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  1. Worthy News Brief - August 16, 2019 Friend, the Lord is looking to see His reflection in your life! 1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it tested with fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: We've been in full-time ministry just over 20 years now, and boy, have we had our share of trials and tribulations! Sometimes when we are in the midst of trials we start to wonder -- Lord, will it ever end? In case you haven't noticed, it doesn't. But the good news is that with each faith-testing experience, our ability to deal with these trials and tribulations becomes better and our faith grows stronger! In this scripture, God compares our faith to a most precious and beautiful metal -- gold. But when mined, this precious metal doesn't look very precious! It's dirty looking and black. How does gold become beautiful? A refiner takes the gold and carefully melts it in a melting pot -- slowly raising the temperature -- but never to the point where it boils. As it melts, slowly the impurities rise to the surface and he will scoop away the dross leaving a beautiful pot of gold, ready to become your next ring or bracelet. Here's the amazing part. The refiner knows his job is done when he can look into the melting pot and see a reflection of himself. The only way gold will become more precious is when it's placed on the fire! In the same way, the impurities of our lives must be exposed to the fire so that the Lord can scoop up the filth that shows itself when we get hot!! Notice, though, that He'll never allow us to boil! And then, when it's all said and done, He can look upon us and see the beauty of His reflection! Friend, let's not despise the trials we're facing today -- on the contrary, let's embrace them! The Lord is using these things to prepare us to do great things for Him! Respond to the Lord today by saying what do you want me to learn from this today, Lord? And watch how the Lord blesses you through the fire! Your family in the Lord with much agape love, George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah Arad, Israel Editor's Note: We're proud to announce that after months of development, we've finally finished the Worthy Prayer Team. If you have a prayer request, please let the Prayer Team know. Editor's Note: We're starting to schedule our Fall tour. If you would like to us minister at your congregation, home fellowship, or host a Israel focused event, be sure to let us know ASAP. You can send an email to george [ @ ] worthyministries.com for more information. Friend, if our ministry has blessed you, consider supporting our work online and in Israel! Thank you for your prayers and gifts! Together, we are making a difference for the Kingdom! Around the World US said coordinating secret Iran talks between Israel, Emirates The United States has been arranging secret talks between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in recent months to discuss the common threat posed by Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. North Korea launches 2 more short-range missiles, US official says North Korea fired two more short-range ballistic missiles for the sixth time in three weeks, a U.S. official told Fox News late Thursday. British Release Iranian Tanker After U.S. Fails in Bid to Take Over Seizure An Iranian oil tanker held for over a month by British authorities was released Thursday, despite a legal bid by the U.S. to take over the seizure. Chinese military preparing crackdown U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching Chinese troop movements in Shenzhen near Hong Kong where several hundred thousand People’s Liberation Army and People’s Armed Police troops are massing along with armored vehicles Trump says trade war with China will be fairly short U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he believes China wants to make a trade deal and the trade war with Beijing will be fairly short. Trump Says US Moving Rapidly Towards Trade Deal with Britain President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States and Britain were moving rapidly towards a deal on trade that would be 'fantastic and big.' 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. Inside the United States US Retail Sales Up Solidly in Sign of Consumer Optimism Americans spent more at retail stores and restaurants in July, a sign that concerns over weakening economic growth and a persistent trade war that has roiled financial markets have yet to dampen consumer confidence. Democrats accused of fueling attacks on cops, ICE with incendiary political rhetoric From dousing police with water to doxxing immigration agents to attacking detention centers, it’s been a long, hot summer for law enforcement, and the inflammatory political rhetoric on the left isn’t helping. Florida court overturns ruling that tossed abortion waiting period In a victory for Republican state leaders and abortion opponents, a split appeals court Thursday overturned a circuit judge’s decision that tossed out a 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before having abortions. Missouri abortion law critics won't seek signatures for vote Critics of a new Missouri law that bans abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy