North Korea has not only accused the U.S. government of declaring war following the latest round of economic sanctions against Kim Jong Un, but the regime has also banned all imports of goods that resemble a Christian cross, such as women's hairpins and men's neckties.
Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the American government has "crossed the red line" by directly sanctioning Kim.
"The Obama administration went so far to have the impudence to challenge the supreme dignity of the DPRK in order to get rid of its unfavorable position during the political and military showdown with the DPRK," Han said, arguing that putting Kim on the sanctioned list has created the conditions for war. more >>
Along with its latest smartphone launch, Xiaomi surprised the audience as they unveil the company's first ever laptop line, the Mi Notebook Air which is said to be a MacBook clone and competitor.
The Mi Notebook Air was launched alongside Xiaomi's latest OLED phone Redmi Pro. The Notebook Air is designed as a lightweight notebook that runs Microsoft's Windows 10 Home. While the Chinese company is known for producing price-friendly smartphones, they have as well entered the laptop market just as when the consumer laptop market is shrinking.
It is reported that the newly-unveiled laptop is a part of the "Mi Ecosystem" product, built by Xiaomi in partnership with local manufacturers. The company said they wanted to produce a product that will balance performance and affordability. more >>
Seminary students in China are being forced to live under "absolute obedience" to the Communist Party and put the State ahead of God.
Persecution watchdog group China Aid correspondent Guo Baosheng said in a translated report that video has emerged of students at a graduation ceremony at Zhejiang Theological Seminary singing the Chinese anthem, which Guo said is only one of the signs of the ongoing government crackdown on Christianity in the country.
"It is obvious the seminary has degenerated into absolute obedience to the Communist Party's so-called Christian pastors' education base, becoming a Communist Party school dressed in the cloak of Christianity," Guo wrote. more >>
In what seems to be the worst and deadliest mass killing in Japan in recent history, 19 people were stabbed dead and 25 injured.
The perpetrator is believed to be a former employee of Tsukui Yamayuri En, a facility for the mentally ill. The suspect, according to reports, is 26 year-old Satoshi Uematsu. The police said that Eumatsu admitted to the crime and said that "it is better for disabled people [to] disappear."
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What was expected to be a 30-minute State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, morphed into more than 90 minutes – the longest first SONA of a president in the history of the Philippines. The speech included a lot of personal ad libs and jokes that showed who and what mattered to the 71 year-old President.
Duterte speaking out of the norm is expected as he is touted to be somebody who will speak his mind. Presidential Communications Officer Secretary Martin Andanar said that the improvisations and side comments of Duterte is his way of weaving his magic touch to the masses. more >>
Despite the increasing persecution of Christians in China, the Communist country is on track to have the largest Christian population in the world by 2030, according to Rodney Pennington who studies religious trends for OMF International.
"We are overjoyed with what the Lord has already done in China," said Pennington, vice president for mobilization of OMF, a missions organization, in an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday. "But that doesn't mean the task is finished."
By 2030 "China will almost certainly have the most evangelical Christians," he said, "and that will greatly shape the global evangelical Church in the coming years. more >>