Prophecy News Watch - August 29, 2018

Around the World
NATO Confirms Russian Naval Buildup Off Syria, Calls for Restraint
NATO confirmed a large-scale Russian navy buildup in the Mediterranean Sea off Syria on Tuesday. 'The Russian Navy has dispatched substantial naval forces to the Mediterranean, including several ships equipped with modern cruise missiles,' NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu confirmed to Haaretz in a statement.
Russia to hold biggest military drills since Cold War
Russia will flex its military muscles and hold the biggest war games since the Cold War era next month, including almost 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft, the Russian defense ministry said Tuesday, leading NATO to warn of a 'more assertive Russia.'
China’s African Swine Fever Outbreak Could Spread to Korea, SE Asia
The Korean peninsular and Southeast Asia may be next to report outbreaks of African swine fever after the rapid onset of the deadly pig disease in China, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
US to continue backing Saudi coalition in Yemen war
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday the U.S. intends to continue backing the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen despite civilian casualties and questions about the Saudis' commitment to avoiding killing innocents.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel enters 6th year of worst-in-a-century drought, girds for even worse
Israel is entering its sixth official year of drought, the Water Authority said Sunday.
United States set to stop all funding to UNRWA
In a dramatic move vastly expanding previously announced foreign aid cuts, the Trump administration has reportedly decided to end all funding to UNRWA, the international body’s agency responsible for Palestinian humanitarian assistance.

Inside the United States
STDs on the rise: CDC says gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia hit record levels in U.S.
The United States is experiencing a 'steep and sustained' spike in sexually transmitted diseases, a new government analysis shows.
Trump-endorsed Ron DeSantis to face Bernie-backed Andrew Gillum in Florida governor’s race
President Trump’s favored candidate, GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis, defeated state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday after riding the wave of the president's enthusiastic endorsement to victory.
Trump warns Evangelicals of Democrats 'violently' overturning his agenda
President Trump has urged Evangelical leaders to get their followers to the polls in November or face Democrats overturning his conservative agenda 'violently.'
Senate confirms seven more of Trump's judges
The Senate confirmed seven of President Trump’s district court nominees on Tuesday after Republicans struck a deal with Democrats to shorten the usual vote times.
Trump: Facebook, Twitter, Google are 'treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful'
President Donald Trump doubled down on threats against Facebook, Twitter and Google Tuesday afternoon, saying the social platforms are 'treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful.'
One in seven U.S. adults used marijuana in 2017
With more and more states legalizing marijuana, whether for medical use, recreational use, or both, increasing numbers of Americans are using cannabis. A new survey finds that one in seven had used marijuana in 2017, with smoking being the most common manner of consumption, according to a report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Christian News
Walking the Walk: New Study Reveals People Raised By Religious Hypocrites More Likely to Become Atheists Later
A new study reveals that people tend to become atheists at a younger age when their religious parents are hypocritical about their faith.
Over 18,500 People Commit Lives to Jesus Christ at Huge Luis Palau Association Crusade in Colombia
Evangelist Luis Palau's Association has reported big numbers for its recent Gospel crusade in Bogotá, where over 18,500 people deciding to follow Jesus Christ.
Christian Schoolgirl Abducted by Boko Haram Is Still Alive
Jihadist militant organization Boko Haram confirmed a 15-year-old schoolgirl, kidnapped by the group in February, is still alive this week. The terrorist group released an audio recording yesterday of Leah Sharibu asking Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to work for her release.