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- [Announcer] This is CBN Newswatch.

- And thank you so much for joining us

for this first edition of CBN Newswatch

on this Martin Luther King,Jr. holiday, I'm Efrem Graham.

Ahead today, a massivewinter storm hits much

of the country, bringingfreezing temperatures

and wind chills in someplaces well below zero.

And Democrats quickly saidno to President Trump's offer

for compromise on the border wall.

So, what's next in the standoff

that has shutdown the government?

Plus, are some members of Congress

now supporting the Boycott, Divestment,

Sanctions Movement against Israel?

One leading Republican senator says yes.

And suicide is on the rise in Japan,

we're gonna take a look at whatChristians there are trying

to do to help desperatepeople in that country.

All those stories and more are ahead today

on this edition of CBN Newswatch.

We wanna begin, though, withthat brutal winter storm

as much of the nation findsitself in a deep freeze today.

The Artic blast followsa deadly winter storm

that left more than a footof snow in some areas.

The snow and ice is resulting

in dangerous air travel conditions

over the holiday weekendfrom Missouri to Maine.

The winter weather resultedin the cancellation

of more than 3,500 flights.

Today, authorities alreadycanceled hundreds of flights

and more than 1,100 are delayed.

The travel obstacles couldcontinue into tomorrow.

- They're doing everything they can

to clear the roads beforethe freezing comes,

because we don't want thatturning into black ice.

- When it comes to road travel,

officials urge driversto give snow plows room

to do their jobs before the snow turns

into some dangerous ice.

But it is tough for snow plows,

as you can imagine, to keep up.

Our reporter, MarkMartin, is joining us now,

he's been following the story.

So, I understand thisstorm has turned deadly.

- Yes, this is a monster storm, Efrem.

I want to mention that in Connecticut,

a subcontractor was killed, actually,

while repairing power lines.

And then in Kansas, asnow plow driver died

when his vehicle turned over.

- A big part of the Midwest is seeing

dangerously low wind chills, correct?

- Yes, that is very true.

It's not just the Midwest,it's also the Northeast, too.

In parts of the Northeast,they're looking at double-digit,

sub-zero wind chills.

For example, parts of Vermont are seeing

40-below wind chills.

Other areas, -20, -40, you name it,

then in the Midwest, youhave like single-digit,

sub-zero wind chills.

So, if you're gonna head out today,

definitely bundle up, wear those layers.

Try to stay out of the elements if you can

and stay off the roads.

- Unimaginable.

So, and when it comes tosnow, how much are we seeing?

- Yes, snow in parts of New York,

they saw around a foot of snow

and then back to Vermont,around two feet of snow.

In the Midwest, looking ataround 10-inches in some parts,

so, just huge, a huge snowfall here.

We're talking snow and ice,

and again the big story rightnow is the deep freeze moved

in after this winter stormis moving off the East Coast,

so if you can, stay inside.

Stay out of it, 'causefrostbite can happen in minutes.

- Indeed, indeed, all right,

Mark Martin followingthe story for us today.

Thank you so much.- You bet.

- It was the only totallunar eclipse of the year

and it happened last night, with a bonus.

It was the year's first Super Moon,

when the moon appears bigger

and brighter because it's closer to Earth.

The total lunar eclipse is a Blood Moon

because the moon turns redfrom sunlight scattering

off the Earth's atmosphere.

The entire eclipse tookmore than three hours

and could be seen in the Americas,

all the way across theAtlantic to parts of Europe.

Scientists say we won't seeanother one this year or next.

Senate Majority LeaderMitch McConnell plans

to bring President Trump's latest proposal

on a compromise over hisborder wall to a vote this week

in an attempt to endthe government shutdown.

The President's plan hasbeen criticized by the Left

and even by some of his strongestsupporters on the Right.

The President announced his plan

in a special address Saturday.

It calls for $5.7 billionfor barriers along parts

of the southern border,

funding for technology toprotect ports of entry,

funding for additional immigration judges,

a three-year extension fortemporary protective status.

- This is a common-sense compromise

both parties should embrace.

- Vice President Pencedefended the President's plan,

allowing for three years of protection

for some 700,000 Dreamers.

- This is not amnesty, there'sno pathway to citizenship.

What this is, is a good-faith effort.

- The Vice President calls themeasure a bi-partisan effort,

based on talks with Democrats.

While several Republicans saythey're onboard with the plan,

House Speaker Nancy Pelosicalled it dead on arrival,

spelling out her disapproval

before the President finished his speech.

Democrats plan to counter with $1 billion

for border security.

Our CBN News White HouseCorrespondent Ben Kennedy joins

us now with more on the story.

So, Ben, break it down for us,

tell us more about what'sin the President's plan.

