A young Chinese woman who felt spurned by her cheating boyfriend was arrested last Friday after she publicly gave him a doggish beating in front of another girl with whom he was allegedly having an affair. And it was all immortalized in video.
The woman identified in a Daily Mail report as 20-year-old Cheng, was arrested on suspicion of common assault after a passerby took pity on the boyfriend noted as 23-year-old Chui by calling the police.
In a viral YouTube video Cheng accused Chui of bringing back another girl to his flat in Hong Kong and reportedly forced him to kneel in the street as onlookers watched an embarrassing interrogation unfold. more >>
The trial of Singapore's popular pastor Kong Hee, who is accused of spending $41 million of church funds on his wife's singing career, has now gone on recess and will not resume until January 2014.
Pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church has been charged with conspiracy to commit criminal breach of trust, along with five other church staff members, including Pastor Tan Ye Peng, members Chew Eng Han and Lam Leng Hung, and accountants Serina Wee Gek Yin and Sharon Tan ShaoYuen, all of whom will face 10-20 years if convicted.
Prosecutors have alleged that the defendants channeled money "allotted for a church building fund into sham bonds in church-linked companies" and later "falsified church accounts to make it appear the bonds were redeemed." more >>
Between 200-300 Pakistani Muslims and Christians united and gathered to make a human chain around a church in Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city on Sunday.
Held on Oct. 6, just two weeks after a church bombing killed more than 100 people in Peshawar, the human chain, organized by the citizen group "Pakistan for All," is part of the movement's goal to raise awareness about minority rights and concerns.
Evangelist Will Graham took the message of the Gospel to Japan for his first time last month during a two-day Celebration of Hope event in the prefecture of Fukushima, an area of the country devastated by natural disasters and massive leaks of radiation.
"Japan has a Christian remnant that is less than 1% of the entire population. Because of Buddhism and Shintoism, many do not even understand the concept of the One True God. By and large they aren't what we would call 'anti-Christian.' They just don't understand the faith," Graham, the grandson of famous evangelist Billy Graham, told the Christian Post. (Note: a source close to CP says the reported percentage of Christians in Japan can vary based on those who are evangelical and those who simply identify as Christians [4 percent]. Missionaries will report a lower percentage [at least under 3 percent] in order to maintain funding, the source said.)
Graham said he was especially sensitive to the region's devastation. In 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the area, followed by a deadly tsunami that claimed the lives of more than 15,000. Since then, the prefecture of Fukushima, home to a nuclear facility, has been considered a ground zero in terms of devastation as the plant still leaks toxic and radioactive water. more >>
China made more than $2 billion from its "One Child Policy" in 2012, according to a Christian Chinese lawyer, with the huge sum of money being generated through fines imposed by regulators.
Suspicious that governments were using the one child policy fines or "social support fees" as a significant source of revenue in poorer parts of the country, Wu Youshui asked China's 31 provincial governments to disclose how much they had collected in fines.
"We want to shed light on how the current family planning policy works," Mr. Wu told The New York Times. "Many are debating reform of the family planning policy. Learning how it works may help with that debate." more >>
President Barack Obama will still be flying off to Asia for a week of business meetings despite the first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years, which hit the nation on Tuesday morning.
"We plan to make this trip," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a daily briefing on Monday, a day before the shut down.
"The President, as President, looks forward to and believes it is important to travel to Asia in order to promote our economic interests in Asia and our strategic interests in Asia. There are American jobs that can be created through our engagement with Asia, the fastest-growing region of the world and an enormously important region when it comes to our trading relationships and partnerships." more >>