August 16, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump praised the strength of the U.S. dollar on Thursday after the greenback reached a 14-month high against a broad basket of other currencies a day earlier.

Hundreds of U.S. newspapers on Thursday launched a coordinated defense of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for denouncing some media organizations as enemies of the American people.

President Donald Trump took steps on Wednesday to loosen limits on when the U.S. government can deploy cyber weapons against adversaries, reversing Obama-era guidelines, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

U.S. senators agreed on Wednesday to debate and vote in the next few days on more than $850 billion in spending on defense, labor and healthcare programs, as the Trump administration announced its objections to some parts of the bill.

The United States on Wednesday ruled out removing steel tariffs that have contributed to a currency crisis in Turkey even if Ankara frees a U.S. pastor, as Qatar pledged $15 billion in investment to Turkey, supporting a rise in the Turkish lira.

Hackers operating from an elite Chinese university probed American companies and government departments for espionage opportunities following a U.S. trade delegation visit to China earlier this year, security researchers told Reuters.

U.S. homebuilding rebounded less than expected from a nine-month low in July, suggesting the housing market was likely to tread water for the rest of this year against rising mortgage rates.

A Colorado baker who won a narrow Supreme Court victory over his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is suing the state after it launched another case against him for declining to create a cake for a transgender woman.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) declared a state of emergency on Monday as a months-long red tide continues to spread throughout the region’s waters, killing hundreds of turtles and sickening people in coastal communities.

A sixth first responder has died battling this year’s wildfires in California, fighting what has become the largest wildfire in California’s history.

National Guard soldiers are supporting response efforts, providing unique military capabilities to contain the fires.

A man has been arrested after more than 76 people overdosed in 24 hours after taking synthetic marijuana suspected of being laced with fentanyl – an opioid.

A man detained on suspicion of carrying out a terrorist attack outside Britain’s parliament is Salih Khater, a British citizen of Sudanese origin, a European security source told Reuters.

With hotels facing mass cancellations, Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighboring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay home.

Ford disclosed Tuesday it will spend $740 million on a project to revamp Michigan Central Station, Detroit’s historic but dilapidated former rail station, as well as other neighborhood sites.

A suicide bomber targeted students preparing for university exams in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday, killing dozens of people and wounding dozens more in an attack blamed on the Islamic State group, officials said.

Two Democrats are poised to become the first Muslim women in Congress, offering a sharp counterpoint to the anti-Muslim policies and sentiment surfacing in Washington and across the country. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota state lawmaker and Somali-American former refugee, is favored to take a seat in Congress after winning her Democratic primary in a left-leaning Minnesota district on Tuesday.

Up to 300 bridges, viaducts and tunnels in Italy are at risk of structural failure, experts warned, as the death toll from the collapse of a bridge in Genoa rose to 39, including three children.

Disillusioned and exhausted, Nigerian troops battling a surge in Boko Haram jihadist attacks have reached breaking point, protesting less than six months before presidential polls.

A new Catholic school in Baltimore will no longer feature the name of a late cardinal accused of failing to act in the case of priests who abused children in Pennsylvania.

The investigation into an assassination attempt on Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro using drones has widened to include the arrest of two high-ranking military officers.

BBC

Four students in Mexico have developed a jacket they say could protect those wearing it from attacks. Once armed, the sleeves of the coat can emit an electric shock making anyone holding on to them recoil.

President Trump has signed an order relaxing rules around the use of cyber-weapons.

An Oklahoma school system has reopened after violent threats against a 12-year-old transgender student prompted its closure for two days.

A Libyan criminal court has sentenced 45 militiamen to death by firing squad for killing demonstrators in Tripoli in 2011, the justice ministry says.

WND

A mysterious Russian satellite displaying “very abnormal behavior” has raised alarm in the US. “We don’t know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it”. She voiced fears that it was impossible to say if the object may be a weapon.

