Prophecy News Watch - July 1, 2015

Around the World
Greece Defaults on IMF Debt
Greece's last-minute overtures to international creditors for financial aid on Tuesday were not enough to save the country from becoming the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund.
Iran nuke talks deadline extended to July 7
U.S. and Iranian negotiators in Vienna on Tuesday agreed to extend a deadline for an agreement on Iran's disputed nuclear program until July 7, as sticking points remained.
EU to push for same sex marriages to be accepted across continent
Same sex marriage should be legal across Europe, a senior EU official has said, as he gave his backing to campaigners who argue that unions should be recognized under freedom of movement rules.
Nuclear Deal Would Leave Iran With 5,523f7c Centrifuges
Iran will be permitted to operate more than 5,523f7c nuclear centrifuges under any final deal secured in the coming days, according to Western sources who fear that the Islamic Republic could use such technology to continue building a nuclear weapon.
At least 30 Egyptian soldiers killed in coordinated Sinai attacks
Islamic militants staged simultaneous attacks, including a suicide car bombing, on army checkpoints in northern Sinai, killing at least 30 soldiers Wednesday morning, Egyptian security and military officials said.
Poll: 85% of Greeks Believe the Jews Have Too Much Power Over Global Finance
A new poll by the Anti-Defamation League found that the majority of Greeks continue to hold anti-Semitic views about Jewish control over finance and the global economy, despite a recent drop in anti-Jewish attitudes in other parts of Europe.
950 Hezbollah operatives, 300 Hamas members in Germany -- intelligence report
The number of Islamists in Germany increased to 43,890 in 2014 from 43,190 in 2013, according to a report released on Tuesday by the country's domestic intelligence agency.
Egypt's Top Prosecutor Assassinated
Egypt's top public prosecutor was killed by a car bomb attack on his convoy on Monday, the most senior state official to die at the hands of militants since the toppling of an Islamist president two years ago.
Obama says US could 'walk away' from Iran nuclear talks, as deadline extended
President Obama threatened to 'walk away' from a nuclear deal with Iran if it fails to keep tabs on the country's compliance, as the negotiations were extended past their original Tuesday deadline amid sharp disagreements.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Islamic State Threatens to Topple Hamas in Gaza
Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.
Rivlin: Ramadan has become month of worldwide terror
President Reuven Rivlin together with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Tuesday condemned the spate of terror attacks against Israelis during the month of Ramadan.
Hamas shuts down Gaza's sole cell provider's offices
The Hamas-appointed attorney general in the Gaza Strip shut down the offices of the territory's only mobile-phone provider on Tuesday, saying the company, Jawwal, had not paid its taxes.
Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state
A senior Israeli defense official said President Bashar Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect.
Israeli official: Syria is dying, the funeral will be declared in due time
A senior Israeli defense official said President Bashar Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect.

Inside the United States
US Court: NSA Can Resume Bulk Data Collection
A U.S. court has ruled that the National Security Agency can temporarily resume its bulk collection of Americans' telephone records.
US Helped Release Iranian Prisoners As Sweetener for Nuclear Talks
The Obama administration helped to secure the release of several Iranians detained in the United States and the United Kingdom, some convicted of illegal arms smuggling, according to a report that comes as U.S. prisoners languish in Iranian jails.
Christie announces 2016 White House bid, vows 'I mean what I say'
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie returned to his alma mater on Tuesday to formally announce his 2016 presidential bid, embracing his blunt-talking persona as he strives to stand out from the jam-packed field.
Rep. King: Could Be Fourth of July Threats in NYC, Nationwide
Rep. Peter King, chairman of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, tells Newsmax TV that Islamic State [ISIS] terrorists may be plotting to explode a bomb in the New York metropolitan area on the Fourth of July.
Obama: Americans need to shift religious views to accept gay marriage
After the Supreme Court issued its ruling on gay marriage Friday, President Obama gave a speech in which he said Americans need to change their religious views to be accepting of gay marriage, the Daily Caller reported. To that end, he encouraged gay marriage supporters to 'help' people overcome their deeply-held religious views.
Latest Michigan quake has scientists puzzled
A 3.3-magnitude earthquake that struck 13 miles southeast of Battle Creek today has scientists scratching their heads.

