The Islamic radical group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has threatened that even more "devastating" attacks against Christians are coming, following the Easter Sunday bombing at a fun fair in Lahore, Pakistan, which killed 73 people, mostly women and children.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban group, told NBC News during an interview published Monday that the extremists are planning "more devastating attacks that will target Christians and other religious minorities as well as government installations."
Ehsan identified the suicide bomber who blew himself up in the Lahore attack as Salahuddin Khorasani, describing him as a martyr who "carried out the attack on the eve of the Christian festival Easter." more >>
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnalil, who was previously feared to have been crucified by the Islamic State on Good Friday, is alive, safe, and efforts are being organized for his release.
Catholic Bishops' Conference of India spokesman Father Gyanprakash Topno told the Press Trust of India that Swaraj met with CBCI delegates and told them that reports claiming Uzhunnalil has been killed are not true.
"Father Tom is safe and efforts are on for his release as early as possible," Topno said, conveying the minister's words, adding that the "government will facilitate the priest's safe return to India." more >>
On Wednesday evening, Brett Connellan was mauled by a shark off the Australian eastern coast, causing him to be air-lifted to the St. George Hospital in Sydney.
According to The Associated Press, police said the 22-year-old was attacked 120 kilometers (75 miles) off Bombo Beach at around 7 PM on Wednesday. His friend and fellow surfer, Joel Trist, heard screaming and before Trist could get near his injured friend, the shark had disappeared.
Connellan allegedly said he wasn't able to see the shark as it approached him while he was surfing about 50 meters (165 feet) away from the rest of the surfers on the beach. more >>
The Mufti of Singapore has told the country's Roman Catholic Church leader that Islam completely condemns the terror attack in Lahore on Easter Sunday, where at least 72 people were killed, with Islamic leaders "outraged" at the "inhumanity" of the slaughter.
Mohamed Fatris Bakaram said in a letter of condolence to Mgr. William Goh, the Catholic Archbishop of Singapore, that the suicide attack on the Easter fun fair in Lahore, which targeted Christians and civilians, "is not only against Islamic teachings, but it is also an attack against all humanity."
"We strongly condemn the attack in Lahore and express our deepest condolences to the families of all the victims. We must join together to tell our clear horror of such acts of inhumanity," read the letter shared by Fides News Agency. more >>
Yao Ming carries the distinction of being the only Chinese-born player in NBA history to have finished a successful career. While he was not the first to play in the world's biggest basketball stage, he definitely earned the most respect. And with that in mind, the former Houston Rockets big man is rightfully going to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
Yao's inclusion to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame says a lot about the man who beat all odds in order to chase his dream of playing in the NBA. As one of the tallest individuals to ever play the game, he offered something unique – the mixture of talent, versatility, and humility on the court. There have been several taller players ahead of him but Yao's offensive abilities were a level higher to them.
The 7-foot-6 center actually honed his raw basketball skills in the Chinese Basketball Association before eventually deciding to join the NBA Draft back in 2002, where he was selected first overall by the Rockets. It was actually a historic selection because he was the very first international player without experience playing in the US NCAA to be drafted first overall. more >>
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After declaring that Jesus saved his life when he was stabbed and left to bleed to death by a Wahabi radical, it didn't take long for a teenage Ali Hasnain, a Sayed (descendant of Muhammad) and author of The Cost: My Life On a Terrorist Hit List, to realize that he was a wanted man in Pakistan.
Although all Ali did was encourage his classmates to pray to Jesus, that is all it took for Ali to become the target of radical Muslims, who eventually issued a fatwa (Islamic ruling) calling for his death. more >>