A 35-year-old tea picker from West Bengal, India, with a tail growing from the base of his spine since birth is now being worshipped as a god by hundreds of followers.
"Many people come to me. Some even from far off places. They feel that I am God Hanuman. My tail is good for me," said Chandre Oraon, the man with the tail, in a Barcroft TV interview.
Hanuman, according to pantheon.org, is one of three major Hindu gods with animalistic features. The monkey-like god is very popular in North India and is said to have a potent effect in warding off evil. People believe Chandre is a reincarnation of Hanuman. more >>
North Korea has turned back on its decision to discuss the possible release of imprisoned Christian missionary Kenneth Bae by rescinding its invitation to an American special envoy, blaming a planned joint military exercise between the U.S. and South Korea.
"We are deeply disappointed by the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] decision – for a second time – to rescind its invitation for Ambassador [Robert] King to travel to Pyongyang to discuss Kenneth Bae's release," an unnamed State Department official told Fox News.
"We again call on the DPRK to grant Bae special amnesty and immediate release as a humanitarian gesture so he may reunite with his family and seek medical care. We will continue to work actively to secure Mr. Bae's release. Per our long-standing offer, we remain prepared to send Ambassador King to North Korea in support of Mr. Bae's release." more >>
Kenneth Bae, an imprisoned American Christian sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, has been moved from a hospital to a labor camp amid "grave concerns" about his health, according to the U.S. State Department.
"The Department of State has learned that the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] transferred Mr. Bae from a hospital to a labor camp, a development with which we are deeply concerned," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday.
She said Swedish diplomats met with Bae on Friday in a labor camp, weeks after the Christian was moved there on Jan. 20. Bae was sent to the hospital on Aug. 5 last year. more >>
Former Hillsong worship leader Darlene Zschech recently finished one of the five rounds of chemotherapy she must undergo for breast cancer. Amid losing hair and having emotional ups and downs, she's being assured of God's love, which is "one of the sweetest parts of the journey."
"I am coming to the end of round one of chemo (I have 5 to go) and all I can say is, 'Grace, grace and more grace,'" Darlene wrote on her blog Friday. "I am learning to rest in every promise from Jesus. In fact, it's His word that is giving me the strength to inhale and exhale moment by moment."
The singer/songwriter announced she had cancer around last Christmas. more >>
Announcements made via social media on Monday indicate Ohio pastor Tom Randall has been released from jail in the Philippines, and his charges of negligence toward sex abuse and human trafficking at his orphanage have reportedly been dropped.
An update on the "Free Tom Randall" Facebook page posted Monday indicates the pastor has been released from jail in the Asian country. "All charges dropped. Tom Randall is free," reads the text on an image uploaded to the Facebook page.
A later update on the page reads: "Now that he is free, Tom's next prayer and concern is for the kids from the orphanage who were taken. Many of the boys have been found. However, they don't know where the girls are. He [and others] are working to find them all, and to make sure they are safe, secure, and cared for. Also, still waiting for word on Toto and Jake. Hopefully they will be cleared soon." more >>
"Linsanity," a film about NBA star Jeremy Lin, is set to reach the Chinese market after the documentary was acquired by Metan Development. Executives noted that the Christian athlete's story is relatable to many in the world's most populous country.
"Jeremy Lin's story is one that resonates and is relatable to everyone in China – old and young, male and female," said Gordon Chu, VP of business development at Metan, Variety.com reported.
"Of course, being the first American-born NBA player of either Chinese or Taiwan descent to achieve such incredible success in the NBA will be of interest to his fans in China, as well as the incredible journey he took to reach his goals. We're delighted to bring 'Linsanity' to audiences in Mainland China," Chu added, according to The Hollywood Reporter. more >>