Prophecy News Watch - December 27, 2016

Around the World
Russia says will boost cooperation with Turkey, Iran on Syria - Interfax
Russian Foreign Minster Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia would work more closely with Turkey and Iran on the situation in Syria and said the three countries' cooperation had saved lives by helping to evacuate eastern Aleppo.
Russia Calls US Move to Better Arm Syrian Rebels a 'Hostile act'
Russia said on Tuesday that a U.S. decision to ease some restrictions on arming Syrian rebels had opened the way for deliveries of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, a move it said would directly threaten Russian forces in Syria.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel will share 'evidence' of Obama-UN collusion with Trump, ambassador says
Israel's ambassador the United States says his country will share evidence with President-elect Donald Trump that the Obama administration was behind a United Nations Security Council resolution that condemned Israel's settlements in Palestinian territory, though the ambassador did not offer the evidence when pressed in a CNN interview.
Abbas Eyes Paris Summit as Israel to Expand Construction
The Palestinian president said Tuesday that he hopes the upcoming Mideast conference in France will set a timetable to end settlements, as Israel advances plans for thousands of new homes in parts of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinians, despite the recent U.N. Security Council resolution condemning construction there.
Security forces foil 180 attacks in Judea and Samaria in 2016
Security forces have foiled some 180 shooting attacks across Judea and Samaria in 2016, a senior defense official revealed Sunday.
The UN Votes to Expel 400,000 Jews. Now What?
The UN Security Council vote, made possible by the Obama Administration's historic decision to abstain, has effectively nullified the Oslo Accords, which were premised on direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Backfire: Obama's Israel slap could prompt U.S. to leave U.N.
The president's refusal to veto a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlements, documented in detail by WND on Friday, is now causing such a backlash, the move could stunningly backfire on the outgoing commander in chief.

Inside the United States
Trump can reshape judiciary as he inherits more than 100 federal court vacancies
The Trump administration will have a huge opportunity to reshape the judiciary with an estimated 103 federal circuit and district court vacancies being handed over during the transition, a report said.
Islamic State arrests reveal jihadi threat near seat of U.S. government
Law enforcement agencies have arrested nine Northern Virginia residents on charges of aiding the Islamic State since the terrorist group rose to power in Syria and Iraq in 2014 and launched social media propaganda to attract followers, a government message to police states.
U.S. was No. 1 worldwide in weapons sales in 2015 at $40B
The United States sold $40.2 billion worth of weapons in 2015 -- by far the most in the world, according to a new congressional study.
Obama circumvents Constitution with 'signing statements' after blasting Bush
President Obama said Friday that the annual defense policy bill Congress sent him violated the Constitution -- but he signed it anyway.
Obama evades Congress, stretches war powers in precedent for Trump
President Obama took office criticizing the expansive wars fought under the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force, but over the past eight years, he has become attached to the two documents and used them to justify expansion of U.S. military action around the globe.

Christian News
Sixteen hurt in Christmas eve blast at Catholic church in Philippines
Sixteen people were wounded in a grenade explosion outside a Catholic church during a Christmas eve mass in the Philippines' restive southern island of Mindanao, a priest and police said on Saturday.