1. Israel fires at missile from Syria; IDF jets said to pound Damascus arms depots
Israel said Tuesday night it had deployed its air defenses against a missile shot from Syria as Damascus attempted to repel an alleged Israeli airstrike against Hezbollah or Iranian targets near the capital.
The Israel Defense Forces said there was no damage or injuries from the surface-to-air missile fired from Syria at Israel.
“An IDF aerial defense system activated in response to an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria,” the army said in a statement.
Recap: Airstrike on Weapons Cache in Damascus
2. U.K. orders review of anti-Christian violence around the world
Britain has commissioned an independent review into the persecution of Christians to find practical steps to support followers of a religion that it said has been subject to a dramatic rise in violence worldwide.
Some 215 million Christians worldwide faced persecution for their faith last year, it said, with Christian women and children particularly vulnerable and often subject to sexual violence as a result of their beliefs.
Last year, on average, 250 Christians were killed every month because of their faith, it said.
3. Turkey masses tanks on the Syrian border as Erdogan “prepares to move against the Kurds” after the US leaves - while outgoing Secretary of Defense James Mattis thanks troops for their service
Turkey has begun massing tanks and troop carriers on its southern border with Syria as it prepares to move into the country once American soldiers have left.
Erdogan's forces were pictured arriving in border cities of Kilis and al-Rai after the country's foreign minister said they will push into Syria as soon as possible.
It comes after Donald Trump announced that all 2,000 American troops will withdraw from the country and that Turkey will take over the fight against ISIS.
But Turkey is also likely to direct its attacks against Kurdish forces stationed in northern Syria which helped US troops in the battle against ISIS.
Turkey has carried out limited attacks against Kurdish positions in Afrin province, and has vowed to expand its operations to cover its entire southern border.
VIDEO: Military Shipment to Syria Border
Tanks sent to the Syrian border for reinforcements, reached Kırıkhan district of Hatay.
4. German Supreme Court rejects anti-child marriage law as unconstitutional
The German Federal Supreme Court has made a new ruling on a child marriage case which could have implications on the way child marriages conducted legally overseas are treated in the country.
The ruling comes from a case involving a Syrian man who was separated from his underage “wife” when the pair arrived in Germany as asylum seekers in August 2015, Die Welt reports. [...]
The case was then sent up to the Federal Supreme Court which has now ruled that the marriage between the pair should be examined on the basis of its legal status in Syria. [...]
Since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, Germany has seen a huge surge in the number of child marriage cases with at least 1,000 cases being known as far back as 2016.
5. PAKISTAN: NIA busts ISIS suspects in raids across UP & Delhi
Five people allegedly linked to a new module of the Islamic State group were arrested on Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha district in a joint operation by the National Investigation Agency and the state’s Anti-Terror Squad.
6. Pakistan's journalists complain of increasing censorship
Pakistani journalists, who have taken on military dictators and been beaten and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, say they now face a form of censorship that is more subtle but no less chilling, one spearheaded by the security services.
Journalists and press freedom advocates say the military and the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, are pressuring media outlets to quash critical coverage. The newly elected government is meanwhile slashing its advertising budget, squeezing a key source of revenue for private newspapers and TV stations.
Ghazi Salauddin, a veteran Pakistani journalist who has witnessed successive periods of direct military rule, said today's censorship is the worst it's ever been.
“Today we don't know what will annoy them,” he said of the military. “Today we have to do self-censorship and that is the worst kind of censorship, because it is done out of fear.”
Websites have been shut down, including the Urdu website of the U.S. government-funded Voice of America, after it reported on a tribal movement critical of military operations in regions bordering Afghanistan. Mashaal Radio, affiliated with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, has also been shut down.
7. Marine Le Pen pays tribute to the French soldiers of WW1, Battle of Verdun
8. Sajid Javid defends the government's right to deport convicted grooming gang members to Pakistan and stands by his “sick Asian paedophiles” tweet
Home Secretary Sajid Javid today defended his right to highlight the Pakistani Asian background of grooming gangs.
In an interview on Radio 4 he insisted he was right to speak out about “sick Asian paedophiles”, arguing that ignoring their ethnicity would give a boost to extremists.
He also defended the Government's decision to strip some members of the gang of their British citizenship.
Javid said it was his job was to keep the British public safe even if it meant offenders being sent to a country where they may face fewer checks on their actions.
These sick Asian paedophiles are finally facing justice. I want to commend the bravery of the victims. For too long, they were ignored. Not on my watch. There will be no no-go areas https://t.co/cZGqDOxt4u— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) October 19, 2018
9. German police find “Islamic State” flag after suspected attack on Berlin railway track
The flag and a text in Arabic were found close to the site where an overhead contact wire was found damaged. It is unclear if the propaganda objects were related to the damage caused to the overhead power cable.
German police said on Tuesday they had recovered a flag of the “Islamic State” (IS) group and a text in Arabic close to a railway track in Berlin where an overhead power cable was found to be damaged on Sunday.
Investigators are trying to ascertain if the propaganda objects were linked to the damage caused to the overhead contact wire. They are also examining if the perpetrators had any political motives.
“Since the beginning of the investigation, several pieces of evidence have been secured,” police said, adding that investigators found a torn steel cable and the damaged overhead contact wire at the train track on Sunday.
10. “Enough is enough, we've got to make a stand”: Vietnamese community rallies together to fight back against Sudanese gangs terrorising their strip of shops
Young Vietnamese people are vowing to take action after video of their elders being attacked by thugs went viral.
The shocking footage shows people, believed to be shopkeepers, defending themselves with chairs against a group of men of African appearance.
Screaming, shouting and smashing can be heard as the group of Vietnamese people try to push back against the group, who allegedly attacked them after asking for a cigarette and being rejected.
The clip left many young Vietnamese people in the area furious, and they have vowed to band together and fight back.
VIDEO: Gang attacks Vietnamese restaurant patrons