Prophecy News Watch - April 23, 2019

Around the World
Iran says ready for U.S. waivers end, as Guards threaten to shut Hormuz
Tehran is prepared for a U.S. decision to end waivers granted to buyers of Iranian crude, an Iranian oil ministry source said on Monday, as the Revolutionary Guards repeated their threat to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Iranian media reported.
Iraq, Saudi Arabia ready to up oil output as US cuts off Iran waivers
Iraq and Saudi Arabia were preparing on Monday to reap the benefits of the Trump administrations decision to end sanction waivers on Iran’s oil customers.
Trump to cut off all purchases of Iranian oil in escalation of 'pressure campaign'
The Trump administration is requiring all countries to stop buying oil from Iran or face U.S. sanctions, an escalation of a policy that could roil world energy markets.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Iran Supreme Leader Appoints New Military Commander Who Vows to Wage War Against Israel, US
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei appointed a new commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Sunday (IRGC) to replace Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, who led the military since 2007.
Hezbollah chief says Israel’s ground forces unprepared for war
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Monday claimed Israel’s ground forces were unprepared for a military offensive in Lebanon and the Jewish state could no longer win battles solely from the air.
U.S. offers $10M for financial disruption to Hezbollah
The U.S. government on Monday offered a $10 million reward for information leading to a financial disruption to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Inside the United States
Medicare, Social Security Face Shaky Fiscal Futures
The financial condition of the government’s bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026, according to a report Monday by the government’s overseers of Medicare and Social Security.
Supreme Court to decide whether federal sex discrimination law protects LGBT workers
The Supreme Court will consider whether a federal civil rights law barring workplace discrimination on the basis of sex provides protections for gay and transgender employees.
Dem leaders stress more Trump probes, downplay impeachment
A House chairman on Monday subpoenaed former White House Counsel Don McGahn as Democratic leaders moved to deepen their investigation of President Donald Trump while bottling up talk among their rank-and-file of impeaching him.
Kansas' new governor vetoes abortion 'reversal' rule, setting up showdown with GOP
Kansas' new governor vetoed a bill Monday that would require doctors and abortion clinics to tell their patients about a disputed treatment meant to stop a medication abortion.
Federal Court Punishes Philly Faith-Based Foster Care Agency Over Biblical Views on Marriage
A federal appeals court has upheld a new Philadelphia city policy that forbids Catholic Social Services from placing foster children with families due to the agency's longstanding religious beliefs about marriage.
Michigan adoption agency reverses LGBT policy
A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan said Monday it will place children in LGBT homes, reversing course following a recent legal settlement.

Christian News
Theresa May says Christians should be allowed to live out their faith in peace
Theresa May has used her Easter message to say that people of all religions should have the right to practise their faith in peace.
Terrorist attacks on Christians 'happening more and more': ex-FBI special agent
Speaking in the wake of the Easter Sunday massacre in Sri Lanka, a counterterrorism expert told Fox News radical Islamic terrorism is spreading beyond the Middle East and is 'happening more and more.'