Prophecy News Watch - April 19, 2018

Around the World
Iran president: If US scraps nuke deal, they’ll see impact ‘within a week’
Iran’s president lashed out at the United States on Monday and threatened to immediately reboot nuclear efforts if Washington walks away from the deal between Tehran and world powers, as Iran marked 'National Nuclear Day,' dedicated to its achievements in nuclear technology.
Turkey's Erdogan declares early elections on June 24
President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections for June 24, saying economic challenges and the war in Syria meant Turkey must switch quickly to the powerful executive presidency that goes into effect after the vote.
'We are watching you': Political killings shake Mexico election
An explosion of political assassinations in Mexico has cast a pall over nationwide elections slated for July 1, when voters will choose their next president and fill a slew of down-ballot posts.
Global debt is at historic highs and governments should start cutting levels now, the IMF says
Global debt hit its highest levels ever and governments should take actions to reduce their indebtedness while the going is still good, the International Monetary Fund said.
Magnitude 5.5 quake strikes southern Iran, near nuclear plant
An earthquake of at least magnitude 5.5 struck in southern Iran near the country's sole nuclear power plant on Thursday morning, shaking Bahrain and other areas around the Persian Gulf.
Despite strikes, Syria's Assad can still wage chemical attacks
U.S. assessments following the U.S., British and French missile strikes on Syria show they had only a limited impact on President Bashar al-Assad's ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks, four U.S. officials told Reuters.
China’s One Belt One Road economic investment also expands military footprint
China is using its $1 trillion-plus investment initiative in infrastructure projects as a way to expand its military footprint, projecting power and influence around the globe from the Horn of Africa into the Middle East and South Asia, says a report released this week.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
New Russian Weapons Alarm Israel, May Trigger Next Syrian Crisis
Angered by last week’s U.S. attack on Syria, Russia warned that there would be consequences. Only one of them was spelled out: The Kremlin said it may supply its Syrian ally with state-of-the-art air defenses.
Netanyahu issues veiled warning to Iran over Syria tensions
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday issued a veiled warning to Iran, saying in a Memorial Day speech that his country will defend itself against anyone that tries to harm it.
Israel planning for direct retaliatory attack from Iran
Israel is preparing for a crossborder attack by the Revolutionary Guard Corps, in response to a strike allegedly carried out by the Jewish state against an Iranian-operated air base in Syria that killed seven of its soldiers.

Inside the United States
Iranian-Backed ‘Sleeper Cell’ Militants Hibernating in U.S., Positioned for Attack
Iranian-backed militants are operating across the United States mostly unfettered, raising concerns in Congress and among regional experts that these 'sleeper cell' agents are poised to launch a large-scale attack on the American homeland, according to testimony before lawmakers.
San Diego County Joins California’s ‘Sanctuary-State’ Revolt
San Diego County, California's second-most populous county, on Tuesday joined at least a dozen other municipalities in supporting the Trump administration's lawsuit against the state over its so-called 'sanctuary' law.
Trump’s Tax Reform Law is Fueling a Positive Economic Outlook in the States
Less than six months old, the tax reform law championed by President Donald Trump is already fueling an increasingly positive economic outlook for state governments across the country.
Appeals court calls Ohio's Planned Parenthood defunding unconstitutional
A three-judge panel in a federal appeals court said Wednesday that Ohio's defunding of Planned Parenthood is unconstitutional.
Americans waste 150,000 tons of food per day: study
Americans waste nearly 150,000 tons of food per day, amounting to about one pound (422 grams) per person, and fruits and vegetables are mostly what gets tossed, said a study Wednesday.

Christian News
Two Pastors in Burma Freed from Prison
After spending more than a year in prison, two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma (Myanmar) army were freed on Tuesday (17 April) under a government amnesty program.