Prophecy News Watch - January 2, 2018

Around the World
As protests persist, Rouhani warns Iran will respond to ‘lawbreakers’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday said his country would respond to 'rioters and lawbreakers,' a day after attempting to strike a conciliatory tone with protesters demonstrating against the regime across the country.
Gunman kills two Christians at alcohol store south of Cairo
A masked gunman shot dead two Christian brothers at their alcohol shop south of Cairo on Monday, security sources said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
In late night vote, Knesset passes law to hinder East Jerusalem withdrawal
Lawmakers approved a bill in the early hours Tuesday that requires a special two-thirds majority vote in the Knesset to relinquish any part of Jerusalem to the Palestinians under a future peace accord.
Air force hits Hamas camp in Gaza after rocket fire
The Israeli Air Force hit a Hamas camp in the southern Gaza Strip early Tuesday in response to a rocket fired at Israel hours before, the army said.
Seal from First Temple Period found at Kotel supports biblical accounts
A rare, well-preserved piece of clay dating to the First Temple period with the Hebrew inscription 'governor of the city' was recently discovered during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem.

Inside the United States
Arctic Outbreak Setting Record Lows as Dangerously Cold Wind Chills Infiltrate Plains, Midwest and East
A reinforcing shot of bitter, Arctic air will soon prolong the long-lived cold outbreak across the Plains, Midwest, South and East into the end of this week, likely shattering more daily records and sending wind chills to dangerously cold levels.
House expands Russia probe to FBI, Justice use of unconfirmed dossier to snare Trump
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has expanded its 2016 election investigation from a starting point of Russian interference to an end-game that focuses on federal law enforcement and how it conducted a drive to snare President Trump and his people.
California launches legal sale of cannabis for recreational use
California will launch the world’s largest regulated commercial market for recreational marijuana on Monday, as dozens of newly licensed stores catering to adults who enjoy the drug for its psychoactive effects open for business up and down the state.

Christian News
9,000 Jailed Christians Receive Sentence Reductions for Christmas in Indonesia
Indonesia reduced the sentences of over 9,000 Christian prisoners on Christmas day, including the sentence of a Christian governor jailed on blasphemy charges.

Prophecy News Watch - January 1, 2018

Around the World
Trump redoubles support of Iran protests, saying the 'world is watching'
President Trump on Saturday again expressed his support for Iran’s growing anti-government protests, saying oppressive regimes 'cannot endure forever” and that “the world is watching.'
Assad may have retaken the Syrian Golan, but Iran is pulling the strings
The evacuation of several hundred Syrian rebels from the Beit Jinn area on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights over the weekend puts Israel in an old-new position on the border. Assad’s army is once again at the fences, just like it was from 1967 to 2011.

Iran unrest ‘start of a big movement,’ says Nobelist Iranian
The unrest in Iran is just “the beginning of a big movement” that could be more widespread than the demonstrations of 2009, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi said in an interview Sunday.
January will bring two supermoons, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse
Visible supermoons—full moons that appear when the moon is at its closest orbital point to Earth—aren’t very rare. Having three in a row certainly is.
Iran warns against ‘illegal gatherings’ as fresh protest reported in Tehran
The Iranian government warned people against further protests on Saturday after two days of demonstrations sparked by anger over an array of economic problems even as a fresh demonstration was reported at the University of Tehran.
2 protesters killed in Iran as government tries to thwart activists with social media crackdown
Two demonstrators were reportedly killed overnight as the Iranian government struggled to contain anti-government protests spreading throughout the country.
Putin tells Assad Russia will help defend Syrian sovereignty
Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad in a new year’s greeting that Russia will continue supporting Syria’s efforts to defend its sovereignty, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
France sets up tax dept to investigate Jews
The secret department has 20 Hebrew-speaking employees, and is hiring five more to investigate tax evasion.
Sen. Graham: U.S. can deal 'fatal blows' to Iran, North Korea in 2018
Current and former U.S. officials said President Donald Trump's response to Iranian protests could have long-term effects on nuclear tensions with North Korea.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu's party approves resolution to annex West Bank, open settlements
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party approved on Sunday evening a proposal requiring party members to act to annex Judea and Samaria.
Hamas calls US ambassador 'racist,' says all ties should be cut with DC
The Palestinians should cut all ties with the United States because of 'racist' and 'ignorant' comments US Ambassador David Friedman made to The Jerusalem Post last week, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said on Saturday.
Thousands of Palestinians take part in anti-Trump protests
Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza and the occupied West Bank for the fourth Friday in a row in protests against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Palestine recalls U.S. envoy following Trump Jerusalem decision
Palestine recalled its envoy to the United States after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Inside the United States
Trump declares war on slavery, human trafficking
On Nov. 1, American Urban Radio Network’s White House correspondent April Ryan asked Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if President Trump believes slavery was wrong.
White House, Congress prepare for talks on spending, immigration
The White House said on Friday it was set to kick off talks next week with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders on immigration policy, government spending and other issues that need to be wrapped up early in the new year.
5 deputies shot, 1 fatally, near Denver; suspect shot and killed, authorities say
Authorities in Colorado have identified a sheriff’s deputy who was slain in an early morning shooting near Denver.

