Prophecy News Watch - January 3, 2017

Around the World
Iran has pocketed $10 billion in cash and gold since signing nuclear deal
In the three years since it signed a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers, Iran has received more than $10 billion in sanctions relief in the form of cash and gold, a report said.
Turkish military says 18 Islamic State militants killed in clashes in Syria
Turkey's military, backing Syrian rebels in a four-month-old operation against Islamic State militants in northern Syria, said on Tuesday that 18 of the jihadists had been killed and 37 wounded in clashes and artillery fire on Monday.
WikiLeaks founder: Obama admin trying to 'delegitimize' Trump
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says there's an 'obvious' reason the Obama administration has focused on Russia's alleged role in Democratic hacks leading up to Donald Trump's electoral win.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Kerry Held Secret Meetings with PA Authority over UN Resolution
In mid-December 2016, a Palestinian Authority (PA) delegation met in Washington with officials from the outgoing Obama administration for secret talks. On December 27, the Egyptian daily Al-Youm Al-Sabi', which is close to Egyptian intelligence services, published an exposé of the minutes of the secret talks.
GOP sets Thursday vote to oppose UN's Israel resolution
House lawmakers will vote Thursday on a resolution condemning what Republicans are calling an anti-Israel resolution that President Obama refused to veto at the United Nations.
Russia to push for Hamas, Fatah reconciliation: report
Russia will try to insert itself in Palestinian affairs by promoting a rapprochement between Fatah and Gaza rulers Hamas, the Jerusalem Post reported Monday.
Israeli lawmakers mull PM immunity bill amid Netanyahu graft probe
Israeli lawmakers on Monday considered promoting legislation that would give the country's sitting Prime Minister immunity from certain types of police investigations and criminal prosecution.

Inside the United States
Lawsuits pile up against Obama administration's new transgender care rule
Lawsuits are mounting against the Obama administration's new requirements for transgender care, but the issue might turn in their opponents' favor under the incoming Trump administration.
Leaked audio: Obama wanted ISIS to grow
As President Obama reflects on his legacy, a recording of Secretary of State John Kerry conversing with leaders of Syrian opposition groups is casting more light on his approach to ISIS, indicating his administration believed that allowing the Islamic State to grow would serve the White House's objective of ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad.
In 2017, GOP Congress Sees Mandate to Undo Obama's Agenda
Republicans' grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama's agenda.

Christian News
Rare Christian Cross And Menorah Engraving From Time Of Christ Discovered In Israel
Three cave explorers made a significant historical and archaeological discovery while on a hike in Israel.
Sudanese Christian Pastor Released But 3 Others Still Face Death Penalty
A Sudanese church leader has been released but three others - a fellow pastor, an aid worker and a graduate - continue to face the death penalty or life imprisonment for seven criminal charges relating to alleged 'spying'.