Prophecy News Watch - October 24, 2018

Around the World
Why Implanted Microchips in Humans Are About to Go Big
Experts admit that, so far, getting humans to adopt microchip implants has been a tough sell. Many Christians reject them because of concern they could be a prelude to 'the mark of the Beast' which Revelation chapter 13 says will be 'a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads.'
Trump and Putin plan Paris meeting
US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin plan to meet in Paris next month, amid a continuing dispute over a key nuclear arms treaty.
UN humanitarian chief says danger of 'big famine' in Yemen
The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that 'there is a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen.'
EU rejects Italian draft budget, setting up standoff with defiant Italy
The European Commission rejected Italy’s draft 2019 budget on Tuesday, saying it brazenly broke EU rules on public spending, and asked Rome to submit a new one within three weeks or face disciplinary action.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
France to US: Release your peace plan or we’ll release ours
France denied Israeli media reports that it warned the US it would promote its own peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if US President Donald Trump fails to publish his plan soon. French allegedly pressured Trump to release his plan within a number of weeks after the American midterm elections on November 6.
Trump said to question Netanyahu commitment to peace, threaten to get ‘tough’
US President Donald Trump has said he is willing to 'be tough' on Israel in peace negotiations, mirroring the administration’s combative stance toward the Palestinian Authority, according to an Israeli report Monday.
PA, Hamas routinely use torture to crush dissent, human rights report finds
Security forces of the rival Palestinian governments in both the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority routinely use torture and arbitrary arrests, among other tactics, to quash dissent by peaceful activists and political rivals, a Human Rights Watch investigation has found.
Palestinians call on China to support Abbas's peace plan
The Palestinian Authority called on China – in its capacity as a permanent member of the UN Security Council – to play an active role in the Middle East peace process, during a meeting in Ramallah on Tuesday between visiting Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and senior PLO and Fatah officials.

Inside the United States
Illegal immigrant families set record in 2018; top 100,000 for first time
Illegal immigration by families surged this summer after the collapse of President Trump’s zero-tolerance border policy, reaching record levels and leaving the Trump administration frustrated over the lack of easy solutions.
Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Are Under Siege in the US
United States Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke is under fire for criticizing a law that allows faith-based adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples.
Oregon Dismisses Criminal Charges Against Judge Who Says He Was Targeted for Christian Beliefs
The state of Oregon is dropping criminal felony firearms charges against suspended Marion County Judge Vance Day because a key witness refused to testify at his trial.

Christian News
Atheists Put an End to Police Prayer Vigils, but Fail to Stop 'Pastors on Patrol'
A police department in Louisiana will no longer host or promote citywide monthly prayer vigils following a complaint from one of the nation's leading atheist groups.
Former LGBT People Now Christians to Share Message of Jesus' Love in LA
A group of ex-LGBTQ people are getting ready to take the streets of Los Angeles, California to declare the transforming power and love of Jesus Christ.