October 18, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border on Thursday if Mexico did not move to halt large groups of migrants headed for the United States from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told his Chinese counterpart on Thursday that the world’s two largest economies needed to deepen high-level ties so as to navigate tension and rein in the risk of inadvertent conflict.

President Putin said that Islamic State (IS) militants had seized nearly 700 hostages in part of Syria controlled by U.S.-backed forces and had executed some of them and promised to kill more.

A brothel-owning Republican candidate for the Nevada state legislature who died this week will remain on the ballot and win his election in November, his campaign manager predicted.

Republicans could try again to repeal Obamacare if they win enough seats in U.S. elections next month, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday, calling a failed 2017 push to repeal the healthcare law a “disappointment.”

President Donald Trump, faced with a budget deficit at a six-year high, on Wednesday told his Cabinet to come up with proposals to cut spending by their agencies by 5 percent, but he suggested the military would be largely spared.

The head of the European Parliament said on Thursday EU countries who refuse to host refugees could instead pay more for EU migration and development projects in Africa, signaling possible compromise to end a bruising dispute in the bloc.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Pope Francis on Thursday and the president’s office said he had relayed an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the pope to visit.

Russian President Putin said that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told him that Tokyo could not immediately sign a peace deal with Moscow without first agreeing certain pre-conditions.

New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week and the number of Americans on jobless rolls fell back to levels last seen in 1973, suggesting a further tightening in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 210,000 for the week ended Oct. 13.

AP Top Stories

The United States conducted its largest air strike in nearly two years against militants in Somalia, killing about 60 Al-Shabaab fighters, the US military said Tuesday.

Texas faces the threat of further flooding after days of heavy rain – with at least one person having died thanks to the downpour. A state of emergency has already been declared in 18 counties with the flooding having led to the collapse of a bridge. Within a span of 24 hours, the Llano River, northwest of Austin, Texas, rose from 10 feet to nearly 40 feet, just shy of an all-time record.

Tourists may soon get the chance to take the perfect selfie in the highly fortified border zone between North and South Korea, where the countries two leaders had a first historic handshake in April. Discussions are under way to allow public access to the border demarcation line in the Joint Security Area, where Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, the South Korean President, greeted each other with smiles and a hug at their first summit earlier this year.

As Poland prepares to mark the centenary of its independence this November, thousands of Poles are training in all weathers for a part-time force meant to help defend the eastern European state from invasion. More than 12,000 volunteers have joined the Territorial Defense Forces (WOT), as well as more than 2,000 professional soldiers. The government expects to add 10,000 recruits annually, to reach a total of more than 50,000 by the end of 2021.

Los Angeles County supervisors approved a $14.3 million settlement to the family of a man shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy in 2014.

President Donald Trump presented the nation’s highest military honor Wednesday to an 80-year-old retired Marine sergeant major who five decades ago “fought with unmatched bravery” at the beginning of one of the Vietnam War’s battles.

BBC

A senior US commander has narrowly escaped a gun attack in which top Afghan security officials were killed. The gunman, reported to be acting as a bodyguard, opened fire as officials left a meeting in Kandahar province. Provincial police chief Gen Abdul Raziq died, as did the head of the NDS intelligence service, reports said. The Kandahar governor was badly wounded. US commander Gen Scott Miller escaped unhurt but two other US citizens were injured.

The US has announced plans to withdraw from a 144-year-old postal treaty, which the White House says lets China ship goods at unfairly low prices. Under the treaty, a UN body sets lower international rates for packages from certain countries, a move originally designed to support poorer nations. But the US says the discounts put American businesses at a disadvantage.

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg has issued an official government apology to Norwegian women who were mistreated over World War Two-era relationships with German soldiers. Norway, a neutral country, was invaded by Nazi forces in April 1940. Up to 50,000 Norwegian women are thought to have had intimate relationships with German soldiers. The Germans were also encouraged to have children with them by SS leader Heinrich Himmler.

WND

The death of Jesus has been portrayed countless times in many famous movies, from “Ben Hur” and “The Gospel of John” to “The Passion of the Christ.” But now, a controversial ad is showing the Son of God agreeing to become an organ donor while He’s being crucified.

Most millennials agree they would take a pay cut for the ability to bring their pet with them to work, a recent survey finds.

There are 62 confirmed cases across 22 states of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigating 65 additional more. About 90 percent of the confirmed cases involve children who have suffered muscle weakness or paralysis, including in the face, neck, back or limbs.


News – 10/18/2018

Graham laments ‘what’s happened to Democratic Party
Rev. Franklin Graham is in a quandary as to what has become of the Democratic Party – especially with its frequently exposed anti-God and anti-America agenda. “In drafting the original platform, Democratic leaders had removed references to God – and to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. They didn’t merely forget to mention God – in updating previous party platforms, they made a conscious decision to remove Him.”

