Prophecy News Watch - July 17, 2017

Around the World
North Korean Plutonium Production For Weapons Increasing, Report Says
North Korea could be increasing its plutonium production in an effort to ramp up its stockpile of nuclear weapons, according to a new report. The country has added additional plutonium since September, thermal imagery appeared to show.
American sentenced in Iran to 10 years for spying is identified
An Iranian court has sentenced a Chinese-American man to a decade behind bars on charges of spying for the United States.
US forces killed Abu Sayed, emir of ISIS-K, Pentagon says
U.S. forces killed Abu Sayed, the emir of ISIS-K, in a July 11 strike on the group's headquarters in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Friday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Macron calls for new peace negotiations, two state solution
France's President Emmanuel Macron has called for renewed peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, indicating he will stick to long-standing French policy supporting a two state solution, after his first formal meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris on Sunday.
Jerusalem on Edge as Terrorists Kill Two Policemen on the Temple Mount
Jerusalem remains on high alert after terrorists killed two border police men at the Temple Mount compound on Friday morning. Israeli police imposed a closure on the compound and only reopened the Temple Mount after security measures were introduced on Sunday leading to increased tensions in the city.
Muslims protest metal detectors at reopened Temple Mount
Several Muslims protested the addition of metal detectors at Jerusalem's Temple Mount compound in Old Jerusalem, which reopened Sunday after a deadly attack two days earlier.
Ya'alon: Israel will destroy Lebanon's infrastructure in next war
Former defense minister Moshe Ya'alon said Sunday to a Saudi news website that the decisions in Lebanon are made by the Iranian supreme leader, Ali Khameini, and not by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Government will not allow gay couples to adopt in Israel
The government announced on Sunday that there are no intentions to change the law and allow gay couples to adopt in Israel.

Inside the United States
Rand Paul: I don't think McConnell has votes to pass healthcare bill
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he doesn't think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has the votes to pass the Senate GOP's healthcare bill.
If ‘dodgy dossier’ accusation true, Trump Jr. would have no reason to meet with Russian lawyer
The amateurish nature of the infamous meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and two Russian lobbyists in June 2016 undermines a major accusation in a so-called dossier: its assertion of a long, information-trading relationship between Russian intelligence and Donald Trump and his aides.
Healthcare Vote Delayed as McCain Recovers from Surgery
The U.S. Senate will delay its consideration of healthcare legislation while Arizona Republican Senator John McCain recuperates from surgery, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday.
Rivers Keep Rising as Thousands of Illinois Homes Flooded
Flooding north of Chicago could worsen on Saturday as rivers keep rising after a deluge earlier this week that damaged thousands of homes and sent water cascading into streets and basements, officials said.
DOJ ask Supreme Court for 'immediate intervention' on immigration ban
The Trump administration has told the Supreme Court that a lower court ruling earlier this week altering an executive order on immigration would bring thousands more refugees into the county and requires the justices’ “immediate intervention,” according to filing documents obtained early Saturday by Fox News.
Shepard Smith, Fox News host, blasts White House for offering ‘lie after lie’ about Russian ties
Fox News host Shepard Smith left colleague Chris Wallace speechless while covering breaking news on Friday concerning Donald Trump Jr.’s recently disclosed meeting with a Russian lawyer last summer.

Christian News
Cuba Cancels Jail Sentence for Homeschooling Dad
A Cuban appeals court has surprised the homeschooling world by reversing a one-year prison sentence imposed on pastor Ramon Rigal for taking his children out of government schools and homeschooling them.