Prophecy News Watch - January 13, 2017

Around the World
Australia says TPP not dead, despite Trump opposition
Australia has declared the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) not dead ahead of key trade talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sydney on Saturday, despite opposition to the trade pact from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
US imposes sanctions on Syrian military, tech company
The Obama administration imposed sanctions Thursday on 18 Syrian government officials, Syria's military and a tech company in response to the use of chemical weapons by President Bashar Assad's government.
Obama sanctions 18 Syrian officials for chemical-weapons use
The Obama administration sanctioned 18 Syrian government officials Thursday over chemical-weapons attacks in that country's civil war in 2014 and 2015.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Syria says Israeli airstrikes land near airport west of Damascus
Syria on Friday accused Israel of firing rockets that hit near a major military airport west of Damascus, triggering a fire, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions without specifying whether it would retaliate for the attack, the third such incident recently according to the Syrian government.
Obama's Palestinian promise: Another 1/2-billion U.S. tax dollars
More than $500 million of American tax money will be pumped into a Palestinian infrastructure project that the Obama administration officially launched after the New Year, new federal documents reveal.
Report: Obama Intel Officials Used 'Russia Blackmail' Claims to Warn Israel About Trusting Trump
U.S. intelligence officials warned their Israeli counterparts not to trust President-elect Donald Trump with intelligence secrets, citing alleged fears that Russia held blackmail information over Trump, according to a report today in Israel's respected Yediot Ahronot daily newspaper.
Official Report Determines 71 of 80 Fires Investigated Were Set on Purpose by Arsonists
About a month and a half after the lethal wave of fires that blazed across Israel has passed, a report conducted by the investigations department of the Israeli national Fire Services Authority and released on Friday officially determines: out of the 80 fires that were investigated by the authority, 71 were set on purpose by arsonists.

Inside the United States
'Snowpacalypse2017' And Flooding Clobber Western States But Ease Drought
A storm system that dumped precipitation on multiple states in the West appears to be easing, but rivers have yet to crest and many communities are still digging out from record snowfall.
'Wet foot, dry foot' Cuba immigration policy shelved by Obama administration
The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama has put an end to an old immigration policy that allowed all Cuban refugees who could physically reach U.S. shores to stay.
Trump names Giuliani as cyber security advisor
President-elect Donald Trump is tapping former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to advise the incoming administration on cyber security.

Christian News
Federal Court Clears Christian Arrested for Bible Reading
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a Christian man arrested while reading the Bible in front of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office in the city of Hemet.