Prophecy News Watch - December 11, 2017

Around the World
May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal
Prime Minister Theresa May will hail 'a new sense of optimism' in Brexit talks on Monday, telling parliament Britain and the European Union should sign off on a deal at a summit this week 'to move forwards together' to discuss future trade ties.
Iraq holds victory parade after defeating Islamic State
An Iraqi military parade in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone celebrated final victory over Islamic State on Sunday, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi looking on as troops marched in formation, their bodies spelling 'victory day' in Arabic.
Egypt uncovers ancient tombs at Luxor
Archaeologists in Egypt have displayed items, including a mummy, from one of two previously unexplored tombs in the ancient Nile city of Luxor.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces renewed pressure from Europe on Monday to reboot the Middle East’s moribund peace process following widespread criticism of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital.
Israel gears up for second day of violent protests over Jerusalem
Israel was preparing Saturday for fresh riots and demonstrations across the West Bank and Gaza Strip over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, amid calls from Hamas for wide-scale confrontation.
Abbas to boycott Pence as protests over Jerusalem continue
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet with US Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the West Bank this month, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday as protests continued due to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Palestinians pushing for UNSC resolution on Jerusalem
The Palestinians are pushing for a UN Security Council resolution demanding that the US rescind its declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.
IDF destroys cross-border Hamas tunnel, second in recent weeks
The IDF destroyed a large Hamas tunnel that penetrated into Israeli territory from Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis announced on Sunday.
Trump's Jerusalem Declaration Sparks Talk of 3rd Temple
While Muslims jeer, Israelis cheer President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, prompting Jewish religious activists to suggest building the Third Temple is closer to reality than ever before.
Egypt's Sisi invites Abbas to Cairo to discuss Trump's Jerusalem move
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to Cairo on Monday to discuss US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a presidential statement said on Sunday.

Inside the United States
House, Senate conferees to meet publicly Wednesday on tax legislation
The House-Senate conference committee working to finalize a tax bill will meet publicly Wednesday to work on the final version of the legislation, chairman Kevin Brady of Texas announced Friday, and GOP members are also expected to work through the weekend to reach an agreement.
Thomas Fire Now the 5th Largest Fire in California History as It Burns 359 Square Miles; Containment Drops to 10%
The Thomas Fire became the fifth largest fire in California history on Sunday as it scorched over 230,000 acres, or 359 square miles, prompting evacuations in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, authorities said.
California inducts nation's first all-LGBT city council
The country's first all-LGBT city council was sworn in this week in California, CBS Los Angeles reports.
Mystery Attacks Caused Brain Damage in US Embassy Workers in Cuba
The U.S. embassy workers in Cuba who were initially thought to have been attacked by a 'sonic weapon' have sustained damage to the white matter in their brains, scans reveal. And officials are increasingly skeptical that a sonic weapon was the cause, the Associated Press reported.