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 >>
After years of the United States wearing the coveted crown China is now ranked the world's largest economy based on purchasing power parity, according to recent GDP data released by the International Monetary Fund.
The IMF explains the purchasing power parity measure it used to estimate the new figures here.
According the IMF, the purchasing power parity measure is a type of cross-country comparison that looks beyond the nominal value of money and focuses more on what you can actually get for it. So for example, if a hamburger is sold in London for £2 and in New York for $4, it would suggest a PPP exchange rate of one pound to two U.S. dollars. more >>
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hasn't been seen in public for over a month, sparking questions and a wide-range of rumors around his disappearance.
USA Today noted on Tuesday that rumors include a possible coup; that the 31-year-old leader is facing health problems; or that there is a low-grade civil war in the Pacific nation.
North Korea has given no explanation as for why Kim, who regularly makes public appearances, has not been seen for over four weeks now. The last reports showed him attending a music concert with his wife, Ri Sol Ju, on Sept. 3. more >>
Hong Kong pro-democracy protests continued Wednesday on China's National Day, as massive crowds swarmed the streets of the Asian financial hub.
The protesters are calling for the resignation of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who refused to meet with them, The Associated Press reported. The demonstrators want to see the Chinese leadership agree to broader electoral reforms.
China's National Day, also marked in Hong Kong, traditionally celebrates the anniversary of the founding of communist China in 1949. CNN said that helicopters flew over the crowds as part of the ceremony carrying the Hong Kong and Chinese flags, with the latter noticeably bigger. more >>