Prophecy News Watch - February 1, 2019

Around the World
Trump says he'll meet with China's Xi after trade talks end with no deal
President Donald Trump expects to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to try to resolve a six-month trade standoff after U.S. and Chinese negotiators ended two days of talks Thursday without settling the toughest issues that divide the world's two biggest economies.
Russians won't be able to push Iran out of Syria, expert says
Iran isn’t going to leave Syria and Russia won’t be able to fully push them out of the conflict-ridden country, an expert on Shia militias told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
Report: Hezbollah terror group in midst of deep economic crisis
Are U.S. sanctions beginning to have an impact on Hezbollah? Sky News Arabia has reported that the Shiite terrorist organization has postponed a number of payments, including to Hezbollah members as a result of financial difficulties.
Nearly all of Iran's advanced nuke centrifuges failing, top expert reveals
Nearly all of Iran’s advanced centrifuges used for enriching uranium potentially towards a nuclear bomb are failing, one of the world’s leading nuclear weapons experts revealed to The Jerusalem Post this week.
Iran general says Tehran aims to wipe Israel off the ‘global political map’
he deputy head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Monday that Tehran’s strategy was to eventually wipe Israel off the 'global political map.'
Top Saudi official: Barack Obama lied, set Middle East back 20 years
Former US president Barack Obama lied to Saudi Arabia when violating the redlines he famously declared regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons and then not acting when they were used, a former senior Saudi official said in an interview with Independent Arabia.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
PM hails energy 'revolution’ as Leviathan edges closer to completion
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed a 'tremendous revolution' in the country’s energy independence on Thursday as he marked the arrival of the foundations, also known as jackets, of Noble Energy’s offshore Leviathan gas platform.
Army simulates attack on gas rigs in most complex naval drill in decades
The Israel Navy this week simulated an attack on the country’s natural gas platforms, including a live-fire test of sea-to-sea missiles to destroy an 'enemy ship,' the military said Thursday.

Inside the United States
Spy chief says Russia will attempt to interfere in 2020, contradicts Trump on North Korea's denuclearization, ISIS defeat
Russia and other actors will attempt to interfere in the 2020 elections, U.S. intelligence agencies told Congress on Tuesday, saying such actors will use the tactics they deployed in the 2016 and 2018 campaigns.
Senate rebukes Trump, advances measure on Syria troops
In a rebuke of President Donald Trump, the Republican-led U.S. Senate advanced largely symbolic legislation on Thursday opposing plans for any abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan.
Midwestern US endures worst of polar vortex, all-time record lows broken
Records have been shattered as the polar vortex unleashed the harshest cold in years on the midwestern United States during the final days of January.
Border security talks begin with no sign of compromise to avert another government shutdown
With just 16 days before temporary government funding runs out once again for a quarter of the U.S. government, talks between House and Senate negotiators showed little sign of progress on the stickiest of issues: border wall funding.
House Democrats change course, vote to keep ‘God’ in committee oath
The Democrat-controlled House Natural Resources Committee will not remove 'so help you God' from the oath taken, reversing course on a proposed rules draft that would have done so.

Christian News
Persecution spreading at a 'rapid rate' across India
Persecution in India is at its highest level in 70 years, a new report has warned.
Pastors feel greatest pressure to address, avoid divisive issues from inside the church: Barna
American pastors often feel the greatest pressure to either speak out on or avoid talking about divisive issues inside the church, according to a new report by the Barna Group.