Prophecy News Watch - January 4, 2017

Around the World
ISIS Leader, 400 Militants Enter Europe Disguised as Refugees
An Islamic State general, who has been designated by the United States as a global terrorist, is reportedly back in Europe from Syria along with about 400 of his soldiers, many of whom crossed the borders disguised as refugees.
Was 2016 A Bad Year? Natural Disaster Damages Highest Since 2012, Munich Re Insurance Report Says
Natural disasters caused $175 billion worth of damages in 2016, the highest cost associated with natural catastrophes since 2012. German reinsurance giant Munich Re Group added that 30 percent, or $50 billion, of the total losses incurred in the past year was covered by insurance.
Water is the latest battleground in Syria
Some four million people in Damascus have suffered from acute water shortages for more than a week after springs outside the Syrian capital were targeted, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement on December 29.
U.S.-led coalition carried out flights to support Turkish forces in Syria
The U.S.-led coalition carried out flights in support of Turkish forces near the Islamic State-controlled Syrian town of al-Bab last week but did not carry out air strikes, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said on Tuesday.
Ford scraps plan for $1.6 billion plant in Mexico after Trump criticism
Ford Motor Co (F.N) said Tuesday it will cancel a planned $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and invest $700 million at a Michigan factory, after President-elect Donald Trump had harshly criticized the Mexico investment plan.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu concerned Paris conference could lead to new UN resolution
The Israeli government is concerned that an upcoming conference in Paris on Mideast peace will lead to anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations Security Council, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
Israel's 'flying car' passenger drone moves closer to delivery
After 15 years of development, an Israeli tech firm is optimistic it will finally get its 1,500 kg (1.5 tonne) passenger carrying drone off the ground and into the market by 2020.
Congress to Freeze State Department Funds Until U.S. Embassy Moves to Jerusalem
A delegation of Republican senators is moving forward with an effort to freeze some funding to the State Department until the U.S. embassy in Israel is formally moved to Jerusalem, according to new legislation.

Inside the United States
Trump flexes power over GOP
President-elect Trump tangled with Republicans in Congress for the first time since the election on Tuesday — and won.
Alabama Supreme Court Affirms Rights of Unborn Children
Alabama's Supreme Court has ruled unanimously, upholding the rights of unborn children as human beings.
WikiLeaks' Assange: 'A 14-year-old kid could have hacked Podesta' emails
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Fox News' Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview that a teenager could have hacked into Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's computer and retrieved damaging email messages that the website published during last year's election campaign.
Obama, Pence to Capitol as health care overhaul fight begins
President Barack Obama is traveling to the Capitol to give congressional Democrats advice on how to combat the Republican drive to dismantle his health care overhaul. Vice President-elect Mike Pence is meeting with GOP lawmakers to discuss the best way to send Obama's cherished law to its graveyard and replace it with -- well, something.
Donald Trump says delayed intel briefing on Russian hacking 'very strange'
President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that an intelligence briefing on the Russian hacking allegations had been postponed until Friday, calling the delay 'very strange.'
Rep. Hudson Introduces National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill
Republican Rep. Richard Hudson (N.C.) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require states to recognize each other's gun carry permits.

Christian News
Christian Woman In China Sentenced To Three Years In Prison For Holding Bible Study
A Christian woman in China has been sentenced to three years in prison for holding a Bible study after being accused of 'gathering a crowd to disturb public order'.