Hindu radicals in India doused a Christian pastor and his wife in gasoline in an attempt to force them to convert, a leading Christian human rights group has reported.
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, the attack occurred on April 17, when two men posed as Christians and went to Berseba Church in Chhattisgarh state's Karanji Village in search of prayer.
The church's pastor, Deenbandhu Sameli, let the two men into the church and was then attacked and forced to chant "jai sri ram," which means "hail Lord Rama" (one of the incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu). more >>
The leader of a Chinese church in Henan, whose wife was killed earlier in April after demolition crews buried her alive, has won the rights to the land where the church was destroyed.
China Aid, which covers persecution news stories in the world's most populous nation, reported on Thursday that Li Jiangong of Beitou Church, which was destroyed by the orders of Communist Party authorities, was told by a village administrative committee that the land where the incident took place is his, and he can use it as a religious site.
It can't get more heartbreaking than this – a mother cradling her baby in what experts are saying is a mass grave that's about 4,800 years old. The human fossil was unearthed in Taiwan and is part of 48 other sets of remains that prove that there already was a community of humans in the area in and near Taichung at that time.
The discovery was announced by the country's National Museum of Natural Science.
It definitely is a chilling and shocking find, even for archaeologists who have spent most of their lives digging human remains in the earliest history. It is not every day that they stumble upon a find like this, especially if one thinks how the mother didn't want to let go of her child at a certain point when death was inevitable. more >>
Japanese manga series "Hunter X Hunter," one of the more popular manga series published on Weekly Shonen Jump, is taking a week off because of Japan's Golden Week holiday so the next chapter of the series will not be coming out until next week. According to a report in Yibada, Chapter 352 is much-awaited by fans as they will likely find out who will be coming out victorious from the battle between Chrollo Lucifer and Hisoka.
In the previous chapter, Lucifer and Hisoka were already battling it out at the Sky Tower. The battle finally happened after Hisoka's pursuit of Lucifer in order for this match to occur. According to another report in Christian Times, Lucifer finally got tired of Hisoka hunting him down, thus giving way to this fight. Lucifer is the leader of the terrifying Spiders group, while Hisoka is a former Spider member. Both of them are considered to be skilled fighters and hunters.
During the fight, it was clear that Lucifer had the advantage in terms of fighting techniques, although Hisoka managed to block some of these moves. Towards the end of the fight however, Lucifer was at a great advantage and was about to deal a great blow to Hisoka. more >>
Japanese manga series "One Piece" is on a break this week because of Japan's Golden Week holiday and is returning with Chapter 825 next week. Spoilers for the upcoming chapter are many, with fans of the series posting their own spoilers and predictions on fan forums and the like.
According to a report in Hall of Fame Magazine, one of the spoilers pertain to the relationship or alliance between the leader of the Straw Hats, Monkey D. Luffy and "Surgeon of Death" Trafalgar D. Water Law. In the current story arc, they are allies especially after bringing down Donquixote Donflamingo. According to the report, things may change soon, as Law may have other things in mind. After all, like any other pirate, he is also interested in finding the treasure of One Piece.
This prediction comes courtesy of Hannibal Psyche at Manga Helpers, who cites an earlier statement by Donflamingo of future situations of "betrayal, illusiveness, lies and incomprehensible alliances" in an earlier chapter. One of these betrayals may likely include that of Law with regards to his alliance with Luffy. Law supposedly is waiting patiently for the time to make the right move – for an unknown reason – and this may include betraying Luffy. more >>
This year is definitely the breakout year for virtual reality. After several big-name companies simultaneously announced their investments in VR, HTC took it to the next level by unveiling a $100 million program intended to back VR startups. And if that doesn't sound cool, the name of the program will certainly change your mind: Vive X.
According to the company, the Vive X program is going to be launched in the three cities of Beijing, Taipei, and San Francisco and adds that there will be an expected expansion to other parts of the world in the soonest possible time.
In a statement released to the press, CEO Cher Wang emphasizes the role of virtual reality in a world that is changing fast. "We are very excited about gathering the brightest and the most creative minds to join Vive X," he said. Wang added that for virtual reality to be able to make an impact, it needs to thrive in a healthy environment. more >>