19 Oct 2018

Russia’s Vladimir Putin says ISIS has seized 700 hostages in Syria
Speaking in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Mr Putin said the hostages included several US and European nationals, adding that ISIS was expanding its control in territory on the left bank of the River Euphrates controlled by US and US-backed forces. “They have issued ultimatums, specific demands and warned that if these ultimatums are not met, they will execute 10 people every day. The day before yesterday, they executed 10 people,” Mr Putin told the Valdai discussion forum in Sochi.

US To Impose Further Sanctions On Iran, Aim To Oust It From Syria
Short of a full-blown military plan, the strategy would stress political and diplomatic efforts to oust Iran out of Syria by weakening it economically. It would pause reconstruction assistance from areas where Iranian and Russian forces are present, three people familiar with the plan told the media outlet. An example of such an area is Aleppo, a rebel stronghold until the Syrian regime won it back in 2016. Additionally, the United States would impose sanctions on Russian and Iranian firms working on reconstruction in Syria.

Security Cabinet Green Lights IDF Stepping Up Reprisal Attacks for Gaza Terrorism
Housing Minister Yoav Galant warned that the rules of engagement with Hamas and Gazan terrorism are about to change. The former head of IDF Southern Command, who sits on the Security Cabinet, told Channel Two that although he could not speak about “the content of the cabinet discussions… I can say one thing very explicitly – the rules of the game are about to change. “We will no longer accept the arson terror and the border terror,” he warned. According to various reports, the Security Cabinet instructed the IDF to gradually implement a zero tolerance policy, beginning with Friday’s expected weekly mass demonstration on the border.

Report: Russia transferred highly-advanced S-300 system to Syria
According to the report, in addition to the “classic” S-300 anti-aircraft systems transferred to Syria, Russia has also moved three S-300PM-2 systems into the country. These systems, the report said, differ from the classic model in that they possess more advanced radars and target identification abilities, as well as a mobile command center. The systems can also reportedly intercept the most advanced fighter jets and medium-range ballistic missiles of up to 155 miles, and are capable of defeating electronic warfare systems.

ICE’s most wanted fugitive captured in Louisiana
A Mexican national and convicted child sex offender was arrested Wednesday morning at his Louisiana home by a division of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a Department of Justice press release said. Jose Melchor Martinez, 48, was arrested in his Church Point home by an Enforcement and Removal Operations team, which is a component of ICE. He is one of ICE’s most wanted fugitives, according to the release.

Witches Sell Out Event to Publicly Curse Brett Kavanaugh
Justice Brett Kavanaugh officially joined the Supreme Court this week amid high political tensions. A throng of real-life witches are fighting back by hosting a spell-casting ritual against Kavanaugh in New York. The event is set for Oct. 20 in Brooklyn, New York—and it’s already sold out.

Defense Intel Chief Worried About Chinese ‘Integration of Human and Machines’
The U.S. military’s top intelligence officer is increasingly worried about China’s research into “human performance enhancement,” including efforts to merge human and machine intelligence. It’s a “key area” of disruptive technology that will affect national security, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA, told an audience at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference this week.

US Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot
In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years.

Friday’s anticipated Gaza violence to test fragile calm
Israel ramped up its forces along the Gaza border on Friday in advance of what it feared would be renewed violent riots and the launching of incendiary devices by Palestinians near the southern security fence. On Friday morning Israel’s police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld tweeted a photo of an officer diffusing a Palestinian launched incendiary device with the following text.

China economy: Third quarter growth misses expectations at 6.5%
China has reported its slowest quarterly growth rate since the global financial crisis. The growth figure for the July to September quarter was 6.5% from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The result fell short of Reuters analyst forecasts of 6.6%. Policymakers have moved to support the cooling economy in recent months.

Migrant caravan: Mexico sends police to southern border
Mexico has sent hundreds of police to its southern border as a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants approaches from Guatemala. The move came after President Donald Trump threatened to use military force to completely close the US-Mexico border over the issue. He also said aid could be cut to countries allowing the caravan to pass.

Texas Dems ask noncitizens to register to vote, send applications with citizenship box pre-checked
The Texas Democratic Party asked non-citizens to register to vote, sending out applications to immigrants with the box citizenship already checked “Yes,” according to new complaints filed Thursday… The Public Interest Legal Foundation alerted district attorneys and the federal Justice Department to the pre-checked applications, and also included a signed affidavit from a man who said some of his relatives, who aren’t citizens, received the mailing.

South African city set to seize land in national ‘test case’
As South Africa’s passionate debate over land redistribution grows, one city outside Johannesburg is preparing what the mayor calls a “test case” for the nation — the seizure of hundreds of acres of land from private owners, without paying for it, to build low-cost housing. Like other South African cities, Ekurhuleni faces a dire housing crunch, with some 600,000 of its nearly 4 million people living in “informal settlements” and a shortage of land to build homes.