A new report found glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical that some health authority’s link to cancer, in a number of popular breakfast foods and cereals marketed to children.

The Italian bishop’s conference announced Tuesday that changes to the Lord’s Prayer proposed by Pope Francis will take effect in Italy this November.


News – 8/16/2018

U.S. Warns Neither Israel Nor PA Will Be ‘Fully Pleased’ With Peace Plan
“No one will be fully pleased with our proposal, but that’s the way it must be if real peace is to be achieved,” the officials said. “Peace can only succeed if it is based on realities.” Along with Greenblatt, the other officials behind the statement included US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and Greenblatt.

Australian Lawmaker Proposes ‘Final Solution’ To Immigration Problem, Calls For Banning Muslim Migrants
Anning advocated in his first speech to Parliament for a return to Australia’s historic “White Australia” policy, which favored European immigrants over those of other nationalities to preserve “the historic European-Christian composition of Australian society.” Anning remained stalwart in his support for the idea despite drawing heavy criticism from the country’s major political parties …“While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims, so why would anyone want to bring more of them here?” he asked.

W. Virginia delegate: All state Supremes had to go
Paperwork for more pay for senior judges falsified, and that’s ‘felony’
All five members of West Virginia’s Supreme Court are off the bench following a corruption scandal resulting in three impeachments, a resignation and one plea bargain to a felony charge.

Measles Outbreak In 21 States, Including New Jersey: CDC
From January 1 through July 14, 107 people from 21 states and the District of Columbia were infected. Those states are: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

Iran Supreme Leader admits mistake over nuclear talks
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has admitted he made a mistake in allowing the country’s foreign minister to speak to his US counterpart during negotiations that led to a 2015 international nuclear agreement. Khamenei, who rarely admits in public to making errors, said he had done just that over the nuclear talks. “With the issue of the nuclear negotiations, I made a mistake in permitting our foreign minister to speak with them. It was a loss for us,” he said.

‘I Will Not Relent’: Brennan Calls Revoked Security Clearance An Attack On Free Speech
Former CIA Director John Brennan fired back at President Donald Trump on Wednesday after the White House revoked his security clearance. In recent weeks, a number of people raised questions regarding Brennan and the fact that he still had a security clearance – among them, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who had been wary of Brennan from the start and famously filibustered his confirmation. Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani had also named Brennan as the reason the unsubstantiated dossier ever gained traction at the Justice Department.

Colorado baker in case of Supreme Court sues state over ‘persecution’
A Colorado baker who won a narrow Supreme Court victory over his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is suing the state after it launched another case against him for declining to create a cake for a transgender woman. “This lawsuit is necessary to stop Colorado’s continuing persecution of Phillips,” the written complaint alleges. Also named in the lawsuit are Governor John Hickenlooper and Cynthia Coffman, the state attorney general.

‘No one will be fully pleased’ with Trump peace plan, officials say
Senior Trump administration officials working on a proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace issued a joint statement on their work on Wednesday, cautioning a world eagerly awaiting their plan that “no one will be fully pleased” with its contents. The statement was issued amid intensive discussions within the administration over when to release the plan to the public.

Report: Egyptian intelligence chief visits Israel to discuss Gaza truce
Abbas Kamal, a senior Egyptian intelligence official, visited Tel Aviv yesterday and is slated to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported. Kamal and the PA president will meet to discuss both the issue of Palestinian reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah as well as the future of Gaza.

India monsoon floods kill 73 in Kerala
Flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala has killed at least 73 people, shut down an airport and displaced more than 85,000 people, officials have said. The state government said many of those who died were crushed under debris caused by landslides. The Cochin International Airport, one of India’s busiest, has been shut until 18 August due to a flooded runway.

New South Wales battles dozens of winter bushfires
Emergency crews in Australia are battling unseasonal bushfires which have erupted across drought-stricken New South Wales (NSW). Almost 80 fires were burning along the state’s coast on Thursday, having ripped through more than 1,000 hectares in recent days. No lives or homes were in immediate danger, according to officials. Winter bushfires are uncommon but have flared up this year due to dry conditions, authorities say.

