Prophecy News Watch - August 1, 2016

Around the World
Russian 6th-generation fighter will employ powerful lasers to burn enemy missile
Air-to-ground or air-to-air missiles have one thing in common -- they have a seeker head, or targeting system on the missile that uses radar or heat-seeking technology to find and lead the weapon to the target to destroy it.
Russian missile deal with Turkey raises concern inside Pentagon
Turkey's decision to press forward with a multimillion dollar weapons deal with Russia is causing concern within the Pentagon, with U.S. defense officials concerned the Russian-made systems will harm American joint operations with the NATO ally.
Trump says U.S. will ‘handle’ North Korea after second ICBM launch
President Trump said Monday that his administration will 'handle' the threat posed by North Korea’s latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
China urges support for new Israel-Palestinian peace plan
China's UN ambassador urged the international community on Monday to support President Xi Jinping's new four-point proposal to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict and establish an independent Palestinian state.
Arrests at Temple Mount after fight breaks out between Jewish, Muslim visitors
Israeli police said on Tuesday that hundreds of Jewish visitors were permitted to visit the Temple Mount to mark the Jewish holy day of Tisha b'Av, but that six visitors were ejected from the flashpoint site for 'violation of the rules.'
Hundreds of Jews visit Temple Mount to commemorate destroyed temples
Hundreds of Jews on Tuesday visited the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem for the Tisha B’av fast commemorating the destruction of the Jewish temples that once stood at the site.
Police will allow anti-gay protest to take place during Jerusalem pride march
Israeli police gave permission on Sunday for the far-right Lehava organization to hold a counter-protest during Jerusalem's pride march, due to take place on Thursday.
PA Increases Funding for Terrorism to $355M, Rewarding Those Who Kill Jews
The Palestinian Authority just increased part of its budget that pays convicted terrorists and their families. The move comes despite pressure from the United States to end the practice.
Singing ‘hit, hit Zionists,’ thousands rally against Israel in Istanbul
Thousands of supporters of a conservative Turkish party rallied in Istanbul on Sunday to protest security measures taken by Israel in Jerusalem — removed last week — and show solidarity with the Palestinians.

Inside the United States
Trump may force Congress to act on Obamacare insurer payments
Republicans in Congress may soon have to appropriate federal funds to insurers they fought to hold off for several years under Obamacare, or otherwise risk being blamed for a chain reaction of insurer exits and premium hikes.
Hopes for Obamacare deal fade in the Senate
Republican senators are still working to revive an Obamacare repeal bill even though some in their own party are starting to doubt anything can be done.
Scaramucci removed as White House communications director
President Trump’s headline-grabbing communications director Anthony Scaramucci was shown the door Monday after just 11 days on the job – as retired Gen. John Kelly took command of the White House staff, moving swiftly to impose order on a West Wing gripped for weeks by infighting.
Dow closes at record high as Street cheers strong earnings season
The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high on Monday as Wall Street cheered on what's been a strong earnings season.

Christian News
Nearly 100 Evangelical Leaders Met With White House Staff for 'Listening Sessions' Last Week
Donald Trump's White House expanded its engagement with faith leaders last week by holding three different listening sessions that featured nearly 100 different Christian leaders and activists, participants have told The Christian Post.
Baghdad churches close as Iraq's Christians continue to leave
Eight churches in Baghdad have closed their doors permanently due to the mass exodus of believers from Iraq.