Prophecy News Watch - August 15, 2018

Around the World
US, Afghan forces battle Taliban in Ghazni
Although the Taliban overran a base in northern Afghanistan, and Afghan forces were battling insurgents for a fifth day in the eastern city of Ghazni on Tuesday, the U.S. military reported that the city 'remains under Afghan government control.'
Westminster 'terror attack': Driver arrested after car mows down cyclists and ploughs into Parliament barrier
A terror suspect arrested after a car crashed into a barrier at the Houses of Parliament at high speed is not believed to be known to the security services, police have said.
Trump to Sanction Iranian Ship Identified in Facilitating Terror Strikes
The Trump administration will take action against an Iranian ship that has been stationed at a key choke point in the Red Sea for months and is believed to be providing significant military aid to terrorist forces in Yemen, according to U.S. officials and military experts familiar with the situation.
UN says an estimated 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela
An estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans had fled the crisis-wracked country as of June, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Russia exerts growing clout in Middle East as it begins patrols in Golan Heights
Russian military police have begun patrolling the demilitarised zone between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights, highlighting Moscow's increasing clout as a Middle Eastern power broker following its intervention in the civil war there.
Israel-Hamas cease-fire deal 'virtually done,' paper reports
After a two-day lull in violence along the Gaza Strip-Israel border, the Los Angeles Times quoted a senior Israeli official Monday as saying that a cease-fire agreement with Hamas, the Islamist organization that rules Gaza, is 'virtually done.'
Top Trump security aide Bolton to visit Israel next week
Top White House official John Bolton will visit Israel for talks next week, the Trump administration said Tuesday.
Egypt summons Palestinian groups for Israeli truce, unity talks
Representatives of various Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip headed to Cairo on Tuesday for talks with Egyptian intelligence officials on the possibility of reaching a truce agreement with Israel, and ending the Hamas-Fatah power struggle.
Hezbollah chief claims terror group stronger than IDF, ready for war
The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement said Tuesday that US sanctions against Iran and his Iran-backed group will not have major effects on them and will not lead to regime change in Tehran.

Inside the United States
Evacuations, rescues as 'historic' floods hit northeastern U.S.
New Jersey declared a partial state of emergency on Tuesday as forecasts for further heavy rainfall posed new danger in parts of that state, New York and Pennsylvania, where rescuers hauled people from waterways, flooded cars and homes.
Army Chaplain Faces 6 Months in Prison after Not Affirming Same-Sex Couple
A U.S. Army chaplain is facing a dereliction of duty charge and potentially six months in a military prison after not accepting a same-sex couple in a marriage retreat, even though he ensured the two women they could take part in the next scheduled retreat with a different chaplain, according to his attorney.
New Gallup Poll Shows Democrats Favor Socialism Over Capitalism
More Democrats have a favorable view of socialism than those who have a favorable view of capitalism, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
Stunning findings on report of Catholic Church abuse: Pa. priests molested more than 1,000 children
Hundreds of priests were said to have molested more than 1,000 children -- and possibly many more -- since the 1940s, and senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., allegedly covered up the abuse, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday.
Transgender candidate Christine Hallquist wins Democratic nomination for Vermont governor
A former utility executive from Vermont has become the first transgender candidate to win a major political party’s nomination for governor.

Christian News
Pennsylvania Couple Fined for Using Farm for Bible Study, Prayer Groups
A couple in Pennsylvania has been served a cease-and-desist order for using their 32-acre farm for private prayer groups.