Prophecy News Watch - June 17, 2019

Around the World
Pompeo says US does not want war with Iran, urges diplomacy
While it is 'unmistakable' that Iran was responsible for the attacks on two tankers last week, the United States does not want to go to war with Tehran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.
Iran says it will unveil measures reducing commitment to nuclear pact on Monday
Tehran said it would take further action Monday to renounce its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal signed with world powers.
Turkish Foreign Minister: ‘We Are Determined’ to Buy Russian Air Defense System
Turkey intends to move ahead with its purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system, despite warnings from the United States of icier relations to come between the two NATO allies if the sale proceeds.
Royal Navy plans to deploy marines to Gulf as Iran blamed for oil tanker attacks
The Royal Navy is drawing up plans to deploy marines to the Persian Gulf to protect British ships after a series of alleged Iranian attacks on oil tankers in the region.
Hong Kong police face off with protesters while trying to clear streets
Hong Kong police and protesters faced off early Monday as authorities began trying to clear the streets of a few hundred who remained near the city government headquarters after massive demonstrations that stretched deep into the night before.
Russia tests live nukes, breaking international pacts, says U.S. military intel
The Defense Intelligence agency said this week that Russia has violated several key international mandates with the U.S. and allies that ban live nuclear weapons tests.
U.S. blames Iran for helping Houthi rebels shoot down drone in Yemen
Houthi rebels in Yemen recently shot down a U.S. government-operated drone with assistance from Iran, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday.
Pompeo: 'Of course' military option on table to deal with Iran
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the United States is considering 'a full range of options,' including a military response, to combat Iranian aggression.
US ramps up attacks on Russian power grid
The Pentagon is intensifying its attacks on Russia’s power grid in the latest sign of a growing cyberwar between the U.S. and the Kremlin.
Yemen's Houthis launch new attack on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport
Yemen’s Houthi movement launched a new drone attack targeting the Abha regional airport in southern Saudi Arabia, the group’s Al-Masirah TV said on Monday.
Iranian official calls IAEA inspectors ‘roaches,’ says Tehran should quit NPT
The head of an Iranian academic institute that conducts nuclear research has called for the Islamic Republic to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal, and repeatedly dubbed international nuclear inspectors 'cockroaches.'
Mortar attack targets Iraqi base housing US troops
Militants in Iraq fired three mortar shells early Saturday into an air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers are present, causing no casualties, the Iraqi military said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel joins U.S. in accusing Iran of oil tankers attack
After the US accused Iran of being behind the attack on the oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, senior Israeli officials told Channel 13 that they too believe that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were the ones who carried out the attack on the oil tankers in the Persian Gulf.

Inside the United States
It’s Not Just Corn, U.S. Farmers May Forgo Near-Record Soy Acres
American farmers, already set to leave a record number of acres without corn, now face the prospect of also failing to plant soybeans because of rampant rainfall.
Anticipation builds for final Supreme Court rulings
With just two weeks left in the month of June, the justices have yet to issue rulings in 24 cases, including high-profile decisions that will affect the census citizenship question and partisan gerrymandering.
Florida Governor Signs Anti-Sanctuary City Bill Into Law
In an aggressive attempt to enforce immigration law, Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law banning sanctuary cities in the state. The law requires state agencies and law enforcement entities to support federal law enforcement when addressing illegal immigration in the state.
Torrential Rain Leaves U.S. Midwest Vegetable Farmers Struggling With No Aid in Sight
'There are no federal bailouts for vegetable farmers,' said Dunham, who owns an 80-acre (32-hectare) organic farm with his wife near Grinnell, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Des Moines, and is enduring weeks without sales as his crops ripen.
Trump says he will roll out new health care plan in next couple of months
President Trump said he'll be rolling out a new health care plan in a couple of months, saying it will be a key focus in his 2020 reelection campaign.

Christian News
Blasphemy Charges against Pakistani Christians Continue Despite Asia Bibi Release
The date of an appeal hearing for a Pakistani Christian man accused of blaspheming the prophet Muhammad in 2013 has reportedly been set.