Prophecy News Watch - August 23, 2017

Around the World
U.N.: N.Korea supplying Syrian chemical weapons program
A North Korean mining firm, reputed to be a front for Pyongyang’s weapons development programs, attempted to ship materiel to Syrian officials tied to the country’s chemical weapons program, according to a confidential United Nations assessment of international sanctions against the North.
Trump: We'll 'probably' end up terminating NAFTA
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he doubts the United States can reach a deal to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Iran warns it can make weapons-grade material in days if nuke deal scotched
Iran’s atomic chief warned Tuesday the Islamic Republic needs only five days to ramp up its uranium enrichment to 20 percent, a level at which the material could be used for a nuclear weapon.
Trump hits four countries with visa sanctions
The Trump administration has triggered visa sanctions against four countries that have refused to take back citizens the U.S. is trying to deport — tapping a little-used but very effective tool for forcing compliance.
Trump administration cuts up to $300 million in aid to Egypt for human rights abuses
The Trump administration denied $96 million in economic aid and delayed $195 million in military aid to Egypt Tuesday due to the country's poor human rights record.
Severe Typhoon Hato Wreaks Havoc in Hong Kong
Hong Kong braced for Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm on Wednesday, with hundreds of flights cancelled, trading in financial markets suspended and schools and most businesses in the Asian financial hub closed.
US: Does UN Check Iran Military Sites Under Nuclear Deal?
The United States wants to know if the United Nations atomic watchdog plans to inspect Iranian military sites to verify Tehran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said Tuesday.
North Korea’s latest propaganda puts Trump in cemetery (Video)
President Trump is pictured looking out over a Guam graveyard cluttered with crosses in a photoshopped image from the newest propaganda film -- and grim warning -- from North Korea.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu says he will discuss Iranian presence in Syria in Putin meeting
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to discuss the Iranian presence in Syria when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said Tuesday.

Inside the United States
Glenn Simpson, key figure behind million-dollar 'dossier,' to face questions
A key figure behind the so-called dossier featuring uncorroborated and salacious allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump’s ties to Russia will be questioned by investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee today about the funding and sources for the document.
Trump threatens government shutdown over border wall funding
President Trump on Tuesday threatened to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn't present him with a spending bill for the next fiscal year that includes funding for a wall on the southern border.
Trump goes on rampage against the media, sitting Arizona senators at Phoenix rally
A defiant President Trump rallied with his base for more than an hour Tuesday in Arizona, trashing the media over its coverage of his response to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., while criticizing the state’s Republican senators for not getting behind him.
Protests turn unruly after Trump’s Phoenix speech
A day of noisy but largely peaceful protests of US President Donald Trump’s speech in Phoenix turned unruly as police fired pepper spray and stun grenades at crowds after someone apparently lobbed rocks and bottles at officers.
Taxpayers forced to pay deportation appeals of illegal immigrants
The high costs of illegal immigrants filing deportation appeals in federal courts are paid by U.S. taxpayers, a little-known fact but a major driver in the escalation of cases that are clogging the legal docket, according to experts.
Judge orders IRS to explain delays, name names in targeting of conservatives
The IRS must name the specific employees it blames for targeting tea party groups for extra scrutiny and must prove it has halted the targeting of the groups, a federal judge ordered last week.

Christian News
Atheist Group Calls Bible 'Hate-Filled Book,' Says God Worse Than 'White Supremacist Thugs'
An national atheist organization wrote that the Christian Bible 'encourages violence and racism' in an Monday letter intended to bully Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.
‘I Believe in the Power of Prayer’: Kentucky Governor Leads Prayer Walk Through High Crime Neighborhood
Following through on his recommendation for communities to harness the power of prayer, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin joined residents in Louisville on Friday for a prayer walk.
Al-Shabaab Beheads 3 Christians, Burns Alive Another in Kenya as Christians Plead for Help in Camps
Al-Shabaab fighters reportedly killed four Christian men in Kenya's Lamu County last week, beheading three and burning alive another.
Pakistani Christian Minor Detained for Allegedly Burning Quran
Police in a southern Pakistan city have detained a Christian minor on blasphemy charges for allegedly burning pages of the Quran, the Muslim holy book.