Prophecy News Watch - December 5, 2019

Around the World
Europeans rap Iran for working on nuclear-capable missiles
France, Germany and the United Kingdom say Iran’s efforts to develop 'nuclear-capable ballistic missiles' go against a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Tehran not to undertake any activity related to such missiles.
Iranian missile parts headed to Yemen captured by US Navy warship, officials say
U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday that a U.S. Navy warship has intercepted a 'significant cache' of what is thought to be missile parts from Iran headed to rebels in Yemen.
China gene-edited baby experiment 'may have created unintended mutations'
The gene-editing performed on Chinese twins to immunize them against HIV may have failed and created unintended mutations, scientists have said after the original research was made public for the first time.
Iran announces joint naval exercise with China, Russia
Iran will hold joint naval drills with China and Russia starting on December 27, the head of Iran’s navy said on Tuesday.
US said mulling sending 14,000 more troops to Mideast as Iran threat grows
The United States is weighing sending up to 14,000 more troops to the Middle East in the face of a perceived growing threat from Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Likud begins planning leadership race as PM faces 1st real challenge in 14 years
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is to begin discussions on holding a party leadership primary that is expected to see the first real challenge to the premier’s leadership in 14 years.
Marking a first, 11 EU countries vote against anti-Israel UN resolution
On September 22, 2016, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before the UN General Assembly and said that he had a message that would shock the audience: 'Israel has a bright future at the UN.'

Inside the United States
US Gun Background Checks on Pace to Break Record in 2019
Background checks on gun purchases in the U.S. are climbing toward a record high this year, reflecting what the industry says is a rush by people to buy weapons in reaction to the Democratic presidential candidates' calls for tighter restrictions.
Joe Biden Proposes $1 Trillion in New Corporate Taxes
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden proposed nearly $1 trillion in new corporate taxes on Wednesday as he sought to generate more revenue to pay for his policy plans on health care, climate, infrastructure and education.
Legal Experts Split Down Party Lines on Case for Impeachment
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee picked up the impeachment torch by holding its first public hearing. The committee heard from four constitutional law experts on what constitutes high crimes and misdemeanors. House Democrats called three witnesses, while Republicans had one.
'Bible-Believing' TX Justice of the Peace in Trouble for Declining to Perform Same-Sex Marriages
McLennan County Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley, a devout Christian, has received a public warning by Texas' State Commission on Judicial Conduct for refusing to perform same-sex marriages.
Trump Administration Moves to End Food Stamps for 700,000
The Trump administration announced a plan Wednesday to end food-stamp benefits for about 700,000 Americans, issuing a new regulation that makes it harder for states to gain waivers from a requirement that beneficiaries work or participate in a vocational training program.

Prophecy News Watch - December 4, 2019

Around the World
Trump says he is looking at sanctions against Turkey over S-400 missile deal
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was looking at imposing sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile system, blaming his predecessor for not selling Ankara a U.S. missile system.
U.S. House passes Uighur bill; vote likely to heighten U.S.-China tensions
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly backed legislation on Tuesday that would require the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s crackdown on its Uighur Muslim minority.
FBI warns FaceApp is ‘potential counterintelligence threat’ from Russia
The FBI has warned that all cellphone apps developed in Russia are a possible threat to US counterintelligence given that Russian spy services have strong abilities to exploit cyber networks.
France fights back over U.S. tariff threat to champagne, cheese
France and the European Union said on Tuesday they were ready to retaliate if U.S. President Donald Trump acted on a threat to impose duties of up to 100% on imports of champagne, handbags and other French products worth $2.4 billion.
Iraqi anti-government protesters burn Iranian consulate for the 3rd time
Anti-government protesters burned an Iranian consulate in southern Iraq for a third time on Tuesday, as the country’s political leaders continued talks over selecting a new prime minister following weeks of widespread unrest.
Iran Finally Admits it Slaughtered Protesters, Leaders Say Civilians Should be 'Crucified' for Revolting
The Iranian regime confirmed on state television Tuesday morning that security forces shot and killed what it described as 'rioters' during protests that shook multiple cities across the Islamic Republic in recent weeks.
House lawmakers oppose Russia's return to G7 summit
The House signaled its opposition Tuesday to allowing Russia to resume attending summits of the Group of Seven nations.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
No agreement reached during Netanyahu, Gantz talks as third election looms
No agreement was reached Tuesday night between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz, who finished coalition talks at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tel Aviv after only 45 minutes, and eight days before next Wednesday night’s deadline to form a government.

