Prophecy News Watch - October 15, 2019

Around the World
US Sanctions Turkey, Seeks Halt to Syria Offensive
U.S. President Donald Trump is pressuring Turkey to stop its offensive in northern Syria with calls for a cease-fire and sanctions against Turkish officials, as he plans to send a delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence to Ankara for talks to resolve the situation.
US calls for historic NATO sanctions on Turkey
NATO powers might sanction Turkey over the assault on U.S. partners that has 'resulted in the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees,' Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
Brexit deal 'more and more difficult' this week, EU summit to mull delay
The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator said on Tuesday that reaching a deal on Britain’s departure from the bloc before the scheduled date of Oct. 31 had become 'more and more difficult', and Finland’s EU minister said leaders would discuss another delay.
US Ally Saudi Arabia Signs Deals Worth $2 Billion With Putin’s Russia
Russia and Saudi Arabia signed a package of deals valued at $2 billion during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the kingdom on Monday – just days after the Trump administration announced it would deploy another 3,000 U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia amid high tensions in the Persian Gulf.
UK experts in Iran to upgrade heavy water reactor
A team of British experts arrived in Iran on Monday to begin work to upgrade the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor, the UK embassy in Tehran said.
Saudi visit signals Putin's growing Middle East influence
President Vladimir Putin signaled Moscow’s growing Middle East clout on Monday on his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh’s regional rivals and energy cooperation.
With Turkey’s invasion of Syria, concerns mount over nukes at Incirlik
The Air Force on Monday said it has made no changes to daily operations at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey even as Turkish forces continue to push into Syrian territory, which has prompted U.S. forces to pull back.
Trump sending Pence to Turkey to ‘pursue a ceasefire and negotiated settlement’
US President Donald Trump on Monday urged his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to 'stop the invasion' of Syria, Vice President Mike Pence said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Trump swears allegiance to Israel as he decries endless Middle East wars
US President Donald Trump swore allegiance to Israel as he decried endless Middle East wars and defended his decision to withdraw US troops from the Kurdish area of northern Syria, when he spoke at the annual Values Voters Conference in Washington.

Inside the United States
'A different world': 2020 Democrats set to spar on altered playing field
When the top Democratic presidential hopefuls take the debate stage Tuesday, America will see a race that has changed dramatically since the candidates faced off just a month ago.
ABC apologizes for mistaking Kentucky gun range video for Turkish bombing of Syria
ABC issued a correction and apology Monday for reportedly using video from a Kentucky gun range while falsely claiming it depicted a fierce battle between Syrian Kurds and Turkish forces.

Christian News
'I think we're very close': Freed pastor Andrew Brunson urges young American Christians to prepare for persecution
The American pastor whose two-year imprisonment plunged Turkey into a diplomatic feud with the United States urged young Christians in his home country to prepare for the persecution he sees gathering for them on the horizon.
Christian Slain in Kaduna State, 13 Others Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria
Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a young Christian man after stopping him on a highway in Kaduna state on Oct. 5, while in Plateau state another 13 Christians have been slain in less than a month, sources said.

