Prophecy News Watch - August 23, 2019

Around the World
Satellite data shows Amazon rainforest burning at record rates
Brazil's Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, data from international space agencies indicate.
Iran Kicks Off ‘Massive’ War Games, Unveils Homemade Russian Missile System
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' ground forces kicked off a 'massive' set of war drills Thursday as the country unveiled its own homemade version of Russia's advanced S-300 missile defense system in yet another showing of Tehran's growing readiness for a possible war.
Scientists Attempt Controversial Experiment To Edit DNA In Human Sperm Using CRISPR
First it was human embryos. Now scientists are trying to develop another way to modify human DNA that can be passed on to future generations, NPR has learned.
Global worry over Amazon fires escalates
Amid global concern about raging fires in the Amazon, Brazil’s government complained Thursday that it is being targeted in smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US officials say Israel behind bombing of Iranian militias in Iraq
Israel has recently carried out a series of airstrikes against Iranian-linked military targets in Iraq, two senior US officials told the New York Times on Friday.
Palestinian Leader Abbas Declares: ‘We Shall Enter Jerusalem — Millions of Fighters!’
Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas recently went on a frenzied rant in which he pledged, 'We shall enter Jerusalem — millions of fighters!' it was revealed on Wednesday.

Inside the United States
Free Speech or Forced Speech? Christian T-Shirt Printer's LGBT Case Heads to KY Supreme Court
Another big case of a Christian's free speech rights versus LGBT rights is back in the courts.
'A Blockbuster Economy': Despite 500,000 Fewer Jobs and Tariff Trouble
The economy is on everyone's mind this week as fears about a possible recession continue to capture headlines. Now, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has released some revised employment numbers showing 500,000 fewer jobs were created than initially reported.
DOJ: 64% of Federal Arrests in 2018 Were of Non-U.S. Citizens
Approximately 64 percent of the arrests that the federal government made in fiscal 2018 were of non-U.S. citizens, according to a report released today by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Ohio Supreme Court rejects appeal from abortion clinic trying to stay open
The Ohio Supreme Court rejected an abortion clinic's argument that it should be able to remain open without hospital admitting privileges.

Christian News
Indonesian Christians delighted with twelve new church buildings from Barnabas Fund after quake and tsunami devastation
Congregations at twelve churches devastated by an earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi are delighted with new multipurpose halls provided by Barnabas Fund.
In Christ, Alone: Most Believers Say They Don’t Need Others for Discipleship
Over the past decade, more believers are heeding the scriptural call to 'grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior'—but they’re often doing discipleship on their own.

Prophecy News Watch - August 22, 2019

Around the World
Russia, China Call for UN Security Council Meeting On U.S. Missile Developments
Russia and China have asked the United Nations Security Council to meet on Thursday over 'statements by U.S. officials on their plans to develop and deploy medium-range missiles,' according to the request seen by Reuters.
China says hopes U.S. stops wrong tariff action, vows to retaliate if new levies imposed
China said on Thursday it hopes the United States will stop its wrong tariff action, adding that any new tariffs would lead to escalation.
Mexico and U.S. reach deal to end tomato tariff dispute
Mexican tomato producers struck a last-minute agreement with the Trump administration to avert an anti-dumping investigation and end a tariff dispute that has rumbled on for months, government officials said on Wednesday.
State TV: Iran to unveil air defense missile system
Iran’s state TV is reporting that the country will unveil an Iran-made air-defense missile system.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Report: US, Russia gave Israel green light to strike Iran in Syria, Iraq
Israel has conducted several strikes on Iranian-controlled bases in Syria and Iraq in recent weeks with permission from the United States and Russia, a Western diplomatic source told a Saudi-owned newspaper Wednesday.
2nd rocket fired from Gaza Strip following IDF retaliatory strikes on Hamas
A rocket was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning, the military said.

Inside the United States
Deficits to exceed $12 trillion through 2029: CBO
The federal government will rack up $12.2 trillion in deficits through 2029, according to a new projection from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), an $809 billion increase from its last projection in May.
Electoral College Members Don't Have to Follow the Will of Voters, Appeals Court Rules
A U.S. appeals court in Denver said Electoral College members can vote for the presidential candidate of their choice and aren’t bound by the popular vote in their states.
Trump says administration looking 'seriously' at ending birthright citizenship
President Trump on Wednesday said his administration is once again seriously considering an executive order to end birthright citizenship months after several lawmakers cast doubt on his ability to take such action.

Christian News
'Genocide Is Loading' in Nigeria, Says Jubilee Campaign Exec”
The Jubilee Campaign has submitted evidence to the International Criminal Court that crimes against Christians in Nigeria constitute genocide.

Prophecy News Watch - August 21, 2019

Around the World
U.K., EU only harden their positions on Brexit as G-7 nears
The European Union and Britain, which are hurtling toward a costly, damaging no-deal split in a little over two months, kicked off a high-wire week of diplomacy Tuesday by entrenching themselves deeper in their irreconcilable positions.
Islamic State, Al-Qaeda Hunker Down to Rebuild in Weaker Nations
Islamic State has been battered in Iraq and Syria and declared defeated by President Donald Trump. But the terrorist group and its predecessor, al-Qaeda, are finding ample room to rebuild in other places with weak central governments, officials and analysts warn.
Pompeo Blasts Iran At UN Security Council Session On Middle East Security
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo specifically singled out Iran in a speech on August 20 at a UN Security Council session on Middle East peace and security challenges.
U.S. Peace Envoy Heads To Qatar, Afghanistan For New Talks
U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is heading to Qatar to resume talks with Taliban negotiators and to Kabul to meet with Afghan leaders, amid reports indicating a deal could be close to end the near 18-year war in Afghanistan.
US says anyone who 'touches' Iran tanker risks US sanctions
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says anyone who 'touches,' supports or allows an Iranian tanker carrying crude oil to dock risks U.S. sanctions.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu willing to stand up to Trump on peace plan, says official
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to go head to head with US President Donald Trump over his administration’s peace plan if it contains demands rejected by Israel’s government, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday.
Israeli, US special forces practice ship takeovers amid high tensions in Gulf
Israeli and American naval special forces completed a large-scale exercise in the Mediterranean Sea last week simulating the takeover of a merchant ship carrying illegal weapons and contraband, as Iran and a US-led coalition square off on shipping routes in the nearby Persian Gulf.
Are airstrikes on Shi’ite militias in Iraq new front?
Four airstrikes against Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia bases in Iraq in the last month represent a new front that appears to be developing against these groups, however, they remain shrouded in mystery. On Tuesday, an explosion destroyed munition storage near Balad Airbase in Iraq.

