North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly reappeared in public photos published by North Korean state media in an attempt to halt rumors regarding his whereabouts. Kim, who hadn't been seen in over a month and missed several important public dates, appeared to be walking with the aid of a cane in the new images.
Kim was pictured offering field guidance to a newly built residential district, and visiting the Natural Energy Institute of the State Academy of Sciences, CNN said based on state media reports. The photos show the 31-year-old leader walking with a cane, smiling and surrounded by government officials.
The photos portray Kim's first public appearance since Sept. 3, when he was last seen attending a concert with his wife. more >>
A Chinese pastor, one of several in recent months to be arrested in a massive government crackdown on Christians, said that he is "grateful" to God for giving him the opportunity to go to jail. Forty-year-old Huang Yizi is facing up to seven years in prison for speaking out against the government's demolitions of churches.
Huang was placed under arrest in August, The Telegraph reported on Monday, and was taken from his home in front of his wife and two children. He was charged with "gathering crowds to disturb social order."
A similar charge has been used to arrest other pastors, including Zhang Shaojie, in the wake of Chinese government officials ordering the demolition of a number of churches. more >>
WASHINGTON – The Chinese Communist Party, which has maintained its rule over the people of China for over 60 years, is more dangerous than terrorist groups such as ISIS, well-known blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng implied on Thursday.
The Chinese government recently celebrated the 34th anniversary of its one child per family policy and the government estimates that over 400 million lives have been "prevented" with about 13 million abortions happening each year.
Chen, a self-taught lawyer who fought for the rights of Chinese women and was imprisoned by the communist government for over four years during the mid to late 2000's, told attendees at a Heritage Foundation event that the majority of the abortion require authorities to physically abduct women and forcibly take them to abortion clinics. more >>
The founder of Sydney-based Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, in response to Australia's royal commission probe into "institutional responses to child sexual abuse" this week, strongly denied allegations that he tried to cover-up his involvement in a $10,000 compensation payment made to a man sexually abused as a child by his father, Frank Houston.
The abuse occurred 30 years ago, crimes which Houston admitted were perpetrated by his father, Frank Houston, when he was a high-profile Pentecostal preacher and the younger Houston was a teen.
The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse is investigating the way Australian Christian Churches, formerly the Assemblies of God, is probing abuse by Frank Houston and two other men. Houston's father, who died in 2004, admitted to molesting the man, anonymously known as AHA, in Sydney in the late '60s and early '70s. more >>
Pastor Ji-Il Bang, the oldest Christian pastor in South Korea, died on Friday. He was 103.
Pastors and religious leaders from around the world mourned the long-time pastor's death at Sinchon Severance Hospital in Seoul.
A pastor since 1937, Bang, who led Yeongdeungpo Church, which is part of the Presbyterian Church of Korea, has witnessed much of Protestant church history in the East Asian country. more >>
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has not been seen in public in well over a month, missed a major national ceremony paying tribute to his late father and grandfather, fueling speculations on Friday over his whereabouts.
The KCNA state agency published several articles about the 69th founding anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea, but Kim was not listed among the attendees. Hwang Pyong So, North Korea's second most important leader, attended a flower presentation in Kim's name at the shrine at Kamsusuan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, but Kim himself was missing.
The last time the 31-year-old leader was seen in public was at a music concert along his wife, Ri Sol Ju, on Sept. 3. Since then, he has missed a number of events that he was expected to attend, including the convening of the parliament for its second session of the year in late September, and a welcoming of athletes from the Asian Games earlier this week. more >>