Darwin, Australia seems to be dealing with a problem of saltwater crocodiles that becoming more and more vicious and fearless as the days go by. A few days ago, two men who were vacationing from Bendigo, Victoria, went mud crabbing in Leaders Creek, Darwin. Their vacation ended in tragedy for one of the men, who drowned when a group of crocodiles attacked them on their boat, causing it to turn over. The other man, a 72-year old, made use of a spanner and spark plugs to fend off the attacking reptiles after he fell into the water, according to a report in BBC.
The man who died was said to be also in his 70s. Both men went mud crabbing on Tuesday morning. The survivor was rescued by other fishermen in the creek who heard his cries for help. Some professional crabbers found him hiding in the mangroves where he was able to climb up from the water when the tide changed. He was found three hours after their boat capsized.
The fishermen also managed to retrieve his friend's body and brought him to a boat ramp. After calling Careflight, an air ambulance service, the survivor was treated for "severe shock, dehydration and exposure" to the elements. He was released on Wednesday morning. more >>
A Christian woman critically injured in the Easter Sunday terror attack at a park in Lahore, Pakistan, has died nearly a month following the major bomb blast where at least 80 people were killed.
Christians in Pakistan, which has been providing coverage in the aftermath of the attack, reported on Monday that 55-year-old Tahira Gill died from her injuries at the Intensive Care Unit of Lahore' Jinnah Hospital.
She was one of well over 300 people who were injured in the bomb blast carried out by Islamic radicals who specifically targeted Christians celebrating Easter. Close to 80 others were killed, mostly women and children who were at a park designated for the celebration. more >>
In an unprecedented move by the Communist Party of China, its official press has released statements about the controversial Cultural Revolution, a few days after the 50th anniversary of one of the most prominent events in Chinese history. According to The Guardian, the Communist Party and the Chinese government did not issue any official announcement to mark the event's 50 years last May 16. Come May 17, Tuesday, however, the party-run press published two short editorials that mentioned the Cultural Revolution.
The People's Daily published on page four of the newspaper one such editorial which claimed that party leaders had already given a "clear answer" about the responsibility of Mao Zedong for bringing on the Cultural Revolution. It also told readers that it is time to "move on from the decade of upheaval" and look to the future. It also acknowledged that the Cultural Revolution was "utterly wrong, in both theory and practice."
The second editorial published in the Global Times, another state-run newspaper, called the Cultural Revolution a "decade of calamity," which brought on damage and "permanent pain" for many of its citizens. The article titled "Society firmly rejects Cultural Revolution" also cited that it was this decade in history that taught the Chinese to fear turmoil and want stability more than anyone. more >>
It is only a matter of time before eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao officially becomes a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.
As of posting time, "Pacman" is currently situated at the number seven spot out of the 50 candidates vying for a senatorial seat. Out of the 50, a mere 12 will be selected to hold the said position. According to local news media outlet Rappler, Pacquiao has so far amassed 15,592,240 as of 1:04 p.m. on May 16 PHT.
The canvassing of votes is expected to finish before the month ends and once made official, Pacquiao will assume office on July 1st. more >>
High in the Himalayas, Christianity is on the rise. And so are religious tensions.
If I asked you to name the places where Christianity is growing the fastest, you, being a well-informed BreakPoint listener, would probably respond "Africa" and/or "China."
And you'd be correct. The explosion of Christianity south of the Sahara is so great that a colleague of mine is surprised whenever he meets a West African immigrant who's not a believer. And as we previously told you on BreakPoint, Christianity in China is growing so rapidly that, by one scholar's estimate, there will be more Christians in China than in any other country by 2035. more >>
An entire Christian community in Pakistan is under threat after Muslim leaders demanded that local families convert to Islam after a young Christian man was accused of blasphemy over a video that was found on his phone.
The trouble for 25-year-old Imran Masih, who works as a sweeper at a hospital in the Punjab town of Mandi Bahaudin, all started on April 15 when he let someone he considered to be a friend borrow his phone.
According to the the London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association, Masih had fallen in love with a Muslim girl in the area and drew the ire of several men in the Muslim community who warned him to stay away from the girl. more >>