Prophecy News Watch - February 23, 2017

Around the World
Iranian general threatens to give US 'slap in the face'
A commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday warned that the U.S. will 'receive a strong slap in the face' if it underestimates Iran's military power.
Political Instability in Africa Could Lead to ISIS Resurgence
The Islamic State has faced significant defeats in Africa over the past year but political instability across the northern and western regions could offer a ripe breeding ground for the terrorist group to resurge, according to a new report.
Syria's 'safe zones' for refugees pose dangers for U.S. alliances
President Trump's vision of 'safe zones' for refugees fleeing the brutal violence of Syria's civil war is running into opposition from a key ally, Turkey, which is warning that the U.S.-protected areas will become havens for Kurdish militant movements that have long battled Ankara. The dispute pits two antagonistic allies that the U.S. is relying on in the final battle to defeat the Islamic State in its Syrian stronghold.
Planes, tanks, ships: Russian military gets massive upgrade
The Russian military received a sweeping array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the wide-ranging military modernization will continue this year, the defense minister said Wednesday.
Riots erupt in Sweden immigrant neighborhood days after Trump comments
Riots broke out in an immigrant neighborhood of Stockholm, Sweden, just days after President Trump made news for talking about the 'problems' the country is having.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli Military Chief: We Are Operating 'Under the Radar' to Keep Hezbollah From Getting Stronger
The IDF is 'operating under the radar to prevent Hezbollah from getting stronger,' Israel's military chief told a key Knesset body on Wednesday, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.
Iran Supreme Leader Calls on Palestinians to Pursue Intifada Against Israel
Iran's Supreme Leader called on Palestinians on Tuesday to pursue an uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a 'cancerous tumour' that should be confronted until Palestinians were completely liberated.

Inside the United States
Trump considers tax credit to channel public money to private schools
The Trump administration is considering a first-of-its-kind federal tax credit scholarship program that would channel billions of dollars to families from working-class households to enable their children to attend private schools, including religious schools.
Federal Reserve voted for rate hike eyeing possible U.S. inflation surge
The U.S. central bank on Wednesday cited improving economic signals as a reason for the decision this month to raise key interest rates by a quarter-point.
Two-thirds of Americans say Trump will get US in 'major war'
A new NBC/SurveyMonkey poll found two-thirds of U.S. adults are worried the U.S. will be dragged into war during President Trump's first term in office.
Judge blocks Texas from kicking Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid
A federal judge on Tuesday prevented officials in Texas from removing Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program.

Christian News
Parents Call Out NJ School for 'Double-Standard' When it Comes to Issues of Faith in the Classroom
A New Jersey middle school refuses to allow the Bible in the classroom but is perfectly fine with teaching Islam to its students.