Prophecy News Watch - May 31, 2019

Around the World
Russia Rejected Iran S-400 Missile Request Amid Gulf Tension
Russia has rejected an Iranian request to buy S-400 missile defense systems, concerned that the sale would stoke more tension in the Middle East, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, including a senior Russian official.
Iran and Russia Say Meeting of 2015 Nuclear Accord Partners ‘Might Facilitate’ New Talks
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi discussed the 2015 Nuclear Accord in Tehran on May 29, calling for a meeting of the six countries party to the agreement that would hear Iranian complaints.
Saudi king urges world to rein in Iran
Saudi King Salman Thursday night called for an international stance against Iranian acts, which he said pose a threat to global security and flow of oil supplies.
Trump announces escalating tariffs against Mexico, starting at 5 percent, until illegal immigrants 'STOP'
President Trump on Thursday abruptly announced a new 5 percent tariff on Mexico beginning in early June, saying the levy will 'gradually increase' until the ongoing illegal immigration surge at the southern border is "remedied" and illegal migrants 'STOP.'
North Korea executes envoy in a purge after failed U.S. summit
North Korea executed its nuclear envoy to the United States as part of a purge of officials who steered negotiations for a failed summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper said on Friday.
Tourists are spreading superbugs across international borders, report warns
Holiday-makers are at risk of picking up and bringing home superbugs, according to a study looking at the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) worldwide.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu Meets With Kushner, Greenblatt After Suffering Major Loss in Israel's Parliament
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jared Kushner, senior advisor to President Trump, and US Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt on Thursday.

Inside the United States
House Democrats Vote to Lift Ban on Embryonic Gene-Editing Research
Scientists and ethicists worldwide are calling for a global moratorium on editing the DNA in human embryos, but a Democratic-led committee in the U.S. House of Representatives wants to leave the door wide open to the controversial research. On May 23, the House Appropriations subcommittee that focuses on funding related to the Food and Drug Administration drafted a bill that would drop the ban prohibiting the FDA from considering such research.
Atheist group sues Texas judge for 'unconstitutional' opening prayer
An anti-religious group is suing a Texas judge for opening prayer -- for the second time.
Louisiana's governor, a Democrat, signs 'heartbeat' abortion bill into law
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, broke from his party's ideology Thursday and signed a bill that would prohibit women from having an abortion once a baby's heartbeat is detected, in almost all cases.
ACLU seeks to block more sections of Trump’s border wall
The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal court to block additional sections of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Prophecy News Watch - May 30, 2019

Around the World
U.S.-EU Trade Talks Stumble, Threatening New Trade War Front
Even though President Donald Trump held fire earlier this month on auto tariffs that have the potential to further roil Europe’s struggling economy, a litany of domestic dilemmas on both sides of the Atlantic threaten to frustrate efforts at a trade pact before they’ve even begun.
Jerusalem to host ‘unprecedented’ Israel-Russian-US security summit
Jerusalem will host next month an unprecedented trilateral meeting of top security officials from Israel, Russia and the US, the White House announced on Wednesday.
Bolton warns Tehran of ‘very strong response’ to any Gulf attack
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser warned Iran on Wednesday that any attacks in the Persian Gulf will draw a 'very strong response' from the US, taking a hard-line approach with Tehran after his boss only two days earlier said America wasn’t 'looking to hurt Iran at all.'
U.S.: Russia May Be Testing Low-Yield Nukes, In Violation Of Treaty
A top U.S. military official has said that U.S. intelligence agencies believe Russia is likely conducting low-yield nuclear testing that may be violation of a major international treaty.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Kushner, Greenblatt arrive in Israel after meetings in Jordan, Morocco
US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Mideast negotiator Jason Greenblatt are expected to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while in Israel, on the last leg of a regional tour to drum up support for next month’s 'economic workshop' in Bahrain.
Knesset votes for new elections on September 17 after Netanyahu fails to form coalition
Israel’s parliament on Wednesday voted to dissolve a mere month after it was sworn in, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to meet the midnight deadline to form a new government, triggering an unprecedented second national election this year.

Inside the United States
Satanic Temple to defy law upheld by Supreme Court mandating burial of fetal remains
The Satanic Temple said it will challenge a recent Supreme Court ruling requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains, alleging that it violates the group’s religious liberty.
US like a 'war zone' after 500 tornadoes in 30 days
America has been hit with 500 tornadoes in the last 30 days, with Tuesday breaking a 40-year record by marking the 12th day in a row with at least eight tornado reports, according to US forecasters.
Illinois House Declares Late-Term Abortion a ‘Right’
Illinois Democrats are attempting to make it the most liberal state in America for abortion, declaring it a right and repealing nearly every limit on the practice.
Case Closed: Special Counsel Mueller Says Russia Investigation Is Over, Nothing More to Say
Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced Wednesday that he has concluded the Russia investigation. He is now closing the special counsel's office and returning to private life.
Louisiana Lawmakers Send New Abortion Ban to Governor's Desk
Louisiana lawmakers on Wednesday passed a strict new abortion ban that would prohibit the procedure before some women even know they are pregnant, joining a half-dozen conservative states with similar measures.
Three US States Face Flooding of ‘Historic Magnitude’
Thousands of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana residents braced for more flooding Wednesday, and some evacuated their homes, as forecasts of further rain drove fears that decades-old levees girding the Arkansas River may not hold.