The US is seeing a deadly shift in tornado activity — and scientists aren’t sure why
Tornado activity is increasing most in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and parts of Ohio and Michigan,…

US forces kill 60 Somali terrorists in largest airstrike this year
This week, the U.S. Military revealed their latest airstrike in Somalia was the largest carried out in a year, and about 60 terrorists were killed. The strike was carried out on Friday in conjunction with the Somalian government and killed an estimated 60 al-Shabaab terrorists in Haradere, Somalia – the largest airstrike since a Nov. 21, 2017 attack that killed 100 terrorists, according to a statement by U.S. Africa Command on Tuesday.

Security Cabinet: Rules of the game have changed
Air strikes against terror targets in Gaza, intensifying IDF’s response to breaching attempts and launching of incendiary balloons while showing containment are presented as operational plans at Cabinet meeting; DM Lieberman’s suggestion to take more aggressive approach is rejected.

State trying to silence pastor upset over abortion for 13-year-old
A lawsuit accuses the Department of Children’s Services in Tennessee of violating free speech, petition and establishment-clause rights by seeking a court order to shut down a website exposing the agency’s facilitation of an abortion for a 13-year-old against her parents’ wishes. Attorney Van Irion filed suit in federal court on behalf of the pastor of the teen’s family, Mark Carr, who created the Johnathan’s Law website to expose the agency’s actions.

‘This is catastrophic for Democrats’
The AP reported the settlement was between Debora Nearman, who works for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the state’s Service Employees International Union. The report said the case marks “the first refund of forced fees since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late June that government workers can’t be required to contribute to labor groups.”

FBI sat on Hillary emails for month, says Judicial Watch
FBI agents knew there were hundreds of thousands of Hillary Clinton emails on a laptop belonging to the husband of top aide Huma Abedin weeks before they notified Congress, which was investigating the email scandal at the time, a new cache of documents obtained by Judicial Watch reveals. The Washington watchdog said Wednesday it the new documents show the FBI “didn’t even bother to look at the emails, and then again only partially, for weeks.”

‘Game change’ coming in Israeli response to Gaza terror, Gallant says
Housing Minister and former IDF Southern Commander Yoav Gallant hinted on Thursday that Israel will carry out a stronger response against Hamas in the Gaza strip. “I do not refer to the content of the cabinet discussions, but I can say one thing very explicitly – The game is about to change. We will no longer accept the fire terror,” Gallant said.

Turkey’s top oil refiner appeals to U.S for waiver from Iran sanctions
Turkey’s top refiner, Tupras, is in talks with US officials to obtain a waiver allowing it to keep buying Iranian oil after Washington reinstates sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s energy sector… The United States is preparing to impose the new sanctions on Iran’s oil industry after Washington withdrew from a nuclear deal between Tehran and other global powers earlier this year, but is also considering offering waivers to some allies that rely on Iranian supplies.

Crimea attack: Kerch students left with horrific bomb injuries
Students have been left with horrific injuries after a bomb went off at a college in Crimea and a gunman killed 20 people with a rifle. The killer has been named as Vladislav Roslyakov by Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014. Fifteen fellow students and five teachers died at Kerch technical college. Ten victims are in intensive care; some have had limbs amputated.

Israeli companies to secure UN forces in Africa
In a move deemed by Israel as a vote of confidence, the United Nations recently signed purchase agreements worth tens of millions of shekels with Israeli companies specializing in security and water services. In light of the deteriorating security situation that has severely affected UN aid workers operating in dozens of locations in Africa…the organization decided to launch an emergency tender in order to purchase defense systems for UN bases.

Deputy DM: Iron Dome to be deployed in Be’er Sheva area
Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan stated…that the Iron Dome battery will probably be deployed in the Be’er Sheva area during the upcoming days, following the rocket fire that hit a home in Be’er Sheva and the water off the coast of a central Israeli city. Ben-Dahan was asked…whether one of the Iron Dome batteries deployed in the south of the country sustained a malfunction, leading to the destruction of the house in the southern city.

As tensions mount, Mattis seeks more resilient U.S. ties with China’s military
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told his Chinese counterpart on Thursday that the world’s two largest economies needed to deepen high-level ties so as to navigate tension and rein in the risk of inadvertent conflict. Mattis saw firsthand last month how mounting Sino-U.S. friction can undermine military contacts when Beijing up-ended plans for him to travel to China in October to meet Defense Minister Wei Fenghe.

