Evangelicals wield voting power across Latin America, including Brazil

(Worthy News) – Evangelical churches are flourishing across traditionally Catholic Latin America and as the religious movement grows, its influence — including in this weekend’s elections in Brazil — is transforming the region and swinging its politics to the right, analysts say.

Sharply opposed to abortion, same-sex marriage, the legalization of marijuana, and leftist ideology in general, the evangelical movement has boosted conservatives and helped unseat a slew of left-leaning governments across the region.

Powerful evangelical churches are now helping tip the balance in Brazil, where far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is riding high in the polls ahead of Sunday’s presidential election first round. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

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Pompeo cites progress made with Kim Jong Un on N. Korea trip

(Worthy News) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made unspecified progress Sunday toward an agreement for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though there was no immediate indication whether Pompeo had managed to arrange a much-anticipated second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

Trump, tweeting from Washington, cited progress on agreements he made with Kim at their June meeting in Singapore and said, “I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future.”

North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA said Kim had “expressed his will and conviction that a great progress would surely be made in solving the issues of utmost concern of the world and in attaining the goal set forth at the last talks with the projected second DPRK-U.S. summit talks as an occasion.” DPRK is the acronym for the country’s official name: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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Haiti quake kills at least 11, injures others

(Worthy News) – Emergency teams worked to provide relief in Haiti on Sunday after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake killed at least 11 people and left several injured.

The government reported seven deaths in the Nord-Ouest province and four other deaths in the community of Gros-Morne in the province of Artibonite, the newspaper Le Nouvelliste quoted Secretary of State for Communications Eddy Jackson Alexis as saying.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 8:11 p.m. Saturday night (001 GMT) and was centered 12 miles (19 kilometers) northwest of Port-de-Paix, which is about 136 miles (219 kilometers) from the capital of Port-au-Prince. It was 7.3 miles (11.7 kilometers) below the surface. [ Source: Fox News (Read More…) ]

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Netanyahu, Putin to meet for first time since crisis

(Worthy News) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet shortly for the first time since relations were badly strained following last month’s Syrian downing of a Russian intelligence plane.

Netanyahu made the announcement at the start of Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting.

Russia blamed Israel for indirect responsibility in the downing of the plane, since it followed an Israeli attack on September 17 on an Iranian target near Latakia. As a result, Russia transferred S-300 advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Syria last week, significantly complicating Israeli maneuverability in Syrian airspace. [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More…) ]

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Livid over Qatari aid to Gaza, Abbas said planning to cut PA’s funding to Strip

(Worthy News) – Angered by the reported funneling by Qatar of aid to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was said on Saturday to be planning on cutting the flow of funds to the Hamas-run coastal enclave.

Senior defense officials told Hadashot news that Abbas was particularly frustrated with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Nikolay Mladenov, who facilitated the transfer despite the PA president’s staunch objections.

The halt of some $96 million that the PA sends monthly to the Gaza Strip could drive a desperate and cash-strapped Hamas toward conflict with Israel, security officials told the news channel. Moreover, they expressed concern that the violence may expand into the West Bank. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

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Trump envoy Greenblatt consults senators on Mideast peace plan

(Worthy News) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s Special Envoy for Middle East Affairs Jason Greenblatt has spoken with a number of senators on both sides of the political aisle recently about the president’s plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Greenblatt tweeted Friday.

Greenblatt said it had been a pleasure for him and Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner to meet with Republican senators Lindsey Graham, Bob Corker, James Lankford, James Risch, and Democrats Ben Cardin, Chris Coons, Jeanne Shaheen, Bob Menendez and Chris Van Hollen to “discuss the Trump Administration’s peace efforts.”

Trump and his staff have spent many months working on what he has called the “deal of the century.” Palestinian reports in August said the president would unveil it at his address to the U.N. General Assembly in September, but that did not come to pass. [ Source: Israel Hayom (Read More…) ]

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Another hurricane could hit US in the coming days, this one targeting the Gulf Coast

(Worthy News) – Forecasters expect a hurricane to make landfall in Florida on Wednesday, forcing Gov. Rick Scott to plan preparations Sunday for parts of the state in the path of the storm.

Tropical Storm Michael formed Sunday morning in the Caribbean Sea and is expected to become a hurricane over the coming days, the National Hurricane Center said.

The impacts of the storm could be felt across portions of the northern Gulf Coast, including coastal Alabama and Mississippi. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More…) ]

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Voters in 3 States to Consider Pro-Life, Anti-Roe Measures

(Worthy News) – Abortion may be legal nationwide, but voters in three states – Alabama, West Virginia and Oregon — will decide in November whether to curtail the right to end an unborn baby’s life.

Alabama citizens will vote on Amendment 2, which would change the state constitution to “recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life.” The goal is to ensure abortion cannot be legalized in Alabama if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

“We want to make sure that at a state level, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, that the Alabama Constitution cannot be used as a mechanism by which to claim that there is a right to abortion,” Alabama Republican state Rep. Matt Fridy said earlier this year. [ Source: Christian Headlines (Read More…) ]

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Kavanaugh Sworn in as Protesters Chant Outside Supreme Court

(Worthy News) – Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that shattered the Senate, captivated the nation and ushered in an acrimonious new level of polarization — now encroaching on the court that the 53-year-old judge may well swing rightward for decades to come.

Even as Kavanaugh took his oath of office Saturday evening in a quiet private ceremony, not long after the narrowest Senate confirmation in nearly a century and a half, protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol.

The climactic 50-48 roll call capped a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that he had sexually assaulted women three decades ago — allegations he emphatically denied. Those accusations transformed the clash from a routine struggle over judicial ideology into an angry jumble of questions about victims’ rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees. [ Source: CBN News (Read More…) ]

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