- Well, Efrem, as you were talking about,

really the backbone behind this plan is

that $5.7 billion for border security.

It was something PresidentTrump campaigned on

for the border wall

and it is something that heis not willing to budge on.

One of the big sellingpoints or compromise,

a token you could say, isthe three-year extension

for the 700,000 Dreamers,also an extension for TPS.

He's also willing to add anadditional 2,200, I believe,

2,270 border agents, addingnew technology to combat drugs

and illegal immigration.

- Ben, why are Democrats against this?

- Well, Democrats, quite frankly,

want a permanent solutionfor the Dreamers.

They're not satisfied withjust a three-year extension.

And as you said earlier, HouseSpeaker Nancy Pelosi said

this was dead-on-arrival,

even before the President finished talking

and that really extendsconcern for Republicans

that Democrats are justnot willing to compromise.

So we'll have to wait and see.

- Indeed, we will.

So what is next with this proposal?

- Well, it looks like the Democrats

might be extending an olive branch

to the tune of $1 billionfor border security.

You heard Trump say,

"Look, I'm not willing tobudge off the $5.7 billion,"

but they're also willingto put this proposal

so the 800,000 federalworkers can get back to work

and get back to getting paid.

This is having a bigimpact at the airports.

We are hearing that 8%of the workforce, TSA,

have been calling out sick

and you bet that's havingan impact on long lines.

And I'm sure this frigidtemperatures is not helping things

out as well.

- Well, all right, Ben Kennedy reporting

from the White Housefor us, thank you, Ben.

A student accused of racism and worse

in an alleged confrontationwith a Native American

at Friday's March for Lifesays he did nothing wrong.

Nick Sandmann was among a group

of students attending the march.

Native American NathanPhillips was also there

for an Indigenous Peoples march.

The students were seen chanting

and laughing as Phillips drummed.

The video was shared onsocial media and went viral.

The students were condemnedfor their actions,

but Sandmann, who was shown standing

in front of Mr. Phillips, smiling,

says he was only tryingto calm things down

in the midst of the chaos.

Both Sandmann and Phillipssay they were trying

to calm down things between their groups

and a third group affiliated

with the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement,

who was allegedly yellingnegatively at both groups.

Sandmann responded to all his critics

on social media writing,"I'm being called every name

"in the book, including a racist,

"and I will not stand

"for this mob-like character assassination

"of my family's name."

Israel closed it's MountHermon Ski Resort today

after Iranian forces

in Syria launched aground-to-ground missile at it.

Israel responded by poundingIranian targets inside Syria.

CBN Middle East CorrespondentJulie Stahl brings

us the story.

- [Julie] The IDF saidits fighter jets struck

Iranian Quds Forcesmilitary targets in Syria

and Syrian Aerial Defense Batteries

and released this footageof two of the strikes.

This map shows Iranianand Syrian sites targeted

outside of Damascus.

The IDF said it had hita munitions storage site

and an Iranian intelligencesite and military training camp.

The strikes came in responseto an Iranian-launched rocket

at the northern Golan Heights,

where the Mount Hermon Ski Resort is.

Israel's Iron Dome intercepted the rockets

and Israel closed the ski resort.

Israel's foreign ministry Tweeted,

"Iran's attempts toentrench itself in Syria

"and endanger Israeli liveswill not be tolerated."

Earlier, Syria said Israel hadcarried out missile strikes,

but it's aerial defenseshad thwarted them.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

who was on a historic visitin the African nation of Chad,

said Israel's policy remains firm.

- We have a set policy,

to harm Iranian entrenchment in Syria

and to harm anyone who tries to harm us.

This policy doesn't changewhen I'm in the country

and it also doesn't change

when I'm making a historic visit to Chad.

- In response, Iran saidit was ready for war

that would lead to thedestruction of Israel.

Israel's intelligence ministersaid the airstrike sent

a clear message to Iran.

The IDF took responsibilitypublicly and immediately

for the airstrike,signaling a shift in policy

away from its usual ambiguity.

That could indicate that Israelis ready for an escalation.

In a telephone briefing,

former Israeli National Security Advisor

Yaakov Amidror said Israelis ready for action.

- [Yaakov] Iran was very clear about it.

We are ready for escalation for us

to stop the Iranians frombuilding independent,

Iranian war machine in Syria.

It is so important that we are ready

to go to something biggerthan that if we believe it.

- [Julie] For now, it's quiet,

but it's not likely thatIran will abandon its goal

of the destruction of Israel,

nor will Israel let that happen.

Julie Stahl, CBN News, Jerusalem.

- [Efrem] Coming up, oneleading Republican senator warns

some Democrats in Washingtonare supporting the Boycott,

Divestment, SanctionsMovement against Israel.

