Prophecy News Watch - October 16, 2019

Around the World
U.S. carried out secret cyber strike on Iran in wake of Saudi oil attack
The United States carried out a secret cyber operation against Iran in the wake of the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh blame on Tehran, two U.S. officials have told Reuters.
Russia Vows To Prevent Clashes Between Syrian, Turkish Armies
Russia says it won't allow clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces as Turkey pressed its offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.
Russia says 'unacceptable' Turkish incursion into Syria must be temporary
Russia called Turkey’s military incursion into northeast Syria 'unacceptable' and said on Tuesday the operation had to be limited in time and scale, a rare broadside that suggests Moscow’s patience with Ankara is wearing thin.
Turkish-backed forces come 'very close' to US troops in Syria, official says
Turkish-backed forces came 'very close' to U.S. troops in Syria just west of a coalition base in the northern Syrian town of Ain Issa Tuesday -- so close that American jets and attack helicopters were called in to disrupt the approaching forces, a U.S official tells Fox News.
New clashes in Barcelona between separatist protesters and police
New clashes erupted between Catalan pro-independence demonstrators and riot police in the center of Barcelona late on Tuesday in tense protests over the jailing of nine separatists by the Supreme Court over a 2017 independence bid.
UK and EU closing in on ‘possible’ Brexit deal
Britain and the EU were seen to be closing in on a detailed draft Brexit deal on Tuesday, although officials voiced skepticism it would be ready in time for a key European summit this week.
Iran’s Economy to Shrink 9.5 Percent This Year Amid Tighter US Sanctions, Says IMF
Iran’s economy is expected to shrink by 9.5 percent this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said, down from a previous estimate of a six percent contraction, as the country feels the impact of tighter US sanctions.
Turkey’s Erdogan positioned to be Putin ally in NATO
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could help Russia in multiple ways if he continues to undermine the effectiveness of NATO from within the transatlantic alliance, according to diplomats and analysts.
Putin invites Erdogan to Russia as Turkey advances in Syria
Russia’s president Vladimir Putin spoke with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan about Syria by phone and invited him to visit Russia in the next few days, the Kremlin said late on Tuesday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
‘No to Israel!’: Firebrand Iraq cleric calls for mass anti-corruption protest
Crying ‘No to Israel,” Firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr on Tuesday urged millions of worshipers taking part in Shiite Islam’s largest pilgrimage to protest against corruption in Iraq, following deadly demonstrations.

Inside the United States
Federal judge strikes down Obama mandate requiring doctors to perform sex reassignment surgery
A federal judge struck down an Obama administration mandate requiring doctors to perform gender transition procedures, deeming it in violation of conscience protections for medical professionals.
DC City Council to Hold Public Hearing Thursday on Bill to Fully Decriminalize Sex Trade
The Washington, DC City Council will consider legislation to fully decriminalize the sex trade in the District of Columbia. A public hearing on the proposed bill is scheduled for Oct. 17.
Trump vetoes measure to end his emergency declaration on border wall
U.S. President Donald Trump has vetoed a joint resolution of Congress that sought to terminate his declaration of a national emergency on the southern border with Mexico, the White House said on Tuesday.
Debating Democrats blast Trump, demand impeachment
Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the US president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.
Watchdog Finds Major Increase in TV Profanity and Violence, Says Congress Should Act
A new study has a message for the many families who have said television content has grown coarser with each passing year: You’re right.

Christian News
Franklin Graham: 'The Left, the Socialists Have Made It Very Clear That They Stand Against the Church'
In an interview with CBN News, evangelist Franklin Graham is standing firm against the recent controversial comments by 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who said he would want to strip churches of their tax-exempt status if they don't support same-sex marriage.