Prophecy News Watch - June 18, 2015

Around the World
Assad Uses Chem Weapons as Syria Battles Spread
Syrian President Bashar Assad's army has used chemical weapons at least 29 times in the past year, according to testimony delivered Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Sessions: Fast Track Would Lead to 3 Pacts Encompassing 90% of World GDP
Senator Jeff Sessions is worried that the adoption of the Trans-Pacific Partnership would lead to an 'historic international regulatory Commission' that would encompass 90 percent of the world's GDP. He's concerned that it would '[create] a self-governing and self-perpetuating Commission with extraordinary implications for American workers and American sovereignty.'
Asteroid Icarus to skim past the Earth in rare 'distant pass'
Asteroid Icarus, the kilometre-long spacerock named after the Greek mythological character that flew too close to the sun, will skim past the Earth on Tuesday night making a rare 'distant pass' of five million miles.
Russian Army Re-Brands Under Putin
Russia's president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday opened a massive military expo in a brand new army exhibition center just outside Moscow, unveiling another major project meant to showcase Russia's armed forces as modern and professional.
Nato shows its teeth to Russia with elaborate Baltic training exercise
Dozens of Nato landing craft churned through the Baltic's grey waters. Further out at sea, huge warships -- the US's San Antonio, Britain's Ocean and Poland's Lublin -- filled the horizon. On the beach, DVs -- short for distinguished visitors -- including the UK defence secretary, Michael Fallon, were watching.
RAF Scrambled As Russians Stray Near NATO Drill
RAF Typhoons have been scrambled three times in the last 24 hours to intercept Russian jets flying close to NATO military exercises in the Baltic.
Mount Everest Moves More Than an Inch Southwest After Nepal Earthquake
The incredible energy unleashed by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 moved Mount Everest more than an inch.
Egypt court confirms ousted President Mohammed Morsi's death sentence
An Egyptian court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the country's 2011 uprising, making him the first leader in Egypt's modern history to potentially face execution.
Number displaced worldwide hits record high - UN report
The number of people displaced by war, conflict or persecution reached a record high of nearly 60 million around the world in 2014, a UN report says.
Inside Islamic State group's rule: Creating a nation of fear
Inside the Islamic State's realm, the paper testifying that you have 'repented' from your heretical past must be carried at all times. Many people laminate it just to be safe. It can mean the difference between life and death.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hamas denies reaching long-term ceasefire agreement with Israel
Hamas denied on Wednesday that it reached a long-term ceasefire agreement with Israel, with a senior Hamas official saying that 'so far, we have no written plans to discuss with the Palestinian factions.'

Inside the United States
Fed holds off on interest rate hike, downgrades economic forecast
Federal Reserve policymakers on Wednesday kept the central bank's benchmark short-term interest rate near zero, opting against the first increase since 2006 after determining the economy still isn't strong enough to handle it.
Heavy rain from Bill causes new floods in North Texas
Although Tropical Storm Bill weakened to a tropical depression Wednesday, the weather system still packed heavy Gulf Coast rain that caused a new round of flooding from already swollen lakes and rivers in North Texas.
Op-Ed: No wonder Obama won't let us read TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would turn over to globalists the power to issue regulations about U.S. trade, immigration, the environment, labor and commerce. It's called a 'living agreement,' which means the globalists can amend and change the text of the so-called agreement after it has gone into effect.
Toxic algae bloom might be largest ever
Scientists onboard a NOAA research vessel are beginning a survey of what could be the largest toxic algae bloom ever recorded off the West Coast.
Documents challenge Clinton claim no classified intel on personal emails
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her personal email account to handle high level negotiations in 2011 for a no-fly zone to help topple Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, according to a series of emails obtained by Fox News, challenging her claim the private server did not hold classified information.
FBI in Midst of Broad Campaign to Disrupt ISIS, Sources Say
The FBI is in the midst of a broad campaign to disrupt potential terrorists inspired by ISIS, with several arrests expected before July 4th, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

Christian News
Eritrean Christians Caught Between Persecutors
Eritrean Christians are being forced to choose between living under a dictatorship that imprisons believers for their faith, or risking their lives by escaping Eritrea by way of Sudan.
Americans' confidence in religion hits a new low
Americans have less confidence in organized religion today than ever measured before -- a sign that the church could be 'losing its footing as a pillar of moral leadership in the nation's culture,' a new Gallup survey finds.
Sea of Galilee church torched in suspected hate attack
A fire broke out at the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, early Thursday in what police suspect was an arson attack.
Nine killed in shooting at South Carolina church, gunman still at large
Nine people were killed late Wednesday at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. after a white gunman walked in during a prayer meeting and began shooting.
Muslim Leader Plans to Turn Thousands of Churches Into Mosques; Claims Christians and Muslims Worship 'the Same God'
A prominent Muslim leader in France has suggested that thousands of the country's abandoned Catholic churches should be turned into mosques to accommodate the growing French Muslim population, which is the largest Muslim population in Europe.
Southern Baptists urged to reject any laws legalizing gay marriage
Prepare for civil disobedience. That's the message one prominent pastor is sending to some 16 million members of the Southern Baptist Convention.