Christian News
Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Head Plan Historic Meeting
An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is "getting closer every day," a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on June 28th.
10 Commandments Statue Must Be Removed, Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules
A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
Another historic black church burns in South Carolina
A historic African-American church in South Carolina that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night, though authorities say it is too soon to say what had caused the blaze. No is believed to have been in the church at the time.
Al-Shabaab Jihadists Vow to Attack Christians During Ramadan, Give 'Non-Believers' a 'True Taste of Jihad'
The al-Shabaab terror group, which back in April murdered 152 people, mostly Christian students, have vowed to attack 'non-believers' throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a pledge echoing ISIS' threats.
Churches remain divided over gay marriage, debate shifts from court to pews
Founded during the Civil War, St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Midtown Atlanta has witnessed dramatic social changes in America. When the Supreme Court issued its ruling on same-sex marriage Friday, the church celebrated with a special service.
Pentagon urged to boot chaplains who oppose 'gay' marriage
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision to redefine marriage in all 50 states, the Pentagon is now being urged to 'cleanse itself' of chaplains who refuse to support same-sex marriage.
US church votes to divest from companies operating in West Bank
The top legislative body of the United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to divest from companies with business in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a sign of the growing momentum of a protest movement against Israeli policy.

Prophecy News Watch - June 30, 2015

Around the World
Putin calls on Middle East nations to unite behind Assad in fight against 'evil' in Syria
In a surprise meeting with Syria's foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his support Monday for Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on all Middle East nations to join forces to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants.
U.S. Intel Community Warns of Last Resort Chemical Attack by Syria's Assad
The intelligence community in the United States is concerned that the Syrian government led by President Bashar Assad may deploy a large-scale chemical weapons attack as a last resort effort to protect regime strongholds from rebels in the embattled country.
Iran: Obama sent new secret letter to Tehran
US President Barack Obama recently sent a 'secret message' to Iran's leadership regarding negotiations over its nuclear program, the Islamic republic's semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday night.
Erdogan Planning Turkish Invasion of Syria?
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday chaired a top security meeting as media speculated that Ankara was planning a military intervention in Syria, following gains there by Kurds against the jihadists.
France preparing to resume business with Iran
France is gearing up for the resumption of its substantial economic dealings with Iran, under the assumption that a nuclear agreement with Tehran is likely in the near future, Reuters reported Monday night.
Merkel and Hollande Turn Away From Greece
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande signaled they've reached the limits of their ability to safeguard Greece, offering the government no further concessions to step back from the brink.
The world is defenceless against the next financial crisis, warns BIS
The world will be unable to fight the next global financial crash as central banks have used up their ammunition trying to tackle the last crises, the Bank of International Settlements has warned.
As Kurds gain in Syria, Turkey ponders stronger military action
As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants back from the Turkish border -- a move that will also outflank any Kurdish attempts to create a state along Turkey's southern frontier.
Russia's Putin reaffirms support for Syrian leadership
President Vladimir Putin said at the start of talks with Syria's foreign minister on Monday that there was no change in Russia's support for the Syrian leadership.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli Defense Minister Says Israel is Helping Selected Rebel Groups in Syria
Although Israel has repeatedly declared its determination not to get sucked into the civil war raging across the border with Syria, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon admitted Monday that the country was in fact doing more than just cheering on the good guys.
Americans never presented Israel with full security plan for West Bank withdrawal
There is no comprehensive US plan that answers Israel's security needs in the eventuality of an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Monday.
Israel approves building of 30 kilometer fence along border with Jordan
Israel's security cabinet approved extending the fence along the Egyptian border to include a section along the Jordanian border north of the southern city of Eilat, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday.
Israeli Navy seizes Gaza flotilla boat without incident
Israeli Navy fighters boarded the Swedish boat Marianne of Gothenburg early Monday, taking over the vessel carrying 18 political activists and journalists bound for the Gaza Strip. The takeover was accomplished without incident and the Navy then escorted the vessel to Israel's southern port of Ashdod, where the passengers will be questioned and then deported.

