October 12, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Rescuers used heavy equipment to clear debris in the Florida Panhandle towns hit hardest by Hurricane Michael, searching for survivors amid expectations the death toll of 12 from the powerful storm likely will climb.

A Turkish court ruled on Friday to release the U.S. evangelical Christian pastor at the center of a bitter diplomatic row between Ankara and Washington, a move that could be the first step toward mending ties between the NATO allies.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Central American countries on Thursday the United States was willing to help with economic development and investment if they did more to tackle mass migration, corruption and gang violence.

U.S. voting rights advocacy groups on Thursday sued Georgia’s top election official, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, accusing him of putting more than 50,000 voter registration applications on hold to boost his gubernatorial campaign.

A federal judge on Thursday set a Feb. 3, 2020 trial date for Christopher Collins, a Republican U.S. congressman from New York who was charged earlier this year with taking part in an insider trading scheme involving an Australian biotechnology company.

A militia group fighting against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria has released 833 children from its own ranks, some as young as 11.

Faced with a proliferation of new electronic cigarettes and a sharp rise in teen vaping, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday sent letters to 21 electronic cigarette manufacturers seeking information to assess whether the products are being marketed illegally.

The five nations in the world’s leading intelligence-sharing network have been exchanging classified information on China’s foreign activities with other like-minded countries since the start of the year, seven officials in four capitals said.

A lawsuit challenging the use of race as a factor in U.S. college admissions will go to trial in Boston on Monday, when Harvard University will face accusations that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants.

AP Top Stories

Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock.

Former first lady Michelle Obama says Democrats should not embrace a strategy of instilling fear in their opponents. She still believes in taking the high road.

Washington state’s Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional and converted to life in prison all pending death sentences in the state.

The remains of a gay US college student whose murder became a symbol of homophobic violence will be interred at Washington National Cathedral 20 years after his death, the church has confirmed. Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, robbed and beaten in 1998, then left to die strapped to a ranch fence in Laramie, Wyoming.

Three Pakistani soldiers were killed and five others wounded in a roadside bomb blast in the country’s northwest near the Afghan border on Thursday, officials said.

Whether crude hits $91 per barrel, as Citigroup Inc. says it may, or if it breaches $100, as other major oil traders suggest, no nation’s relationship to the rally is the same. What the countries all have in common are the trade-war shock waves they face, which have buffeted the outlook for global growth and provide plenty of scope for mishaps.

Amazon said any workers already earning $15 would get raises of $1 per hour. Now, some of those employees are learning their hourly raises will actually be $1.25 an hour. Additionally, Amazon is introducing a new cash bonus of $1,500 to $3,000 for tenure milestones at five, 10, 15 and 20 years. Workers with good attendance in the month of December will also get a $100 bonus, according to the company.

Democrats on Thursday agreed to expedite votes on 15 of President Donald Trump’s nominees to lifetime federal court seats so they could allow vulnerable members to campaign less than a month before the November midterm elections.

The Taliban have reinstated a security guarantee in Afghanistan for the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC), two months after withdrawing safe passage for the neutral humanitarian agency, the militant group and an ICRC official said on Friday.

China’s trade surplus with the United States ballooned to a record $34.1 billion in September despite a raft of US tariffs, official data showed Friday, adding fuel to the spiraling trade war. China’s exports to the US rose to $46.7 billion while imports slumped to $12.6 billion.

BBC

Doctors’ use of Caesarean section to deliver babies has nearly doubled in 15 years to reach “alarming” proportions in some countries, a study said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told the BBC that it is only a matter of time before the US and North Korea declare an end to their state of war on the Korean peninsula. The war ended in 1953 with an armistice but a peace treaty was never signed.

The world’s longest non-stop commercial flight has landed in New York, ending a journey from Singapore of more than 15,000km in 17 hours and 52 minutes.

WND

According to a report, 25 percent of Americans are traditional or devoted conservatives, and their views are far outside the American mainstream. Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don’t belong to either extreme constitute an “exhausted majority.” Their members “share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.”


News – 10/12/2018

The exorcists: Bishop setting up team to combat ‘evil forces’
A Catholic bishop has said he is establishing a “delivery ministry” group of people who will be attempting to rid people of “the devil” through exorcism. Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan says he has received “several requests” from people to help deal with evil forces and one priest in his diocese of Waterford and Lismore is about to start training in the practice of exorcism. Dr Cullinan warned against the possibility of users of reiki and other healing methods being exposed to evil spirits.

