Prophecy News Watch - September 18, 2017

Around the World
White House: No thaw on Paris climate accord unless Trump gets better deal
Trump administration officials said Sunday that the president’s stance on the Paris climate agreement hasn’t changed: He’s open to re-engaging as long as he gets a better deal.
Russia's Lavrov, US's Tillerson discuss Syria, Ukraine, Middle East
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed cooperation on the Syrian crisis, Middle East issues, and the agreement to bring peace to Ukraine in a meeting on Sunday, Lavrov's spokeswoman said.
Irma-battered Caribbean islands brace for Hurricane Maria’s flooding, damaging winds
Maria, a Category 1 hurricane, poses a significant threat to Irma-devastated areas in the northern Caribbean early this week.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hamas says ready to hand Gaza to a Palestinian unity government
Hamas has agreed to dissolve the administration that runs Gaza, it said on Sunday, a major step towards handing control of the enclave to a Palestinian unity government after a decade of bitter rivalry with President Mahmoud Abbas.
Netanyahu to give Trump ‘concrete ideas’ on Iran
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will suggest 'concrete ideas' to US President Donald Trump during their meeting in New York on Monday to either change or scrap the Iranian nuclear deal, sources in the Prime Minister’s entourage said on Sunday.
Netanyahu will again take aim at Iran in United Nations speech
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lay out a comprehensive case against Iran in his upcoming speech at the United Nations, 'connecting the dots' between the nuclear deal and Tehran’s desire to establish itself militarily on Israel’s northern border, Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said Sunday.
Hezbollah’s New Strength Leaves Israeli Border Tense
Deep in the rugged hills close to the Israeli border, two Hezbollah fighters crouched near a small fire, which heated a teapot. Despite the late-summer sun, they were both wearing full face masks to disguise their identity, because Hezbollah forbids its members from speaking with foreign reporters.

Inside the United States
Protests, Violence Continues For a Second Night After Officer’s Acquittal
Protests near St. Louis turned violent for the second night Saturday in reaction to the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man, as a small group of demonstrators refused to disperse, breaking windows at dozens of businesses and throwing objects at police, who moved in with hundreds of officers in riot gear to make arrests.
Senate GOP tries one last time to repeal Obamacare
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his leadership team are seriously considering voting on a bill that would scale back the federal government’s role in the health care system and instead provide block grants to states, congressional and Trump administration sources said.
Hurricane Jose staying off U.S. East Coast as Storm Maria forms
Hurricane Jose is expected to pass east of the North Carolina coast on Monday and remain off the U.S. East Coast from Virginia to New England, while Tropical Storm Maria formed and is forecast to become a hurricane early next week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday.
Six Small Earthquakes Shake East San Jose
Six minor earthquakes rattled parts of the South Bay on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Society, and three of them were strong enough to be felt across the region.

Christian News
China tightens its 'choke-hold' on churches, enforces ban on children worshipping
China has tightened its 'choke-hold' on churches across the country in recent weeks, according to the rights and religious freedom group China Aid.