Inside the United States
Dow Plunges 350 Points, Worst Drop of 2015
U.S. markets got hammered Monday as the Greek debt crisis deepened, with investors pushing the Dow down 350 points ? and back in the red for 2015 ? after steeper sell-offs in Asia and Europe.
FBI Setting Up Command Centers to monitor terrorist threats over July 4 weekend
The FBI is establishing command centers around the country to monitor any potential terrorist threats around the July 4 weekend.
Supreme Court Ruling Keeps Texas Abortion Clinics Open
The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas' 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them.
State Department Ejects Free Beacon Reporter from Briefing
Officials with the Department of State threatened to call security Monday on a Washington Free Beacon reporter who was attempting to report on a briefing held by senior Obama administration figures in Vienna on the eve of an expected nuclear agreement with Iran.
Obama to propose expanding overtime for millions
President Obama detailed a proposed plan on Monday that would widen the circle of salaried employees able to receive overtime benefits in an opinion piece published in The Huffington Post.
Feds shut down background check database over flaw
The federal personnel agency whose records were plundered by hackers linked to China announced on Monday the temporary shutdown of a massive database used to update and store background investigation records after newly discovering a flaw that left the system vulnerable to additional breaches.
Texas AG: State workers can deny marriage licenses to gay couples
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday stated that county clerks, judges and justices of peace can deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples for religious reasons, arguing that the Supreme Court did not abolish religious liberty.
Puerto Rico governor calls for bankruptcy; adviser says island 'insolvent'
Puerto Rico's governor on Monday called for the commonwealth to be allowed to restructure its debts under U.S. bankruptcy code, while a newly appointed adviser to the U.S. territory said it is 'insolvent' and will soon run out of cash.
Texas AG says clerks can cite religious objections on gay marriage, most states complying with ruling
The top law enforcement official in Texas said county clerks can cite religious objections in denying marriage licenses for gay couples -- though the Lone Star State and others have for the most part started complying with Friday's Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
Benghazi night call between Clinton and Obama withheld, documents show
New documents released by a federal court show President Obama called then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the night of the 2012 Benghazi attack -- but the contents are being withheld by the State Department.

Prophecy News Watch - June 29, 2015

Around the World
Nuclear Deal Deadline Will Be Missed
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said Sunday that the United States has lost its edge going into the final days of a nuclear negotiation with Iran.
Greek Banks And Stock Exchange In Shutdown
Banks in Greece and the country's stock exchange will be shut all week in a sign of the deepening financial crisis.
Greece Exit From Eurozone 'Almost Inevitable'
Greece may yet crash out of the the 19-member bloc, say European ministers, as time is running out on negotiations.
Huge crowds for Berlin Gay Pride after historic US ruling
Several hundred thousand people filled the streets of Berlin for the city's Gay Pride parade on Saturday, a day after the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage nationwide.
Iran evades sanctions to defend against EMP
With a deadline looming on nuclear talks with Iran, Tehran has revealed it has developed a 'filter' to protect against an electromagnetic pulse attack targeting key national security facilities.
Greeks Line Up at Banks and Drain ATMs as Tsipras Calls Vote
Greece's banks may need an injection of fresh emergency funds to operate Monday as people rushed to pull out money after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum that could decide his country's fate in the euro.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Abbas gives Hamas Tuesday Deadline to Join Government
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that Hamas has until Tuesday to join a new unity government.
Vatican signs first treaty with 'State of Palestine'
The Vatican signed its first treaty with the "State of Palestine" on Friday, calling for "courageous decisions" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution.
Hamas unveils 'new tunnel' it says reaches into Israel
Hamas has built a new fortified tunnel that reaches into Israeli territory, according to members of the terror group who spoke to an Iranian TV channel Sunday.
Israel and ICC on a collision course
Monday's long-awaited UN Human Rights Council report on last summer's Operation Protective Edge was by far the most significant event that has occurred in the 10-month legitimacy battle being waged by Israel and the Palestinians over whether war crimes were committed when over 2,100 Palestinians and 73 Israelis lost their lives.
Rocket alert sirens sound twice in 30 minutes in northern Golan Heights
Rocket alert sirens sounded twice in a span of 30 minutes in several communities throughout the northern Golan Heights on Sunday afternoon.
Earthquake felt throughout southern Israel
An earthquake reported to be between 5.1 and 5.5 magnitude was felt in southern Israel.

Inside the United States
Terror Warning Issued by Feds for the 4th of July Weekend
Federal authorities have warned local law enforcement officials across the country about a heightened concern involving possible terror attacks targeting the July 4th holiday.
Gay marriage fight may be over, but new battlegrounds opening up
The dust didn't settle on the Supreme Court's landmark gay marriage ruling before advocates began announcing their next agenda items in the fight for equality.
US Supreme Court Backs Same-Sex Marriage
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide, in a historic decision that invalidates gay marriage bans in more than a dozen states.
Western Heat Wave Enters History Books
A torrid heat wave has shifted into high gear and has already broken June record highs in at least 16 cities in the Northwest, two of which appear to have tied their all-time record highs. The extreme heat is likely to last well into early July and may end up breaking records for longevity as well.
Scalia: Supreme Court now a 'threat to American democracy'
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia savaged the Court's 5-4 decision on Friday that said same-sex marriage is a constitutional right in all 50 states, by saying it makes the Supreme Court a threat to democracy in the country.
Supreme Court to rule in lethal injection, redistricting and mercury emission cases Monday
The fate of a drug commonly used to carry out lethal injections could go down as one of the most bitter battles between the liberal and conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.f
Hawaii: No tsunami threat, shaking felt from 5.0 Big Island quake
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck the south eastern portion of the Big Island near Pahoa Saturday evening, shaking nearby communities but causing no threat of a tsunami.