say they won’t make a push to gather the signatures needed to block it pending a public vote, meaning it’s on course to take effect at the end of the month. Trump Admin Defunding Planned Parenthood, Abortion Giant Set to Lose $60M as Deadline Nears Planned Parenthood is set to lose $60 million in the coming days, because of a Trump administration rule forbidding federal funds going to any family planning programs that refer patients for abortion. Christian News Egyptian Churches Encounter Administrative Hurdles on Path to Legal Status As Egypt continues to go through the process of becoming more officially inclusive of Coptic Christianity, many Christian leaders complained on August 5th that fewer churches had been granted legal status this time around by the presidential committee appointed for the task by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Little Has Changed': Pastor in Colombia Murdered Despite Peace Agreement A pastor in Colombia was murdered in his home in Bajo Cauca Antioquia, following a protest for peace by Protestants and Catholics the pastor was thought to be a part of. Christians Celebrate as Bible Spared from Trump Tariffs on Chinese Goods Christian publishers are rejoicing after the Bible has been exempted from President Trump's looming tariffs on Chinese goods. Letters to the Editor Editor's Note If you would like to submit a note to the editor, simply hit reply. Be sure to add your name and location! We're looking for intercessors to pray for our ministry online and in Israel. If you're interested, please send an email to george [@] worthyministries.com. Friend, help spread WORTHY BRIEFS, now reaching 126 countries daily! Forward this brief to a friend! IMPORTANT NOTE: To ensure delivery of your Worthy Brief please add worthynewsbrief [@] worthynetwork.com to your address book or approved senders list. If you're having problems receiving your Worthy Brief, click here! Follow Us on Facebook Worthy News Worthy Devotions George Whitten Lazman Hazeh Music Support our Ministry Friend, if our ministry has blessed you, consider supporting Worthy Network with a tax-deductible gift! You can give online OR send gifts to: Worthy Ministries 106 Sheffield Place Franklin, TN 37067-4437 Please include your email address in the memo section of your check or money order so we can keep in touch a bit easier than sending mail overseas. This email was sent to <<Email Address>> unsubscribe from this list | Update Subscription Preferences Worthy News · 106 Sheffield Place · Franklin, TN 37067-4437 · USA
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  4. (Worthy News) - Critics of a new Missouri law that bans abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy say they won’t make a push to gather the signatures needed to block it pending a public vote, meaning it’s on course to take effect at the end of the month. Opponents of the law sought a referendum in the hopes that voters would overturn it. But with only two weeks to gather the more than 100,000 voter signatures required to put it on the 2020 ballot, an American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri official says there’s simply not enough time. “Our push now is to register voters for the 2020 election,” ACLU of Missouri Development Director Nicole Rainey said in a Thursday email. “Like I said - it is impossible to collect signatures within this timeframe.” [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] The post Missouri abortion law critics won't seek signatures for vote appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  5. (Worthy News) - Americans spent more at retail stores and restaurants in July, a sign that concerns over weakening economic growth and a persistent trade war that has roiled financial markets have yet to dampen consumer confidence. Retail sales rose a healthy 0.7% last month after a 0.3% gain in June, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Online retailers, grocery stores, clothing retailers and electronics, and appliance stores all reported strong gains. Consumer spending, the primary driver of the U.S. economy, appears healthy even as other sectors of the economy, such as business investment, have weakened amid growing uncertainty over the U.S.-China trade conflict. Job growth is steady, the unemployment rate is near a 50-year low, and wages are rising modestly, which bolsters Americans' spending power. [ Source: VOA News (Read More...) ] The post US Retail Sales Up Solidly in Sign of Consumer Optimism appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  6. (Worthy News) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he believes China wants to make a trade deal and the trade war with Beijing will be fairly short. “I think we’re having very good discussions with China. They very much want to make a deal,” Trump told reporters. He said he had a call scheduled soon with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but he did not say when. “I think the longer it goes the stronger we get,” Trump said of the trade war. “I have a feeling it’s going to go fairly short,” he said. [ Source: Reuters (Read More...) ] The post Trump says trade war with China will be fairly short appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  