Inside the United States
SCOTUS take up gun case, though disputed law has changed
The Supreme Court is turning to gun rights for the first time in nearly a decade, even though those who brought the case, New York City gun owners, already have won changes to the regulation they challenged.
Federal court sides with Democrats and orders Deutsche Bank to turn over Trump's financial records
A federal court has ordered Deutsche Bank to turn over documents detailing President Trump’s finances to Congress.
House Committee Releases Trump Impeachment Inquiry Report, Republicans Submit Response
The Trump impeachment inquiry officially moves into phase two this week. On Tuesday, the House Intelligence Committee publicly released their report after weeks of both closed-door and public hearings.
Homeland Security Proposes Plan Using Face Scans on US Citizens
Under a new regulation proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), American citizens may be photographed by the government when they leave and return to the US.
Nunes sues CNN over 'demonstrably false' Ukraine report
Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, has filed a $435 million defamation suit against CNN over a story that alleged Nunes met with a fired Ukrainian prosecutor in an effort to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Christian News
Religion and charitable giving plummet in US
Both charitable giving and religious beliefs have declined in the past two decades.

Prophecy News Watch - December 3, 2019

Around the World
Trump Administration Quietly Releases Over $100 Million in Lebanon Military Aid
The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after months of unexplained delay that led some lawmakers to compare it to the aid for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry.
Trump administration proposes slapping new tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of French goods to retaliate against big tech tax
The United States proposed retaliatory tariffs against France on Monday for its new digital services tax, which has targeted American technology giants like Amazon and Facebook.
US looks to support democratic protests in South America while disclaiming socialist elements
The US has pledged its support to democratic revolutions in South America, while warning against Russian interference.
Islamic State takes credit for new London Bridge stabbing
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the London Bridge attack last week that has temporarily suspended campaigning for the British election.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Trump and Netanyahu discuss Iran, other issues
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on Sunday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran and other issues, the White House said in a brief statement.
Netanyahu has 30 days to receive immunity from Knesset
Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit published a list of 333 prosecution witnesses on Monday in the public corruption indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, including highly prominent names like Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer and former Mossad director Tamir Pardo.
Netanyahu reportedly offers Gantz majority of shared premiership
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly offered rival Benny Gantz the lion's share of a rotating premiership.

Inside the United States
New York State Ranks No. 1 in Abortion Rate; But Abortions Down 24% in U.S. in Last 10 Years on Record
Of the 47 states that reported their annual abortion numbers to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York had the highest rate, ratio and overall number of abortions, according to a newly released CDC report.
Virginia Democrats Ready to Pass New Gun Restrictions
A bill being pushed by Democrats in the Virginia legislature would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor to carry, buy, sell, import or transfer firearm magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. House Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Va.) is the primary sponsor of the legislation, and she also supports a ban on semi-automatic rifles, such as the AR-15.
House GOP report says no evidence for Trump impeachment, warns of ‘dangerous precedent’
House Republicans delivered a point-by-point rebuttal Monday to Democrats’ impeachment efforts, claiming in their own report that the evidence collected in the inquiry to date does not support the accusations leveled against President Trump -- or rise to the level of removal from office.
US corporate debt nears $10 trillion, now at record 47% of economy
US corporations are sitting on nearly $10 trillion in debt. That's equivalent to roughly 47% of the overall economy, which is a record, according to date first cited by the Washington Post.

