Prophecy News Watch - January 5, 2018

Around the World
U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia Leading World to War with Iran, France Says
French President Emmanuel Macron has accused the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia of instigating a war as their mutual foe, Iran, was rocked by a week of protests.
Trump's pressure on Pakistan is major test of new strategy to end war in Afghanistan
The Trump administration’s strategy for ending the war in Afghanistan and defeating terror groups in the region faces its first major test in its confrontation with Pakistan.
Blast hits police in Afghan capital Kabul, dozens of casualties
A suicide bomber in the Afghan capital caused dozens of casualties on Thursday after blowing himself up close to a group of security personnel who were carrying out an operation against illegal drugs and alcohol dealing, officials said.
UN Security Council to meet on Iran protests, at US request
The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting about Iran at the request of the U.S. which asked for the session to show support for anti-government protests.
Pentagon: Trump agreed to delay US-South Korean exercises
In a possible opening for diplomacy, the Trump administration on Thursday agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Religious Jews’ Ascent to Temple Mount Up 75%
The number of visits by religious Jews to the Temple Mount has increased by 75% in 2017, compared to 2016, according to the Yera’eh organization, which encourages Jewish ascent to the Temple Mount.

Inside the United States
'Bomb cyclone' winter storm brings snow, fierce winds to Northeast as bitter cold to follow
A rapidly-intensifying winter storm system known as a 'bomb cyclone' targeted the Northeast on Thursday after leaving its deadly mark across the Southeast, snarling travel across the region with snow, ice, bone-chilling winds and a central air pressure similar to that of the devastating Superstorm Sandy.
Dow closes above 25,000 for the first time
The Dow Jones industrial Average closed at more than 25,000 for the first time Thursday.
Donald Trump overturns Obama bans on drilling as he moves to vastly expand US offshore oil
Donald Trump's administration has announced plans to vastly expand oil and gas drilling in nearly all US coastal waters, reversing protections in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific.
Record-setting blizzard buries New England in over a foot of snow, brings travel to a halt
A powerful nor'easter continues to spread heavy snow and strong winds across New England with blizzard conditions bringing travel to a halt across the region.
Light quake shakes San Francisco; no immediate damage reported
A light earthquake shook California’s San Francisco Bay Area early on Thursday, waking many, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
Sessions targets legalized marijuana with directive
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rolled back an Obama-era directive saying the federal government should not interfere in the loosening of state marijuana laws.

Christian News
Louisiana Says Students Have Right to Pray, Read Bible in Public Schools
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., have released the Louisiana Students Rights Review, a 15-page guide that explains the religious freedom rightsof teachers and students in public schools.