that there is a record 42.1 million in the United States, an explosion that is being driven by Mexicans flooding across the border.
Planned Parenthood scandal slipping off media's radar
Planned Parenthood's organ harvesting scandal is fading fast from media's focus, even as the pro-life activist group that broke the story continues to release jarring undercover video.
Iran nuclear deal vote count
Though majorities in both chambers are expected to vote to disapprove of President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran in September, overcoming an expected veto seems unlikely.
Experts See Long-Term Risks From Colorado Mine Spill
Toxic waste that gushed from a Colorado mine and threatened downstream water supplies in at least three states will continue to be dangerous when contaminated sediment gets stirred up from the river bottom, authorities said Wednesday, suggesting there is no easy fix to what could be a long-term public health risk.
More than 5,523f7c earthquakes have hit northwest Nevada since swarm started in July 2014
Seismologists studying a year-long swarm of thousands of mostly minor earthquakes in northwest Nevada say they could be the precursor for a 'big one,' although speculation that they're related to a series of extinct volcanoes can't be ruled out.
Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio hit with anti-Semitic graffiti
Racist and anti-Semitic symbols including swastikas were painted on more than 30 cars, homes, buildings and signs in a predominately Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio, prompting a police investigation, authorities said on Wednesday.
Obama pushes Congress to renew Voting Rights Act
President Obama on Wednesday urged Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act following a Supreme Court decision that gutted a core part of the landmark law.
Federal Judge Orders Obama Immigration Team to Defend in Person
U.S. officials must defend the administration in person before a judge in Texas who threatened to hold the government in contempt for failing to fully block President Barack Obama's immigration initiative.

U.S. Politics
Huckabee: I Would Have DOJ Prosecute Planned Parenthood
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says that if he were president, he would use the Justice Department to take on Planned Parenthood.
Joe Lieberman to head group opposed to Iran deal
Former US senator Joe Lieberman, a Democrat turned independent and a loyal friend of Israel on Capitol Hill, will take the leadership of the United Against Nuclear Iran organization after its current chairman stepped down Monday following a recent change of heart on the Iranian nuclear agreement.
CNN / ORC Poll: Trump tops in Iowa as Scott Walker drops
Trump tops the field with 22% and is the candidate seen as best able to handle top issues including the economy, illegal immigration and terrorism. He's most cited as the one with the best chance of winning the general election, and, by a wide margin, as the candidate most likely to change the way things work in Washington.
Why Trump's defense of Planned Parenthood might not hurt him
Donald Trump is the lone GOP candidate to refrain from calls to totally defund Planned Parenthood, but that might only cost him pennies, not dollars, among primary voters.
Senate committee seeks email facts from Clinton's tech company
The chairman of the Senate's homeland security committee has asked a small, 13-year-old Denver technology company that managed tens of thousands of emails for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to describe what measures it took to safeguard national security information.
6 Interesting Facts About the Christian Faith of Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina has surged in recent polls after what many believed was a strong showing in the first of the night GOP debate in Cleveland. A former chief executive at Hewlett Packard, Fiorina lost a 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate against Democrat incumbent Barbara Boxer.
Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire poll
Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, leads the former secretary of state 44 percent to 37 percent in New Hampshire among likely 2016 Democratic voters, according to a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll.

Christian News
Franklin Graham: 'Shame on Target' for Gender Neutral Signage
Stopping short of calling for an outright boycott, the Rev. Franklin Graham said customers of Target should consider taking their business elsewhere due to the company's decision to stop using gender specific signage in the children's departments of its stores.
ISIS releases 22 abducted Christians
Islamic State has released 22 of the dozens of Assyrian Christians it abducted from villages in northeastern Syria earlier this year, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.
United Church of Canada passes Israel divestment resolution
The United Church of Canada passed a resolution Tuesday during its 42nd General Council encouraging divestment from Israel in order 'to address the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories by the State of Israel.'