Sweden Muslim woman who refused handshake at job interview wins case
A Muslim woman in Sweden has won compensation after her job interview was ended when she refused a handshake. Farah Alhajeh was applying for a job as an interpreter when she declined to shake the hand of a male interviewer for religious reasons. She placed her hand over her heart in greeting instead.

Austin pirate radio station, flagship for Alex Jones, faces $15k fine
A pirate radio station that serves as controversial host Alex Jones’ Austin flagship has been knocked off the city’s airwaves – at least temporarily – and the Federal Communications Commission has levied a $15,000 penalty… A lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court in Austin accuses Liberty Radio of operating at 90.1 FM without federal consent since at least 2013. Religious programming was airing on that frequency Wednesday, in place of Liberty Radio.

Agency Says Lake Mead Could Drop Below Critical Threshold
Nevada’s Lake Mead, the biggest reservoir in the West, is on track to fall below a critical threshold in 2020, according to a new forecast by the Bureau of Reclamation. In a prediction released Wednesday, the Bureau of Reclamation, a multistate agency that manages water and power in the West, said there is a 52% probability that water levels will fall below a threshold of 1,075 feet elevation by 2020.

81-degree reading likely sets record for highest temperature ever measured in California waters
Two buoys off the coast of San Diego last week recorded what researchers believe could be the highest temperature ever measured in California waters. A sea-surface temperature of 81.3 degrees was logged Thursday by both the Torrey Pines buoy (7.3 miles offshore) and the neighboring Scripps Nearshore buoy (.7 miles from the coast).

Report: Hamas-Israel ceasefire deal to last a year
An anticipated ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas will include a year-long cessation of hostilities and the creation of a maritime route between the Gaza Strip and Cyprus under Israeli security supervision, according to a Thursday report in the Al Mayadeen news channel. The Hezbollah-affiliated pan-Arabist satellite channel in Lebanon claimed that the next 48 hours will prove crucial in the much-sought truce between Israel and the Gaza-ruling terror group.

Netanyahu unveils security plans for next decade
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a document titled “Security model 2030” at the Security Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The document, which outlines the new budgetary additions to the country’s security budget, has been formulated by Netanyahu over the past couple of years. The document was presented at the first Security Cabinet meeitng in a series of meetings on the subject.

Muslims all over the world are calling for an Islamic Army to unite and achieve one goal – destroying Israel
Senior member of extremist Islamist organization calls on Arab armies to unite their forces against Israel.

Public schools all over America are bringing in drag queens to teach children about gender
K-12 schools are bringing drag queens into the classroom to teach gender ideology, a Thursday video revealed.

EXPELLED: Hungary wins the war against ultra-liberal billionaire George Soros , who has decided to move his foundation from Budapest to Berlin
Inside a sleek but unobtrusive office building a few blocks from the River Danube, conference rooms and executive suites that once buzzed with activity will stand vacant by the month’s end.

CDC monitoring measles cases in 21 states, including North Carolina
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday afternoon that 107 people from 21 states, including North Carolina, have reported contracting the measles.

George Soros Invested in Tech Giants Shortly Before Alex Jones Purge
The firm of globalist billionaire George Soros invested millions in several tech giants just months before they underwent a coordinated purge of Infowars and Alex Jones.

San Francisco Forms ‘Poop Patrol’ to Tackle Feces Crisis on City Streets
Government authorities have attempted to tackle San Francisco’s decrepit, feces-ridden sidewalks by deploying ‘poop control’ workers to deal with the worsening problem.

Christian University Caves On Homosexuality
Canada’s Trinity Western University (TWU) has quietly caved to judicial and LGBT pressure to remove its insistence that students agree to refrain from all sexual actuality outside of traditional marriage.

