Prophecy News Watch - August 22, 2018

Around the World
Bolton: Putin said he can’t force Iran out of Syria, but wants it gone
Russian President Vladimir Putin told the United States that his country would like Iranian forces to withdraw from Syria but cannot force them out, US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said on Wednesday, despite Israeli calls for Iran to leave immediately.
Facebook takes down 652 accounts linked to Russia, Iran
Facebook has identified and banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than a 'sophisticated' effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare.
Russian military braces for massive war games in the east
Russia's military forces in the country's east were put on high alert Monday ahead of massive war games that also involve China and Mongolia, the largest show of power in nearly 40 years, the Russian defense minister said.
Iran’s New Line of "Indigenously" Made Jets is Comparable to 1950's F-5 Fighter Jets
Iran unveiled the fighter jet at a defense show in Tehran on Tuesday, calling the Kowsar a 'fourth-generation' fighter, with 'advanced avionics' and multi-purpose radar, the Iranian news agency Tasnim said, adding that it was '100-percent indigenously made.'
South Africa begins seizing white-owned farms in land redistribution program
The South African government has begun the process of seizing white-owned farmland, reportedly filing legal papers seeking to expropriate two farms for one-tenth of their estimated value.
Al Qaeda bomb maker killed in Yemen drone strike last year, US official confirms
A top Al Qaeda bomb maker who masterminded a plot to bring down an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year, a senior U.S. official told Fox News Monday.
An earthquake swarm jolts Indonesian islands, killing at least 12 people
Multiple strong earthquakes killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.
7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes Venezuela
A magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Venezuela on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Trump: Israel will pay ‘higher price’ in peace talks after embassy move
US President Donald Trump said Tuesday night Israel will pay 'a higher price' in peace talks with the Palestinians due to his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital.
Bolton says no timetable for Trump's Mideast peace plan
President Donald Trump's national security adviser says there's no timetable for releasing the administration's much-anticipated Mideast peace plan.
Israel is under massive Chinese, Russian cyber espionage attack
A few months ago, 'Ophir,' a senior official with a rich intelligence background turned private cybersecurity expert, was called back to duty.
US not discussing recognition of Israeli sovereignty on Golan — Bolton
US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday said the administration wasn’t discussing potential recognition of Israel’s claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights, despite reported pressure from Jerusalem to make the move.

Inside the United States
Stocks reach new all-time high, despite Trump's trade threats and Fed criticisms
Stock markets hit a new all-time high Tuesday as they approached the longest bull market in modern history, despite President Trump's recent statements on trade and monetary policy that have unnerved some business leaders.
Manafort, Cohen developments fuel partisan furor over Mueller probe
The conviction of Paul Manafort and guilty plea by Michael Cohen on Tuesday fortified both the pro- and anti-Trump camps in the political war over special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
Trump to end 'war on coal' with rule replacing Obama-era Clean Power Plan
President Trump was met with enthusiastic cheers Tuesday in West Virginia after moving to snuff out the 'war on coal' by replacing the Clean Power Plan, even as Democrats prophesied that scrapping the never-implemented Obama-era rule would be catastrophic.
Hurricane Lane strengthens to Category 5 as it heads for Hawaii
Hurricane Lane strengthened to a Category 5 storm on Tuesday as it headed toward Hawaii where residents braced for 'life threatening' winds and flooding when it hits the U.S. islands this week, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
Data duel: Are gun-free zones really safer?
Children are heading back to school with the debate over gun safety still raging six months after the Parkland massacre -- and no issue is more heated than whether gun-free zones make students safer or more endangered.
Medicare could have saved nearly $1 billion by using generics, study finds
Medicare could have saved nearly $1 billion in 2016 if it used generic versions of pricey combination drug-device products instead of the brand name versions, according to a new study.