Pakistan's Supreme Court has finally set a court date for the final appeal hearing for Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who was sentenced to death in 2010 on accusations of blasphemy.
According to the Christian persecution watchdog agency International Christian Concern, Bibi, also known as Aasiya Noreen, will have her final appeal heard before the country's highest court during the second week in October.
"The Chief Justice [of] Pakistan has ordered that Asia Bibi's appeal be fixed in the second week of October for final hearing," Bibi's Supreme Court lawyer Saif-Ul-Malook told ICC. "I will appear before the Supreme Court of Pakistan and argue her case while she will remain in prison. I hope [the] result will be an acquittal." more >>
Popular Christian boxing icon and Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao has called for drug dealers and other perpetrators of serious crimes to be put to death, saying that the Bible has given the government authority to do so.
The 37-year-old Pacquiao, one of the most revered boxers and Christian celebrities on the planet, gave his first speech as a senator during a legislative session last week. The "Pacman" called for the restoration of capital punishment, saying that doing so would benefit many of law-abiding Filipinos.
Although the death penalty was repealed in the Philippines in 2006, Pacquiao talked about the destruction and "havoc" that the illegal drug trade is causing in the Philippines. more >>
Four thousand Catholics from the town of Ky Anh in Vietnam were beaten by police after they led an anti-pollution protest against the government, following the contamination of 70 tons of fish from waste dumped into the sea.
Asia News reports that the Christians were protesting against a fish-related environmental disaster that has gripped the country and threatens to leave hundreds of fishing families hungry.
After nearly 70 tons of fish died allegedly because of pollution caused by Formosa Plastic Group, a steel company that dumped waste into the sea, Christian fishing families affected by the pollution marched at municipal offices in Ky Anh town, but were blocked and beaten by police barricades, leaving several people injured by truncheon blows. more >>
The Song-Song phenomenon continues despite the farewell of "Descendants of the Sun" on screen. Song Joong-Ki has recently revealed something that will surely delight their fans. He said that shooting love scenes with on-screen partner Song Hye Kyo is much better than shooting action scenes for the Korean drama series.
Fan meeting in Thailand
Joong-Ki has recently met with his fans in an event in Thailand. The fans were so excited to see the Korean actor and were also happy that he answered most of their questions. During his interview the actor admitted that unlike his "Descendants of the Sun" character Captain Yoo Shi Jin, he really was not that romantic. more >>
Brian Houston, senior pastor of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, took to social media to share the surprise visit his granddaughter received on her 6th birthday from pop star Selena Gomez.
Gomez regularly talks about her love for Hillsong Church on social media, and Houston returned the sentiments by noting his admiration for the singer in a Facebook post that included a picture of Gomez and his granddaughter.
QUETTA, Pakistan — A suicide bomber in Pakistan killed at least 63 people and wounded dozens more in an attack on mourners gathered at a hospital in Quetta, according to officials in the violence-plagued southwestern province of Baluchistan.
The bomber struck as more than 100 mourners, mostly lawyers and journalists, crowded into the emergency department to accompany the body of a prominent lawyer who had been shot and killed in the city earlier in the day, Faridullah, a journalist who was among the wounded, told Reuters.
Abdul Rehman Miankhel, a senior official at the government-run Civil Hospital, where the explosion occurred, told reporters that at least 63 people had been killed, with more than 50 wounded, as the casualty toll spiked from initial estimates. more >>