Prophecy News Watch - January 18, 2017

Around the World
Russia In The Middle East: Libyan Military Leader Talks Major Moscow Arms Sale, Political Support
Libyan military leader Khalifa Haftar has reportedly begun negotiating billions worth of arms deals with Russia, intended to give the strongman a political and tactical advantage over other competing factions in his country's six-year civil war, Reuters reported Tuesday.
In an epic final speech, Joe Biden warns that the progressive democratic world order is at risk of collapse
Vice President Joe Biden delivered an epic final speech Wednesday to the elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The gist of his speech was simple: At a time of 'uncertainty' we must double down on the values that made Western democracies great, and not allow the 'liberal world order' to be torn apart by destructive forces.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel Deploys 'Star Wars' Missile Killer System
Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a “Star Wars”-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed.
Israel-Palestine Conflict: Fatah, Hamas To Form Unity Government
Rival Palestinian sides Hamas and Fatah announced a plan to form a Palestinian unity government, a decision made in light of several recent geopolitical events. The agreement, reached late on Tuesday in Moscow, marks the end of the more than decade-long hiatus, since both groups participated in elections.
Israeli police officer killed as fights break out over demolitions
An Israeli officer was killed Wednesday after a Bedouin man with Islamist ties allegedly rammed his SUV into a crowd of police amid violent demonstrations over a string of demolitions.
Senators introduce bipartisan anti-BDS bill
Two senators introduced a bill providing protection from lawsuits to state and local governments passing anti-BDS legislation.
'Volatile stuff': Obama warns Trump against moving U.S. Embassy in Israel
President Obama said Wednesday he's cautioned President-elect Donald Trump and his team against moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, warning them that the action would have 'enormous consequences' on Middle East tensions.
Trump's UN nominee to blast world body over Israel
US President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be US ambassador to the United Nations will blast the world body over its treatment of Israel at her Senate confirmation hearing, according to prepared testimony seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

Inside the United States
Trump to Take Handful of Executive Actions on Day One - Transition
President-elect Donald Trump may take four or five executive actions on Friday, the day he is sworn into office, spokesman Sean Spicer said.
House to vote on Obamacare abortion bill
The House is planning a vote next week on legislation banning Obamacare subsidies from being used for insurance plans that cover abortion services.
CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans
The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time.
Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking Army documents
President Obama commuted the vast majority of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning's 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified documents, the White House announced Tuesday.
For second week, bomb threats rock US Jewish institutions
At least 18 Jewish institutions across the United States have received bomb threats, Jewish security officials said, in the second wave of such mass disruption in two weeks.
Ads in two dozen cities offer protesters up to $2,500 to agitate at Trump inaugural
Donald Trump may have a point about paid protesters: Job ads running in more than 20 cities offer $2,500 per month for agitators to demonstrate at this week's presidential inauguration events.

Christian News
Fourth Coptic Christian murdered in 10 days
A Coptic surgeon was found murdered in his flat on Friday (13 Jan) in Upper Egypt, making him the fourth Coptic Christian murder victim in 10 days.
German Pastor Says Government Unfairly Deports Christian Refugees
Dr. Gottfried Martens, a pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Berlin, says the government is rejecting almost all applications for asylum from most of the church's Iranian refugee members and many Afghan refugee members as well. Many have waited years in Germany for the government to hear their cases and are now receiving deportation notices.
Radical Buddhists Destroy Sri Lankan Church but Christians Refuse to Stop Worshiping Jesus and Gather Under a Tree
A small Christian community in Paharaiya, a village in northwestern Sri Lanka, say they won't be seeking revenge against a group of radical Buddhists who destroyed their local church, and will continue to worship and pray -- even if only under a tree.