Prophecy News Watch - April 9, 2018

Around the World
Trump condemns Putin, ‘Animal Assad’ after Syria chemical attack
President Trump on Sunday condemned a Saturday chemical attack in Syria and criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran for backing Syrian President Bashar al Assad, who Mr. Trump called an 'animal.'
Trump, Kim Jong-un to meet to discuss denuclearization
North Korea has informed the U.S. in talks that it is willing to discuss denuclearization at an upcoming summit, a senior administration official confirmed Sunday.
Iran Hit by Global Cyber Attack That Left US Flag on Screens
Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a US flag on screens along with a warning: 'Don’t mess with our elections,' the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday.
Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030
The world’s richest 1% are on course to control as much as two-thirds of the world’s wealth by 2030, according to a shocking analysis that has lead to a cross-party call for action.
Iran's Rouhani says US 'will regret it' if it violates nuke deal
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday (Apr 9) that the United States would regret violating the nuclear deal, and that Iran would respond in 'less than a week' if that happened.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Russia accuses Israel of carrying out strike on Syrian air base
The Russian Ministry of Defense accused Israel of bombing an air base in Syria overnight, the Russian news agency Interfax reported on Monday.
Report: Egypt, Saudi Arabia urge Hamas to end 'Great March of Return' protests
Both Saudi Arabia and Egypt have called on militant organization Hamas to end the annual weekly protests it is holding for the 'Great March of Return,' according to an Egyptian source.
Why Hamas Needs Israel’s Conflict With Gaza to Explode Again
For days, agitated Israeli officials warned of an imminent 'ecological disaster' in anticipation of Friday’s massive protest at the border with the Gaza Strip, where Hamas, the ruling Palestinian Islamist militia, readied tens of thousands of tires to be set on fire.
US blocks Arab-led UN call for independent probe of Gaza protests
The United States for a second week in a row blocked a UN Security Council statement supporting the right of Palestinians to 'demonstrate peacefully' and endorsing Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for an independent investigation into deadly protests in Gaza.
Hamas official: Gaza protests show Palestinians are ready ‘to start revolution’
A Hamas spokesman said Friday’s protests along the Gaza-Israel border were a signal to the world that Palestinians have started a revolution to 'pave the way to freedom.'
Israeli jets strike Gaza after Palestinians plant bombs on fence
Israeli planes carried out airstrikes in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday morning, the army said, hours after a group of Palestinians entered Israeli territory from the enclave and planted two improvised explosive devices along the Gaza security fence.
Iranian cleric: Tel Aviv, Haifa will be razed to the ground in future Israel-Hezbollah conflict
A top Iranian cleric in Tehran has warned Israel that if it “dares” to attack Hezbollah, the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa would be 'razed to the ground,' Iranian media outlets reported on Friday. The Islamic cleric referred to recent remarks by Israeli officials concerning the possibility of a potential conflict with the terrorist organization in Lebanon in 2018.

Inside the United States
Donald Trump signs memorandum to end 'catch and release' policy
US President Donald Trump has signed a presidential memorandum to end 'catch and release' practice whereby illegal immigrants are released into the United States shortly after their apprehension.
Economy adds 103,000 jobs in March, unemployment steady at 4.1 percent
The economy created 103,000 new payroll jobs in March and the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning.
Congress set to battle over food stamps work requirement
Lawmakers are poised this month to wage a major battle over the House version of the Farm Bill, which will call for work requirements in the federal food stamp program that serves the poor.
Gun sales, concealed-carry instruction boom with increased media coverage of mass shootings
People are surging to sign up for training to carry concealed weapons in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, as analysts say sustained media coverage and calls for more gun control encourage people to look for ways to protect themselves.

Christian News
Communist China Bans Online Bible Sales -- Crosses Removed From Churches
The Communist Chinese government banned the sale of Bibles online this week and released a new document dictating its 'Policies and Practices on Protecting Freedom of Religious Belief.'