Christian News
Why Holy Land Christians are leaving Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus
'At Christmas, there's no more significant spot than this place,' said Fox News host Pete Hegseth, standing at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. 'Today, this site... is controlled by the Palestinian Authority. The number of Christians here is dwindling.'
Member of persecuted Chinese church receives prison sentence
An elder from the church of persecuted Chinese pastor Wang Yi was sentenced to four years in prison this week for possessing the church library, as the Chinese government continues to bear down on members of Early Rain Covenant Church.
Christians in Sri Lanka fear election of new Buddhist leader could mean more persecution
Christians in Sri Lanka are expecting persecution to intensify under a new Buddhist leader whose brother once gave the green light for monks to harass churches.

Prophecy News Watch - December 2, 2019

Around the World
Trump off to London for NATO summit, under pressure to steer clear of British election
U.S. President Donald Trump leaves on Monday for a NATO summit in London and he is under pressure from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resist the temptation to wade into the British election campaign coming up later in December.
Thousands March to Turn up Pressure on Hong Kong Government
A huge crowd took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, some driven back by tear gas, to demand more democracy and an investigation into the use of force to crack down on the six-month-long anti-government demonstrations.
London Bridge Terrorist: I ‘Want to Live My Life as a Good Muslim and Also a Good Citizen of Britain’
After he was imprisoned in 2012 for taking part in a terrorist plot that sought to bomb the London stock exchange—and also had a list of targets that included the home of then-London mayor Boris Johnson and the U.S. embassy—Usman Khan wrote a letter saying that he had since discovered that 'the views' he carried at the time 'were not according to Islam and its teachings' and that he wanted to take a 'Deradicalization Course' so he could live his life “as a good Muslim and also a good British citizen.”
Iraq Prime Minister to step down as protest casualties rise
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi will step down following calls from Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric for him to vacate his post.
Report: Germany to place ban on Hezbollah
Germany is slated to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist group.
Signs of pan-European Nazi movement discovered in Italy
Italian police on Thursday uncovered a widespread plan to create a new Nazi party.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel lambastes new European members of INSTEX
Israel is taking six European nations to task for circumventing the Trump administration's sanctions against Iran, pointing to the regime's slaughter of protestors over the last few weeks.
Naftali Bennett: We need to boost our campaign in Syria
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said in closed talks that a strategic window of opportunity exists that could increase military pressure against Iranian targets in Syria. In Bennett's view, the IDF needs to act more intensively in Syria.
Inscriptions in Byzantine-era church intrigue archaeologists
A magnificently decorated Byzantine-era church uncovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority has shed light on the tradition of Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Israel to build a new Jewish neighborhood in Hebron
Israel announced a new neighborhood in Hebron that Palestinians called a dangerous settlement and local Jews said was righting an historic injustice.

Inside the United States
White House Says It Will Skip Wednesday's Impeachment Hearing
The White House says it will not participate in Wednesday impeachment hearing by the House Judiciary Committee.
Supreme Court may expand Second Amendment rights despite repeal of disputed gun restrictions
The Supreme Court may be on the verge of expanding gun rights for the first time in nearly a decade. What's surprising is how it got there.
Winter Storm Continues to Wreak Havoc for Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers
The storm system that battered the western US and Northern Plains with heavy snow and strong winds has now reached the Great Lakes region.

Christian News
Christians in India released on bail after languishing in prison for over a decade on false charges
A group of Indian Christians who suffered in prison for 11 years under false charges were finally released on bail, as advocates claimed they had been scapegoated by Hindu nationalists.
Christians slaughtered in Burkina Faso as Islamism encroaches
Over a dozen Christians in Burkina Faso were shot dead as an Islamist insurgency with links to ISIS and Al Qaida sweeps through the country.
Terrorists kill Christian boy in Cameroon after trying to abduct him as child soldier
A Christian boy in northern Cameroon was killed by Boko Haram.
Chinese police track down sales of Christian bookstore owner
The owner of a Christian bookstore in China has been arrested.

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