7. (Worthy News) - Planned Parenthood plans to withdraw next week from Title X, the country’s family-planning program for low-income patients, over a Trump administration rule barring groups who provide abortions or abortion referrals from receiving Title X funds. The organization on Wednesday asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to halt what abortion-rights advocates have dubbed the “domestic gag rule,” while it fights the rule in court. It said that it will otherwise be forced to leave the Title X program on August 19, the Department of Health and Human Services’ deadline for demonstrating “good-faith efforts to comply” with the rule. The rule states that “none of the funds appropriated for Title X may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning” and emphasizes that there must be “physical and financial separation” between abortion services and groups receiving funding. [ Source: National Review (Read More...) ] The post Planned Parenthood Says It Will Be Forced to Leave Federal Family-Planning Program Barring Court Intervention appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  8. (Worthy News) - The United States has been arranging secret talks between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in recent months to discuss the common threat posed by Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. At least two clandestine meetings between Emirati and Israeli officials have taken place so far this year, the report said: one in early 2019 and the other “more recently.” It cited senior White House officials familiar with the matter. The meetings were attended by the US special envoy for Iran Brian Hook, who heads the Iran Action Group, a State Department policy group tasked with coordinating the administration’s Iran policy in Washington and overseas. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post US said coordinating secret Iran talks between Israel, Emirates appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  9. (Worthy News) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States and Britain were moving rapidly towards a deal on trade that would be 'fantastic and big.' "I think we'll make a fantastic and big trade deal with the UK," Trump told reporters before departing for a political rally in New Hampshire. "That's moving along rapidly." He said he had talked to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday and would be speaking with him again. "He and I are very much aligned," Trump said. [ Source: VOA News (Read More...) ] The post Trump Says US Moving Rapidly Towards Trade Deal with Britain appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  10. (Worthy News) - North Korea fired two more short-range ballistic missiles for the sixth time in three weeks, a U.S. official told Fox News late Thursday. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said earlier that projectiles were twice launched from an area on the North’s eastern coast, but did not say what the weapons were, how many were launched or how far they flew. The latest launches extend the rogue nation's streak of weapons tests, which are believed to be aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear diplomacy. [ Source: Fox News (Read More...) ] The post North Korea launches 2 more short-range missiles, US official says appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  11. (Worthy News) - An Iranian oil tanker held for over a month by British authorities was released Thursday, despite a legal bid by the U.S. to take over the seizure. Grace 1, which authorities pinned as carrying oil to the government of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria in defiance of European Union sanctions, was detained by the British Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, prompting Iran to seize the British tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz two weeks later as retaliation. "A strait for a strait. It can't be that the Strait of Hormuz is free for you and the Strait of Gibraltar is not free for us," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at the time, echoing calls on the other side from British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt for the establishment of a European maritime security force designed to stave off Iranian aggression. Over the course of two months in May and June, Iran bombed or intimidated Saudi Arabian, Emirati, Norwegian, and Japanese oil tankers in or near its territorial waters in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. The bellicose response of the Islamic Republic to U.S. President Trump’s war of sanctions against Iranian oil has, according to unnamed Trump Administration sources who spoke to the Wall Street Journal, led to unprecedented secret meetings between the U.S., Israel, and Gulf States like the United Arab Emirates over the last few months aimed at mounting an opposition to Iran. The post British Release Iranian Tanker After U.S. Fails in Bid to Take Over Seizure appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  12. by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) - As Egypt continues to go through the process of becoming more officially inclusive of Coptic Christianity, many Christian leaders complained on August 