Pompeo Ramps Up Pressure On Iran, Aiming To Oust It From Syria
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime on Wednesday, promising to oust its presence in Syria. Echoing National Security Advisor John Bolton’s announcement last month that American troops would remain in Syria “as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders,” Pompeo blasted Iranian leadership, remarking on their label as the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.

Pro-Israel ‘Trump of Brazil’ poised to win presidency
Right-wing presidential candidate who vowed to move embassy to Jerusalem, close Palestinian embassy in Brasilia, holds double-digit lead.

Trump will meet China’s Xi at G20 if talks look positive: CNBC
U.S. President Donald Trump would go through with plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit next month if it looked like it would be a positive meeting, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday.

Pope accepts resignation of Washington archbishop in sex abuse crisis
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington, D.C., the Vatican said on Friday, making him one of the most senior Catholic figures to step down in a worldwide sexual abuse crisis. Wuerl has been under fire since the release in August of a U.S. Grand Jury report on sexual abuse found evidence that at least 1,000 people, mostly children, had been sexually abused by some 300 clergymen over the course of 70 years. The report covered six diocese in Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh when it was led by Wuerl.

Fusion GPS Founder Will Plead The Fifth To Avoid Testifying To Congress
The co-founder of the opposition research firm behind the Steele dossier, Glenn Simpson, will invoke his First and Fifth Amendment privileges to avoid testifying before Congress next week, his lawyer has told Congress.

Hamas leader: We are trying to ‘reach understandings’ with Israel
Ismail Haniyeh says negotiations, mediated by Egypt and UN, over potential ceasefire arrangement are still ongoing and emphasizes that group is willing to agree to ‘quiet in exchange for the lifting of the blockade,’ In addition, Hamas releases statement criticizing Palestinian Authority for trying to curb Qatari efforts to supply fuel to Gaza.

PA edict: Selling property to Israelis an act of ‘high treason’
For the second time this year, the Palestinian Islamic religious authorities in Jerusalem reaffirmed a ban on selling property to Israelis, and warned that any Palestinian involved in such transactions would be accused of “high treason.” The latest decision on Thursday followed news that Jews had purchased a house in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Netanyahu: US Navy ship visit shows support for Israeli action in Syria
The US Navy warship USS Ross’s port of call in Ashdod is a clear signal that Washington backs Israel’s military efforts to prevent Iranian intervention in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said…. “This is the first visit in some 19 years by an American destroyer at the Ashdod port,” Netanyahu said as he toured the ship with his wife, Sara. “There is significance to this visit; it symbolizes that deep alliance between Israel and the United States.”

Uganda landslide near Mount Elgon kills more than 30
A landslide following heavy rains in eastern Uganda has killed more than 30 people. It is feared that the death toll could rise as a government rescue team reaches the Mount Elgon area. A river burst its banks and a torrent of mud and water swept villages away. Pictures from the scene show people retrieving bodies from the mud and carrying them away.

Queensland storm: Tornadoes and huge hailstones wreak damage
Tornadoes and a thunderstorm “supercell” have swept across Queensland in Australia, injuring four people and causing widespread damage. The dangerous weather system hit the state’s south-east on Thursday, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said. One tornado struck Tansey, a town 250km (155 miles) north of Brisbane, snapping trees and ripping roofs from houses.

Andrew Brunson: Hopes rise as US pastor returns to court
Hopes are rising that American pastor Andrew Brunson may be freed, more than two years after he was first detained in Turkey. Mr Brunson returned to court on Friday, with US media outlets reporting a deal had been struck for the North Carolina evangelical’s release. However, US Vice-President Mike Pence would only say “we remain hopeful”.

US weapons systems can be ‘easily hacked’
Some of the most cutting-edge weapons in the US’s military arsenal can be “easily hacked” using “basic tools”, a government report has concluded. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found “mission-critical” cyber-vulnerabilities in nearly all weapons systems tested between 2012 and 2017. That includes the newest F-35 jet as well as missile systems.

DNA databases can send the police or hackers to your door, study finds
More than 60 percent of Americans who have some European ancestry can be identified using DNA databases — even if they have not submitted their own DNA, researchers reported Thursday. Enough people have done some kind of DNA test to make it possible to match much of the population, the researchers said. So even if you don’t submit your own DNA, if a cousin does, it could lead people to you.