Prophecy News Watch - October 14, 2019

Around the World
China's trade with US shrinks again in September
China’s trade with the United States fell by double digits again in September amid a tariff war that threatens to tip the global economy into recession.
US forces unharmed after coming under fire in Syria
U.S. special operations forces located in Syria came under fire Friday but did not sustain any casualties, the Pentagon has confirmed.
Nearly 33 Dead From Typhoon as Japan Continues Rescue Efforts
Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan to rescue people stranded in flooded homes Sunday, as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to as high as 33. One woman fell to her death as she was being placed inside a rescue helicopter.
EU: Brexit Deal Growing More Likely, Talks With UK Extended
The European Union said Friday that talks with the U.K. to find an amicable divorce deal were back on track, despite huge challenges and a looming end-of-month deadline for Britain to leave the bloc.
F-15s, air defense systems and thousands of U.S. troops heading to Saudi Arabia
The Pentagon is sending Air Force F-15s, new air defense systems and other assets -- along with the thousands of U.S. troops needed to operate and maintain them -- to Saudi Arabia.
UN: Turkey assault has displaced 130,000 and number could triple
Turkey’s deadly assault on Kurdish positions in northeastern Syria has forced 130,000 people to flee their homes, the UN said Sunday, adding it was preparing for that figure to more than triple.
US-China reach trade war 'pause'
The U.S. and China have reached a partial trade pause.
Russia takes part in talks between Syria and Kurdish-led SDF
The Syrian government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been holding negotiations with Russian participation, a Syrian Kurdish politician said on Sunday, expressing hope for a deal that would halt a Turkish attack.
Fresh conflict in Syria threatens 'new exodus of Christians'
Turkey's incursions into northern Syria are threatening a 'new exodus of Christians', Aid to the Church in Need has warned.
Trump, Congress prepare to sanction Turkey as invasion wreaks havoc on northern Syria
President Trump said on Sunday that he and members of Congress are working to punish Turkey economically after the country invaded neighboring Syria following the administration's decision to withdraw troops from the region.
US moves toward a rapid, complete withdrawal of its military forces from Syria
The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos, cries of betrayal and signs that Turkey’s invasion could fuel a broader war.
Kurds announce deal with Syria on troop deployment to confront Turkey
The Kurdish administration in northern Syria on Sunday announced a deal with the Damascus government on a Syrian troop deployment near the border with Turkey to confront Ankara’s offensive.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
'We assume there are weapons stockpiles on the Temple Mount'
'The Palestinians will never drop the matter of the Temple Mount. It's a tool that they, and parts of the Arab and Muslim world, use to take on Israel,' former Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman and former head of the Shin Bet security agency MK Avi Dichter tells Israel Hayom in a special weekend interview.
Sources: Rivlin won't extend Netanyahu's mandate
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate to form a government will not be extended beyond the Thursday, October 24, deadline, sources close to President Reuven Rivlin said on Saturday night, confirming a report on Channel 12.

Inside the United States
'One sided witch hunt': Trump defends 'legendary' Giuliani amid reports he's under investigation
President Trump still has faith in Rudy Giuliani amid reports that the former New York City mayor is under investigation and despite speculation that the president might ditch him as his personal lawyer.
Evangelical Support for President Trump Being Tested at Values Voter Summit Over Syria Pullout
President Trump will address the Values Voter Summit in Washington Saturday night. His speech comes as there's a growing concern in his evangelical base over his decision to pull troops out of Syria because it leaves US allies like the Kurds and Syrian Christians without protection.
California Universities Forced to Provide Abortion Pills
California governor Gavin Newsom (D.) will force all taxpayer-funded public university campuses to provide abortion pills for students by 2023.

Christian News
17 Percent of Evangelical Teens Aren’t in Public School, Survey Shows
More than one in 10 evangelical teenagers in the United States are homeschooled and an additional six percent are in private school, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
Ethiopia’s Evangelical Prime Minister Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Less than two years since taking office, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has helped Ethiopia achieve the kind of peace and reconciliation once deemed impossible, including resolving a border conflict with its East African neighbor Eritrea.

Prophecy News Watch - October 11, 2019

Around the World
Day 1 of U.S.-China trade talks ends with hopes for limited deal
Top U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrapped up the first day of trade talks in more than two months on Thursday as business groups expressed optimism the two sides might be able to ease a 15-month trade war and delay a U.S. tariff hike scheduled for next week.
Brexit deal can be done by October 31, Ireland says after 'positive' Johnson meeting
A Brexit deal could be clinched by the end of October to allow the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in an orderly fashion, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said after what he called a very positive meeting with Boris Johnson.
US senators propose tough sanctions on Turkey unless it leaves Syria
A bipartisan group of US senators said Wednesday they have agreed on far-reaching sanctions to be slapped on NATO ally Turkey if its forces do not withdraw from neighboring Syria.
Ukraine president says 'no blackmail' in phone call with Trump
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told reporters Thursday his controversial July call with President Trump involved no bribe, blackmail or quid pro quo, as impeachment-minded Democrats claim.
Turkey's Erdogan threatens to send Syrian refugees to Europe
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Ankara will send the 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey to Europe if European countries label the country’s military incursion in Syria as an occupation.
Typhoon to Bring 2 Feet of Rain, Strong Winds to Tokyo
A powerful typhoon was forecast to bring 2 feet of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area this weekend, and Japan’s government warned people Friday to stockpile supplies and evacuate before it’s too dangerous.
Oil prices jump 2% after Iran says two missiles struck one of its tankers
Oil prices rose sharply on Friday morning after Iranian officials said that two rockets had struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu condemns Turkish invasion of Syrian Kurdistan, offers aid
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday denounced Turkey’s invasion of Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria and said Israel was prepared to offer humanitarian aid to the Kurds in Syria facing an onslaught from Ankara.

