Prophecy News Watch - December 27, 2017

Around the World
Russia establishing permanent presence at two Syrian bases
Russia has begun forming a 'permanent presence' at two military bases in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said.

Russia Plans National Biometric Database Starting Next Year
Russia will get a country-wide biometric database for financial services starting next summer, the central bank said.
U.S. sanctions North Korean missile experts, Russia offers to mediate
The United States announced sanctions on two North Korean officials behind their country’s ballistic missile program on Tuesday, while Russia reiterated an offer to mediate to ease tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF warns Gaza tensions could erupt into new conflict — report
The Israel Defense Forces has reportedly warned senior government ministers the situation in the Gaza Strip is incendiary and could lead to a new round of violence with Hamas.
Hamas ‘Just Waiting for Abbas to Die,’ as Palestinian Unity Deal Falters
Hamas’ latest effort to join a Palestinian unity government is little more than a facade. Instead, the terror group’s top immediate objective is to seize control of Judea and Samaria and turn it into a second Gaza, according to the assessments of Israeli defense experts.

Inside the United States
U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Trump voter fraud panel
A U.S. appeals court in Washington on Tuesday upheld a lower court’s decision to allow President Donald Trump’s commission investigating voter fraud to request data on voter rolls from U.S. states.
Trump administration set to unveil $1 trillion infrastructure proposal in 2018
The Trump administration is expected to unveil an infrastructure package in the new year, after putting the issue on the sidelines amid other GOP priorities in 2017.
NYC, SF, Philly sue Pentagon over gun-check system
Three cities -- New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia -- sued the U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday over what they say are failures in reporting information to the federal database on gun licensing and sales.
Federal agents found fetuses in body broker's warehouse
Federal agents discovered four preserved fetuses in the Detroit warehouse of a man who sold human body parts, confidential photographs reviewed by Reuters show.

Christian News
Texas Church Comes Together for Christmas, Remembers Victims
After facing tragedy less than two months ago, First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas remembered the victims of November's mass shooting in a special Christmas ceremony.