Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which has been missing with 239 people on board for nearly a week now, was deliberately flown hundreds of miles off course, according to military radar data. Malaysian security officials think this could be as a result of "sabotage, with hijack still on the cards."
Sources told Reuters Friday that an analysis of the data from the flight suggests that the plane was "diverted from its intended northeast route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and flew west instead." This particular flight pathway is normally used for routes to the Middle East and Europe, according to the sources.
It was explained that the missing Boeing 777 is believed to have been following a route between navigational waypoints when it was last detected by military radar on Malaysia's northwest coast. Waypoints are geographic locations that help pilots navigate along established air corridors. more >>
Those concerned about the Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing since last Friday have united in an international prayer effort, with one social media user starting the "PrayForMH370" hashtag on Twitter to encourage viewers to offer their thoughts and prayers for the missing plane's 239 passengers and crew.
The Twitter hashtag "#PrayForMH370" has been used by social media users in various countries, who either tweeted their personal prayer for the missing plane or created drawings or phrases to show the world they were thinking of the missing passengers. Along with adding the Twitter hashtag, a Twitter page has also been set up with the handle "MH370."
One such inspirational message posted on the @MH370 Twitter page is from Devanshi Saksena and reads: "The internet shows us how small the world is, but a missing plane shows us how big the planet can be. @MH370Flight." more >>
As Christians around the world were being called on to pray for 33 people reportedly facing execution in North Korea for their alleged involvement with a foreign missionary, a new film that dramatizes the stories of "secret Christians" living under the oppressive regime is being lauded for its powerful presentation.
The plot of the film, "The Apostle: He Was Anointed by God," revolves around a character named Chul-ho (Kim In-kwon) "who wants to lead villagers across the river to China and from there to South Korea. He, his family and friends, face varying degrees of terrorism by North Korean soldiers, some of them glad to accept bribes, others promising to get tough against dissidents in their midst," explains a review of the Korean-language film on Forbes.com.
Supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un, who reportedly ordered the execution of 33 people for contact with a South Korean missionary, was elected to the highest legislative body of his country with unanimous support of the electorate. He was the only one on the ballot and no one voted against him, according to state media.
The Associated Press reported Monday that Kim Jong Un won unanimous approval from his district which also had 100 percent voter turnout.
"This is an expression of all the service personnel and people's absolute support and profound trust in supreme leader Kim Jong Un as they single-mindedly remain loyal to him," the state-run Korean Central News Agency said. more >>
Christians are being urged by persecution watchdog group Open Doors to pray for the 33 people who are facing the death penalty in North Korea reportedly for their connection with a South Korean missionary.
"We need to bathe the country of North Korea in prayer," said Open Doors USA President/CEO David Curry in a statement Monday. "North Korea has been the No. 1 persecutor of Christians on the Open Doors World Watch List for 12 years in a row. And for good reasons. Usually when persecution increases in a country, the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ is rapidly spreading. Join me in prayer today."
South Korean papers reported last week that Kim Jong Un has ordered the deaths of 33 people found to have received money for building 500 underground churches from South Korean missionary Kim Jung Wook. Engaging in secret religious activities is a crime punishable by arrest and even public execution in the Pacific nation. more >>
Two Christian pastors in the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan are being held in a detention center in a southern district for over three days while area believers are being summoned repeatedly by police, said sources inside the nation that doesn't officially recognize the Christian minority.
The pastors, identified only as Lobzang and Tandin, were picked up by police Thursday afternoon while they were holding a prayer service to dedicate a place of worship in the Khapdani village in Dorokha gewog (cluster of villages) of Samtse district, a source from the area told The Christian Post.
About 30 believers, including women and children, were also taken to the area police post for the recording of their statements, the source added. The two pastors were later moved to the Samtse Detention Center, while the others were allowed to return. more >>