5th that fewer churches had been granted legal status this time around by the presidential committee appointed for the task by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Whereas in August 88 places of worship were granted legal status by the committee helmed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in July as many as 127 had been approved, with church leaders citing overly stringent safety requirements as the reason for the thinning numbers of the latest round. American Christian leaders praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in January when he gifted the Egyptian Coptic Community the largest church to-date in the Middle East, in what many saw as a sea change following the Islamist terror attacks that had riven the country and targeted Christians for almost a decade since the Arab Spring. “The American people deserve to know that where once a group of dangerous fanatics ruled, we now have a great friend and faithful ally in Egypt,” author Joel C. Rosenberg, who attended the inauguration of the Nativity of the Christ cathedral along with Sisi himself and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, wrote for the Christian Post in January. Sisi’s government has so far legalized 1,109 out of the 3,730 churches that have applied for legal permits, with an additional 5,000 churches granted permission to operate while they await legal status, compared with only 2,500 that were ever considered legal in Egypt over the last 150 years, according to Rosenberg. The post Egyptian Churches Encounter Administrative Hurdles on Path to Legal Status appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  13. (Worthy News) - U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching Chinese troop movements in Shenzhen near Hong Kong where several hundred thousand People’s Liberation Army and People’s Armed Police troops are massing along with armored vehicles. Satellite photos published this week showed an estimated 500 armored personnel carriers and military trucks parked in a sports stadium in Shenzhen, a city near Hong Kong. State-run Chinese media reports over the past week have provided indications that the ruling Communist Party is preparing the population for a major military crackdown on the former British colony, one that likely could resemble the 1989 massacre of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] The post Chinese military preparing crackdown appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  14. Worthy News Brief - August 15, 2019 Friend, listen carefully! Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. "Before refrigerators, people used ice-houses to preserve their food. Ice-houses had thick walls, no windows, and a tightly fitted door. In winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut from the frozen waters, hauled to the ice-houses, and covered with sawdust. Often these ice-blocks would last well into the summer. One man lost a valuable watch while working in an ice-house. He searched diligently for it, carefully raking through the sawdust, but didn't find it. His fellow workers also looked, but their efforts, too, proved futile. A small boy who heard about the fruitless search slipped into the ice-house during the noon hour and soon emerged with the watch. Amazed, the men asked him how he found it. "I closed the door," the boy replied, "lay down in the sawdust, and kept very still. Soon I heard the watch ticking." (story taken from "Directions" by James Hamilton) So often life can become so hectic that it becomes hard to find time to sit still and just listen to what the Lord is saying. But Yeshua (Jesus) often secluded himself, so that He could commune intimately with His Father. In these days and in this hour it's so imperative that we spend time in our own prayer closets, so we can clearly hear what our Father is saying to us, through His still small voice. If we do, we may find some wonderful and valuable things that others have missed. Friend, the question isn't whether God will speak, but whether we will take the time to be quiet and still enough to hear His voice. Let's be sure to take that time to hear what He's saying to us! Your family in the Lord with much agape love, George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah Arad, Israel Editor's Note: We're proud to announce that after months of development, we've finally finished the Worthy Prayer Team. If you have a prayer request, please let the Prayer Team know. Editor's Note: We're starting to schedule our Fall tour. If you would like to us minister at your congregation, home fellowship, or host a Israel focused event, be sure to let us know ASAP. You can send an email to george [ @ ] worthyministries.com for more information. Friend, if our ministry has blessed you, consider supporting our work online and in Israel! Thank you for your prayers and gifts! Together, we are making a difference for the Kingdom! 