U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked Thursday morning by a knife-wielding man who slashed his face before being taken into custody by police in Seoul.
Lippert had to undergo surgery for knife wounds on his face and left arm, according to Robert Ogburn, minister-counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy. He suffered a four-inch cut on the side of his face that required 80 stitches to close. Lippert also incurred injuries to his hand and arm while trying to defend himself. Doctors said that the injuries will require months to heal.
The attack occurred at a breakfast forum on Korean unification in Seoul; Kim Ki-Jong, 55, was taken into custody immediately after he slashed Lippert. Witnesses said that Kim yelled about reuniting North and South Korea while he lunged at Lippert. He's reportedly known to police for his political activism. In 2010, he was given a suspended sentence for throwing a rock at the Japanese ambassador to Seoul. more >>
Australian megachurch Hillsong will see the premiere of its first ever film, "Hillsong — Let Hope Rise," released in May following news that Relativity Studios will distribute the project.
On Wednesday, Matt Alvarez, who's overseeing the project for Relativity, the third-largest mini-major film studio in the world, said the studio is "excited" about the highly anticipated film. "Hillsong — Let Hope Rise" chronicles the journey of Australian worship band Hillsong United, which began in 1998 as a pastime for youth at church and has since grown into a global sensation.
"We are excited to share 'Hillsong — Let Hope Rise' with moviegoers across the United States. Chronicling this Christian band's humble beginnings to their present day worldwide ministry is truly remarkable and worthy of their story being told on the big screen," Alvarez said in a statement. more >>
A Canada-based Baptist church had the burden – not to evangelize, but to encourage, empower and equip Filipino pastors in their respective missions and ministries in the Philippines.
Solid Rock Baptist Church, a local and independent church in Alberta, Canada recently held its fourth Pastor's School conference last week from February 23-27 at the Tagaytay Mission Camp, in Tagaytay City, Philippines.
With the theme "Rebuild: We Are Not Retreating; We Are Building Lives," the conference addressed some issues that hinder Filipino Baptist churches from experiencing the power of God, and being used by God to carry out His plan. more >>
Kim Jong Un has reportedly told the North Korean army to prepare for a "great war" with America and to "tear to pieces the stars and stripes," in response to military drills set to be carried out by the U.S. and South Korea.
"The prevailing situation where a great war for national reunification is at hand requires all the KPA (Korean People's Army) units to become (elite) Guard Units fully prepared for war politically and ideologically, in military technique and materially," the state Korean Central News Agency quotes Kim as saying.
AFP pointed out that on Friday the U.S. and South Korea conducted a joint naval drill, in preparation for much larger military exercises to come, in which 200,000 Korean and 3,700 U.S. troops will take part. more >>
An American blogger has been hacked to death by a "knife-wielding mob" in Dhaka, Bangladesh, police have said. Avijit Roy, an atheist, is believed to have been attacked for promoting secularism and criticizing religious extremism online, which has angered hardline Islamic groups.
"Avijit Roy has been killed the way other free thinker writers were killed in Bangladesh. No freethinker is safe in Bangladesh," blogger Taslima Nasreen, who left Bangladesh in the mid-1990s after receiving death threats from extremists, said about the killing.
"Islamic terrorists can do whatever they like. They can kill people with no qualms whatsoever." more >>
Filipino eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao has continued to play and coach Philippine professional basketball in the midst of training for his fight with undefeated American fighter Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in the spring.
Manny Pacquiao, who has a seat in Philippine House of Representatives, is also a playing coach for the Kia Motors Philippine Basketball Association team. According to Filipino news site, ABS-CBN Pacquiao is adamant about remaining part of the team, and is currently gearing up for a game against Talk N' Text while in the middle of training for his May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
According to Pacquiao, his basketball games will serve as "cross training" to help him with "footwork and balancing." This was announced despite the PBA and KIA releasing a statement they intend to give Pacquiao a much-needed break to focus on training for the Mayweather bout. more >>