Prophecy News Watch - February 17, 2017

Around the World
More than 70 killed in ISIS suicide attack on Sufi shrine in Pakistan
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a bomb blast that killed at least 70 people and injured about 150 at a crowded shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday. Officials said a suicide bomber detonated the bomb among crowds gathered for the busiest day of the week at the shrine to Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan, a town in Sindh province.
Putin says he will strengthen Russia's security service
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday pledged to strengthen Moscow's Federal Security Service, or FSB.
Iran Continues to Call for Israel's Destruction Despite Nuclear Deal
Iranian leaders' calls for Israel's destruction have not abated at all in the 20 months since the Iranian nuclear deal was signed, meaning that those who claimed the deal would moderate Iranian attitudes were completely wrong, former Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold said on Wednesday.
French Police Flee Armed Mob as Week-Long Paris Riots Spread to City Centre
French police have been filmed fleeing from armed mobs as riots continue in Paris for the second week and the unrest has now spread to the city centre.
Top Trump envoys signal no quick changes to US-Russia ties
The Trump administration signaled Thursday there will be no change soon in U.S.-Russian relations, putting the onus on Moscow to prove itself if it wants closer cooperation with Washington. Russia's support for Ukrainian separatists was underscored as a test case of its willingness to change behavior.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Nasrallah Warns: Hezbollah's Missiles Can Hit Israel's Nuclear Reactor
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called on Israel to dismantle its nuclear reactor in Dimona on Thursday, warning that it poses a threat to Israel's existence should it be hit by one of Hezbollah's missiles.

Inside the United States
House Votes to Reverse Obama's Planned Parenthood Rule
Republicans passed legislation on Thursday reversing former President Barack Obama's lame-duck ban on states withholding taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood.
Washington Florist Will Take Her Case to the US Supreme Court
The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled against a Christian florist who was fined for refusing to provide her services for a same-sex wedding. Now, the florist will ask the highest court in the land to hear her case.
'Let's Get Ready To Rumble!' President Trump Faces Off With The Media
It was a showdown months in the making....Trump vs. The Media: The Rematch. In his first open press conference in more than a month, Donald Trump fielded questions on everything from the immigration ban rollout to his administration's communication with Russia.
13 highlights from President Trump's wild press conference
President Trump went into the historic East Room of the White House Thursday and delivered a press conference that sent Washington into a tizzy with the wide range of topics he dished on for more than an hour.
Massive storm takes aim at Southern California
Rain will fall on the Southland from Thursday night through Saturday morning, including unusually heavy rainfall on Friday as a result of the region's most powerful storm so far this season, forecasters said, warning of flash flooding and cascades of mud and debris down slopes stripped bare in wildfires.
Senate Votes to Get Rid of Obama Rule That Stripped Gun Rights From Social Security Recipients
By a vote of 57-43 vote, the Senate has overturned an Obama-era rule that stripped gun rights from some Social Security recipients. Some media outlets would have you think the law was intended to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally impaired, but a closer look shows that it also unfairly targeted elderly who simply needed help with financial paperwork.
Trump seeks pause in legal fight with revised travel ban
The Trump administration said in court documents on Thursday it wants a pause in the legal fight over its ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, so it can issue a replacement ban as it strives to protect the nation from terrorism.
Antisemitic Hate Crimes in New York Double in 2017
Hate crimes against Jews have more than doubled in New York City since the start of the new year from the same period in 2016, police reported.

Christian News
Central African Christians Mourn Killed Pastor; Clashes Continue
Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been plunged into mourning after a pastor was killed and his church demolished in the latest outbreak of violence, while thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes.
Boko Haram's War to Wipe Out Nigerian Christianity
Islamic terror group Boko Haram has now reportedly killed close to 100,000 people, both Muslims and Christians, and displaced over two million citizens in its ongoing quest to eradicate Christianity from Nigeria.