Prophecy News Watch - September 11, 2017

Around the World
Report: Iran secretly helped N. Korea with nuclear program
British officials fear that North Korea's sudden advancement in developing nuclear weapons may be due to secret support from Iran, The Sunday Telegraph reported over the weekend.
UN experts: NKorea exported $270 million illegally recently
North Korea illegally exported coal, iron and other commodities worth at least $270 million to China and other countries including India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka in the six-month period ending in early August in violation of U.N. sanctions, U.N. experts say.
Merkel’s re-election in Germany is all but certain, but world of fourth-term challenges is not
Six months ago, it looked like her job might be in jeopardy, but now Chancellor Angela Merkel is cruising to victory in Germany’s Sept. 24 vote and the big question is what Europe’s dominant political leader plans to do with her mandate for a fourth term.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US trying to organize peace summit between Trump, Abbas and Netanyahu: report
The Trump administration is trying to arrange a summit between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Hebrew newspaper Yisrael Hayom reported Sunday.
4 arrested in Arad clashes between ultra-Orthodox, secular residents
Four Israelis were arrested in the southern city of Arad on Saturday night after violent clashes broke out between the city’s secular and ultra-Orthodox residents.
Israeli satellite images show damage to Syrian weapons facility
An Israeli satellite imaging company released photographs on Sunday showing the effects of last week’s airstrike on a Syrian weapons base that was attributed to the Israeli Air Force.

Inside the United States
Hurricane Irma will hammer insurance industry -- up to $65 billion in damage is projected
Hurricane Irma will create combined insured losses of $20 billion to $65 billion, according to a projection from risk modeling software company AIR Worldwide.
Trump Makes Proclamations Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary
In observance of the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, President Donald Trump has declared Friday through Sunday of this week to be 'Days of Prayer and Remembrance,' and Monday to be 'Patriot Day.'
Hurricane Irma: Nearly half of Florida in the dark, Tampa braces for storm
Hurricane Irma early Monday remained a dangerous Category 2 hurricane and is now bearing down on the Tampa-St. Petersburg region.
As Irma barrels into Florida, Washington takes a 1-2 punch
More than a decade of budget cutting and a rash of government job vacancies are taxing Washington’s ability to cope with a one-two punch of epic storms.
Irma lost some oomph over Cuba before its assault on Florida
Before crashing into Florida, Hurricane Irma set all sorts of records for brute strength as it flattened Caribbean islands and swamped the Florida Keys. Irma's assault — so soon after Harvey's deluge of Houston — marked the first time the U.S. was hit by two Category 4 storms in the same year.
Hurricane Jose downgraded to Category 3, expected to weaken
Hurricane Jose pulled farther away from the Caribbean Sunday morning and is expected to weaken over the next few days as it moves across the western Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said.
Antifa throws smoke and projectiles at police at Portland rallies; 7 arrested
Antifa demonstrators hurled smoke and projectiles at police officers during rallies in downtown Portland on Sunday, injuring at least two, according to police.
Three cranes at South Florida construction sites have snapped in Irma’s howling winds
The wildly swinging booms of three cranes at under-construction residential buildings in South Florida bent and collapsed in Hurricane Irma’s heavy winds Sunday.

Christian News
Christian leaders boosted by Trump recognition of National Day of Prayer for 9/11 anniversary
They were hoping for 100,000 signatures on their faith-based petition and got double that amount. They were hoping for one day of prayer for 9/11 — they got three.
Russian Anti-Missionary Law Mainly Hampers Christians
Concerns among Russian Christians that the government’s antiterrorism legislation, adopted last year, would take away their religious freedom have been proven true.