Prophecy News Watch - January 6, 2017

Around the World
Russia says it’s starting Syrian drawdown with aircraft carrier
Russia announced on Friday that it is withdrawing its aircraft carrier and some other Russian warships from the waters off Syria as the first step in a drawdown of its forces in the war-torn Mideast country.
U.S. intel report identifies Russians who gave emails to WikiLeaks -officials
The CIA has identified Russian officials who fed material hacked from the Democratic National Committee and party leaders to WikiLeaks at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin through third parties, according to a new U.S. intelligence report, senior U.S. officials said on Thursday.
Nuclear, missile tests show 'qualitative' improvement in North Korea capabilities: U.S.
The United States said on Thursday North Korea had demonstrated a 'qualitative' improvement in its nuclear and missile capabilities after an unprecedented level of tests last year, showing the needed to sustain pressure on Pyongyang to bring it back to disarmament negotiations.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US House passes motion repudiating UN resolution on Israel
The US House of Representatives passed a scathing rebuke Thursday night to a United Nations Security Council resolution the Obama administration allowed through last month that condemned Israeli settlements as illegal.
Report: Israel spy satellite discovers secret Russian missile cache in Syria
An Israeli spy satellite has discovered a number of Russian mobile short-range ballistic missiles stockpiled in Syria, Channel 2 reported Friday.
Jordan Not Pleased With Proposed Embassy Move
Jordan's government spokesman has warned of 'catastrophic' repercussions if President-elect Donald Trump makes good on a campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem.

Inside the United States
Trump says U.S. funds spent on border wall would be repaid by Mexico
President-elect Donald Trump criticized news stories on Friday that reported U.S. taxpayers would pay for his planned border wall with Mexico, saying they were failing to report that U.S. funds used to start the project would be repaid later by Mexico.
Planned Parenthood, Abortion Clinics Overbilled Taxpayers by Over $130 Million, Report Finds
A new report that analyzes federal audits of abortion providers details how Planned Parenthood and other publicly-funded abortion clinics' fraudulent overbilling practices have cost federal tax payers at least $130 million.
Trump turns to Congress to fund proposed border wall
President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly moving away from demanding Mexico pay for the proposed wall along the United States' southern border as his team crafts a plan with Congress to fund the project.
Paul Ryan vows to defund Planned Parenthood in Obamacare repeal
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday said House Republicans intend to strip Planned Parenthood of funding as part of their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Planned Parenthood could drag down 6 Democrats in vulnerable Senate seats: Poll
A new poll indicates vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election in states carried by President-elect Donald Trump may want to rethink their support of Planned Parenthood.
No US carriers were at sea for the past week. That hasn't happened since World War II
At any given time the United States has an aircraft carrier deployed somewhere around the world, usually in a hot spot such as the Persian Gulf or the Western Pacific.

Christian News
Religious Makeup of the New Congress Overwhelmingly Christian
The share of U.S. adults who describe themselves as Christians has been declining for decades, but the U.S. Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s, according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center.
Radical Revival Falls on China's State-Controlled Churches
You're about to hear first-hand testimony and see video of an unprecedented Christian revival happening in parts of China. What is unique about this story is how God is moving among communist-controlled government churches.
Iowa Church Transformed and Revived by Refugee Outreach
As churches become more involved in the international refugee crisis, one Iowa congregation is setting a high standard.