Prophecy News Watch - August 12, 2015

Around the World
Russia and Nato 'actively preparing for war'
Russia and Nato are actively preparing for war with one another amid the greatest build up of military tension in Europe since the end of the Cold War, a new report says.
Ex-DIA chief Flynn: Obama ignored intel warnings, willfully backed Al Qaida groups that became ISIL
The Obama administration made a 'willful decision' to arm terror organizations in Syria that led to the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), former U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) chief Michael Flynn said.
White House Blocks Pentagon Report on Russian Treaty Breach
The White House is blocking the release of a Pentagon risk assessment of Russia's violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, according to a senior House leader.
China's move to devalue currency could reverberate globally
China's surprise move Tuesday to devalue its currency has intensified concerns about a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy, whose growth rate has reached a six-year low. It is also fanning tensions with the United States and Europe, whose exports could become comparatively costlier.
Amnesty approves policy to decriminalize sex trade
Amnesty International approved a controversial policy Tuesday to endorse the de-criminalization of the sex trade, rejecting complaints from some women's rights groups who say it is tantamount to advocating the legalization of pimping and brothel owning.
Amnesty International accuses UN peacekeepers of rape, murder
The UN mission in the Central African Republic launched an investigation Tuesday following charges that its armed peacekeepers killed a 16-year-old boy and his father and raped a young girl earlier this month.
Kerry: Dollar could suffer if US walks away from Iran deal
The dollar may be lose its place as the world's reserve currency if the US Congress votes to kill the Iran nuclear deal, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
Syria's Aleppo marked as international city under Iran peace plan
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to Turkey was cancelled Tuesday, when he had been expected to present the Islamic Republic's recently developed initiative to reach a peace deal in Syria.
Iran moving to capitalize on diplomatic gains from nuclear accord
Iran appears to be trying to leverage the momentum gained from the conclusion of the nuclear deal, and improved relations with the West, in order to achieve some kind of deal that safeguards its interests in Syria and Lebanon.
Congressmen: Egypt opposes Iranian nuclear deal
Egypt, like Israel, opposes the Iranian nuclear deal brokered last month by the US and other leading nations, a group of US congressmen who have been touring Israel and Egypt said Monday.
Greek bailout deal agreed 'in principle'
Greece has agreed a bailout deal 'in principle' with its creditors, the European Commission has said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
France Pushing Security Council Resolution Calling for End to Israeli Presence in West Bank
The Palestinian Authority welcomed French efforts to lead an international initiative aimed at ending Israel's control of the the West Bank and resolving the Israeli-Arab conflict, Al-Jazeera reported on Monday.
Zarif in Beirut: Nuke deal 'historic opportunity' to face Israeli threats
The Iran nuclear deal presents an 'historic opportunity' to combat Israeli 'threats,' Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah during a Tuesday meeting in Beirut, Hezbollah's al-Manar television station said Wednesday.
PA to present UN Security Council with resolution to end Israeli 'occupation'
The Palestinian Authority is planning to present a new resolution to the UN Security Council calling for ending Israeli 'occupation' and providing international protection for the Palestinians, PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki announced on Tuesday.
Palestinians and Iran Agree to Disarm Israel's Alleged Nukes
The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Iran have agreed to work together in holding an international conference on the nuclear disarmament of Israel, a senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official said.
IDF Says it is Aware of New Hamas Terror Tunnels
Military sources confirmed for the first time on Tuesday that the defense establishment has information that Hamas has been digging new terrorist tunnels to replace the ones destroyed by Israel during Operation Protective Edge last summer.
Obama administration warns US court: High cost of appealing terror verdict could topple PA
The Obama administration urged a US judge to 'carefully consider' the Palestinian Authority's financial condition in determining the size of any bond it must post to appeal a jury's finding that it supported terrorist attacks in Israel.
Poll: Most Israelis Feel Their Nation is in Danger
The monthly Peace Index survey conducted in late July found that a firm majority of Israeli Jews believe their nation is in serious danger from various security and military threats.
Arabs harass US congressmen during visit to Temple Mount
A group of Muslim men harassed a delegation of US Congressmen visiting the Temple Mount on Tuesday.

