Prophecy News Watch - November 4, 2019

Around the World
Flooding in East Africa Affects More Than 1 Million People
An aid group estimates that more than 1 million people in East Africa are affected by flooding after higher-than-normal rainfall.
Hong Kong protesters met with tear gas after attacking Chinese news agency offices
Police fired tear gas at demonstrators in Hong Kong on Saturday following an attack on China's official Xinhua news agency and local metro stations, as the anti-government movement nears the five-month mark.
Trump absent, ASEAN charts path for trade bloc led by China
Southeast Asian leaders agreed Sunday to work with China and other neighbors to transcend conflicts over trade policies and territorial disputes for the sake of stronger economies and regional stability.
Russia Prepares Largest-Ever ‘Satan-2’ Ballistic Missile Tests
Russia is preparing to conduct at least five tests next year of its new ballistic missile that has been called the largest missile in history, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Wednesday.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage will not run in UK election
Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain’s upstart Brexit Party, said on Sunday he would not stand in next month’s election, choosing instead to campaign countrywide against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s EU divorce deal.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Russia nixed arms sales to Israel’s enemies at its request, PM’s adviser says
Russia acquiesced to Israeli requests and canceled certain arms sales to regimes that are antagonistic toward Israel, an adviser to the prime minister said this week, according to the Ynet news site.
IDF prepares for more, longer-range rockets from Gaza as tense calm resumes
The Israel Defense Forces is preparing for a scenario in which Palestinian terror groups will continue to launch rockets at Israeli communities following a weekend of violence, and perhaps even increase their range to target bigger cities.
Israel's Netanyahu Promises Covert Actions against Enemies
Israel's prime minister says the military will continue to strike its enemies, including through covert missions, after a weekend flareup of violence in the Gaza Strip.

Inside the United States
Record 158,510,000 Americans Employed in October; 23rd Record for Trump
Following September’s blockbuster employment report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday said more records were set in October.
US economy added 128K jobs in October, beating estimates
The U.S. economy added 128,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate ticked up to 3.6%, according to new data released Friday, overcoming the drag from a monthlong General Motors strike that ended last week.
Black unemployment at new record low
The black unemployment rate hit an all-time low for the month of October, making it three straight record months of record unemployment among black Americans.
US debt surpasses $23 trillion for first time
The federal government's outstanding public debt has surpassed $23 trillion for the first time in history, according to data from the Treasury Department released on Friday.
Atheist Group Fights to Remove National Motto 'In God We Trust' from FL Patrol Cars
An atheist group says plans to put an "In God We Trust" decal on the back of new police cars in Brevard County, Florida is an "inappropriate" injection of religion into public life.

Christian News
Nearly 700 languages now have a complete Bible translation
There are now complete Bible translations in nearly 700 languages.
'Golden Rule 2020': Churches pray for civility in presidential election
A theologically diverse group of Christians will come together to pray for political civility as the United States is a year away from the next presidential election.
Urgent Call to Pray for Syria: Thousands of Christians Face Exile or Extinction
Turkish-led jihadist troops advancing on a Syrian Christian town could begin an ethnic cleansing campaign in the next few hours, attorney and religious freedom advocate Lauren Homer tells CBN News.

Prophecy News Watch - November 1, 2019

Around the World
North Korea says it test-fired new multiple rocket launcher
North Korea confirmed Friday it conducted its third test-firing of a new 'super-large' multiple rocket launcher that it says expands its ability to destroy enemy targets in surprise attacks.
ISIS confirms death of Baghdadi, names new leader
The Islamic State has confirmed that its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, died during a U.S. special operations forces raid and has named his successor.
Eyeing Impeachment Inquiry, North Korea Pushes US on Denuclearization Deadline
Facing an impeachment inquiry, U.S. President Donald Trump is unlikely to make any new decisions on North Korea even as Pyongyang has elevated warnings to pressure Washington to grant greater concessions on stalled denuclearization talks by the end of the year, experts said.
US Reportedly Withholding Military Aid From Lebanon, Where Hezbollah is Deeply Entrenched
The Trump administration is reportedly withholding $105 million in military aid from Lebanon, a move that comes after Israel called on Western countries to make assistance conditional on the Lebanese government clamping down on Hezbollah’s attempts to acquire precision-guided missiles.
Russia's internet law a 'new level' of censorship: RSF
A new law that went into effect in Russia on Friday takes 'internet censorship in Russia to a new level,' press freedom advocacy group Reporters without Borders (RSF) says.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Gantz: I'm determined to have broad unity government, not third elections
Blue and White and Likud continued to disparage one another and express extreme skepticism about the possibility of building a coalition, even as the parties held talks to form a unity government.
IDF responds to Gaza rocket fire, strikes two Hamas posts
An IDF tank and aircraft struck two military posts belonging the Hamas terrorist organization in the northern Gaza Strip as a response to rocket fire from Gaza on Thursday evening, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a press release.
IAF chief: Security challenges posed by Iran becoming more complex
Amid the backdrop of the threat of Iranian cruise missiles, Tehran's influence in the Syrian civil war, and its proxy in Yemen, the Houthi rebel group, Israel Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin on Wednesday said, 'The security challenge is becoming more complex. In addition to the missiles and rockets, there are also attack drones and cruise missiles now.'

Inside the United States
House Votes 232 to 196 to Continue Impeachment Inquiry Against President Trump
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted on Thursday to continue its impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Kentucky Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Christian Print Shop Owner
The Kentucky Supreme Court handed a victory Thursday to Lexington promotional print shop owner Blaine Adamson.
Half of millennials and 75% of Gen Zers have left their job for mental health reasons
Cases of burnout have been increasing at an alarming rate in recent years among millennials and Gen Zers. It’s a growing problem in today’s workplace because of trends like rising workloads, limited staff and resources and long hours.

Christian News
Putin pledges to 'do everything to protect Christians in the Middle East'
Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to protect Christians threatened by the conflict in Syria, appealing to the plight of religious minorities as justification for Russia's involvement.

Prophecy News Watch - October 31, 2019

Around the World
Russian Nuclear Submarine Fires Intercontinental Missile For First Time
Russia's Defense Ministry says it has test-launched a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile from its most advanced nuclear-powered submarine for the first time, striking a target thousands of kilometers away.
British PM Johnson gambles on an election to decide the fate of Brexit
The fate of Britain’s departure from the European Union could be decided in a Dec. 12 election after Prime Minister Boris Johnson finally won parliamentary approval for a gamble that he hopes will break the deadlock over Brexit.
Egypt Says Washington to Host Nov. 6 Meeting on Ethiopia Dam Dispute
The Trump administration has invited Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to a meeting in Washington on Nov. 6 to try to break the deadlock in negotiations over a giant hydropower dam on Ethiopia's Blue Nile, Egypt's foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Erdogan: Turkish-Russian Patrols Set to Begin in Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkish-Russian joint military patrols will begin Friday in notheastern Syria, after the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish fighters under an agreement between the two countries.
NATO Chief Calls For Russian Troop Withdrawal From Ukraine
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has welcomed the withdrawal of Ukrainian and Russia-backed separatist forces from a frontline area in eastern Ukraine, but reiterated calls for Moscow to 'withdraw all their troops.'
Iran's Khamenei blames U.S. and Israel for protest in Iraq and Lebanon
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed the protests in Iraq and Lebanon on the United States, Israel and some Western countries.
Pompeo: ‘We’re Finally Realizing’ How ‘Truly Hostile’ China’s Communist Party is to the US
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the United States needs to confront rather than accommodate China’s communist government, saying administrations going back decades had encouraged China’s rise, 'even when that rise was at the expense of American values, Western democracy and security, and good common sense.'
Third Strong Earthquake This Month Jolts the Southern Philippines
The third strong earthquake this month jolted the southern Philippines on Thursday morning, further damaging structures already weakened by the earlier shaking.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Blue and White, Likud trade blame for political impasse, warn 3rd elections near
Officials in the Blue and White and Likud parties reportedly warned Wednesday that Israel was on its way to a third national election in under a year, saying the chances of forming a unity government were increasingly slim.
Israel hails US, Gulf states for sanctioning Iran Guards, Hezbollah
Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday applauded the US and six Gulf states for announcing sanctions on 25 entities associated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror organization.

Inside the United States
US economy grew 1.9% in third quarter
The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.9% for the third quarter of 2019 as businesses slowed their investments and consumer spending declined amid a slowdown in global growth and the trade war with China.
Last Abortion Clinic in Missouri Could Close Very Soon
The last abortion clinic in Missouri could close because its license has yet to be renewed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), which is concerned about 'deficiencies' at the facility and 'troubling instances and deviations from the standard care,' which has resulted in “serious patient harm,” said the department.
New hot-charging lithium ion battery can charge an electric car in 10 minutes
Engineers at Pennsylvania State University have developed a new lithium ion battery that can charge an electric vehicle in 10 minutes. The technology could offer electric cars an additional 200 miles of driving range, alleviating concerns of becoming stranded on long trips.
Senate Democrats fail in bid to block Trump’s Obamacare opt-out
A largely symbolic attempt to kill a Trump administration policy allowing states to skirt Obamacare mandates fell well short in the Senate on Wednesday, even after Sen. Susan Collins crossed party lines to support the measure.
Federal Reserve board votes to cut interest rates
The Federal Reserve cut rates by a quarter-point Wednesday in a widely expected move aimed at staving off a slowing economy and fears of a recession.
U.S. releases Baghdadi raid video, warns of likely retribution attack
The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekend’s commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and warned the militant group may attempt to stage a 'retribution attack.'
Anti-Trump ‘Whistleblower’ Worked With DNC Operative Who Sought Dirt On Trump From Ukrainian Officials
A new report from RealClearInvestigations reveals that the anti-Trump 'whistleblower' who prompted the current impeachment proceedings against President Trump is a registered Democrat who worked with a Democratic National Committee opposition researcher who dug up dirt on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

Prophecy News Watch - October 30, 2019

Around the World
Lebanon PM Resigns, Hezbollah Loyalists Attack Beirut Protesters as Crisis Deepens
Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, has announced his resignation, in a move set to spark further uncertainty in a country paralyzed by political dysfunction and nationwide protests.
Iran, Russia take aim at U.S. military presence near Syrian oilfields
Iran and Russia on Tuesday condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to maintain a military presence near oil fields in northeastern Syria, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying any exploitation of resources would be illegal.
US House Lawmakers Rebuke Turkey for Syria Invasion
The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation on Tuesday sanctioning Turkey in a move aimed at reasserting congressional oversight of U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policy.
US House Officially Recognizes Armenian Genocide
The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to officially recognize the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
‘Fabulous deal’: Trump team reaches new ‘understanding’ in China trade war, Jared Kushner says
United States and Chinese negotiators have reached 'a fabulous deal' to ease trade tensions between the economic heavyweights, according to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Kushner urges PM, Gantz to unite to seize ‘tremendous opportunities’ in region
US presidential adviser Jared Kushner urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz in separate meetings to work together to form a unity government in order to seize the 'tremendous opportunities' in the region, he said in an interview that aired Tuesday.
Arab nations reject any Trump Israeli-Palestinian plan not on '67 lines
Arab nations have rejected any Israeli-Palestinian peace plan not based on the pre-1967 lines, as US special envoy Jared Kushner visited Israel and Saudi Arabia in advance of the publication of US President Donald Trump's Deal of the Century to resolve the conflict.
Gantz promises area for mixed-gender prayer at Western Wall
The man who is trying to become Israel's next prime minister says he would implement a long-stalled plan for an egalitarian section at the Western Wall in Jerusalem if he takes power.

Inside the United States
House impeachment strategy silences Trump’s staunchest defenders
House Democrats' strategy will exclude some of President Trump’s staunchest defenders from public impeachment hearings that the world will be watching.
House Democrats release text of impeachment resolution but walk back formal vote
House Democrats have released the text of the impeachment resolution they plan to vote on, but when that vote will take place is still unclear.
Federal judge blocks Alabama abortion ban
A federal judge has blocked an Alabama abortion law that would have almost completely outlawed abortion.

Christian News
Baghdadi Operation Named After Christian Woman Who Refused to Give Up Faith Before ISIS Killed Her
The US military operation that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dedicated to Kayla Mueller, a young Christian woman who was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by the Islamic State.
American Pastor Arrested and Detained in India
International Christian Concern (ICC) learned that Pastor Bryan Nerren, a Christian pastor from Tennessee, has been arrested and detained in India after being accused of violating the country’s Foreign Exchange Management Act. According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Pastor Nerren and two other pastors from Tennessee arrived in India on October 5 to attend two conferences in India and Nepal. The ACLJ reported that Pastor Nerren was then targeted and arrested by Indian customs agents after he told them he was a Christian.

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