Prophecy News Watch - December 18, 2017

Around the World
US presents ‘undeniable’ evidence Iran arming Yemen’s rebels with missiles
US President Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations unveiled Thursday what she said was 'undeniable' evidence proving that Iran is funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen in violation of international law.
US jets fire warning flares as Russian planes enters Syria buffer zone
Two US fighter jets on Wednesday fired warning flares after two Russian jets entered a buffer zone intended to keep Russian and US-led coalition forces operating over Syria apart.
Islamic State got U.S. weapons meant for Syrian rebels: study
Sophisticated weapons the U.S. military secretly provided to Syrian rebels ended up with the Islamic State, a study said Thursday.
EU agrees to extend sanctions against Russia
The European Union agreed Thursday to extend sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US peace plan not finalized, but efforts 'serious,' says Saudi's Jubeir
The US administration is serious about getting a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, but its proposed plan is still being put together, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said.
Hamas will reverse Trump's Jerusalem move, leader tells Gaza rally
Tens of thousands of Palestinians including hundreds of gunmen rallied in Gaza on Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of Hamas's founding and its chief vowed to reverse US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
India, China and Russia Refrain From Recognizing East Jerusalem as Capital of Palestine in Joint Statement
Foreign ministers from India, Russia and China notably refrained from recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine at their annual meeting in New Delhi this week – seven days after the US recognized the holy city as the capital of Israel.

Inside the United States
Firefighter dies battling Calif. blaze, now 4th-largest in state history
A Cal Fire engineer died Thursday while battling the Thomas fire in steep terrain in the hills outside Fillmore, officials said.
Federal Reserve raises interest rates for third time in 2017
With the labor market strengthening and economic activity rising at a solid rate, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced the third rate-hike of the year.
FBI made a ton more edits to water down James Comey's statement on Clinton email probe
The FBI did far more editing of former FBI Director James Comey’s statement on their probe of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server than previously known, edits that erased serious concerns the FBI initially had, according to a key senator.
President Trump outpaces Obama with 19 federal court judges confirmed
The Senate confirmed President Trump’s 19th federal judge Thursday, approving James Ho for a seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and further bolstering the judicial army that conservatives wanted to build.
FCC votes to end ‘net neutrality,’ giving internet service providers more power
The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era 'net neutrality' rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.

Christian News
Christians in India Arrested, Beaten by Hindu Extremists After Praying for Sick Man
Seven Christians in India have been booked on charges of hurting religious feelings after Hindu extremists savagely beat them when they gathered to pray for a sick man at his home, sources said.
R.C. Sproul, Theologian and Founder of Ligonier Ministries, Has Died
Theologian and founder of Ligonier Ministries, R.C. Sproul, 78, passed away Wednesday afternoon.