Huge Catholic Church ‘Predator Priest’ Pedophile Ring Exposed by Grand Jury
301 Catholic “predator priests” have been named for their involvement in a mass pedophile ring in the grand jury’s long-awaited bombshell report into clergy child abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses.

Florida Public Schools to Display ‘In God We Trust’ Signs
Florida public schools will be required to display “In God We Trust” signs on school property starting this week.

A California Mayor Faces Resignation Demands After Writing Piece About ‘Straight Pride’
…“Now before anyone gets their pantyhose in a knot,” wrote Hickman, “this is not really legally anti anything; instead it’s a pro-family; and proud to be a straight American, and me expressing a private opinion.”

Muslim child rape gangs: THIRTY charged over rape, trafficking and sexual exploitation of girls as young as 12 during seven-year period 
Could there be a pattern here? Point to it and you will be punished far worse than these savage child rapists.


ApostasyWatch Daily News

The Christian Church Distorted and Deformed

Farewell, Willow Creek: Where the “Regular” Churches Can Go From Here

Steve Munsey being sued by family of woman who drowned in his pool

Serita Jakes’ Endorsement of Yoga at Potter’s House Sparks Debate

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church Honored by Houston Mayor for Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

‘They Hid It All’: Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Grand Jury Report Says

University of Iowa Reinstates Nearly 40 Student Groups After InterVarsity Files Lawsuit

Baker Back in Court After Colorado Claims He Discriminated by Declining to Make Cake Celebrating ‘Gender Transition’

Anthony Wade – Poor Charismatic Teaching Part One — Misunderstanding Wolves

Kenneth Copeland Says God Told Him to ‘Lay Hands’ on Private Plane: ‘I’ll Heal It’

Bethel Faith Healer, Beni Johnson, Seeks Medical Treatment for Cancer

Willow Creek paid $3.25M to settle lawsuits over child sex abuse by church volunteer

Beeching: Churches ‘slammed’ door on me for being gay

Religious website triggers complaint against Edwards Air Force Base brigadier general

Religious Studies Professor Claims Opposing Abortion Conflicts With Jesus’ Teaching on ‘Abundant Life’


Headlines – 8/16/2018

US warns no one will be ‘fully pleased’ by Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

Abbas: We will thwart Trump’s plan, Nation-State Law

Abbas: Palestinians and Arab Israelis united against ‘racist’ nation-state law

Michigan congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib endorses one-state solution, pledges to slash Israeli military aid

Palestinian president lashes out at US over Gaza situation

PA source: Abbas is disrupting Gaza peace agreement

Abbas says Hamas not serious about unity, US lying about Gaza

Egypt summons Palestinian groups for Israeli truce, unity talks

UN chief urges support for UN-Egypt truce deal on Gaza

Abbas: Egypt is making an effort, but Hamas won’t settle

Israel says Gaza calm brokered with Hamas, but no ‘real’ deal without captives

After reopening crossing, Liberman tells Gazans: Calm pays, violence doesn’t

Israel Asks the US to Reduce the Cuts to UNRWA

Israel Reopens Gaza’s Only Commercial Crossing Amid Fragile Calm

Israel allows 700 trucks of commercial goods to enter Gaza

UN Secretary-General welcomes Israel’s decision to open the Kerem Shalom crossing

After Facebook, Hamas turns to Instagram to lure IDF soldiers, army says

Israel Launches Three-year Program to Boost Cybersecurity Industry

The Assad Regime Returns to the Golan

Russian military builds 4 posts along occupied Golan Heights

Turkey court rejects new appeal to free detained US pastor

Turkey says ready to discuss issues with US without threats

Turkey increases tariffs on some US goods, escalating feud

White House condemns Turkey’s tariffs on US imports

Qatar promises $15 bln direct investment in Turkey

Iran VP: US is trying to make Tehran ‘surrender’ through sanctions

Iran’s Khamenei Admits Mistake Over Nuclear Talks With U.S.

