Prophecy News Watch - February 5, 2016

Today's Breaking News
Around the World
Iran to strengthen missile program
Iran will continue to develop its missile program and it should not be considered a threat to neighboring and friendly countries, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted the head of the army as saying on Thursday.
New Russian Beachhead in Syria
U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching what appears to be a buildup of Russian military forces in northeastern Syria, very close to the Turkish border.
Putin ignores Kerry plea, instead deploys Top Gun fighter jet to join Syria battle
Russia seemingly has ignored Secretary of State John Kerry's appeals to stop bombing civilians and allow critical humanitarian aid to starving Syrians -- and is instead escalating its military involvement, deploying four of its most capable fighter jets to Syria, two defense officials confirmed to Fox News.
Iran is banking billions more than expected thanks to Obama's deal
The Obama administration is finding itself on the defensive amid rising charges that the U.S. and its allies lowballed the estimate of the billions of dollars Iran will reap from the deal that curbed Tehran's nuclear programs in exchange for the lifting of punishing economic sanctions.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Herzog presents Kerry with West Bank disengagement plan
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog presented US Secretary of State John Kerry with a plan for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank, telling him that separation is the only way forward with the Palestinians.
France considers recognition of a Palestinian state
The French foreign minister says France will recognize a Palestinian state if its efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks fail.
Israel Confirms Cooperation With US to Develop 'Iron Dome'-Like Tunnel-Detecting System
Israel's Ministry of Defense confirmed this week that the US is providing $120 million over the next three years to help develop an underground system for detecting tunnels that is being compared to the Iron Dome, The Financial Times reported.
Third Hamas attack tunnel in recent days collapses in Gaza
A Hamas attack tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip in the Zeitoun area on Wednesday evening, one day after another tunnel collapsed in the coastal area.
Abbas meets with terrorists' families hours after attack
Mere hours after the terror attack at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Wednesday, which claimed the life of a Border Policewoman, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with families of terrorists in Ramallah.
Poll: 63% of Israelis Rank President Obama 'Worst for Israel in The Last 30 Years'
A survey shows that Jewish Israelis rank Barack Obama as the 'worst' U.S. president in relation to Israel in the last 30 years -- 63% of Israelis put Obama in the 'worst' category while 16% rated Jimmy Carter as the second 'worst' president.

Inside the United States
Obama proposes carbon tax on oil
The White House on Thursday announced its latest plan to address climate change by levying a $10 per-barrel tax on crude oil.
January Gun Sales Set Yet Another Record
The FBI conducted more gun-related background checks this January than in any other January since the system was created.

U.S. Politics
Sanders tops Clinton by 2-to-1 margin in New Hampshire
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to hold a wide lead over Hillary Clinton among likely New Hampshire primary voters, according to a new CNN/WMUR tracking poll conducted entirely after the Iowa caucuses.
Rick Santorum endorses Marco Rubio after suspending campaign
Rick Santorum endorsed Marco Rubio for president on Wednesday evening, just hours after it was widely reported that he'd drop out of the race himself.
Ryan asks conservatives: Don't revolt in 2016
House Speaker Paul Ryan kicked off a policy summit at the Heritage Foundation with a clear message for the conservatives who have been his allies over the years but made life hard for former Speaker John Boehner: Please don't revolt, at least not this year.

Christian News
Turkey: Court rules gov't failed to protect Christians
The Malatya Administrative Court ruled last week that the Turkish government was negligent in its duty to protect three Christians who were tortured and killed in 2007 and ordered it to pay one million lira ($333,980) in compensation for their families.