Prophecy News Watch - August 4, 2017

Around the World
Middle East Cauldron Taking on Global Implications
After a nine-month battle, Iraq took control of the ISIS stronghold in Mosul. Now the U.S.-led coalition remains focused on taking the fight to ISIS in Raaqa, Syria, the terror group's self-proclaimed capital.
Sea dispute, N. Korea, Muslim militants top ASEAN meetings
Alarm over North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile tests, a germinal step to temper South China Sea disputes and unease over a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants will grab the spotlight in an annual gathering of Southeast Asia’s top diplomats with their Asian and Western counterparts.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US Senate approves bill to suspend aid to Palestinians
A US Senate committee approved legislation Thursday that would suspend US financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends what lawmakers said is a long-standing practice of rewarding Palestinians who kill Americans and Israelis.
New Israeli system capable of identifying explosive devices from afar
The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently completed the development of the Counter Improvised Explosive Device and Mine Suite (CIMS) mobile system, integrating optic sensors with radars to expose roadside charges before military forces ever go near them.
Top PLO official to 'Jerusalem Post': Kushner cannot broker peace with Israel
President Donald Trump’s adviser Jared Kushner has “disqualified himself” from overseeing US Middle East peace efforts because he has adopted Israel’s positions in the dispute, PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi said on Thursday.
Israel said weighing barrier to block IS tunnels from Sinai
Israel was reportedly considering building an underground barrier along its Egyptian border to prevent the Islamic State terror group in Sinai from digging cross-border attack tunnels into Israel.

Inside the United States
Donald Trump wants 'truly honest' outcome from Russia probe as Robert Mueller 'convenes grand jury'
Donald Trump said he hoped for a 'truly honest' outcome from the Russia investigation amid reports that special counsel Robert Mueller has convened a grand jury in Washington to investigate the allegations of Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections.
Emboldened Congress crafts bipartisan bill to protect Mueller from Trump meddling
A bipartisan team of senators introduced a bill Thursday to protect the special counsel from meddling by President Trump, as an emboldened Congress takes more swipes at the White House.
Atheists 'appalled' by White House Bible study
America’s atheists are losing faith — in President Trump. For months, secular organizations say they have unsuccessfully lobbied the president to make an effort to reach out to America’s nonreligious community. Now, revelations of a weekly Bible study group in the Trump White House, regularly attended by high-ranking Cabinet members, has free thinkers up in arms.
Judicial Watch clashes with DOJ over 'talking points' from Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is clashing with the Trump Justice Department over access to 'talking points' the DOJ prepared under the Obama administration to explain the controversial tarmac meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton last year.
Why Leaking Transcripts of Trump's Calls Is So Dangerous
Leaking the transcript of a presidential call to a foreign leader is unprecedented, shocking, and dangerous. It is vitally important that a president be able to speak confidentially—and perhaps even more important that foreign leaders understand that they can reply in confidence.
Trump, Hill Republicans go separate ways for the summer amid brewing civil war
President Trump and the Republican Congress went their separate ways for the summer on Thursday amid an escalating GOP civil war fueled by mutual distrust and frustration.

Christian News
Sweden Shields 150 ISIS Fighters, but Won't Protect This Christian Asylum Seeker
CBN's viewers have responded overwhelmingly to a story we brought you last week about an Iranian Christian facing deportation by Sweden back to certain danger in Iran.
Charities Cautiously Optimistic Christians Will Return to ISIS-Cleared Areas of Iraq
Representatives of international charities operating in Britain are guardedly optimistic that Christians could soon return in numbers to some parts of Iraq from which they have been driven.