Prophecy News Watch - June 17, 2015

Around the World
Pope Calls for a 'New Global Political Authority'
Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem" before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft of a papal encyclical. In a document released by an Italian magazine on Monday, the pontiff will warn that failure to act would have "grave consequences for all of us".
U.S. Allies in Syria Cut ISIS Supply Line
A quick and successful offensive by Kurdish fighters and allied rebels in a northern Syrian town has boosted a U.S.-backed effort to choke off Islamic State's supply routes and offered a template for regaining territory from the extremist group.
Russia to increase nuclear arsenal as U.S. plans more firepower in Europe
Russia announced Tuesday that it will expand its nuclear arsenal, sparking concerns about a renewed arms race as old Cold War rivals Moscow and Washington plan to increase their military capacity amid rising tensions over Ukraine.
North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years
North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, which could worsen chronic food shortages in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition.
NASA Scientist: We're Running Out of Groundwater, Situation 'Critical'
More than half of the world's largest underground water reservoirs are reportedly going dry -- with more water being removed than is being replaced.
World stock markets mostly rise before Fed statement
World stock markets mostly rose Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a Federal Reserve policy statement that could shed new light on when the U.S. central bank will raise interest rates.
Iran nuke talks impeded by disagreement on all main elements
Iran and six powers are still apart on all main elements of a nuclear deal with less than two weeks to go to their June 30 target date and will likely have to extend their negotiations, two diplomats tell The Associated Press.
China says South China Sea island building to finish soon
China will complete land reclamation projects on its disputed South China Sea territorial claims as planned within days, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, in an apparent bid to reassure its neighbors over moves seen as sharpening tensions in the strategically vital region.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hamas rejects unilateral dissolution of Palestinian unity
Hamas said Wednesday it rejected any unilateral dissolution of the Palestinian unity government after senior officials reported that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced the government would resign.
Sirens in Israel as Syrian rebels launch anti-government offensive
Rebels in southern Syria announced a major offensive on Wednesday to capture remaining positions held by the Syrian military in Quneitra province, near to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The shelling set off sirens on the Israeli side of the border, warning of incoming rockets or shells.
Inscription bearing name from Davidic era found at ancient site
An ancient Canaanite inscription including a name shared with a biblical rival to King David was found by archaeologists on a pot unearthed at a site in the Elah Valley, west of Jerusalem, researchers said Tuesday. One of them described it as a 'once in a lifetime' find.
Israel's new radar system is largest yet
Development of Israel's largest radar system (and one of the world's largest) was recently completed by Israel Aerospace Industries, and details of its design and capabilities have been released.

Inside the United States
Government debt threatens to send U.S. economy into death spiral, CBO warns
Rising federal debt threatens to choke economic growth within a decade, beginning a death spiral that will sap revenue from government programs even as demands grow, forcing the government to borrow even more, Congress' budget watchdog said in a frightening report Tuesday.
Feds can't verify nearly $3B in ObamaCare subsidies, audit shows
The federal government cannot verify nearly $3 billion in subsidies distributed through ObamaCare, putting significant taxpayer funding 'at risk,' according to a new audit report.
Obama Prepares More 'Executive Actions' On Global Warming
President Barack Obama is preparing to unleash a series of "executive actions" aimed at boosting the green energy industry as part of the president's global warming agenda.
Top investigator says federal cybersecurity 'stinks'
The Obama administration's chief human resources officer ignored warnings to shut down the very computer systems that hackers would use to steal the most personal information of millions of federal employees, Congress was told Tuesday in testimony that left lawmakers stunned at the gaps in cybersecurity.

Prophecy News Watch - 6/16/2015

Around the World
China says South China Sea island building to finish soon
China will complete land reclamation projects on its disputed South China Sea territorial claims as planned within days, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, in an apparent bid to reassure its neighbors over moves seen as sharpening tensions in the strategically vital region.
Al Qaeda in Yemen says leader killed in US bombing
Al Qaeda in Yemen said its leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi was killed in a US bombing, in a statement posted online.
U.S. allies rethink Obama trade agenda in wake of defeat
President Obama's stunning loss in a showdown trade vote last week didn't just complicate his relations with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill.
Franklin Graham: Obama Freed Muslim Held in Egypt; Christian Pastor Suffers in Iran
Franklin Graham, the Christian evangelist, has said President Barack Obama should intervene to press for the release of Saeed Abedini in the way that he did for a man linked to the Muslim Brotherhood held in Egypt.
Russia says will retaliate if U.S. weapons stationed on its borders
A plan by Washington to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia's border would be the most aggressive U.S. act since the Cold War, and Moscow would retaliate by beefing up its own forces, a Russian defense official said on Monday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF establishes new cyber branch
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot decided to establish a new Cyber Branch in the IDF in light of the global increase in cyber attacks.
PM says Iran deal gets worse day by day
With the June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal between the world powers and Iran quickly approaching, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet Sunday that the deal looks worse with each passing day.

Inside the United States
Boehner, House Republicans Working to Resurrect Trade Bill
House Republicans are working to revive the trade bill squashed last week by Democrats led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Tropical Storm Bill heads for Texas coast
As if Texas hasn't had enough rain this spring, now the state faces a visit from Tropical Storm Bill early Tuesday.
N.C. abortion-ultrasound law dead as Supreme Court denies review
A North Carolina law that would have required doctors to show and describe a fetal ultrasound image to a pregnant woman before she has an abortion is now permanently blocked.
121 murders attributed to illegals released by Obama administration
More than 100 immigrants whom the Obama administration released back into the community went on to be charged with subsequent killings, according to government data released Monday that raises more questions about whether immigration authorities are doing enough to detail illegal immigrants awaiting deportation.
Jeb Bush enters 2016 White House race, ending the long wait
Jeb Bush jumped off the sidelines and into the Republican presidential race on Monday, kicking his campaign-in-waiting into gear after spending months raising money and lining up support.
IRS Finds 6,400 Lois Lerner Emails But Won't Hand Em Over
The Internal Revenue Service may have found 6,400 emails from Lois Lerner, who oversaw the tax agency's Exempt Organizations Unit, but the government agency has no plans to share.
Supreme Court races the clock on gay marriage, Obamacare and more
The future of same-sex marriage and President Obama's health care law hang in the balance as the Supreme Court's 2014 term draws rapidly to a close this month. But those aren't the only big issues on the justices' plate.

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