Prophecy News Watch - August 20, 2018

Around the World
Bolton in Israel: Iran Nuclear Program at 'Top of List' in Talks With Netanyahu
Iran's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs are at 'the top of the list,' U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said Sunday after arriving in Israel, where he plans to holds talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Trump and Putin see eye to eye on Iran leaving Syria
US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin 'agreed in principle' during their latest meeting in Helsinki last month that Iranian forces should leave Syria, according to a report in Bloomberg.
Global dividends jump to record high in the second quarter amid trade war concerns
Global dividends jumped 12.9 percent year-on-year in the second quarter to $497.4 billion, hitting a new record, according to a report on the Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index.
800,000 Displaced in Flooding in Southern Indian State
Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern India’s Kerala state, as authorities rushed to bring drinking water to the most affected areas, officials said Sunday.
EU minister: Brexit vote could 'in theory' be reversed
Britain's vote to leave the European Union could 'in theory' be reversed although there is a still a strong probability it will go ahead, said the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici on Monday.
Powerful typhoon on course to hit Korea this week
Powerful typhoon Soulik is on course to strike the Korean Peninsula this week, the state weather agency said Sunday, warning people on Jeju Island and in southern coastal areas to prepare.
Amid Vatican talks, China official says foreign forces can't control religion
Religious matters in China cannot be controlled by foreigners, Beijing’s seniormost official for religion wrote in a Communist Party journal, amid talks with the Vatican to resolve a dispute over the appointment of Catholic bishops.
Pentagon: China Boosts Nuclear Readiness
China added significant numbers of bombers to its military forces in the past year as part of a large-scale military buildup targeting the United States, a Pentagon's report on the Chinese military says.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
PA leader admits efforts to torpedo Israel-Hamas truce talks‎
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned ‎Saturday that he will not allow for two separate ‎entities to rule Palestinian lands, effectively ‎admitting that Ramallah was actively trying to ‎torpedo the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire talks ‎between Israel and Hamas.‎
US ambassador tells Israeli MK ‘no reason to evacuate settlements’ in peace deal
In a meeting with several settler leaders Wednesday, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that he saw 'no reason to evacuate settlements' in a peace deal, a Likud lawmaker said.

Inside the United States
Trump administration creates Iran Action Group at State Department
The Trump administration has created an 'elite team' at the US State Department on Iran policy hoping to streamline execution of its newly aggressive strategy toward the Islamic Republic.
Democrats on the verge of winning 222 House seats in 2018 midterm elections: Poll
Democrats are on the verge of winning 222 seats in the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections, according to a new poll that increased their odds of flipping power in the lower chamber.
Fire that prompted closure of parts of Yosemite Park is contained
A massive and deadly California wildfire that sent choking smoke into Yosemite National Park, causing a temporary closure of large parts of the tourist destination, is completely contained, fire officials said on Sunday.

Christian News
House-Church Members in Iran Reportedly Sentenced to Year in Prison
A convert from Islam in Iran said he and 11 other Christians were sentenced to a year in prison for 'inclination to the land of Christianity' among other charges, according to Mohabat News.