A Christian missions organization believes that a seven-year-old Indian Christian boy who was drowned and tortured last month was killed because of his religion.
"It's unthinkable that this would happen to a little child like this," K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of Gospel for Asia, said in a press release. "Persecution against Christians is an ongoing matter that we see happening every week. In fact, it's increased by 400 percent in the last several years, but the killing of a little child like this is unheard of. Our people are already there to comfort and meet the needs of the family."
Anmol, whose last name has not been released, was reported missing on Nov. 18, after he did not return home after playing with his friends. His body was found in a pond and recovered by authorities later that night. more >>
The White House has urged North Korea to release Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned at a labor camp for over a year, and Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War who has been held there since October.
"We remain deeply concerned about the welfare of the U.S. citizens held in custody," Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said, according to The Associated Press.
"Kenneth Bae has been in DPRK custody for over a year, and we continue to urge the DPRK authorities to grant him amnesty and immediate release," Hayden said. more >>
An influential aboriginal tribal group in southern India has lodged a formal police complaint seeking penal action against missionaries for allegedly converting more than 1,000 original indigenous families to Christianity by "allurement" and "brainwashing."
The Girijana Kriya Koota, a tribal welfare group in Karnataka state, has filed a complaint to senior police officials in the district of Mysore, seeking "protection" of the tribal culture, according to The Hindu daily.
The group has alleged that Christian missionaries had for years been promising the aboriginal people that their troubles would end if they accepted Christianity. The conversions can be attributed to "brainwashing" efforts by missionaries, it claimed. more >>
The parents of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar have been found guilty of her murder and that of family servant Hemraj Banjade. The couple, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have been sentenced to life in prison for the double murder.
Aarushi was found at home with her throat slit and a serious head wound in May 2008; her parents initially tried to blame the servant, Banjade, but his body was found on the roof of the family home the very next day.
"Parents are the best protectors of their own children," Judge Shyam Lal said when reading his verdict. "That is the order of human nature but there have been freaks in the history of mankind where the father and mother become the killer of their own progeny." more >>
Manny Pacquiao, 34, has dedicated his unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios to his troubled country of the Philippines, which is still recovering from the devastating typhoon that hit recently.
Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion who is also a Filipino politician, spoke about the importance of him winning the first fight that he has had in almost a year after his native country was ravaged by a typhoon earlier this month.
"This is not about my comeback," Pacquiao said after winning the bout. "My victory is a symbol of my people's comeback from a natural disaster and a natural tragedy." more >>
An 85-year-old Veteran on vacation in Asia has been detained by North Korea government officials since late October, according to his son who resides in California. The veteran's family and friends are calling his detention a terrible misunderstanding.
Merrill Newman, a tourist from Palo Alto, California, was just ending his nine-day visit to North Korea on October 26 when a uniformed North Korean soldier reportedly boarded Newman's departing flight and asked him to step off the plane. Newman's travel companion, Bob Hamrdla, said that's the last time the 85-year-old veteran of the Korean War was seen.
Newman's son, Jeffrey Newman, told the San Jose Mercury News that the day before his father was detained, the war veteran reportedly had a sit-down talk with North Korean officials regarding his service in the Korean War. Newman was reportedly unnerved by the conversation, but went along with his travel plans until the next day when he was escorted off the plane. The war took place from 1950 to 1953 between North and South Korea and ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty, so technically the two countries are still at war. more >>