Inside the United States
IRS officials processed zero Tea Party applications in 2011
Officials at the Internal Revenue Service ignored the tax-exempt applications of conservative groups for years at a time, bringing the growth of new Tea Party nonprofits to a standstill in the run-up to President Obama's re-election.
River users want EPA to be held accountable for its own toxic spill
The EPA is known for its hard line on environmental offenders, but its own accountability is being challenged after its agents unleashed a disastrous toxic spill threatening water supplies in four Western states and two Indian reservations.
The Death Cross Forms on the Dow Chart
The Dow Jones Industrial Average's biggest decline in a month is proving the final nail in its death cross.
Foreign banks have $1 trillion parked at the Fed
The largest U.S. banks and subsidiaries of foreign banks account for most of the excess reserves parked at the U.S. central bank, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Cleveland Fed.
Obama's Iran nuclear deal rhetoric troubles American Jews
Some prominent members of the American Jewish community are increasingly worried that the rhetoric the Obama administration is using to defend the Iran deal could fuel a backlash against Jews.
Oath Keepers arrival at Ferguson protest 'inflammatory,' top cop says
Four white men armed with rifles who arrived early Tuesday at protests in Ferguson, Mo., said they were there to protect journalists, but they were not welcomed by police, who fear their presence could prove 'inflammatory' amid demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of the racially charged police shooting of a black man.
George Soros funds Ferguson protests, hopes to spur civil action
In all, Mr. Soros gave at least $33 million in one year to support already-established groups that emboldened the grass-roots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson, according to the most recent tax filings of his nonprofit Open Society Foundations.
Shock Poll: Only 41% Of Democrats Want Congress To Approve Obama's Iran Deal
A new poll released on Monday shows that support for Obama's nuclear deal with Iran continues to unravel. According to the poll from Monmouth University, only 41 percent of Democrats believe Congress should approve the president's nuclear deal with the Iranian regime.

U.S. Politics
Hillary Clinton agrees to provide private e-mail server to FBI
Hillary Rodham Clinton's attorney has agreed to provide the FBI with the private server that housed her e-mail during her four years as secretary of state, Clinton's presidential campaign said Tuesday.
Carly's crushing it: Catches Jeb for third place in poll as Trump falters
In the first poll to show troubles from his debate performance, Donald Trump has tumbled from 26 percent to 17 percent, with insurgent Republican business leader Carly Fiorina skyrocketing into third place.
O'Malley calls DNC debate set-up 'legally problematic'
Martin O'Malley's lawyer released a memo Tuesday claiming the Democratic National Committee's debate process breaks federal election rules, is 'legally problematic' and 'entirely unprecedented.'
Trump ready to spend all his annual income on White House run
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday night that he's willing to spend millions of dollars of his own money to win the White House, with one caveat.
Clinton's education plan: Less for charity, more federal control
Hillary Clinton's poll numbers have suffered lately, particularly on the question of her honesty and integrity. This won't make it easy for her to excite the younger voters who boosted Barack Obama's candidacy in 2008 -- the very ones most likely to spot and reject an obvious phony.
Carly Fiorina Shows How to Address the Left on Climate Change
The short version of Fiorina's argument is this: If the scientific consensus is that man-made climate change is real, there is also consensus that America, acting alone, cannot stop it. Indeed, the Chinese are only too happy to watch us constrict our economy as they capture the market in clean coal.
How Free-Market Are the GOP Candidates?
As Carly Fiorina gets a second look following her strong performance in last week's debate, observers are noticing the emergence of an interesting theme in her campaign: opposition to the crony capitalism that infests so much of our economy today. 'What we have now is less and less free market,' Carly points out, 'and more and more crony capitalism.' It is a distinction that her opponents would do well to note.

Christian News
Egypt's Christians in the Shadow of the Muslim Brotherhood
In the nearly five years of turmoil that have followed the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, no group in Egypt has suffered more than the 15 million Coptic Christians. Both a religious and ethnic minority, the Copts are descended from the native population of Egypt who lived and ruled there from the time of the pharaohs until the Roman conquest in 31 B.C. They are the largest Christian community in the Middle East today.
Christianity facing threat of being rendered illegal under Nepal's new constitution
Christians may soon be prohibited from participating in church services and other religious activities in Nepal after the predominantly Hindu nation adopted a new Constitution on Monday.
Over 15,523f7c Assyrian Christian Families in Danger From ISIS Following Mass Kidnappings of Hundreds
As many as 15,523f7c Assyrian Christian families might be in danger from the Islamic State terror group and the ongoing conflict in Syria, the Assyrian Church of the East in Lebanon bishop has said. Christians from over 100 families were kidnapped on Friday, with human rights groups fearing they will be beheaded or sold into sexual slavery.
Christian institutions garnering support in ObamaCare challenge
Three Christian universities gained allies Monday in their battle against ObamaCare. Among their supporters: 16 state governments.
Christian purge has begun: Chaplains banned from preaching that homosexuality is a sin
Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is 'sinful' or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials.