Prophecy News Watch - September 2, 2019

Around the World
IAEA report raises suspicion Iran is hiding 'undeclared nuclear material'
A forthcoming report from the International Atomic Energy Agency has stoked concerns that Iran is hiding illicit nuclear activity, according to government officials familiar with the agency’s still-unpublished assessment.
Syria war: US missile strike on 'al-Qaeda leaders' in Idlib
The US says it has carried out an attack on leaders of a group it calls al-Qaeda in Syria, in the country's rebel-held Idlib province.
Hong Kong Protestors March for 13th Straight Weekend Despite Ban on Demonstration
Hong Kong protestors marched out Saturday night in spite of city officials having banned a petition for a demonstration commemorating the 5th anniversary of China’s ruling against fully democratic elections in the former British colony.
Pro-Democracy Protest Leaders Arrested in Hong Kong Amid Fears of Crackdown
Hong Kong authorities arrested two young leaders of the pro-democracy protests sweeping the former British colony Friday.
Trump says trade talks still planned for September after China tariffs go into effect
President Donald Trump said trade talks with Beijing are still planned for September after a new round of tariffs went into effect on Sunday.
Iranian Oil Tanker Held for Six Weeks Now Under US Sanctions and Stranded at Sea
An Iranian oil tanker detained by the British in July and since released has been blacklisted by the US Treasury Department.
At Least 100 Killed in Saudi-Led Airstrikes in Yemen
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen staged multiple airstrikes on a detention center operated by the Houthi rebels in the southwestern province of Dhamar, killing at least 100 people and wounding dozens more Sunday, officials and the rebels’ health ministry said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel Reveals Details About Lebanese Hezbollah Project to Convert Missiles into Precision Weapons
Israel has released more information about the Lebanese weapons facility it hit Sunday morning with two drones.
US ‘concerned’ by northern tensions, backs Jerusalem’s right to self-defense
The United States voiced concern Sunday after Israel and Hezbollah exchanged fire along the Lebanese border, slamming the 'destabilizing role' of Iranian proxies in the Middle East.
Iran praises Hezbollah missile attack on IDF targets
A senior Iranian security official praised Hezbollah’s firing of anti-tank missiles from Lebanon at Israeli territory on Sunday, as the deputy leader of the Iran-backed terror group said the attack changed the rules of the game.
Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq watching Israel-Hezbollah crisis closely
From the minute Hezbollah fired their anti-tank missiles at Israel, the entire Middle East was glued to what might happen next. This is because what is happening in northern Israel pits Iran’s ally against Israel, a key ally of the US, and that has regional implications because Iran’s allies and proxies – from Syria to Iraq and Yemen – are all impacted by how Hezbollah performs and how Israel responds.
UN says ‘general calm’ restored along Israel-Lebanon border as tensions linger
The United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon said 'general calm' had been restored on the volatile border after a rare burst of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah sparked fears of an escalation and prompted concern from world powers.
Hezbollah fires anti-tank missiles at military jeep, IDF base; none hurt
The Hezbollah terror group fired several anti-tank guided missiles at an army base and a military jeep just inside northern Israel’s border with Lebanon on Sunday afternoon, causing no injuries, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Inside the United States
Texas gunman fleeing traffic stop randomly shoots dead five in wild chase; 21 people wounded before cops corner and kill himo gather information
Five people were killed and at least 21 were wounded -- including three cops -- in a wild West Texas shooting spree by a lone gunman finally slain by police Saturday in a movie theater parking lot, authorities said.
Evidence request by Flynn's lawyer seeks to expose Clinton-FBI alliance in Russia probe
The new attorney for retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn is putting the scandal-marred Trump-Russia investigation on trial in a bid to make federal prosecutors produce more evidence.
Economy grew at 2.0% in second quarter, revised data show
The U.S. economy grew at a 2.0% annualized rate in the second quarter of 2019, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday in a second estimate of gross domestic product.
Timing of Hurricane Dorian's turn north will be 'critical' for Florida
Hurricane Dorian will not make landfall over the U.S., according to the official track forecast from the National Hurricane Center in its 11 p.m. advisory Sunday.
Dorian strikes Bahamas with record fury as Category 5 storm
Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas as a catastrophic Category 5 storm Sunday, its record 185 mph winds ripping off roofs, overturning cars and tearing down power lines as hundreds hunkered down in schools, churches, and shelters.
U.S. Unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation
Fake news and social media posts are such a threat to U.S. security that the Defense Department is launching a project to repel 'large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,' as the top Republican in Congress blocks efforts to protect the integrity of elections.

Christian News
Hong Kong Christians Call for Reform
Christians, like others in Hong Kong, are divided in their politics. But Christians in the pro-democracy movement say they hope to be a voice for peaceful change.
Israeli Archaeologists May Have Found Emmaus, Where Jesus Appeared After Crucifixion
Archaeologists have uncovered the massive walls of a 2,200-year-old Hellenistic fortification that may have been built by the Seleucid general who defeated Judah the Maccabee, the famed Jewish leader at the center of the Hanukkah story. In an unexpected twist, the discovery could also help identify the location of the biblical town of Emmaus, where the Gospels say Jesus made his first appearance after being crucified and resurrected.

Prophecy News Watch - August 30, 2019

Around the World
Trump Previews Trade Talks with China 'At a Different Level'
US President Trump said Thursday that trade negotiations with China scheduled to occur later in the day would be 'at a different level,' according to Fox News Radio.
Trump Says U.S. To Retain Military Presence In Afghanistan, Even With Peace Deal
President Donald Trump says the United States will continue to maintain a military presence in Afghanistan even after a peace deal with the Taliban is reached.
Signs of new U.S.-China trade discussions emerge as increased tariffs loom
The United States and China gave signs on Thursday that they will resume trade talks as the two economic superpowers discussed the next round of in-person negotiations in September ahead of a looming deadline for additional U.S. tariffs.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Two More Countries Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital
Honduras and the Republic of Nauru may be two different countries on two different sides of the globe, but one thing they have in common is they both recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
US sanctions Lebanese bank used by Hezbollah, Gaza terror finance network
The Treasury Department on Thursday targeted a Lebanese bank the Trump administration calls the 'bank of choice' of Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy in Lebanon, as part of a maximum pressure campaign against Tehran.
As tensions spike in north, IDF cancels leave for combat brigades
The army’s Northern Command said Thursday it had canceled all leave for combat brigades on Israel’s northern border, just hours after the military’s commander in the north warned Israel would offer a 'harsh' response to any Hezbollah attack.

Inside the United States
Trump Administration Puts Small Dent in Planned Parenthood Funding
Planned Parenthood will lose $60 million in federal funding following a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision not to freeze a new Department of Health and Human Services rule.
U.S. economy slowing, but consumers limiting downside
U.S. economic growth slowed in the second quarter, the government confirmed on Thursday, but the strongest consumer spending in 4-1/2 years amid a solid labor market threw cold water on financial market expectations of a recession.
Hurricane Dorian Strengthens, Florida Declares State of Emergency
The National Hurricane Center said late Thursday that Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane Friday and remain an 'extremely dangerous' hurricane through the weekend as it sucks up the warm Atlantic waters.
'The Bible Stays': VP Mike Pence Says VA Hospitals 'Will Not Be Religion-Free Zones'
Vice President Mike Pence is vowing 'the Bible stays' in a display at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Prophecy News Watch - August 29, 2019

Around the World
U.S. Sanctions Two Networks 'Supporting Iran's WMD Program'
The United States has imposed sanctions on two networks it says are engaged in 'covert procurement activities' benefiting Iranian military organizations and supporting Iran's 'missile proliferation programs,' the Treasury Department has said.
US cyber attack said to have disabled Iran’s ability to target oil tankers
The United States attacked and disabled a critical Iranian database used to target oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, the New York Times reported Wednesday, citing several US security officials.
China rotates new batch of troops into Hong Kong
China's military has rotated a new batch of troops into Hong Kong describing the move as routine, state media said on Thursday, as protests against Beijing continue to rock the Asian financial hub.
Final Touches Being Put on Deal As Taliban Reviews Proposal On U.S. Withdrawal
As U.S. and Taliban officials look to apparently seal a historic deal to end the 18-year Afghan conflict, leaders of the extremist militant group are reviewing the proposed agreement at an undisclosed location along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
EU insists Iran nuclear deal must be part of any future pact
The European Union’s top diplomat says the Iran nuclear agreement must not be sacrificed as part of any U.S. moves to build a new and broader security deal with Tehran.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Trump envoy says peace plan won’t be released before Israeli elections
American special envoy Jason Greenblatt on Wednesday said the White House will not be revealing its peace plan before Israel’s September 17 elections, days after US President Donald Trump said it was possible the proposal would be released beforehand.
IDF strikes Hamas targets in Gaza over rocket fire on Israel
The Israel Defense Forces said on Wednesday evening that it hit a Hamas target in Gaza less than an hour after a rocket fired from the coastal enclave failed to land in southern Israel.
Israel, US pushing to bolster UN peacekeepers in Lebanon
Israel and the United States are pushing for the United Nations to increase the scope of action for peacekeepers in Lebanon, saying they are being rendered practically useless by the Hezbollah terror group, as the world body meets to extend the mandate of the mission.
Hezbollah Says ‘Calculated Strike’ Against Israel ‘Being Arranged in a Way Which Wouldn’t Lead to a War’
Hezbollah is planning retaliation against Israel for two drones that targeted its media offices and missile development program Sunday.

Inside the United States
US Space Command Launches Thursday
The United States Space Command officially launches on Thursday with a White House ceremony hosted by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Court renews battle over buffer zone around Englewood abortion clinic
A federal lawsuit filed to challenge a buffer zone around an Englewood abortion clinic was sent back to a lower court on Monday.
Is China's 'social credit' surveillance system coming to America?
China's "social credit" system, a high-tech operation that tracks and assigns points in relation to the daily activities and behavior choices of its citizens, is being developed in Silicon Valley.

Christian News
Churches in Northern Ireland attacked almost every other day
Two decades after a landmark agreement eased sectarian and political tensions in Northern Ireland, a report finds churches and other places of worship are subject to frequent attacks.
Kurdish bookseller sentenced to three months in prison for selling Bible
The Iranian Guardian Council has sentenced Kurdish Bookseller Mostafa Rahimi to three months in prison on charges of selling copies of the Bible in his bookstore, according to the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights.

Prophecy News Watch - August 27, 2019

Around the World
NASA Satellite Data Confirms Amazon Fires Are Average for this time of year
In the Amazon rainforest, fire season has arrived. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured these images of several fires burning in the states of Rondônia, Amazonas, Pará, and Mato Grosso on August 11 and August 13, 2019.
Syrian Forces Take Control of Northern Hama Province for First Time Since 2012
Syrian state media report that government forces now control all of northern Hama province for the first time since 2012 and that they have encircled a Turkish military monitoring post in the town of Morek. Turkish President Erdogan says that he will discuss the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet next week.
French, US officials strike draft compromise on French digital tax
French and US negotiators have reached a compromise agreement on France's digital tax, a levy which prompted US President Donald Trump to threaten a separate tax on French wine imports, a source close to the negotiations said.
Russia's Putin, Turkey's Erdogan To Hold Talks In Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the Moscow regional town of Zhukovsky on August 27 for talks expected to focus on the situation in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib.
Russia to resume S-400 missile deliveries to Turkey this week
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Monday that Russia would resume the delivery of its S-400 missile defense system to Turkey this week.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu Expands Israeli Air Campaign Against Iran to Lebanon and Iraq
Israel widened its air campaign against Iran-backed targets across the Middle East over the weekend, pitting itself against Lebanese and Iraqi leaders who have hosted the proxies.
Trump Says Peace Plan To Arrive Before Israeli Elections, Details Shrouded In Mystery
Amidst conflicting reports about its details, President Trump said Monday that his administration's plan for Middle East peace would be presented before new Israeli elections in September.
As war fears skyrocket, Netanyahu orders rare security briefing for rival Gantz
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday ordered his top defense aides to brief chief political rival Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party on security developments, an extremely rare move reflecting threats of war on multiple fronts.

Inside the United States
Texas pastor whose daughter was killed in mass shooting is running for state Senate
A Texas pastor whose teenage daughter was among those killed during a mass shooting in his church in 2017 says he'll run for the state Senate next year.
Christians cannot be forced to make gay wedding videos, rules US appeals court
An appeals court has ruled in favor of Christian filmmakers who had been told by Minnesota officials that they could not refuse to make videos for same-sex weddings on the grounds of religious objections.

Christian News
Christian group challenges California's donor disclosure for nonprofits
A Christian legal center appealed to the Supreme Court Monday, challenging California’s law that forces nonprofits to disclose donors to the state attorney general’s office.

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