Chinese police in the city of Wenzhou have removed a cross from a local church in their most recent crackdown on Christianity in the Asian country, specifically in the Zhejiang province. Media outlets report that local church members gathered around their fallen cross, weeping and praying.
Although congregants attempted to protect their church, hundreds of police arrived at the Longgang Huai En Church in Wenzhou on Monday and removed the 10-foot-tall red cross from the church's steeple. Wenzhou is considered to be "China's Jerusalem" due to its large Christian population.
According to the Associated Press, about 200 congregants attempted to protect the cross from being removed, but ultimately allowed the police to take down the religious symbol using a crane. Police officials have said the cross violated a city ordinance regarding the height of buildings in Wenzhou. The cross was returned to congregants, who reportedly wept and prayed around their destroyed religious image. more >>
A mob in Pakistan has reportedly killed a mother and two of her granddaughters over a Facebook post that was deemed "blasphemous" to the Islamic religion.
A 600-person mob attacked the local Ahmadi sect in Gujranwala, located about 140 miles southeast of Islamabad, setting fire to five homes and several shops. Ultimately, the mob killed an Ahmadi woman in her 40's and her two grandchildren, ages eight and 7-months old.
The three females were killed after an Ahmadi man, 25-year-old Aqib Salim, reportedly posted a "blasphemous" and "objectionable" image to his Facebook that showed the Islamic holy site Kaaba next to a woman wearing minimal clothing. The Ahmadi sect of people have been denounced as "non-Muslim" because they believe that a second prophet came after Mohamed. While the Pakistani government has denounced the sect as "non-Muslim," Ahmadis still consider themselves to be of the Islamic religion. more >>
Doctors who extracted a shocking 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in India Monday were so overwhelmed by the haul that they have decided to submit the case to the Guinness World Record to check if they may have stumbled on a record for most number of teeth extracted from one person's mouth.
According to the Mumbai Mirror, a year and a half ago, 17-year-old Ashiq Gavai's family noticed a swelling on the right side of his jaw in the Indian village of Buldhana district. About a month ago, the boy started experiencing severe pain, and when doctors couldn't diagnose what was causing the swelling his family worried it was cancer pushing his father, Suresh Gavai, to take him to specialists in Mumbai.
"I was worried that it may turn out to be cancer so I brought him to Mumbai," Gavai said. more >>
A group of Chinese Christians protecting a church cross from demolition has said that they are ready to die for the cause, even as they are beaten severely by police officers seeking to break their month-long vigil.
"We will continue to guard our church cross to the end," a local worker of Pingyang County said, according to International Christian Concern. "We divide people into two groups and take turns to guard the church through the night."
Government officials have been trying to forcibly remove the church cross of ShuiTou Salvation Church in Pingyang, Wenzhou City for over a month now, though Christians have been protecting it by holding overnight vigils. more >>
A Taiwan plane crash killed 47 people and injured 11 after the airplane botched an emergency landing in bad weather Wednesday, according to reports. Flight GE 222 was going from Kaohsiung, Taiwan to Magong, but the 35-minute flight ended in disaster.
The Taiwan plane crash occurred at about 7 p.m. local time right outside Magong airport, slamming into residential buildings in the Penghu islands. The ATR 72, a twin-engine turboprop plane, was attempting to make an emergency landing because weather conditions were bad after Typhoon Matmo, according to The Telegraph. The storm brutalized mainland China Tuesday, but heavy rains followed the next day, forcing the pilot to attempt the landing.
The pilot first requested a go-around when it first tried to land, but then "lost contact" with the flight tower, Civil Aeronautics Administration Director-General Jean Shen told Focus Taiwan. more >>
While a U.S. official said Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 was shot down by a missile supplied by Russia to separatists in eastern Ukraine, Russian media reported that President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the need for an objective investigation.
It is confirmed that Russia supplied sophisticated missile launchers to separatists and then sought to move them back across to Russia after the Malaysian plane crashed Thursday, a U.S. official told The Washington Post Saturday.
"We do believe they were trying to move back into Russia at least three Buk [missile launch] systems," the anonymous official was quoted as saying. more >>