We're gonna have thatstory when we come back.

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million, but it was three little girls

that taught me aboutthe plight of orphans.

My husband and I spentnearly a month immersed

in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utterloneliness, the pain of rejection

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever

and out of it grew a ministry

from my heart called Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes,

they're being educated andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to join with me

and become family to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now

because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

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- A global movementtargeting Israel's economy is

at the heart of a debate in Congress.

Democrats recently blocked legislation

supporting the Jewish state.

They claimed it's becauseof the government shutdown.

One Republican senator believes

there's another reasonDemocrats won't pass the bill.

He says a growing number

of their supporters are anti-Israel.

Capitol Hill CorrespondentAbigail Robertson brings

us the story now from Washington.

- There's a growinganti-Israel movement known

as the Boycott, Divestmentand Sanctions, or BDS,

and Senator Marco Rubio isalarmed the effort's support

is spreading to the U.S.

- BDS is a movement around the world

to get companies, pressurecompanies to boycott Israel,

meaning not do business there

divest from any investmentsin Israel or Israeli companies

and to get governments to sanction Israel.

- [Abigail] Currently, thosebehind BDS target companies

like AHAVA, Caterpillar,HP and Sabra Hummus,

hoping, "To isolate Israelacademically, culturally,

"economically and militarily."

- It is an anti-Semitic movement.

- [Abigail] Joel Griffith ofthe Heritage Foundation calls

it a threat to Israel's security.

- Israel, it's a beacon of democracy.

It's a scenario where religious minorities

and ethic minorities enjoy equal rights

and yet that is the country that

these individuals have chosen to target.

- What do you think the endgoal of the BDS Movement is?

- Well, the end goal, asstated by their founder,

Omar Barghouti, is the end ofthe Jewish State of Israel.

- [Abigail] Protesters boasttheir campaigns have cost

Israeli companies billionsdue to lost contracts

and major shareholders divesting.

- I'm concerned that we'reseeing for the first time

at least two House membersthat are openly pro-BDS.

- [Abigail] They would benewly-elected representatives,

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.

Tlaib recently told The Intercept,

she believes the boycottsbring attention to,

"Issues like the racism

"and the international humanrights violations by Israel."

Senator Rubio included a Combating BDS Act

in the first bill the Senateis taking up this year.

- We have a law that says that states

and local governments candecide not to do any work,

meaning no contracts for goodsor services with companies

that are boycotting ordivesting from Israel.

- [Abigail] Democratskeep blocking it, however,

saying they won't considerany bills unrelated

to opening the government.

Rubio thinks there's another reason.

- I think they're blockingit because they're afraid

of radical elements in their own base.

There's a growing group ofpeople in the Democratic Party

that are anti-Israel, openly,

and I think they're afraid of 'em.

- [Abigail] Senator Bernie Sanders

and Representative RashidaTlaib say Rubio's bill,

"Punishes Americans who exercisetheir constitutional right

"to engage in political activity."

To which Rubio argues.

- The First Amendment, firstof all, applies to individuals,

this law doesn't apply to individuals.

All this law says is, youcan go ahead and support BDS,

but if I'm a city or a state,I don't have to contract

with a company that's involved in BDS.

- [Abigail] Minority Leader Chuck Schumer,

a staunch supporter of Israel,

did not answer CBN News' question

about his thoughts on the Democrats

who openly support the BDS Movement,

but he did say this aboutthe Combating BDS Act.

- I am a cosponsor, so I'vesupported it all along.

- Congresswoman Tlaib says sheplans to go against tradition

and lead a House delegationto what she refers to as,

"The Israeli-occupied West Bank."

Historically, freshmanlawmakers have been invited

to spend a week meetingwith Israeli leaders.

Reporting from Capitol Hill,Abigail Robertson, CBN News.

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- Still ahead, the suiciderate in Japan is hitting

its highest rate in 30 years

and one reason could be the lack

of knowledge of God in that country.

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- Japan is facing its highestsuicide rate in 30 years.

A frightening trend is the growing number

of children killingthemselves over bullying

and school pressure.

There have been different reasons given

as to why suicide remainsso prevalent there.

But Christians say ignoranceof God could be why

so many desperate Japaneseare taking their own lives.

Lucille Talusan brings usthat story now from Tokyo.

- [Lucille] Aiko Kudou stillfinds it hard to believe

that her childhoodfriend committed suicide.

- How could he take his own life

and leave behind his family in misery?

He got depressed when his motherdid not approve the school

of his choice.

He ran away from home.

After three days, he wasfound dead in a park restroom.

He cut his wrists and bled to death.