US Federal Government targets absurd transgender bathroom policies after a 5 year-old gets sexually assaulted by a ‘gender fluid’ student
A Georgia school’s transgender bathroom policy is being examined by the U.S. Department of Education as it investigates the sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl in a school bathroom.

“London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together”: 423 mosques, 100 Sharia courts
And the police in many areas are enforcing Sharia blasphemy laws, hunting for people who insult Islam. The end of Britain as a free society is at hand.

Canada in crisis as Muslim migrants are causing chaos at the free hotels they
Toronto’s shelters are full, not with homeless Canadians — with Muslim refugees, asylum seekers, irregular migrants, or what they really are – illegal aliens. Some 18-20 migrant wannabes are arriving in the city every day, mostly from Nigeria (a country that is NOT at war). So they are putting them up in hotels, such as the Raddison Toronto East hotel.

7 Reported Dead From Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael has claimed seven reported lives in Floria, Georgia and North Carolina.

Hurricane Michael Dumped 6 TRILLION Gallons Of Rain Over The South
Hurricane Florence dumped nearly 6 trillion gallons of rainfall on Florida, Georgia and South Carolina over the previous two days, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue.

Man sets fire and draws devil outside California synagogue
Police arrested a northern California man who set a small fire outside a synagogue in Modesto and drew a devil on the sidewalk. Brett Bisnett, 37, of Modesto, could be charged with vandalism to a place of worship and arson for his attack on Congregation Beth Shalom.

Palestinian baby gets heart transplant from Jewish child in medical first
A desperately-ill six-month-old Palestinian baby is bravely fighting for his life this week after receiving a heart transplant from a Jewish child.

Iranian terrorists hacking phones worldwide
Hackers deployed by the Iranian government’s proxy terrorist group Hezbollah infiltrated mobile devices worldwide, obtaining access to the personal information of unsuspected social media users, according to the Czech Security Intelligence Service

Brooklyn Witches Host ‘Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh’
Antifa, the far-left, and their radical feminist counterparts are all pretty spooky. Now, those who oppose Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh have actual witches and warlocks joining their ranks in a last-ditch effort to oppose the newest member of the Supreme Court. Members of New York City’s occult are organizing a massive rally on October 20th to “hex” Kavanaugh.

‘Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer’
It’s not the crime; it’s the cover-up. That phrase conjures images of a perpetrator covering up his crimes. Yet what if the cover-up is done by the news media, which seem to be suppressing news of the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history?

Egypt condemns 17 to death for jihadist church attacks
An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 people to death over a series of suicide bombings of churches claimed by the Islamic State group that left dozens dead.

Trump rejects UN and UNESCO’s fictitious Palestinian state
President Trump’s National Security Adviser – John Bolton – has exposed the fiction that there is a legally-constituted “State of Palestine”—shredding United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations (UN) resolutions misleadingly recognising such a state when none – in fact—exists.

Exclusive: UK Government urged to reveal its role in getting Saudi Arabia onto UN Human Rights Council
David Cameron has been urged to “come clean” over the role the UK Government played in voting Saudi Arabia on to the UN Human Rights Council in an alleged secret deal.

New fund utilizes Israeli tech to help small farmers in Africa
An estimated 5,000 Ethiopian farmers will take part in a new agricultural loan program utilizing Israeli agriculture technology and improved seeds. The initiative, launched by the American Joint Distribution Committee this week, joins a number of Israeli agriculture improvement programs in Ethiopia and other countries in Africa.

Brett Kavanaugh Snapped Serving Meals To Homeless Just Days After Confirmation
This is the second time in recent months that Kavanaugh has been photographed volunteering for the homeless after a milestone in his professional career.


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Why we can’t approach God on our own terms

Self Proclaimed Prophet Mark Taylor: Chemtrails Caused California Wildfires as Preemptive Punishment for Electing Republicans

Witches Outnumber Presbyterians in the US; Wicca, Paganism Growing ‘Astronomically’

A&E’s New Series “The Devil Next Door” Provides a Voice to Ex-members of the Controversial Word of Faith Fellowship Church

Church Says Viral Sign About Stolen AC Unit, ‘Hot Where You’re Going,’ Just a Joke

U.S. Pastor Council Sues City of Austin to Ensure Churches Have Right to Hire in Accordance With Scripture

Update: Turkey Orders Release of U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson

Myanmar: Christians Forced to Sign Papers Vowing Not to Pray in Church, Curb Their Faith