Christian News
No More Christian Events in Jerusalem Without Rabbi's Approval
The Jerusalem Municipality will now have to consult with the city's Rabbis before allowing Christians to host events in the city after the haredi, a group of ultra-orthodox Jews, accused Christians of forcing conversions at a conference held there last month.
Franklin Graham Warns Gay Marriage Ruling Will Lead To Christian Persecution
One of the nation's most prominent evangelical leaders issued a dire warning for the nation in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's ruling on homosexual marriage.
Idaho city's ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines.
Episcopal Church Elects First Black Presiding Bishop
The U.S. Episcopal Church elected its first black presiding bishop on Saturday at its general conference in Salt Lake City, where members of the Christian denomination discussed its position on same-sex marriage, gun violence and outreach.

Prophecy News Watch - June 26, 2015

Around the World
Pentagon Accuses Russia with Nuclear 'Saber-Rattling'
Russia is "playing with fire" with its nuclear saber-rattling and the United States is determined to prevent it from gaining a significant military advantage through violations of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, the deputy U.S. defense chief said on Thursday.
Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine, Middle East
Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss continued tensions in eastern Ukraine and various areas of concern in the Middle East.
ISIS Retakes Town After Bloody Clashes
After a bloody assault Thursday, Islamic State fighters re-entered the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, five months after Kurdish forces retook the strategically important border city.
Iran's foreign minister to join nuke talks Friday
With significant gaps standing in the way of an Iran nuclear deal, foreign ministers at the seven-nation talks are adding their diplomatic muscle to the negotiations ahead of a June 30 target date for an agreement.
Kerry to Zarif: For deal, Iran must give answers on historical nuclear work
US Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Iran's foreign minister in recent days to tell him that Tehran must answer questions about whether its past atomic research was arms-related if it wants a nuclear deal, officials said.
Putin vows to further strengthen Russian military
Russia needs a mighty military to fend off threats near its borders, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, in a stance that reflects soaring tensions with the West over the crisis in Ukraine.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Palestinians Seek War Crimes Against Israel
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry on Thursday presented documents to the International Criminal Court in The Hague asserting that Israel should be investigated for war crimes committed in last summer's fighting in the Gaza Strip and for continued construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Inside the United States
FBI Rounding Up Islamic State Suspects
The FBI has been rounding up more potential "lone wolf" terrorists, Congressional leaders and the Justice Department say, in response to the perception of a mounting threat of domestic attacks inspired by the Islamic State.
Congress Moves to Impose Sanctions on Iran
Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) revived on Thursday long-stalled legislation to impose and extend sanctions on Iran for a period of at least 10 more years, according to sources familiar with the move.
Obamacare Tax Subsidies Upheld by Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the nationwide tax subsidies that are a core component of President Barack Obama's health-care law, rejecting a challenge that had threatened to gut the measure and undercut his legacy.
Jewish group's 'gay conversion' therapy is fraud, jury says
Jewish nonprofit organization that claimed it could turn gay men straight violated the state's Consumer Fraud Act, a jury found Thursday in a civil trial that an attorney for the plaintiffs called 'a momentous event' for LGBT rights.
Watchdog reveals evidence was destroyed during probe of IRS targeting
The lead government watchdog for the IRS revealed Thursday that computer evidence was erased during the investigation into the agency's targeting scandal, months after the IRS was told to preserve documents.
Scalia: We should start calling this law 'SCOTUScare'
Justice Antonin Scalia, in a scathing dissent, chastised his colleagues for a 'quite absurd' decision upholding Obamacare's federal exchange subsidies, arguing that they disregarded the plain meaning of the law -- effectively rewriting it in order to save it from itself.

Christian News
IS-linked group said to issue leaflets threatening Christians in Jerusalem
Leaflets threatening Christians and signed by an organization referring to itself as the 'Islamic State in Palestine' were distributed in East Jerusalem Thursday, Israel's Channel 10 news reported.
Franklin Graham: America needs spiritual healing, not more gun laws
American evangelist Franklin Graham is one of the many Christians who have condemned the tragic Charleston church shooting that claimed the lives of nine individuals.