Prophecy News Watch - July 9, 2018

Around the World
Japan floods: At least 100 dead in record rainfall
At least 100 people are thought to have died after record rainfall caused flooding and landslides in western Japan, a government spokesman says.
The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban
As Afghanistan edged ever closer to becoming a narco-state five years ago, a team of veteran U.S. officials in Kabul presented the Obama administration with a detailed plan to use U.S. courts to prosecute the Taliban commanders and allied drug lords who supplied more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin -- including a growing amount fueling the nascent opioid crisis in the United States.
A major factor behind the US-China trade war is winning at a $12 trillion technology -- 5G
Trade tensions between the U.S. and China escalated Friday after months of threats over billions of dollars of tariffs.
North Korea says denuclearization talks with Pompeo 'regrettable'
North Korea on Saturday accused the U.S. of undermining the spirit of last month’s summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un after what it says were 'regrettable' talks with a delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Top UK official in charge of Brexit quits in fresh blow to May
Britain's most senior official in charge of negotiating the country's exit from the European Union resigned Sunday, two days after Prime Minister Theresa May announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind a plan for Brexit.
Looting follows protests in Haitian capital
Looters pillaged burned and vandalized shops in Haiti's capital Sunday following two days of violent protests over the government's attempt to raise fuel prices.
US Ambassador Says Russia Trying to Destabilize NATO, ‘Flip’ Turkey
Days before President Trump meets with NATO partners ahead of a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the U.S. ambassador to NATO warned Sunday that Moscow is attempting to destabilize the transatlantic alliance – among other things, by trying to draw away Turkey.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Syria says Israel struck Iran-operated airbase near Homs
Syria on Sunday accused Israel of targeting an air base in the central Homs province known to be operated by Iranian forces, claiming that its air defenses were activated in response to the attack and hit an Israeli jet.
Abbas: PA to continue paying salaries to families of prisoners, 'martyrs'
The Palestinians will not allow US President Donald Trump's yet-to-be-announced plan for peace in the Middle East to pass, and will continue paying salaries to families of Palestinian prisoners and 'martyrs,' Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday.
Report: Trump team to use Gaza aid as pressure on PA to return to peace talks
The Trump administration is doubling down on its push for an international humanitarian aid package to the Gaza Strip, hoping that doing so will demonstrate its commitment to the Palestinians and politically pressure the Palestinian Authority to engage with its Mideast peace plan.
Report: Hamas increases training ahead of possible war with Israel
Hamas has increased its training in preparation for a possible conflict with Israel, defense officials warned on Sunday.
Amid talk of early-2019 elections, Netanyahu, Kahlon squabble at cabinet table
In a sign of rising political tensions amid widespread expectations that the country is entering an election year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon bickered with unusual intensity in front of fellow ministers in the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.
Northern Israel experiences yet another earthquake
A 3.2 tremor was felt a little after 1pm on Thursday in the north of the country, the Geophysical Institute of Israel said.

Inside the United States
With second nomination, Trump gets rare chance to reshape Supreme Court
President Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court pick Monday, appointing a jurist who has the chance to set the highest court on a new trajectory and deliver decisions to which conservatives have been looking forward for generations.
Southern California sets all-time heat records amid broiling conditions
Many parts of Southern California hit new high-temperature marks Friday, with a few spots reaching the hottest readings ever recorded.
Worse than AIDS: Opioid epidemic is public health crisis CDC director fears most
The federal government’s top disease fighter, who built his career battling the emergence of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, says the opioid epidemic will be even worse.

Christian News
UK: Government drops doctor who says gender given at birth
A doctor has been 'sacked' as a medical assessor for a government department after refusing to renounce his Christian belief that gender is determined at birth, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.
Haiti Unrest Strands a Number of US Church and Volunteer Groups
Volunteer groups from several U.S. states were stranded in Haiti Sunday after violent protests over fuel prices canceled flights and made roads unsafe.