Prophecy News Watch - August 23, 2016

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Around the World
Scientific Research Refutes LGBT 'Born That Way' Claim
A new report by two Johns Hopkins University scientists reveals that scientific evidence does not support the claim that homosexuals are "born that way."
Russia Presses Turkey for Access to U.S. Airbase
Russia has approached Turkey to request use of the U.S.-built Incirlik air base.
Russia to Stop Using Iranian Base for Syria Strikes
Russia will stop using a base in Iran for airstrikes targeting militants in Syria for the time being, Iran’s foreign ministry said Monday.
UN warns Syria has become 'greatest crisis of our time'
The UN humanitarian chief on Monday urged all combatants in Aleppo to agree to a 48-hour pause to allow delivery of desperately needed aid, warning that otherwise the world risks seeing a 'humanitarian catastrophe unparalleled in the over five years of bloodshed' in Syria.
Iran unveils its own version of S-300 air defense system
Iran revealed Sunday its first long-range, domestically built air defense system, which supposedly has similar characteristics to the Russian made S-300.
Op-Ed: Our World: Soros's campaign of global chaos
Major media outlets in the US have ignored the leak of thousands of emails from billionaire George Soros's Open Society Foundation by the activist hacker group DCLeaks. The OSF is the vehicle through which Soros has funneled billions of dollars over the past two decades to non-profit organizations in the US and throughout the world.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel strikes target in Syria after mortar shell lands in Golan Heights
The Israeli Defense Forces on Monday carried out a strike in the Syrian Golan Heights in retaliation to mortar fire that landed on the Israeli side of the border, the IDF said in a statement.
Israel Strikes Dozens of Targets in Gaza, However Not Interested in 'Escalation'
The Israeli Defense Forces says it has no intention to escalate conflict in Gaza after air and artillery strikes hit dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Monday in response to earlier rocket fire from the coastal enclave into Israel.
IDF takes advantage of strike opportunity to target strategic Hamas assets
The IDF conducted its most significant strike in the Gaza Strip since the conclusion of Operation Protective Edge in late August 2014. The IDF has stated that its targets in the unusually-powerful strike were related to Hamas terror infrastructure in the northern Strip. Despite the fact that neither Israel nor Hamas have officially specified the targets and their importance, the significance is probably well-understood by the leadership on both sides.

Inside the United States
Federal court blocks Obama's transgender bathroom order
A federal court in Texas has blocked the Obama administration’s order compelling public schools nationwide to regulate restroom and locker room access on the basis of gender identity rather than biological sex.
Scores of California schoolchildren could be kept from class over vaccine law
Hundreds of California students could be sent home on the first day of school over a new vaccine law that took effect last month.
Va. governor restores voting rights of 13,000 felons
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that he has restored the voting rights of 13,000 individual felons, a move undertaken after the state Supreme Court rescinded a prior executive action that had restored the right to vote en masse to more than 200,000 former inmates.
FBI uncovers 14,900 more documents in Clinton email probe
The FBI's year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server uncovered 14,900 emails and documents from her time as secretary of state that had not been disclosed by her attorneys, and a federal judge on Monday pressed the State Department to begin releasing emails sooner than mid-October as it planned.
Judge Drops Marriage License Lawsuits Against Kim Davis
A federal judge has dismissed three lawsuits filed against Kentucky's Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples last year because it violated her religious convictions.

U.S. Politics
Poll: Most Americans favor early voting, automatic registration, photo I.D. laws
Four out of five Americans approve of laws allowing voters to cast ballots early and mandating photo identification at the polls, a new survey from Gallup research shows.
Giuliani: Press ignores signs of Clinton's illness
Continuing with the narrative that Hillary Clinton is unfit to be president, Rudy Giuliani, an adviser with Donald Trump's campaign, claimed Sunday there are videos online that show Clinton has an illness.
Donald Trump on NYT report: 'I have very little debt' compared to assets
Donald Trump said Monday 'I have very little debt' in response to a New York Times report that the presidential candidate has at least $650 million in debt among the companies he owns.

Christian News
U.S. Air Force officer forced to remove Bible from his desk after military atheist group files complaint
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) seems keen on removing every vestige of Christianity in America. This time, it has set its sight on the Bible on the desk of an Air Force major.
Fearless Faith: One Refugee Risks Everything to Bring Muslims to Christ
One Syrian evangelist fled the danger of ISIS only to face death threats in his European host country.
Christian Arab man killed by alleged Muslim hater gets 'important' funeral
Christian man Khalid Jabara, a 37-year-old Lebanese-American, was killed earlier this month in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A. by a man who might have mistaken him for a Muslim. His fellow faithful in his Church were determined to remember him as a firm believer in God's teachings as they bid him final farewell.
Churches Offer Comfort, Aid to Flood-Ravaged Louisiana
Churches not swallowed by water opened their doors as Red Cross shelters, while national relief organizations rolled up their sleeves to help with cleanup.