Experts say Iran, N. Korea might manipulate, wait out Trump

US Treasury targets companies in Russia, China for violating North Korea sanctions

Vladimir Putin ready to meet Kim Jong-un to discuss ‘urgent issues’, says North Korean state media

After dozens of children die, Trump administration faces mounting pressure over Yemen war

Saudi ready for receiving more than 5,000 pilgrims of martyrs families

Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Afghanistan, killing 48

Suspected ISIS member accused of killing Iraqi police officer is captured in Sacramento, officials say

London authorities mull making car-free area around Houses of Parliament after alleged terror attack

Crypto market crash prompts suicide concerns

Venezuela Has $1 Billion Due Today. The Bonds Trade at 28 Cents

Hospitals scrap surgeries, Venezuelans forgo showers as taps run dry

Trump pulls security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan

Almost 350 news outlets to publish editorials denouncing Trump’s ‘dirty war’ on press

Andrew Cuomo shocks crowd, says America ‘was never that great’

Donald Trump goes on Twitter rampage against the governor of his home state

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Alex Jones, election security and regrets – “We can’t build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe”

FCC Shuts Down Alex Jones’ Flagship Pirate Radio Station In Texas

Child drownings linked to phone-distracted parents who fail to look up

Think cellphones are bad? Just watch what robots can do to kids

Children Give in to Robot Peer Pressure

NASA is running a 3D printing competition to design homes on Mars

Mystery Russian satellite’s behaviour raises alarm in US

Russia accused of testing a ‘killer satellite’ in orbit

6.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Corinto, Nicaragua

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Padangsidempuan, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 12,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Kuchinoerabu volcano: Japan prepares to evacuate island ahead of feared eruption

Future Typhoon Soulik to target Tokyo, eastern Japan next week

Tropical Storm Rumbia to bring flood threat to eastern China, Ryukyu Islands into this weekend

Tropical Storm Lane expected to be major hurricane when it reaches Central Pacific

Ernesto forms in the Atlantic, 5th named storm of hurricane season

It took 11 months to restore power to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. A similar crisis could happen again.

Dozens killed as Polcevera bridge in Genoa collapses during fierce storm

Italian bridge collapse survivor says it came down “like flour”

Italy PM declares state of emergency after bridge collapse

Tornadoes wreak havoc in China

Flood toll in India’s Kerala state jumps to 67

Kerala’s Kochi Airport Closed Till Saturday, Runway Flooded

‘Sand-blasted’: Large dust storms sweep across Australia video

Canada Fires 2018: B.C. Wildfire Map Shows Where 566 Fires Are Burning as Emergency Declared

A ‘perfect storm’ of wildfires puts Seattle’s terrible air quality in the record books

California’s largest fire ever keeps growing

Trump’s tariffs make lumber more expensive as California recovers from wildfires

81-degree reading likely sets record for highest temperature ever measured in California waters

Heatwave reveals England’s lost prehistoric sites

U.S., Mexico tear down barriers to fight drug cartels

CDC: Drug overdoses hit new record

More than 70 people overdose in New Haven as park visitors watch in horror

Number of faulty children’s vaccines in China surges to over 900,000

Woman Dies After Using Parsley to Induce Miscarriage, First Death Since Argentina Senate Rejected Abortion Bill

A California Mayor Faces Resignation Demands After Writing Piece About ‘Straight Pride’

Christian baker vindicated by SCOTUS back in court for not baking a gender transitioning cake

Christian University Caves On Homosexuality

The Catholic Church is guilty of a grave moral failure for allowing massive sexual abuse of children

Critics slam Vatican’s ‘disturbing’ silence on abuse cover-ups

Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

These Are The Chilling Stories Of Abuse Covered Up By The Catholic Church

Another Grooming Case: Detectives Charge 31 people in Huddersfield Muslim Rape Gang Case

Buddhist monk master in China resigns after sexual misconduct allegations


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