Prophecy News Watch - June 15, 2018

Around the World
U.S. says will "take firm, appropriate measures" against Syria violations
The United States will 'take firm and appropriate measures' in response to Syrian government violations in a so-called de-escalation zone in the country’s southwest, the State Department said on Thursday.
Trump to slap tariffs on nearly $50 billion in Chinese goods
President Trump is ready to slap tariffs on nearly $50 billion in Chinese goods, according to reports, reigniting fears of a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.
Gene-edited 'designer babies' offer miracle cures, questionable ethics
A generation of designer babies is both an exciting and a daunting prospect for scientists who dare to imagine a future free of genetic disease but can’t say how the effects of choice and accessibility will affect society.
UN report confirms debris from missiles that hit Saudis from Iran
The United Nations has determined that debris from five ballistic missiles launched from Yemen into Saudi Arabia since July 2017 contained components manufactured in Iran and shared key design features with an Iranian missile, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a new report.
Classified Israeli report raises doubts over Trump-Kim summit
A classified report from Israel's foreign ministry raises doubts over President Trump's optimistic statements about his summit with Kim Jong-un, and determines the U.S. retreated from its positions on several issues relating to North Korea's nuclear program.
Turkey says its air strikes kill 26 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq
The Turkish military said on Friday air strikes its forces carried out killed 26 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq’s Qandil mountain region on June 12, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported.
Nicaragua protesters stage national strike as clashes persist
A 24-hour general strike has brought much of Nicaragua to a standstill, as anti-government campaigners demand the resignation of President Daniel Ortega.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel warned to avoid Syria strikes as World Cup kicks off in Russia
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament kicking off on Thursday, host nation Russia has made it clear that it expects Israel and other Middle Eastern states to avoid an escalation in the Syrian civil war during the month-long championship, Israel Hayom has learned.
Palestinians prep 5,000 kite bombs in Gaza to mark end of Ramadan
The IDF struck a target in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, two hours after it fired warning shots in the same area toward Palestinians who were preparing airborne incendiary devices near the Bureij refugee camp.
Netanyahu: Iran has brought 80,000 Shiite fighters into Syria
Israel has attacked Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim militias in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, casting such actions as potentially helping to stem a Syrian Sunni Muslim refugee exodus to Europe.

Inside the United States
Federal judge halts secret FEC plot to target GOP groups
A federal judge has blown the whistle on a secret Federal Election Commission scheme to punish some Republican groups and their donors, the latest sign of an anti-GOP bias at the elections watchdog.
Comey 'insubordinate,' FBI wracked by leaks in 2016 campaign investigation
Fired FBI Director James B. Comey was 'insubordinate' and a top agent’s political bias might have skewed the bureau’s focus on candidate Donald Trump instead of Hillary Clinton in the waning days of the 2016 presidential race, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report that cast shame on the storied bureau.

Christian News
In North Korea, children watch Christians being executed
A North Korean who escaped from the country and now lives in the UK has spoken via persecution charity Open Doors about his life under the regime there.