Prophecy News Watch - October 19, 2018

Around the World
Russia, Turkey extend deadline to clear Syria's demilitarized zone
Russia and Turkey agreed Thursday to allow opposition groups more time to exit Syria's western Idlib province as they work to establish a demilitarized zone, the United Nations said.
Russians 'will go to heaven' in event of nuclear war: Putin
Russians will 'go to heaven' as martyrs in the event of nuclear war because Moscow will only ever use nuclear weapons in retaliation, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
Putin says ISIS took 700 hostages in Syria
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Islamic State militants had seized nearly 700 hostages in part of Syria controlled by U.S.-backed forces and issued an ultimatum promising to execute 10 people every day.
Trump says Saudi journalist likely dead, threatens ‘severe’ consequences
President Donald Trump said Thursday it 'certainly looks' as though Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened 'very severe' consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him.
Saudi Arabia transfers $100 million to U.S. on day of Pompeo visit to discuss missing journalist
The United States received a payment of $100 million from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a State Department official confirmed Wednesday amid global calls for answers in the case.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Report: Israeli stealth jets flew over Iran
Israeli stealth planes reached Iran and returned without anyone noticing, Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al-Jarida reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources.
Report: Hamas agrees to curb Gaza border violence to facilitate truce with Israel
Hamas has decided to scale back the violent weekly protests along Gaza's border with Israel in an effort to bring down the number of casualties among the protesters, the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Thursday.
U.S. closes diplomatic mission to Palestinian Authority, merges with U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
The U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem primarily responsible for outreach to Palestinians will be absorbed by the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday, merging previously separate missions in an effort to increase 'efficiency' and 'effectiveness.'

Inside the United States
Trump’s list: 289 accomplishments in just 20 months, ‘relentless’ promise-keeping
The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Ronald Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office, giving President Trump a solid platform to run for re-election on.
Trump threatens to send in military to shut down U.S. border to Mexico
President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to deploy the military and close the southern US border if Mexico does not halt a caravan of Central America migrants heading north, raising the risk of huge disruptions to trade.
Democratic candidates for Congress have raised a record-shattering $1 billion this election
Democratic candidates running for Congress this year collectively raised more than $1 billion for their campaigns -- a record-shattering sum that highlights the party’s zeal to retake the House and Senate and underscores the enormous amount of money flowing into the midterm races.
Texas Dems ask noncitizens to register to vote, send applications with citizenship box pre-checked
The Texas Democratic Party asked noncitizens to register to vote, sending out applications to immigrants with the box citizenship already checked 'Yes,' according to complaints filed Thursday asking prosecutors to see what laws may have been broken.
Wall St. slides as Saudi Arabia, Italy add to economic concerns
U.S. stocks fell more than 1 percent on Thursday as the European Commission issued a warning regarding Italy’s budget and concerns mounted over the possibility of strained relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, further denting investors’ appetite for risk amid global trade tensions and rising interest rates.

Christian News
Turkey Arrests Another Pastor Just Days after Pastor Brunson is Released
After releasing pastor Andrew Brunson just days ago, Turkish authorities detained another U.S. missionary.