Prophecy News Watch - August 15, 2019

Around the World
US moves to block release of Iranian vessel in Gibraltar
The US has applied to seize an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar commandeered by British Royal Marines in the Mediterranean last month, a judge has told a court in Gibraltar, according to local media reports.
ISIS Extending Its Reach Into Philippines ’Will Mean Bloody Encounters,’ Filipino Official Says Following Report
Filipino authorities are on high alert following a report from intelligence services that ISIS is planning to target Roman Catholic churches in the north of the country, extending its reach beyond the Islamist strongholds of the south.
North Korea Appears To Have Built Its First Real Ballistic Missile Submarine
There is a corner of North Korea's nuclear program that we should take notice of. Hidden behind the distraction of the recent spate of tactical missile tests is a greater development with strategic implications: New submarines that will allow the Hermit Kingdom to improve the lethality and survivability of its nuclear arsenal.
One in four babies aborted in England and Wales
Nearly a quarter of babies are aborted in England and Wales, shocking new statistics reveal.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel blamed for blast in Iran-backed militia weapons depot in Baghdad
A former Iraqi deputy prime minister on Wednesday indicated Israel was responsible for a massive explosion earlier this week in a weapons depot controlled by an Iranian-backed Shiite militia in Baghdad.
Iranian commander: Hezbollah honed its skills in Syria, can destroy Israel
Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Hossein Salami declared on Wednesday that Lebanese terrorist group 'Hezbollah has acquired capabilities in Syria that allow it to destroy Israel alone.'

Inside the United States
US housing debt surges to $9.4T, topping record high from 2008
Residential mortgage debt in the U.S. reached a new high in the three months through June, topping a previous record during the height of the financial crisis.
US Stocks Plunge 3% on Recession Fears
Stock markets in Japan fell Thursday, but not as drastically as the plummets experienced by U.S. markets a day earlier that amplified recession fears.
FBI to assist in Portland as city braces for dueling Antifa, right-wing protests
Portland, Ore., is gearing up for a set of dueling rallies this weekend that is expected to bring an informal coalition of right-wing groups-- some of which have been decried as white nationalists and white supremacists-- and so-called anti-fascists, who have violently opposed these right-wing demonstrators.