Prophecy News Watch - April 16, 2018

Around the World
Russia's Putin predicts global 'chaos' if West hits Syria again
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
U.S., allies launch missile attack on Syria in retaliation for using chemical weapons on civilians
The U.S. launched missile strikes on Syria Friday night in coordination with Britain and France in retaliation for Syria’s chemical-weapons attack on civilians last weekend.
US to Hit Russia With New Sanctions for Aiding Syria’s Assad
President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his use of the phrase 'Mission Accomplished' to describe a U.S.-led missile attack on Syria’s chemical weapons program, even as his aides stressed continuing U.S. troop involvement and plans for new economic sanctions against Russia for enabling the government of Bashar Assad.
Russia stocks open lower after US vows further sanctions; Rusal tanks 14%
Russia's stock market opened lower on Monday morning, amid renewed concerns over the prospect of imminent U.S. sanctions.
Biggest Naval force since Iraq on course for Syria
An armada of 12 warships — the largest US strike force since the 2003 Iraq war – is steaming toward the Middle East as President Trump mulls an attack on Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack on civilians, according to a report.
Syria, Russia say over 100 missiles fired, many intercepted
The US and its allies fired more than 100 cruise missiles at Syria, a significant number of which were intercepted by Syrian air defenses, Russia and Syria said Saturday.
Allies hit three facilities to degrade Syria's chemical weapons program
The Defense Department said Friday night that U.S., British and French forces struck three Syrian facilities that officials believe play a key role in Syria's ability to research, produce and store chemical weapons.
Russia vows ‘consequences’ for Syria strike
Russia warned late Friday there would be 'consequences' for President Trump’s decision to proceed with airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons facilities, according to Moscow’s representative to the U.S.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hezbollah threatens possibility of 'direct fight' between Israel and Iran
Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah pointed on Friday to an Israeli air strike against a Syrian air base that killed some Iranian Revolutionary Guards, saying it opened the prospect of conflict between the two enemy states.
IDF: Gazans hurl explosives, firebombs, burn Israeli flags, try to damage fence
Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Friday hurled an explosive device and firebombs at Israeli troops deployed at the border, during what the Israel Defense Forces described as 'several attempts' to damage the fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip and cross over into Israeli territory.
Russian supply of S-300 systems to Syria major threat to IAF
With Russia considering supplying the S-300 surface-to- air missile systems to Syria, Israel’s air superiority is at risk of being challenged in one of its most difficult arenas.
Four Palestinian Islamic Jihad Members Killed in Gaza Blast
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group said four of its members were killed in an apparent accidental blast in the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

Inside the United States
U.S., Mexico and Canada hasten NAFTA talks as elections loom
The United States, Mexico and Canada will expedite NAFTA talks in a push to reach a deal in coming weeks, Mexico’s president said on Saturday after a meeting with the U.S. vice president and Canadian prime minister.
Trump lawyer presses for access to seized Cohen files
A lawyer for President Donald Trump is pressing a federal judge to allow Trump's attorneys to sift through the records the FBI seized last week in high-profile searches tied to Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Tennessee Defunds Planned Parenthood, All Abortion Providers
Any health care facility providing abortions in Tennessee will no longer receive any government funding, thanks to a new state law.
lG Report: Andrew McCabe Repeatedly Leaked And Lied About It
A newly released report from the Office of the Inspector General at the Justice Department states that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly leaked information to the press and lied about it.

Christian News
Jailed Chinese pastor's US family seeks mercy
The Rev. John Sanqiang Cao paid no more than three dollars for the trip that would end up costing him his freedom.
U.S. pastor held in Turkey for his Christian faith, lawyer says
The lawyer for a U.S. pastor who goes on trial in Turkey on Monday over alleged links to a group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup said the preacher had been arrested for his Christian faith.