- The suicide rate amongyoung Japanese has risen

to its highest level in three decades.

According to the Ministryof Education, 250 elementary

and high school studentscommitted suicide last year.

Reports say that based onthe notes left by these kids,

bullying is the main reason

that pushed them to end their life.

- Being part of a group isvery important in our culture

and that is why, ifthe child is different,

basically he is always bullied.

- [Lucille] Pastor Miyahara says people

who take this road oftenlack purpose in life.

Throughout history, Japan haslacked a dominant religion.

Religion is perceived as tradition,

not a way to find purpose.

And religion is not a priority.

Japanese seek other ways for fulfillment.

Mina Kuboi gives free hugsat the Shibuya Train Station.

- I give free hugs becauseI want people to react.

- [Lucille] When askedwhat she knows about Jesus?

- Jesus, um.

- Do you think religion is important?

- Yes, but for me, uh, it'snot important. (laughs)

- [Lucille] Less than 1%

of Japanese population is Christian.

This is why Pastor Miyahara is committed

to share the gospel.

He preaches outside thetrain station each day

as people head home from work.

- Jesus commanded me to share the gospel

and that's what I do.

Some stop and have a conversation with me,

that's when I tell them about Jesus' love

and sacrifice for them.

And I also get the opportunityto lead them to prayer.

- [Lucille] Pastor Miyahara believes

Christ can solve the suicide problem

by helping desperate peoplefind hope and a reason to live.

Lucille Talusan, CBN News, Tokyo.

- Coming up, why aChristian license plate was

recently denied in Sweden

and how CBN brought a special celebration

of the birth of Jesus to theWest African nation of Benin.

Stay with us.

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(uplifting music)

- [Pat] When you give,

smiles grow bigger.

When you care,

homes are happier.

When you comfort,

the hurt goes away.

When we all come together to love,

miracles happen.

- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million, but it was three little girls

that taught me aboutthe plight of orphans.

My husband and I spentnearly a month immersed

in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utterloneliness, the pain of rejection

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changedme forever and out of it,

grew a ministry from my heartcalled Orphan's Promise.

Today, we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes,

they're being educated andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to join with me

and become family to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now,

because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

- Hello, is this thing on?

Hey, kids, do you love games?- Yeah!

- And do you love discovering things?

- [Child] Yeah!

- Well, do ya?- Yeah!

- [Announcer] Then you're gonna love this!

It's the new, free,Superbook Kid's Bible App.

You can play games, watch videos,

find answers to your questionsand a whole lot more.

The new Superbook Kid's Bible App,

free downloads available oniTunes and Google Play, now.

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- Officials in Sweden

recently blocked a Christian man's request

to include the words Christor Jesus on his license plate.

A Swedish newspaper reports the man wanted

to add the word Christus,the Swedish word for Christ,

on his car registration plate

but the Swedish TransportAgency claimed the move

could cause offense to thoseopposed to Christianity.

When asked to use the name Jesus instead,

he was informed thatword was blocked as well.

CBN's Superbook clubs held aspecial Christmas celebration

this year in the WestAfrican nation of Benin.

CBN, in French Africa,

working with the Churchof the Assemblies of God

in Benin hosted the event.

More than 500 children and 50 instructors,

including members ofevery Superbook program

in that country cametogether for the event.

The children shared themeaning of Christmas

with their community by performing dances

and scenes from the Christmas story,

as well as recitingBible verses from memory.

To learn more about what CBNis doing around the world,

simply go to cbn.com/international.

Gillette got a lot of attention last week

for its new video and television ad,

taking on toxic masculinity.

That's the subject of thisweek's Faithwire program

on the CBN News Channel.

Here's Dan Andros with a preview.

- Coming up on tonight'sepisode of Faith versus Culture,

we look at the new ad from Gillette.

Toxic masculinity, is it a thing?

Is it something that's actuallyreal and if it is real,

is it something that Christiansshould be concerned with?

How should we be viewingthis from the Biblical lens?

We're gonna break that down and more

on tonight's episode ofFaith versus Culture here,

on the CBN News Channel at 9:30.

We'll see ya there.

And as you heard, you cansee Faithwire this evening

on the news channel at 9:30 Eastern.

It is time for your Monday Motivation

and today I leave you withthis message pulled straight

from the pages of scripture.

"He who has begun a greatwork in you is faithful

"to perform it.

"God is doing a great work."

So pursue this day,

knowing God will not leave you unfinished.

You are his handiwork, his masterpiece.

With that word, rather, makethis a marvelous Monday.

That will do it for thisedition of CBN Newswatch.

Remember, you can always find more

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Hope you'll join us again,right here next time.

Make it a marvelous Monday,we'll see you tomorrow.

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