Prophecy News Watch - October 18, 2019

Around the World
'We’ve got a great deal': UK and EU agree to Brexit deal
The United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed to deal for splitting up, signaling a big breakthrough in the lead-up to Britain’s planned exit from the EU at the end of the month.
Pence says Erdogan knows Trump 'says what he means' after Syria cease-fire
Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News in an exclusive interview Thursday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 'knows President Trump says what he means what he says' about Trump's threat to slap sanctions on Turkey if its military defies the terms of a cease-fire meant to halt Ankara's offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.
Venezuela Wins Seat on U.N. Rights Council Despite U.S. Opposition
Venezuela was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday with 105 votes and a round of applause, despite fierce lobbying against it by the United States and rights groups, and the late entry of Costa Rica as competition.
Pence Announces Ceasefire Deal With Erdogan to End Turkey’s Syria Offensive
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday he had reached a deal with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for a ceasefire in northern Syria to end an eight-day-old Turkish offensive against Kurdish-led forces.
US imposes record $7.5 billion tariffs on European goods
The United States on Friday imposed a range of punitive tariffs on European goods.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Pompeo lands in Israel for meet with Netanyahu, talks on Syria
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Israel overnight Thursday-Friday for talks on Syria following the pullout of American soldiers and Turkey’s launching of a military offensive against Kurdish fighters.
Gantz rejects unity offer from Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Blue and White leader Benny Gantz on Thursday and offered him a new framework on matters of religion and state and other issues that could help bring about the formation of a national-unity government.
Gantz reportedly looking to form minority government with Liberman’s backing
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz is reportedly planning to invite representatives of Yisrael Beytenu and Likud to talks on forming a unity government if he is tasked with forming a coalition next week.
As US withdraws, Jerusalem spooked by Moscow’s growing control over Middle East
US President Donald Trump’s newly announced withdrawal of nearly all US troops from northern Syria has cemented Russia’s status as the predominant global military power actively engaged in the Middle East.

Inside the United States
'Organized destruction': William Barr blasts 'militant secularists' over assault on religion
Attorney General William P. Barr offered a withering evisceration of anti-religious sentiment last week, defending the central role of Judeo-Christian moral standards in American democracy, accusing 'militant secularists' of an assault on religion that’s become as intolerant as religions they criticize.
U.S. Senate fails to override Trump veto of bill to end border emergency
President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration, which he says allows him to redirect federal funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, will stay in effect after the U.S. Senate on Thursday failed to override his veto of legislation terminating the executive action.

Christian News
‘Sad Day’ in Algeria as Officials Seal Buildings of Country’s Largest Churches
Authorities in Algeria on Wednesday (Oct. 16) closed the Tafath (Light) church building in Tizi-Ouzou, a day after sealing shut the country’s largest church despite resistance, sources said.
Saudi Arabia to Allow Access to Ancient Biblical Sites, Including 'the Real' Mount Sinai
After being closed to tourism for the past few decades, Saudi Arabia is not only allowing tourists to visit but opening their doors for those who want to see the biblical sites the country has to offer.
Survey: Christianity declining rapidly in US, down 12 percentage points in last decade
A new survey shows American Christianity is declining steadily, with young Americans increasingly identifying as unaffiliated with any religious group.