In the early hours of Sunday morning, a man killed 50 people at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida, and wounded another 53. Few details have been released following the event. Here are some things you should know about gun violence in the US.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 33,636 people died from guns in 2013, and prior to that -- from the year 2009, an average of 32,100 died yearly. Not all of these were results of homicide -- in fact, some of them are suicide. more >>
Despite China's ongoing crackdown on Christians, believers' faith is growing stronger in the world's most populous nation, one church member reveals in an interview with China Aid.
He also called on the United States to take an active role to help Christians in China.
China Aid reported that the interview was conducted back in May with a member of Huoshi Church in China's central Guizhou province, which has been serially targeted by the Communist Party. Government officials have been persecuting minority religious people on an increasing basis, with a separate China Aid report noting that 20,000 people suffered religious persecution throughout 2015. more >>
Feeling overwhelmed by the tragic events of the weekend, "Hamilton" star Lin-Manuel Miranda took pen to paper and prepared a sonnet for the 50 lives that were lost from the tragic Orlando shooting.
According to The New York Times, "Hamilton" is an improbable hip-hop musical about the first treasury secretary of America. It was a smash hit right off the bat, selling out tickets and captivating audiences with its largely non-white cast exploring the revolutionary origins of the US.
In his first visit to the stage to accept the Tony for his groundbreaking musical, the star and creator of "Hamilton" wrote a poem inspired by his wife and dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida, which took place in the early hours of June 12, about 18 hours before the Tony Awards started. more >>
Authorities in Bangladesh arrested more than 5,000 people over the weekend in connection to Islamic terror, seeking to stand up to the growing wave of attacks against minorities, including Christians and atheists, in the South Asian country.
The Telegraph reported that a number of those arrested in police raids are known Islamic militants who have organized a series of attacks on minority communities in the past year.
The murder of the wife of a police superintendent who had been investigating such attacks is believed to have prompted the large-scale response, which also led to shootouts with some of the militants, in which five suspected terrorists were killed. more >>
Early Sunday, an American-born man pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State and proceeded on gunning down people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Fifty people are already confirmed dead. The tragedy has been considered as the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the September 11 terror attack in 2001.
CNN reported that the gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Florida, was already on terrorist watch as he was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014. However, he was not found as a threat and was released by the officials. more >>
Thursday is an eventful day in China as Disney officially opens its $5.5 billion-plus Shanghai Disney Resort with six iconic structures in the park. Chief executive Robert Iger described it as Disney's greatest opportunity because it was built in the country with the largest population in the world.
Iger said last year that the park has a potential to create around 10,000 jobs. Analysts expect Disney Shanghai to lose money in the first few years but believes there is potential around it in the long run.
The grand opening will be telecasted simultaneously on the Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD as well as on each channel's app without breaks or commercials. more >>