Prophecy News Watch - January 17, 2018

Around the World
Russian, Iranian Foreign Ministers Discuss Syria and Iran Nuclear Deal
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the conflict in Syria and the Iran nuclear deal in a phone conversation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
Iran tortures and kills protesters; West mostly silent as 8,000 citizens arrested
Iran’s rulers have inflicted death by torture and gunfire on citizen protesters in a crackdown since the Dec. 28 street uprising erupted, the main opposition group said Tuesday.

Thousands more flee volcano as it spurts lava skyward
Glowing-red lava spurted in a fountain and flowed down the Philippines' most active volcano on Tuesday in a stunning display of its fury that has sent more than 21,000 villagers fleeing to safety and prompted police to set up checkpoints to stop tourists from getting too close.
$260 billion ‘cryptocalypse’ as cryptos plunge 30 per cent amid fresh China, South Korea fears
The cryptocurrency market has lost $US206 billion overnight in what traders are describing as a 'cryptocalypse', with bitcoin heading back towards its $US10,000 milestone first reached last November.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat
The United States on Tuesday said it would withhold about half the initial aid it planned to give a U.N. agency that serves the Palestinians, two weeks after President Donald Trump questioned the value of such funding.
IDF chief: Iranian nuclear threat ‘is not theoretical’
Iran’s desire for nuclear weapons has not been extinguished by the nuclear deal it signed with world powers, IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said Tuesday.

Inside the United States
US Senate advances bill to renew NSA's internet surveillance program
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as a final push by privacy advocates to derail the measure came up short.
House to vote on stopgap spending bill that extends CHIP
The House will vote as early as Thursday on a measure to temporarily extend government funding until Feb. 16 and to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years.
US states sue to reverse repeal of net-neutrality rules
The joint petition to review the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) repeal of net-neutrality rules was filed Tuesday by attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Colombia.

Christian News
Chinese Lawyers Accused of 'Illegally' Defending 40 Christians Jailed for Being in 'Cult'
Lawyers who represent dozens of Christians arrested in China could lose their legal certifications after they were accused of illegally defending their clients.