1. A month-long cease-fire in Donetsk, Ukraine, looks like this: nine civilians killed on Wednesday, a Red Cross staffer killed Thursday, scores killed and wounded since the fighting was supposed to stop. Day after day, artillery shells and rockets fly overhead. The barrage has intensified this week, with shells hitting apartment buildings, a school, a bus stop, and the Red Cross office.
2. Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare public appearance on Saturday by attending prayers for a key Muslim holiday at a mosque in the capital, Damascus, hours after the U.S.-led coalition carried out new airstrikes against Islamic State group militants in Syria.
3. Skywatchers across much of the world will have the chance to see the moon glowing with an eerie red pallor during a total lunar eclipse next week. The “blood moon” will rise during the full moon of Oct. 8 just before sunrise in North America.
4. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the Islamic State extremists who have beheaded another Western hostage are deaf to reason and must be destroyed, as Muslims worldwide were urged to pray for the victim on one of Islam’s holiest days.
5. The Polish Prime Minister says she wants a greater military presence in Poland in light of events in Ukraine. The comment came as the US announced it is deploying 700 soldiers and 20 ‘Ironhorse’ tanks across the three Baltic States and Poland.
6. Around 2,000 officers from special police units and the Border Police are patrolling across Israel this weekend, in particular in mixed Arab-Jewish cities, to prevent violent clashes as Jews commemorate Yom Kippur and Muslims celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha.
7. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Sweden’s new center-left government will recognize the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step.
8. A magnitude 5.7 earthquake jolted the central Philippines on Friday, sending workers out of their offices and causing cracks on a building’s wall.
9. The European Union (EU) on Friday condemned Israel’s plans to build 2,610 new homes in a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem, calling it “highly detrimental” to diplomatic efforts for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
10. Rumors of a military coup in North Korea persist as leader Kim Jong-un’s prolonged absence from public view continues.
The Bible says in Revelation 12:7-9: “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Our Second Coming quote for today is from William Gurnall. He said: “Christ hath told us he will come, but not when, that we might never put off our clothes, or put out the candle.”
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