A powerful 7.1 earthquake hit the East Coast of the North Island in New Zealand Friday morning lasting for about a minute. The earthquake struck the island just before the break of dawn and it was felt all over the country. After 90 minutes, a tsunami warning was issued to brace nearby areas of the after effects of the strong quake.
Reports said that a small tsunami was spotted but was not able to cause any damage. The tsunami warning was lifted. Thousands woke up to the strong vibrations and then afterwards, power was cut off. Classes were suspended in schools while rail lines were forced to close to prepare for possible aftershocks.
Gisborne region badly affected more >>
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Two bombs killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens outside a court complex in northwest Pakistan on Friday, a rescue official said, hours after militants killed two people in a Christian neighborhood in the same region.
Both attacks were claimed by Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a breakaway Pakistani Taliban faction believed to be behind some of the past year's deadliest attacks, including last month's bombing of lawyers in the city of Quetta that killed 74 people.
The bodies of policemen, lawyers and other civilians were recovered, said Haris Habib, chief rescue officer in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. more >>
An 18-year-old man, who tried to explode a bomb at a large Catholic church in Indonesia's Medan city and attacked the 60-year-old priest with an axe when the bomb failed to explode properly, was inspired by the leader of the Islamic State terror group, an official said Tuesday.
The suspect, identified as Ivan Armadi Hasugian, was arrested after his failed attempt to detonate a bomb and kill the priest, Albert Pandiangan, at St. Yosep Catholic Church in North Sumatra province during the Sunday mass, The Jakarta Post reported.
The local newspaper quoted Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto as saying that Hasugian was inspired by Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi. "Having been fed misleading news on the internet, he became obsessed [with al-Baghdadi],'' he said, of the suspect. more >>
Two daughters of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death in 2010 on accusations of blasphemy, say a mob of Islamist fanatics tortured them because of the allegation against their mother.
"My friends told me that people were torturing my mother at the fields where she used to work," Esham Masih, Asia Bibi's oldest daughter, told the U.K.'s Daily Mail, recalling how one day while coming back from school she found her mother being abused by a group of men. Esham was just 9 at the time.
"I rushed to the spot and found that she was being abused and tortured by men. They had even torn her clothes," she said, adding that she ran back home to get new clothes for her mother. When she brought the clothes, the men came back. "The angry men came back and started torturing us both and tore down her clothes again," Esham explained. more >>
In a nation where women and children are sold for sexual exploitation, one mother and her family have become agents of change — living out a message of unconditional love.
"The quest for love is really driving this degrading market," says Christine Anasco, who has served for 12 years in international missions work with her husband David and their four children. "Our aim is to show these women they are valued."
Since moving to Thailand in 2014, the Anascos have come to know firsthand the faces of human trafficking. Every year, innocent people are trafficked worldwide by the tens of millions; the U.S. State Department includes Thailand on its Tier 2 watch list, one of many nations not fully complying with anti-trafficking policies though making progress. more >>