Inside the United States
Trump looking at possible tax cuts amid economic jitters
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration was considering potential tax cuts on wages as well as profits from asset sales, and sought to play down market anxieties that the world’s top economy could be heading for a recession.
Planned Parenthood drops out of Title X
Planned Parenthood will be forgoing as much as $60 million annually from a federal family planning program that will carry new anti-abortion rules.
U.S. Department of Labor: New Federal Rule ‘Helps To Ensure the Civil Rights of Religious Employers Are Protected’
A new federal rule from the U.S. Department of labor will allow religious organizations contracting with the government to maintain consistency between their hiring practices and their statements of faith without losing funding.
Judge Nixes Wisconsin Medicaid Ban for Sex Reassignments
A federal judge ruled Friday that Wisconsin cannot deny Medicaid coverage for sex-reassignment surgeries and other hormonal procedures, finding they are medically accepted and effective treatments.
Kentucky denies Planned Parenthood abortion license, says it broke law
The administration of Gov. Matt Bevin has refused to issue a license to Planned Parenthood to perform abortions at its Louisville clinic, claiming the reproductive health organization violated state law by temporarily providing abortions without a license almost four years ago.

Prophecy News Watch - August 20, 2019

Around the World
G-7 Leaders Prepare for Summit Amid Fears Over Global Economy
The G-7 host, Emmanuel Macron, has made fighting inequality the theme for the annual meeting of the seven industrialized nations, which opens Saturday in the French seaside resort of Biarritz with the leaders of the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Canada in attendance.
Afghanistan vows to crush ISIS havens after attack
Afghanistan's president on Monday vowed to "eliminate" all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local ISIS affiliate.
As World Watches Hong Kong, Twitter and Facebook Take Down Accounts Associated with Chinese Government
After Hong Kong saw one of its biggest protests yet over the weekend, a social media war has broken out between China and U.S. technology companies over how Chinese state-sponsored media is using social media to spread misinformation and false news about the protesters.
Under Pressure, IS Militants in Somalia Look to Ethiopia
Islamic State militants in Somalia say they will release jihadist materials in Amharic — a step unmistakably aimed at winning recruits in restive, neighboring Ethiopia.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel actively pushing Palestinian emigration from Gaza, official says
Israel is actively promoting the emigration of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, and is working to find other countries who may be willing to absorb them, a senior Israeli official said Monday.
Netanyahu hints Israel behind strikes on Iraq, says Iran not immune anywhere
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday hinted that Israel was behind recent airstrikes on Iranian targets in Iraq, stressing that the Jewish state will continue to act militarily whenever and wherever there is a need to do so.
Abbas fires all his advisers amid financial crunch
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has fired all of his advisers, his office said Monday, amid a financial crisis in the West Bank that has prompted deep salary cuts.
Jordan lawmakers call to ‘review’ peace with Israel over Temple Mount violence
Jordanian lawmakers on Monday urged their government to kick Israel’s ambassador out of the kingdom and 'review' the 1994 peace treaty with the Jewish state.

Inside the United States
Trump Administration Plans Big International Cuts Including Abortion Funding in Africa
A senior Trump administration official tells CBN News that the White House plans to cut abortion funding in West Africa as part of their goal to drastically cut America's international foreign aid around the world.
Pentagon Tests New Missile System, Weeks After a U.S./Russia Nuclear Arms Treaty Collapsed
The U.S. military carried out a test-flight Sunday of a new road-mobile, ground-launched cruise missile system less than a month after the U.S. and Russia ripped up a landmark arms treaty.
'It Is an Outrage': Rod Parsley and Pastors Group Tour Border Facility, Call on Congress to 'Fix This Crisis'
Pastor Rod Parsley and a group of US pastors from the National Hispanic Leadership Conference (NHCLC) just toured a border facility near McAllen, Texas, and they're calling on Congress to address the situation at the US-Mexico border.

Christian News
Muslim Herders in Nigeria ‘Collaborate With the Al-Shabab' Extremist Group, According To Christian Farmers
A Christian farmer in Nigeria was intimidated by Muslim herdsmen and his crops used for grazing in July, as the herder-farmer conflict in that country takes on a spiritual dimension.
Pastor: Believers in India ‘Have Nothing More To Do Except To Go To God In Prayer’
The oxygen is thinning for religious freedom in India following the reelection of the Bharatiya Janata Party in May, with six attacks on Christians recorded in Telangana State alone in July.
Christian Women in Cameroon Suffer ‘New Kind of Atrocity’ from Boko Haram, Says Open Doors
Eight Christian women abducted by Boko Haram in Cameroon are receiving medical treatment, but not all have yet been released by their captors, according to Open Doors UK.
’Finding a Job, and Rejecting Sex, Is a Constant’: Iranian Christian Woman Challenges Culture of Sex Slavery in Tehran
Single mothers in Iran are embracing Christianity as a way out of sex slavery.

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