Defying US, UN gives ‘Palestine’ extra rights so it can head major bloc in 2019
The General Assembly on Tuesday voted by an overwhelming majority to temporarily grant the “State of Palestine” additional rights and privileges, allowing it to head the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations.

France hit by worst flash floods in 100 years – Collapsed bridge
An aerial view shows a collapsed bridge in the city of Villegailhenc, near Carcassonne, southern France following heavy rains that saw rivers bursting banks.

What would Jesus do? Donate your organs
The death of Jesus has been portrayed countless times in many famous movies, from “Ben Hur” and “The Gospel of John” to “The Passion of the Christ.” But now, a controversial ad is showing the Son of God agreeing to become an organ donor while he’s being crucified.

Burger King Launches Demonic ‘Nightmare King’ Whopper Scientifically Proven To Increase Your Terrifying Dreams By 350 Percent
BK created this disgusting barf burger to not just offend you visually and physically, but with the goal of attacking you in your dreams while you sleep. Lest you think we are overstating our point, you should know that Burger King hired a sleep diagnostic services company to verify that your nightmares will increase a minimum of 350% after ingesting their putrid concoction.

Levi Strauss & Co. To Donate $1 Million+ To Anti-Gun Groups
The president and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., Chip Bergh, has announced that the iconic company, “a pioneer of the American West,” will donate more than $1 million to gun-control groups to help end “America’s gun violence epidemic,” a step the NRA denounced as a “particularly sad episode in the current surge in corporate virtue-signaling.”

$13,799,501 Federal Contract Requires UC San Francisco to Obtain Aborted-Baby Parts to Humanize Mice
A federal contract that the National Institutes of Health signed with the University of California at San Francisco requires UCSF to obtain body parts from unborn babies to make at least two types of “humanized mice,” according to “the statement of work” included in the contract solicitation published by NIH.

Honduran Migrant Caravan EXPLODES to 4,000 People as it Approaches Mexico-Guatemala Border
On Wednesday, the caravan of mostly Honduran migrants exploded to a whopping 4,000 people as it approached the Mexico-Guatemala border, despite President Trump’s warnings to cut off U.S. aid.

Dem Operative For Soros-Funded Group Arrested For ‘Battery’ Against Republican Campaign Manager in Nevada
Thank you Eric Holder and Maxine Waters. Wilfred Michael Stark III, 50, a Democrat operative funded by George Soros, was arrested Tuesday after a Nevada Republican campaign manager accused him of grabbing her arm and refusing to let go.

The Story Of David And Goliath Gets Archaeological Evidence Backing It Up
Scoffers beware: the Biblical tale of David and Goliath just got more real than ever, thanks to an archaeological discovery that fits the Biblical description of Goliath’s armor.

Rep. Gaetz Sounds the Alarm After Footage Surfaces of Women & Children Given Cash to Join Honduran Caravan to Storm U.S. Border
On Wednesday, the caravan of mostly Honduran migrants exploded to a whopping 4,000 people as it approached the Mexico-Guatemala border, despite President Trump’s warnings to cut off U.S. aid.

Trump-Bashing Puerto Rico Mayor Raided by FBI Over Corruption Allegations
FBI agents raided the offices of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Tuesday, looking for evidence of corruption within the city’s government by the Trump-bashing official.

China To Launch Artificial Moon Into Orbit And Replace Street Lights By 2020
China is to launch an artificial moon into space in an attempt to illuminate one of the country’s largest cities by the year 2020.

CDC Searches For Answers On Why Mysterious Polio-Like Disease Is Flaring Up In US Children
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is searching for answers on 127 suspected and confirmed cases of a polio-like disease leaving children across the U.S. paralyzed.

Democrats Silent As Hate Preacher Louis Farrakhan Gets Standing Ovation For Blistering Attack On The Jews Calling Them ‘Termites’
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addressed a gathering in Detroit on Sunday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Million Man March, and used it as a platform to launch yet another attack on Jews, calling them “termites.”

U.S. Military Spokesman: ISIS Still Poses a Threat in Iraq
Iraqi and Syrian fighters, with support from the U.S.-led coalition, continue to stamp out pockets of ISIS resistance in the desert and in cities where some of the terrorists are still dug in.

More Than 1,100 People Are Still Missing A Week After Hurricane Michael
More than 1,100 people are missing in Florida a week after Hurricane Michael slammed into state’s panhandle, Reuters reports.