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. Christian News Little Has Changed': Pastor in Colombia Murdered Despite Peace Agreement A pastor in Colombia was murdered in his home in Bajo Cauca Antioquia, following a protest for peace by Protestants and Catholics the pastor was thought to be a part of. Christians Celebrate as Bible Spared from Trump Tariffs on Chinese Goods Christian publishers are rejoicing after the Bible has been exempted from President Trump's looming tariffs on Chinese goods. Letters to the Editor Editor's Note If you would like to submit a note to the editor, simply hit reply. Be sure to add your name and location! We're looking for intercessors to pray for our ministry online and in Israel. If you're interested, please send an email to george [@] worthyministries.com. Friend, help spread WORTHY BRIEFS, now reaching 126 countries daily! Forward this brief to a friend! IMPORTANT NOTE: To ensure delivery of your Worthy Brief please add worthynewsbrief [@] worthynetwork.com to your address book or approved senders list. If you're having problems receiving your Worthy Brief, click here! Follow Us on Facebook Worthy News Worthy Devotions George Whitten Lazman Hazeh Music Support our Ministry Friend, if our ministry has blessed you, consider supporting Worthy Network with a tax-deductible gift! You can give online OR send gifts to: Worthy Ministries 106 Sheffield Place Franklin, TN 37067-4437 Please include your email address in the memo section of your check or money order so we can keep in touch a bit easier than sending mail overseas. This email was sent to <<Email Address>> unsubscribe from this list | Update Subscription Preferences Worthy News · 106 Sheffield Place · Franklin, TN 37067-4437 · USA
  15. (Worthy News) - 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. Gibraltar was due to release the Grace 1 vessel on Thursday but the US Department of Justice sought to seize it just a few hours before, the Gibraltar Chronicle reported. Anthony Dudley, chief justice of Gibraltar, made clear that were it not for the US move “the ship would have sailed”, the paper said. [ Source: The Guardian (Read More...) ] The post US moves to block release of Iranian vessel in Gibraltar appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  16. (Worthy News) - 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. Gibraltar was due to release the Grace 1 vessel on Thursday but the US Department of Justice sought to seize it just a few hours before, the Gibraltar Chronicle reported. Anthony Dudley, chief justice of Gibraltar, made clear that were it not for the US move “the ship would have sailed”, the paper said. [ Source: The Guardian (Read More...) ] The post US moves to block release of Iranian vessel in Gibraltar appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  17. (Worthy News) - Christian publishers are rejoicing after the Bible has been exempted from President Trump's looming tariffs on Chinese goods. The 10 percent hike on $300 billion worth of other Chinese goods will go into effect on September 1. With China being the world's largest Bible publisher, Christian publishers in the US have warned that the tariffs would have made some translations too costly to produce. [ Source: CBN News (Read More...) ] The post Christians Celebrate as Bible Spared from Trump Tariffs on Chinese Goods appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  18. by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) - A pastor in Colombia was murdered in his home in Bajo Cauca Antioquia, following a protest for peace by Protestants and Catholics the pastor was thought to be a part of. Plinio Rafael Salcedo was shot multiple times on August 10th, and is survived by his wife and two small children, as well as his church, which is part of the World Missionary Movement in Colombia. “Whilst we welcome the Colombian government’s efforts regarding the peace agreement so far, little has changed for many communities in regions where illegal armed groups continue to operate with impunity,” said Christian Solidarity Worldwide chief Mervyn Thomas. In 2016, members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) and the Colombian government, who had been fighting the longest-standing armed conflict in the western hemisphere for over 50 years, signed a peace agreement, with revolutionary leader Timochenko promising “the war is over, we are starting to build peace.” The pastor’s murder, typical of a conflict that has seen 200,000 people killed and produced the largest number of internally displaced people anywhere in the world at 7 million, continues a trend in which church leaders have been either silenced, assassinated, or co-opted by revolutionaries in their capacity as the consciences of their communities. The post Little Has Changed': Pastor in Colombia Murdered Despite Peace Agreement appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  19. by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) - 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. According to the intelligence, at least one of the Sri Lankan bombers involved in that country’s Easter Sunday attacks in April has been training suicide bombers to carry out a terrorist plot in Luzon, a highly populated island in the northern Philippines that includes the capital, Manila. “The president said that he was afraid that this ISIS group would reach here. The fear and apprehension will always be there for as long as terrorism led by this godless group is still present,” said Salvador Panelo, President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman, on August 6th. ISIS, after it was declared defeated in Syria by President Trump in December, experienced a resurgence in Sri Lanka in April when terrorists killed over 250 people on Easter Sunday, and in Jolo, the south Philippines in January when it claimed responsibility for more than 20 deaths at a Roman Catholic Cathedral. Following the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first video appearance in five years in an apparent gesture that the group was alive and well. The post ISIS Extending Its Reach Into Philippines ’Will Mean Bloody Encounters,’ Filipino Official Says Following Report appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  20. (Worthy News) - 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. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Tuesday that home loan balances grew by $162 billion in the second quarter of 2019 to $9.4 trillion, exceeding the $9.3 trillion peak in the third quarter of 2008. Mortgage originations, including refinances, also increased by $130 billion to $474 billion, the New York Fed found. “While nominal mortgage balances are now slightly above the previous peak seen in the third quarter of 2008, mortgage delinquencies and the average credit profile of mortgage borrowers have continued to improve,” Wilbert van der Klaauw, a senior vice president at the bank, said. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More...) ] The post US housing debt surges to $9.4T, topping record high from 2008 appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  21. (Worthy News) - 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. “We believe they are weapons we were holding onto for a neighboring state and they were targeted by an oppressive colonial state on the basis of a treasonous Iraqi act,” former deputy prime minister Baha al-Araji wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. An unnamed security source on Wednesday also told the Asharq al-Awsat, an Arabic-language newspaper published in London, that Israel was behind the strike. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] The post Israel blamed for blast in Iran-backed militia weapons depot in Baghdad appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  22. (Worthy News) - 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. Portland’s so-called “Antifa” members have issued an online call to followers to turn out to “defend Portland from a far-Right attack.” Portland’s Rose City Antifa, the nation’s oldest active anti-fascist group, said violence against right-wing demonstrators is “exactly what should happen when the far-right attempts to invade our town.” [ Source: Fox News (Read More...) ] The post FBI to assist in Portland as city braces for dueling Antifa, right-wing protests appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  23. (Worthy News) - 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. On July 23, North Korean state media released images of Kim Jong-un inspecting a submarine. The boat (submarines are always called boats) was described as newly constructed, although it is likely an old boat that has been newly modified. The images, which do not show the entire submarine, can nonetheless be pieced together to reveal that it is a variant of the 1950s vintage Russian Project 633 submarine, known to NATO as the Romeo class. North Korea has operated as many as twenty of these submarines, with most being built locally with Chinese assistance. The last local construction was in 1996. The age of the underlying design notwithstanding, it appears to have a new capability that should energize strategists: it looks like a ballistic missile submarine. [ Source: Forbes (Read More...) ] The post North Korea Appears To Have Built Its First Real Ballistic Missile Submarine appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  24. (Worthy News) - 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." The warring comments seem to affirm Israel's concerns over Iranian-backed activity in war-torn Syria, where the Jewish state has admitted to conducting "hundreds of strikes" on Iranian-linked targets. [ Source: Israel Hayom (Read More...) ] It's concerning that the IRGC commander claimed #Hezbollah could destroy #Israel, because it shows the guard corps feels it has authority to openly contradict what #Iran's government says, analyst Nathanael Chouraqui says 📰➡ https://t.co/dD1uL2bVbZ pic.twitter.com/ORW2KruYr3 — i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) August 14, 2019 The post Iranian commander: Hezbollah honed its skills in Syria, can destroy Israel appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
  25. (Worthy News) - 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. Tokyo's Nikkei index closed down 1.2% Thursday while elsewhere in Asia, China's Shanghai Composite Index and Hong Kong's Hang Seng were about even in late trading. U.S. market futures pointed to slight gains Thursday, rebounding from Wednesday's trading that sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard and Poors 500 and Nasdaq all down 3%. [ Source: VOA News (Read More...) ] The post US Stocks Plunge 3% on Recession Fears appeared first on Worthy Christian News. View the full article
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