Prophecy News Watch - September 5, 2017

Around the World
North Korea Nuclear Progress Puts Iran on Renewed Pathway to Bomb
U.S. officials are closely monitoring an ongoing meeting between senior North Korean and Iranian officials that comes on the heels of a nuclear test by Pyongyang, according to senior Trump administration officials and other sources who expressed concern that North Korea is helping to put the Islamic Republic back on the pathway to a functional nuclear weapon.
Egypt finalizes deal with Russia for first nuclear plant
Russian media said Monday that Egypt has finalized a deal to build a nuclear power plant with funding from Moscow after nearly two years of negotiations.
US seeks UN vote next week to punish North Korea for nuclear test
The Trump administration is pushing for a vote next week at the United Nations Security Council to punish North Korea for its nuclear test over the weekend.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Russia threatened to veto UNIFIL mandate if Hezbollah mentioned
Russia reportedly threatened to use its veto at the United Nations last week if the Lebanon-based terror organization Hezbollah, its ally in the Syrian civil war, was named in a Security Council resolution to renew the mandate of peacekeeping forces in southern Lebanon.
Thousands of troops to stage mock war with Hezbollah in largest drill in years
Tens of thousands of Israeli soldiers will stage a mock 10-day war against the Hezbollah terrorist group in northern Israel beginning Tuesday, marking the IDF’s largest exercise in nearly 20 years, the army announced Monday, amid tensions over growing Iranian influence in Syria and Lebanon.
Church leaders protest ‘attempt to weaken Christian presence’ in Jerusalem
Heads of churches in Jerusalem on Monday criticized what they see as a breach of the status quo in the capital, claiming there is a 'systematic attempt to undermine the integrity of the Holy City of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and to weaken the Christian presence.'
In wake of Harvey devastation, Israel pledges $1m. to Houston's Jewish community
Diaspora Affairs Minister Bennett has pledged $1 million in relief aid for the Jewish community of Houston, saying, 'The Jewish state is measured by its response when our brothers around the world are in crisis.'

Inside the United States
Armed with new data, committees ready to ratchet up investigations into Trump’s ties with Russia
The progress congressional investigators have made this summer comes into sharp focus this week as House and Senate committees return to work to ratchet up the legal and political clash into the Trump campaign’s suspected collusion with the Kremlin in the November presidential election — and whether Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s allies tried to falsely fan the story.
Hurricane Irma elevated to Category 4 storm, threatens to hit Florida
The National Hurricane Center has elevated Hurricane Irma to a Category 4 storm with winds as high as 150 miles per hour in the next 24 hours.
CDC: Drug overdose deaths spiked 21 percent last year, 64,000 deaths
Drug overdose deaths in the United States skyrocketed 21 percent in 2016 from the previous year, accounting for the deaths of approximately 64,000 people, according to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control.
NYT Writes 1300 Words About Dem Senator’s Corruption Trial Without Mentioning He’s A Democrat
The New York Times published an almost 1300-word news story in Tuesday’s paper about Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial, without ever mentioning Menendez’s party affiliation.
Congress Faces a Tense Agenda, With Little Margin for Error
Congress returns Tuesday from its summer break and, in a test of the uneasy alliance between President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans, will have to grapple with keeping the federal government open, paying U.S. creditors and passing a hurricane-aid bill.
House to vote Wednesday on first batch of Hurricane Harvey relief
The House plans to vote Wednesday on the first slice of federally-provided aid for Hurricane Harvey recovery.
Conservatives wary of taking up legislation to fix DACA
Conservatives in the House indicated Monday they aren't thrilled with the idea of considering legislation to salvage former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, something that could happen under President Trump's plan to end the program after giving Congress six months to come up with a replacement.
Left-Wing Outlets Spread False Story Claiming GOP Official Turned Down Disaster Aid
A number of left-wing outlets spread a false story claiming Texas Republican Secretary of State Rolando Pablos turned down aid in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and instead requested prayers.
Manufacturing Sector Increased Jobs at Fastest Pace in More Than 4 Years
The manufacturing sector increased jobs at the fastest pace in the month of July than the sector had in more than four years, the New York Times reported.
Earthquake Swarm of Nearly 80 Earthquakes Shakes Southeast Idaho
The strongest earthquake to hit the region in years as well as 77 smaller quakes occurred Saturday night to Monday afternoon in Southeast Idaho, startling tens of thousands of residents.

Christian News
Russell Moore, Evangelical Leaders Urge Trump to Protect DACA Recipients
A group of evangelical leaders are pressuring President Donald Trump to continue protecting immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally when they were children, and are urging Congress to take permanent legislative action to ensure their long standing protection from deportation.
American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Faces New Charges
Andrew Brunson, the American pastor who has been imprisoned in Turkey for nearly a year on dubious terrorism charges, is now facing new charges: 'gathering state secrets for espionage, attempting to overthrow the Turkish parliament and government, and to change the constitutional order.'