After months of expert speculation, wild conspiracy theories and failed international efforts to locate missing Malaysia Flight MH370 and the 239 passengers and crew on board, the families of the missing and are now trying to raise $5 million to launch their own investigation to learn "the truth" about what happened to their loved ones.
"Every effort to locate the flight so far has failed. Continuing along the same path is unlikely to change the outcome. However, we believe there is a person or persons who know the truth about what happened, and know where the plane is. We want to encourage the truth to come out by offering a substantial reward," explained the families in a description on their fundraising campaign on Indiegogo launched on Sunday.
Early Monday afternoon, the campaign had raised just over $9,000. more >>
An 18-year-old Pakistani woman survived being shot twice and thrown in a canal by her family in an attempted honor killing for marrying the man that she loved.
"It is an honor-related incident," local police chief Ali Akbar told Reuters.
"The victim, Saba [Maqsood] ... married her neighbor Muhammad Qaiser for love five days ago against the wishes of her family. They took her to Hafizabad, shot her twice and threw her in the canal after putting her in a sack, presuming that she was dead." more >>
A U.S. tourist who reportedly left a Bible in a hotel was detained in North Korea Friday for "hostile activities." The tourist, Jeffrey Edward Fowle, now joins two other Americans, 24-year-old Matthew Todd Miller and Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, who are being held under North Korea's reclusive regime.
A short report from the official Korean Central Central News Agency said Fowle was being questioned for violating visa regulations.
"US citizen in custody for committing anti-DPRK (North Korea) hostile activities," is written in the headline on the report. more >>
North Korean Christians do not actually view their country as the worst place in the world to be a Christian, a ministry argues, and instead embrace their suffering as a means to show they are ambassadors of Christ.
"Our reckoning that North Korea is the worst place to be a Christian says more about our own understanding of Christianity than it does about North Korea," the Rev. Eric Foley, CEO of Seoul USA, said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON – Even as the Communist Chinese government recently cracked down on Christian communities, Christianity continues to grow rapidly in the People's Republic.
This was the observation noted by a panel – titled "Christianity in China: A Force for Change?" –sponsored by the Brooking s Institution on Tuesday. Experts discussed the growth of Christianity, especially in the years since 1989, after the infamous crackdown on demonstrators at Tiananmen Square.
Carsten Vala, assistant professor at the Political Science Department of Loyola University Maryland and one of the panelists, told The Christian Post how many Chinese Christians view recent actions against them. more >>
North Korean media has reported that South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook has been sentenced to hard labor for life on charges of spying and trying to set up underground churches.
The trial took place Friday when the missionary admitted to committing anti-North Korean religious acts and "malignantly hurting the dignity" of the country's supreme leadership, or the ruling Kim family, The Associated Press reported quoting state media.
A North Korean dispatch written Friday, but released early Saturday, said Jung-wook, who is about 50 years old, had defense counsel, but other details were not provided. more >>