Fifty of the top Islamic clerics in Pakistan have issued a religious decree that gives transgender people the right to marry, and receive family inheritance and funeral rights, as long as individuals display "visible signs" that they belong to the gender they claim.
"It is permissible for a transgender person with male indications on his body to marry a transgender person with female indications on her body," said the religious document issued on Sunday, as reported by Reuters.
"Also, normal men and women can also marry such transgender people as have clear indications on their body." more >>
Manny Pacquiao publicly speaks about his Christian faith often. Now, the Filipino senator is revealing where his knowledge of God comes from.
"Our devotion everyday and night is reading the Scriptures and [meditating] on it," the Filipino boxer turned senator wrote on Instagram. "I learn a lot about the knowledge of the secret of the Kingdom of God. Thank you Lord Jesus."
While Pacquiao has spoken about his devout Christian faith for some time, a trip to Israel last November strengthened that faith. In his fourth visit to the country, Pacquiao sat in an area that had once been frequented by Jesus. more >>
A surgical team's plan to perform the first-ever human head transplant is unethical, says Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
"Believing in the sanctity of life from a biblical point of view, how do you ethically do this?" Stevens asked in an interview with The Christian Post on Monday, noting the procedure's "risk to the patient is just enormous." "There's no way to ethically do this type of experiment when you haven't proven it in the lab. What happens when it doesn't work? Patient's head has been severed and they're going to die," he said.
Last week, Dr. Ren Xiaoping of Harbin Medical University in China announced his plans to perform a head transplant operation on a human despite hundreds of similar attempts on lab mice ending in failure as each animal died within minutes. more >>
Megachurch pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church in Singapore revealed that he recently held a mass revival event for over 1,100 pastors from Southeast Asia, including China, where Christians face heavy government persecution.
Kong noted that Chinese Christians continue to grow in strong numbers despite all difficulties, and are set to outnumber American Christians within the next two decades.
"From 10-11 June, 2016, CHC held its second-ever Global Chinese Leadership Seminar, and this time, over a 24-hour period. More than 1,100 pastors, church workers and leaders from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore joined us for this very special event," Kong wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. more >>
China made a bold movie by unveiling the world's fastest supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight. It is a gigantic system with 10.65 million compute cores. Its peak performance is said to be at 124.5 petaflops. A petaflop is equivalent to a thousand trillion(one quadrillion) sustained flotaing-points per second.
Since the inception of the TOP500, this year's list marked the first time that the U.S. is no longer leading the largest number of systems in the world. Based on their detailed report, China leads the competition by having 167 systems compared to the U.S with 165.
Winning the Competition more >>
In an interview with a Korean media, American Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, who was detained in North Korea for two years, shares why he was arrested and how he was kept in prisons and labor camps in that country which is known to be the worst persecutor of Christians in the world.
"I was running a tour company (to hide the fact that I was a missionary)," Bae told Unification Media Group, which seeks to bridge the chasm between the North and South Koreas. "Through this company, I would bring people in from other countries and introduce them to locations that exemplified North Korea's natural beauty and local culture. But on my 18th trip, I mistakenly took an external hard drive with me that contained videos exposing the reality in the North. That hard drive was picked up in a security check, and I was detained as a result."
Bae was arrested in the city of Rajin on Nov. 3, 2012, and subsequently sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper visited North Korea in November 2014 on a secret mission for the release of Bae and U.S. citizen Matthew Miller. more >>