Inside the United States
Supreme Court hesitant to expand discrimination protection to LGBTQ employees
Supreme Court justices Tuesday questioned if expanding discrimination protection to transgender workers would soon mean grappling with men in the women’s room or men playing women’s sports.
California governor says broad power shutdown to prevent fires 'unacceptable'
California Governor Gavin Newsom called a widespread electricity shutdown triggered by a power company to prevent wildfires 'unacceptable', as gale-force winds and dry weather posed a critical fire threat to the north of the state.
Supreme Court to Consider Reviewing Case of High Schooler Forced to Recite Islamic Conversion Prayer
The case of a Christian high school student who was forced to write the Islamic Creed at school is slated to come before a U.S. Supreme Court conference on Oct. 11.

Christian News
Democrat Congressmen Smear Liberty University’s Religious Beliefs
A pair of Democrat congressmen took cheap shots at Liberty University and made unfounded accusations about the school’s religious beliefs in a scathing letter to the Secretary of Education.

Prophecy News Watch - October 10, 2019

Around the World
EU says Brexit deal 'very difficult' if not entirely impossible
The European Union said on Wednesday it was not shutting the door to a Brexit deal but stressed that London needed to change its stance considerably to secure an agreement.
Arab League to hold emergency meeting over Turkish offensive into Syria
The Arab League will hold an emergency meeting on Saturday, it said in a statement, following a call by Egypt for the body to meet over Turkey's offensive into Syria.
U.S. military announces largest deployment to Europe in 25 years for 2020 exercises
U.S. Army Europe announced the largest deployment to Europe of U.S. personnel in 25 years, with a multinational training exercise named Defender-Europe 20.
Trump says he will wipe out Turkey's economy if it wipes out the Syrian Kurds
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would devastate Turkey’s economy if Ankara’s incursion in Syria wipes out the Kurdish population there.
EU demands Turkey halt Syria operation as NATO chief urges ‘restraint’
EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday demanded Turkey halt its military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, telling Ankara a political solution was the only way to end the Syrian conflict.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
‘Useless,’ ‘unhelpful’: Blue and White, Likud sources trash Liberman unity plan
Sources from both Blue and White and Likud on Thursday denounced Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman’s plan, unveiled the previous night, to form a unity government with the two leading parties, calling his proposal an unrealistic, feeble attempt to break the ongoing deadlock in talks.

Inside the United States
Ukraine reopened Biden probe before Trump call
The U.S. government was aware that Ukraine planned to investigate the company tied to Hunter Biden months before President Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president, according to investigative reporter John Solomon.
Anti-Trump group launches $1 million in swing-state impeachment ads
The Democratic-aligned digital group ACRONYM is launching a $1 million ad campaign in five swing states focused on impeaching President Donald Trump, answering a barrage of ads from Trump and allies condemning Democrats over the impeachment push.
'Insolent and obstructive': Tom Cotton says intelligence watchdog shared extra details about Ukraine whistleblower with House Democrats
An Intelligence Community watchdog gave preferential treatment to House Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Trump while rebuffing Senate Republican questions, according to Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton.
Trump calls on Supreme Court to strike down DACA, says deal possible
President Trump on Wednesday called on the Supreme Court to strike down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, ahead of the top court's November hearing on the legality of Trump's termination of the Obama-era program.
Fox News Poll: Record support for Trump impeachment
Just over half of voters want President Trump impeached and removed from office, according to a Fox News Poll released Wednesday.
Trump Rids Major U.S. Container Port of Chinese Communist Control
Under a long-term deal sealed by the Obama administration, a Chinese Communist company was set to control the second-busiest container port in the United States. In an unreported Trump administration victory, the Communists are out after a drawn-out national security review forced a unit of China-based COSCO Shipping Holdings Co. (Orient Overseas Container Line—OOCL) to sell the cherished container terminal business, which handles among the largest freight of imports into the U.S.
Senators Launch Bipartisan Push to Sanction Turkey Over Syria Offensive
Breaking with President Trump over the issue, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday joined Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in announcing a bipartisan push for sanctions against the leaders and military of Turkey – a NATO ally – until it halts a unilateral military operation in northeastern Syria and withdraws its forces.

Christian News
Wycliffe Associates Seeking to Expand in 'Impossible Places' with Translation Projects in 450 New Languages
Wycliffe Associates, an international organization involving people in the advancement of Bible translation, is ready to begin translation projects in 450 new languages in some of the world’s most isolated regions, including places where Christianity is a crime and the Bible is banned.
Syrian Christians to US: 'Don't Abandon Us Now'
Not long after the defeat of the Islamic State in the area, Syrian Christians warn that US military withdrawal from the Kurdish-controlled region, announced yesterday by President Donald Trump, will expose them to danger.

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