Prophecy News Watch - October 11, 2017

Around the World
B-1B bombers fly over Korean Peninsula alongside Japanese, South Korean fighters
Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show-of-force exercise as tensions with a nuclear-armed North Korea continue to escalate.
U.S. Warship Sails Near Islands Beijing Claims in South China Sea
A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three U.S. officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.
UK reaffirms commitment to Iran nuclear deal in call with Trump
Prime Minister Theresa May has reaffirmed Britain's commitment to a 2015 Iran nuclear deal in a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump ahead of a key US decision on whether Tehran has stuck to the terms of the pact.
U.S. officials ramp up rhetoric against Iran-backed Hezbollah
U.S. officials elevated their public condemnation of Hezbollah on Tuesday, adding two of the Iran-backed terror group’s top operatives to a special State Department most-wanted list and asserting that all of the group’s factions — even those holding political office in Lebanon — are part of the same terrorist operation.
IMF Says Venezuela's Inflation Rate May Rise Beyond 2,300% in 2018
Venezuela’s triple-digit annual inflation rate is set to jump to more than 2,300 percent in 2018, the highest estimate for any country tracked by the International Monetary Fund.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel's defense minister says Hezbollah runs Lebanese army
Israel's defense minister says the Hezbollah militant group controls Lebanon's army.
Israel Hacked Kaspersky and Discovered Russia Stealing Top Secret U.S. Intel
Israeli intelligence officials spying on Russian government hackers found they were using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software that is also used by 400 million people globally, including U.S. government agencies, according to media reports on Tuesday.
Tens of thousands participate in annual Jerusalem March
Tens of thousands of participants from 80 different countries took part Tuesday in the annual march in Jerusalem marking the 50th anniversary of the city's unification.
Iron Dome goes on display in Washington amid reports on possible US purchase
Amid reports that the US military is considering purchasing Israel’s Iron Dome to plug a gap in its European defenses, the missile-defense system is on display in the US capital this week as part of the Association of the US Army (AUSA) annual meeting.
US tank brigade to be armed with Israel's Trophy system
A brigade of more than 80 Abrams tanks belonging to the US military are expected to be deployed to Europe in 2020 armed with Israel’s Trophy active-protection system to counter the growing threat from Russia.

Inside the United States
Trump asks Congress for $4.9-billion loan to Puerto Rico
U.S. President Donald Trump asked Congress on Tuesday for a loan of $4.9 billion to help the cash-strapped Puerto Rican government pay urgent bills as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria, an administration official said.
Supreme Court Tosses One of Two Travel Ban Challenges
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeals court ruling that struck down President Donald Trump’s previous temporary travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations countries that has now expired.
Twitter reverses decision to suspend Marsha Blackburn ad
Twitter has backtracked its initial position and is no longer suspending an ad from Tennessee Senate candidate Rep. Marsha Blackburn, after 'reconsidering the ad in the context of the entire message.'

Christian News
Mass Trials of Over 6,600 Boko Haram Suspects Accused of Slaughtering Christians, Children Begin
The mass trials of over 6,600 suspects believed to be members of Islamic radical group Boko Haram have begun in Nigeria, and are being carried out in secret by civilian court judges at a military facility in Kainji town.
Operation Bible Smuggling: How Christian texts infiltrate North Korea
On the nights when the winds are light and the skies are dark, hundreds of helium-filled balloons are sent up and away from multiple points in South Korea, destined a few miles away and into North Korea. Only these are no ordinary balloons — they are considered 'Bible Balloons,' adorned with the Words of God printed in Korean or flash drives featuring the entire texts of the Testament.
Study: Anti-Christian Bias Hasn’t Grown. It’s Just Gotten Richer.
While conservative Christians have long complained about worsening societal hostility and persecution for their beliefs, there’s been little empirical evidence to gauge such claims—until now.