Christian News
Persecution Trends Report Lists Top Countries of Concern for 2018
A group which monitors Christian persecution around the world has released a new report listing countries where attacks and restrictions on Christians are likely to increase. These include China, India and Nigeria.

Prophecy News Watch - December 29, 2017

Around the World
Trump says China's stance on North Korea influences his trade policy
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he had 'been soft' on China on trade issues and said he was not happy that China had allowed oil shipments to go into North Korea.
Islamic State claims Kabul suicide bomb attack
Islamic State claimed a suicide bomb attack carried out on Thursday on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighboring Shi'ite cultural center in Kabul, the group's Amaq news agency said in an online statement.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel and U.S. Create Secret Plan to Counter Iran
The United States and Israel are working hand in hand to counter dangerous Iranian activity in the Middle East. According to Axios News, a strategic partnership agreement was reached during a secret meeting between Israeli and U.S. officials in the White House on December 12th.
New Synagogue Opens Under Temple Mount
While there may not be a Third Temple at which Israeli Jews can worship atop the Jerusalem Temple Mount, there is a brand-new synagogue under the foundation of the holy site – and it’s open for prayer.
PM warns Iran, Hamas not to tangle with IAF’s ‘tremendous firepower’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran and Hamas on Wednesday not to act against the Jewish state, as it has the strongest air force in the region, with the ability to reach targets at all distances.

Inside the United States
Trump's 2018 immigration plan: Overhaul the system and build the border wall
President Trump's second year in office likely will focus on overhauling the legal immigration system, after combatting illegal immigration during his first year.
How Trump could kill the Iran nuclear deal in January
President Donald Trump allowed the Iran nuclear deal to survive through 2017, but the new year will offer him another chance to blow up the agreement -- and critics and supporters alike believe he may take it.

Christian News
Oregon Bakers Who Refused to Make Gay Wedding Cake Lose Appeal
The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled against Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery who in 2013 refused to design and bake a cake celebrating a lesbian couple's same-sex wedding.

Prophecy News Watch - December 28, 2017

Around the World
Iranian parliament recognizes Jerusalem as 'capital of Palestine'
The Iranian parliament voted to approve a plan on Wednesday that would require the government of Iran to recognize Jerusalem as the permanent capital of the Palestinian people, Iranian news agency Fars reported.
US Imposes Sanctions Against Top North Korean Weapons Makers
The United States has imposed new sanctions on two of North Korea's key figures in its weapons program.
After Islamic State's defeat, a massive bill to rebuild Iraq
The Iraqi government estimates $100 billion is needed nationwide to rebuild cities and towns left in ruins by more than three years of war against the Islamic State group. Local leaders in Mosul, the biggest city held by IS, say that amount is needed to rehabilitate their city alone.
Blast rips through supermarket in Russia's St Petersburg, 10 hurt
A blast ripped through a supermarket in Russia’s St Petersburg on Wednesday evening, injuring at least 10 shoppers, investigators said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hezbollah, Syrian forces advance on rebels 7 miles from Israel
Hezbollah and Syrian army forces have reportedly launched an assault on a besieged Syrian rebels’ stronghold some 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) from Israel’s border, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel will not accept Iranian proxies on its frontier.
Israeli security officials warn situation in Gaza may lead to new military conflict
Senior Israeli security officials have told the Security Cabinet that the current situation in Gaza resembles the one that existed just before Operation Protective Edge in 2014, warning that it might lead to a new military conflict with Hamas.

Inside the United States
Brrr! After Record Snow, Bitter Cold Ahead for Northern US
Freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills socked much of the northern United States on Wednesday, even setting a record in a Minnesota city so cold it's called the Icebox of the Nation, and will stay put for days to come as snow-hardened Erie digs out from a record snowfall.
U.S. holiday sales set to break records in surprise boon to retail
The U.S. holiday shopping season is on track to break sales records on the back of surging consumer confidence and increased use of mobile devices, presenting an unexpected boon for retailers and the delivery companies they rely on.

Christian News
Christians murdered in Nigeria's Kaduna state over Christmas
Fulani herdsmen have launched two attacks on Christian worshippers in Nigeria's Kaduna State in the Christmas period.
Atlanta Fire Chief Fired for Christian Beliefs Wins Victory in Court
Atlanta Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran claims he was terminated due to his religious beliefs and that his First Amendment rights were violated. However, the City of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed hold firm that Cochran 'was fired because he did not comply with the City’s pre-clearance rules for outside employment and for facilitating a massive public relations campaign against the Mayor and the City.'

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