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Charlie Shamp 2017 Maine Fishing Industry Prophecy Failed: Fishing Industry Declined Despite Word Saying It Would Break Records

Mall Retailer Spencer Gifts Sells ‘Let’s Summon Demons,’ ‘Let’s Sacrifice Toby’ T-Shirts: Viral Video

Longtime Baptist Pastor Retired After Being Accused of ‘Inappropriate Relationship,’ Church Says

Abortionist: “I’m Proud” I Kill Babies in Abortions Because I’m “Helping People”

Facebook Takes Down Pro-Life Group’s Posts and Ads, Calling Them “Hate Speech”

12 Christians Arrested in Sudan for Sharing Gospel With Muslims


Headlines – 10/18/2018

Tensions escalate as Israeli jets pound targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire

Netanyahu: Israel will act with ‘great strength’ against Hamas

We can hit Gaza harder, general warns as leaders meet on flareup

Cabinet instructs army to step up response to Gaza violence

Security cabinet meeting ends after 5 hours of talks on Gaza flareup

Deputy DM: Iron Dome to be deployed in Be’er Sheva area

Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt slams Hamas for rocket attack which destroyed Be’er Sheva home

EU says rocket fire toward Israel ‘completely unacceptable’

Hamas denies responsibility for attack; IDF: Only Hamas has these rockets

Report: Gaza factions had agreed to scale back protests before rockets launched

US official: ‘Hamas continues to cause suffering’

US peace envoy says Gaza rocket attack ‘sets back’ humanitarian efforts

Egyptian intel chief said to postpone trip to region amid Gaza tensions

Hamas denies firing rockets, ‘regrets’ cancellation of Egypt intel visit

PA accuses Israel of ‘escalation’

IDF: ‘We will not hesitate to punish anyone who helps the terrorist’

Australia’s spy agency warned government Israel embassy move could provoke violent unrest

UNESCO: Why the United States Needs to Watch Out

Twitter says no plans to ban Farrakhan after comparison of Jews to termites

Syrian representative Jaafari Calls for Exerting Pressure on Israel to Put Its Facilities Under IAEA Supervision

UN to deliver aid to Syrians trapped near Jordan border

Border Checkpoint Re-opens As Amman & Damascus Seek To Normalize Ties

US imposes sanctions on Iraq-based money exchange for ISIS ties

U.S. sanctions show disregard for human rights of all Iranians: foreign minister

Iran: Suspect Mastermind Behind Deadly Military Parade Attack Killed in Iraq

Top U.S. Military General: Islamist Terror Still Major Threat

Twitter says it found more than 10 million posts by ‘potentially state-backed’ Iranian and Russian accounts dating back to 2009

Iran accuses US of ‘blind vindictiveness’

Iranian FM: US reliance on sanctions ‘out of control’

Iran Calls US Efforts to Cut Its Oil Exports to Zero ‘Political Bluff’

Report: Israeli stealth jets flew over Iran

Trump says US needs Saudis in fight against terror, Iran

Jamal Khashoggi: Trump denies giving cover to Saudis as audio handed to US

Saudi Arabia’s $100M pledge arrives in American accounts as Pompeo lands in Riyadh: report

Turkish Paper Publishes Gruesome Details From Audio of Saudi Journalist’s Murder

Turkey’s justice minister calls on public to ‘ignore leaks’ in Khashoggi case

Evangelical Leader Pat Robertson On Saudi Arabia: ‘We’ve Got To Cool The Rhetoric’

10 Key Questions About The Khashoggi Affair To Answer Before Buying The Press Narrative

Fallout over Saudi activist’s disappearance puts spotlight on Middle East country’s crown prince

Will the Khashoggi ‘Murder’ Bring Down Saudi’s Crown Prince?

Yemenis seeking refuge in South Korea face wave of anger, get rejected

China Is Treating Islam Like a Mental Illness

Crimea Attack Teen ‘Dreamed’ of Giving Russia Its Own Columbine Massacre

U.S. eyes more Venezuelan sanctions, but oil on backburner: U.S. official

‘Bonds are the bubble, not stocks,’ says billionaire investor Cooperman

Brexit: UK to consider longer transition period

May to address EU leaders as Tusk warns no-deal Brexit ‘more likely than ever’

British Parliament is populated by bullies, gropers and sexual harassers, says government report

Feinstein wants Kavanaugh sexual misconduct investigation reopened if Dems take Senate

Here’s How Russia May Have Already Hacked the 2018 Midterm Elections

Voter Turnout Could Hit 50-Year Record For Midterm Elections

169 House members urge Trump administration to allow exclusions from the latest China tariffs

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Cervantes, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Chichi-shima, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Texas flooding kills at least two after days of torrential rain

Torrents of rain broke records across Texas for wettest September ever

Two dead including child in Tunisia floods

Customers line up for hours as marijuana is legalised in Canada

‘Typhus zone’: Rats and trash infest Los Angeles’ skid row, fueling disease


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