Russians ‘will go to heaven’ in event of nuclear war: Putin
Russians will “go to heaven” as martyrs in the event of nuclear war because Moscow will only ever use nuclear weapons in retaliation, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. “We have no concept of a preemptive strike,” Putin told a forum of international experts in the southern city of Sochi in response to a question from the audience.

Egyptian mediators step up truce efforts with Israel, Hamas
A team of Egyptian mediators on Thursday shuttled between Israel and the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers in a stepped-up effort to forge a cease-fire between the two enemies. The series of meetings came a day after Gaza terrorists fired a rocket that struck a home in Be’er Sheva, triggering a series of Israeli airstrikes. It was the heaviest day of fighting in several months.

College Offers Credit Course on ‘Queering’ the Bible
A college course that plans to teach students how the Bible can be interpreted through “queer theory” will be offered at Pomona College in the 2019 spring semester.

Marijuana legalization: Canadians line up for hours to buy cannabis
EXCITED customers have lined up for hours in order to be the first to legally buy cannabis after Canada made the historic decision to decriminalize recreational marijuana use.

‘Typhus zone’: Rats and trash infest Los Angeles’ skid row, fueling disease
Wholesale fish distributors, produce warehouses and homeless encampments line Ceres Avenue downtown, creating perfect conditions for rats.

Proof Of George Soros Nazi Past Finally Comes To Light With Discovery Of Forgotten Interview
George Soros has repeatedly called 1944 “The Best Year of his Life.” 70% of Mr. Soros’s fellow Jews in Hungary, nearly a half-million human beings, were annihilated in that year, yet he gives no sign that this put any damper on his elation, either at the time or indeed in retrospect.

Soros: Trump Will “Disappear” In 2020, Or Even Sooner
Billionaire investor and political activist George Soros comments on the Trump administration in a speech at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. Soros declared the Trump phenomenon will “disappear” in 2020, calling his presidency a “danger to the world.”

Group That Helped Women Abroad Have Illegal Abortions Now Sending Abortion Pills To US
A women’s group that has helped women end their pregnancies abroad by sending them abortion pills in the mail launched a new project to send pills to the U.S., according to a Thursday report.

Putin says IS executing hostages taken from Syria refugee camp
Islamic State fighters in Syria have recently seized some 700 people as hostages and are carrying out executions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

Russia Liquidates Almost All Of its US Debt, Starts Buying Gold
Russia has continued to get rid of US Treasury bonds as the country’s share in American debt is arriving close to zero.

As Honduran Caravan Reaches The Border, Trump Threatens To Send In The Military
President Donald Trump has threatened to send the military to the United States’ southern border with Mexico to stop a caravan of illegal immigrants coming from Honduras. As of now, the migrant caravan has grown in size to over 4,000 people.

Honduras’s paid caravan ‘refugees’ exposed as frauds by Venezuela’s real refugees
To hear the left and its complicit press tell it, the great 4,000-strong caravan of Hondurans snaking through Guatemala and Mexico on their way to the U.S. to claim asylum, are just desperate refugees, traveling in a group to ensure their safety. That was how the New York Times wrote it up.

In blow to Palestinians, US places Jerusalem consulate under embassy
Pompeo insists move doesn’t signal a change in administration’s position on city’s status; Ramallah accuses White House of adopting ‘Israeli narrative’

Salmonella Outbreak: Drug-Resistant Outbreak Reported In 29 States
A drug-resistant salmonella outbreak has been reported in 29 states.  The outbreak is related to raw chicken products according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an investigation is underway.

Trump Cuts ‘144-Year-Old’ Shipping Treaty With China As Trade War EscalatesAs President Donald Trump’s trade war with China escalates, The New York Times reports he now intends to withdraw from a 144-year-old postal treaty which has allowed the country to send ultra cheap packages.

Facebook launches ‘war room’ to combat manipulation
Newly launched 20-person team lends a human eye to company’s artificial-intelligence effort to detect attempts to illegitimately influence elections around the world

Their Population Control Agenda Is Working – The Birth Rate In the United States Has Fallen To Another All-Time Record Low
The elite have worked very hard to slow down birth rates all over the world, and their efforts appear to be working.

Pope Francis Denounces Morally ‘Rigid’ Christians
..In his homily at morning Mass at his Santa Marta residence in the Vatican on Tuesday, the pope compared modern Christians hung up on doctrine, morals, or the liturgy with the “hypocritical” Pharisees and doctors of the law of Jesus’ time People followed Jesus because he was “attractive, touched hearts, made himself loved,” Francis said, unlike the Pharisees who scrutinized everything “under a magnifying glass.”