Prophecy News Watch - June 16, 2017

Around the World
Is Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Dead? Twitter Reacts To Russia Claims Its Airstrike May Have Killed ISIS Top Leader
Nearly 30 Islamic State group (ISIS) commanders and up to 300 fighters were at the meeting in Raqqa when Russia-backed airstrikes hit the area on May 28, Russia's defense ministry said in a statement Friday. The ministry believes Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and up to 330 other fighters were killed. A Russian Su-34 aircraft and a Su-35 multirole reportedly carried out the strikes.
Iran boat beams laser at U.S. helicopter over Strait of Hormuz
An Iranian missile boat shined a laser at a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter flying over the Strait of Hormuz on June 13 in what the U.S. military called an 'unsafe and unprofessional' action.
North Korea's Hack Threat
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned this week that North Korea is using malicious software to set up networks of hijacked computer devices that can be used in large-scale cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.
Obama Had His Own 'Back Channel' To Moscow
The Obama administration had a 'back channel' to communicate with Russian officials, according to a new report detailing Moscow's efforts to delegitimize the U.S. presidential election results.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Russian Ambassador to Israel - Hamas, Hezbollah not terrorists at all
The Russian Ambassador to Israel, Alexander Shein, refused to call Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations but rather 'radical organizations which sometimes adhere to extremist political views' in an interview on Israeli TV last week (June 9).
US threatens to replace UN human rights body over anti-Israel stance
The United States has threatened to supplant the United Nations Human Rights Council with an alternative group of nations, unless the 47-member body halted its anti-Israel bias and underwent a series of reforms.
Five Palestinians cities to expand into Area C
Israel notified the Palestinian Authority that five Palestinian cities - Ramallah, Hebron, Tulkarem, Jenin and Kalkilya - would be allowed to expand from Area A into Area C, MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint List) told Army Radio on Thursday night.
Israeli and international groups warn of looming Gaza disaster
Israeli and international NGOS joined the UN on Wednesday in warning of a 'total collapse' in Gaza if Israel goes ahead with plans to further cut power supplies to the enclave.

Inside the United States
Fed raises rates, unveils balance sheet cuts in sign of confidence
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday for the second time in three months and said it would begin cutting its holdings of bonds and other securities this year, signaling its confidence in a growing U.S. economy and strengthening job market.
In 98-2 vote, Senate passes tougher sanctions on Iran, Russia
In a nearly unanimous vote, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved new sanctions against Iran and Russia that also limit President Donald Trump's administration from weakening existing sanctions against Moscow.
Report: Congressman Undergoing A Third Surgery After Being Gunned Down At Baseball Practice
Rep. Steve Scalise is undergoing a third surgery after he was gunned down during a congressional baseball practice Wednesday.
Coach Kennedy, Who Lost His Job After Praying, Makes His Case to 9th Circuit Court
Coach Joe Kennedy took his fight to be allowed to pray silently on the football field to court this week, appealing to a bench with a liberal reputation.
$240,418,000,000: Feds Collect Record Taxes in May; Still Run $88,246,000,000 Deficit
The U.S. Treasury hauled in $240,418,000,000 in total taxes in the month of May, setting a record for inflation-adjusted tax revenues for that month of the year, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released this week.
Homeland Security officially cancels Obama's 2014 amnesty that courts had blocked
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly officially revoked President Obama's 2014 attempt to broaden his previous deportation amnesty for Dreamers, which had been held up by federal courts for more than two years.

Christian News
United Methodist Church Introduces Its First Transgender Minister
The United Methodist Church is raising brows after appointing its first transgender minister.
Eritrea: 122 Christians Detained in May
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has been informed that 122 Eritrean Christians were detained in May 2017 in a series of round-ups of members of unregistered denominations in various locations around the country.