Christian News
The Will of the People Leans Toward Secularism as Russian Government Seeks to Finance Renewal of Faith
On May 13th protestors, among them MMA fighters from the Russian Copper Company martial arts academy, tore down the fence that had marked off the proposed construction site of the new St. Catherine Cathedral in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Prophecy News Watch - May 29, 2019

Around the World
U.S. calls Russian, Syrian air strikes 'reckless escalation' in Syria
The United States continues to be alarmed by Syrian government and Russian airstrikes in northwest Syria and believes they are a 'reckless escalation' of violence, the State Department said on Tuesday.
U.S. says all North Korea's weapons of mass destruction violate U.N. resolutions
North Korea’s entire weapons of mass destruction program violates U.N. Security Council resolutions, the U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday, when asked about recent missile launches by Pyongyang.

EU tells Britain: There will be no renegotiation of Brexit deal
The European Union will not renegotiate the Brexit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May agreed, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday, as concerns grew that a successor to May could trigger a confrontation with the bloc.

China ready to hit back at U.S. with rare earths
China is ready to use rare earths to strike back in a trade war with the United States, Chinese newspapers warned on Wednesday in strongly worded commentaries on a move that would escalate tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
No deal in sight as Netanyahu faces final 24 hours to form government
With only 24 hours to go before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a legal deadline to form a coalition, Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman once again shot down a compromise aimed at securing Netanyahu a fifth term.
Kushner in Mideast to drum up support for peace plan
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is in the Middle East to drum up support for his as-yet unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

Inside the United States
Tornadoes Across U.S. Bring Destruction for 12th Straight Day
The National Weather Service (NWS) said as many as 55 tornadoes may have touched down overnight across eight states stretching eastward from Idaho and Colorado. Storm reports posted online by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center said 14 suspected tornadoes touched down in Indiana, 12 in Colorado and nine in Ohio. Seven were reported in Iowa, five in Nebraska, four in Illinois, three in Minnesota, and one in Idaho.
Missouri to Be Abortion-Free Following Heartbeat Bill and Closure of Last Planned Parenthood Clinic
Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, the last abortion clinic in Missouri, will shut down on Friday following revocation of its medical license, after staff refused to cooperate with State Health inspectors over the clinic’s abortion practices.
Supreme Court allows Indiana abortion law governing disposal of fetal remains, but won’t revive ban on so-called ‘discriminatory’ abortions
The Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed an appeals court ruling striking down an Indiana abortion law governing the disposal of fetal remains, which was signed by Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor of the state.
Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to transgender restroom policy
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a legal challenge to a Pennsylvania school district's policy that allows transgender students to use whichever restroom they identify with.
’Anti-Semitism Crisis’ Sees Massive Spike in Anti-Jewish Hate Crimes in New York
A disproportionate number of anti-Semitic hate crimes are occurring in New York compared with the rest of the country, according to a New York Police Department (NYPD) report and statistics published by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Christian News
Indian Christians Say ‘God Works for the Good of Those Who Love Him’ As Modi Rides Anti-Christian Nationalist Wave to Second Term in Office
Christians in India are bracing themselves for more of the same after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected to another five-year term last Thursday, having garnered a 303-seat parliamentary majority—a 31-seat gain from his initial election in 2014.
Franklin Graham Issues Clarion Call to Intercession for Beleaguered Trump and America
Franklin Graham is encouraging American Christians to set aside a whole day on June 2nd to pray for President Trump.

Prophecy News Watch - May 28, 2019

Around the World
Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote
Austria’s chancellor has been ousted in a no-confidence vote just a day after his centre-right party enjoyed a triumphant night in the European elections, after opposition politicians lost faith in his handling of a corruption scandal that has engulfed his former far-right coalition partner.
Brexit Tears Up British Politics as Farage Tops EU Election Poll
Brexit upended Britain’s established political order in European Parliament elections, with both the ruling Conservatives and the main opposition Labour Party scoring their worst results in decades.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Bill to dissolve Knesset, call snap election approved in its first reading
Legislators on Monday night moved one step closer towards dissolving the 21st Knesset less than a month since it was sworn in, with MKs approving in its first reading a bill to disband the legislature amid a coalition-building crisis.
Jerusalem chief rabbi urges mayor not to put up LGBT flags that ‘mar’ the city
Jerusalem’s chief rabbi on Monday sent a formal letter to Mayor Moshe Lion asking him to prevent LGBT flags from being put up ahead of the annual pride parade, because they 'mar the city.'
IDF says it bombed Syrian anti-aircraft battery that fired at Israeli jet
The Israeli military said it bombed a Syrian anti-aircraft battery on Monday night that earlier in the day had fired at one of its fighter jets during a routine mission within Israeli airspace.

Inside the United States
Back-to-Back Tornadoes Left a Trail of Destruction Across Ohio and Indiana
A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another.
Alabama Sets Record for Adoption, Shattering Common Pro-Choice Argument
Alabamians adopted a record number of foster children in their state during the 2018 fiscal year, AL.com reports.

Christian News
Mob Attacks Against Christians By Hindu Radicals Continue in Shadow of Modi Re-election
Christians at Praise the Lord Church in Kanjapalli, a village in India’s persecution-ridden Tamil Nadu state, were ruthlessly attacked by a mob of Hindu radicals on May 3rd, following an identical instance of mob violence in February in which the church was told to close its doors.
Atlanta Church Hires Psychic Medium to Minister to Congregation
Vision Church of Atlanta, Georgia has added a psychic medium to their staff.
Pulse nightclub shooting survivors: Move of Holy Spirit 'being birthed' among former LGBT persons
Two survivors of the 2016 Pulse nightclub mass shooting who no longer identify as gay are inviting Christians to repent for how the church has treated LGBT-identified persons in the past.