Nepal: Groups hope to stop animal sacrifice during biggest festival


Headlines – 10/12/2018

PLO: UN peace envoy ‘no longer acceptable’ because of Gaza truce efforts

Qatar pledges $150 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza

Pompeo: U.S. blocked $165m in funding due to Palestinian incitement

Amid mounting tensions, Hamas urges Abbas to lift Gaza Strip sanctions

Israel said poised to dramatically worsen Palestinian prisoners’ conditions

IDF releases footage of Gaza tunnel discovery, destruction

Netanyahu: Israel ‘systematically dismantling’ Hamas’s tunneling capability

Incendiary balloon found clinging to roadside railing in central Israel

IDF captures terrorist who stabbed IDF reservist

Settler leader calls for ‘reprisal operations’ after West Bank stabbing

Cabinet set to approve first new homes for Hebron settlers in 16 years

PA edict: Selling property to Israelis an act of ‘high treason’

Guatemalan cities name streets ‘Jerusalem capital of Israel’

New Quebec government plans to ban public servants from wearing kippas – Jewish groups assail move to limit religious symbols as ‘assault on fundamental freedoms’

Thousands of Syrian Refugees Face Starvation as Russia and Assad Try to Force U.S. Out

Kurds in Syria say they hold 900 foreign IS fighters

Egyptian military court sentences 17 to death over church bombings

Saudi crown prince’s carefully managed rise hides dark side

What the media aren’t telling you about Jamal Khashoggi – The dissident’s fate says a lot about Saudi Arabia and the rise of the mobster state

How the missing Saudi writer could affect Israel

Trump reluctant to halt Saudi arms sales over journalist’s disappearance

Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey’s Erdogan urges Saudi Arabia to release images

US pastor held in Turkey may be released under secret deal

S.Korea’s Moon says N.Korea means to abolish all nuclear weapons

Kudlow says ‘there’s some movement’ toward a meeting between Trump and China’s Xi amid trade tensions

Global growth is ‘probably not enough’ to withstand a trade war, IMF’s Christine Lagarde warns

Dow tumbles over 500 points, bringing 2-day losses to more than 1,300 points

Zimbabwe currency crisis: No cash, no bread, no KFC

Michelle Obama rebukes Holder, Clinton over calls for political warfare

Hillary Clinton to Trump: ‘You asked Russia to hack me on national television’

Facebook removes over 550 Pages, 250 accounts in latest spam purge ahead of US midterms

Indonesia arrests four for ‘selling babies on Instagram’

DNA databases can send the police or hackers to your door, study finds

Employees on the Las Vegas strip fear being replaced by robots

Space crew survives plunge to Earth after Russian rocket fails

Russia ‘launches criminal investigation’ into rocket failure

NASA exploring flying space station without crew

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Asahi, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

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

‘Changed Forever’: Florida Panhandle devastated by Michael

Michael is the strongest hurricane to hit the continental US since Andrew

Hurricane dangers will linger long after Michael’s trail of devastation, experts say

‘Nothing Left’: Devastating Drone Footage Shows Mexico Beach, FL After Hurricane Michael

Florida Air Force base suffers “widespread catastrophic damage” from Michael

Tropical Storm Michael Spreads Flooding Rain, Wind Into Carolinas, East After Historic Category 4 Florida Panhandle Landfall

‘Zombie’ Hurricane Leslie may take a run at longest storm to churn in the Atlantic

After a U-turn, Hurricane Sergio comes back as tropical storm

Cyclone Titli: 8 dead in Andhra Pradesh, one in Odisha

Oman braces for the devastation of cyclone Luban

UK weather: Storm Callum brings rain and 76mph winds to Britain

Southern Queensland lashed by wave of monster tornadoes

Australian mom who shielded infant daughter from tennis ball-sized hail shares photos of her injuries

Majorca floods leave at least 12 people dead

A plague of frogs is terrorizing North Carolina, as if Southerners need a new pest to shoo away

Experts Said A War Zone Ebola Outbreak Would Be A Nightmare. It’s Been Even Worse.

Rewriting reproduction: With stem cells and CRISPR, scientists breed mice with same-sex parents

Australian law allows religious schools to reject gay students, PM says

Mike Pence Becomes First Vice President to Address Anti-Gay Summit

Witches to Hex Justice Kavanaugh in Occult Ritual in NYC

Witches Outnumber Presbyterians in the US; Wicca, Paganism Growing ‘Astronomically’

Myanmar: Christians Forced to Sign Papers Vowing Not to Pray in Church, Curb Their Faith


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