The government of North Korea has issued a rare public apology after a "serious accident" occurred, when a 23-story apartment building collapsed last week in Pyongyang, with an unconfirmed number of people killed.
Korean Central News Agency reported on Sunday that Minister of People's Security Choe Pu Il "said the responsibility for the accident rests with him as he failed to uphold well the Workers' Party of Korea's policy of love for the people. He repented of himself, saying that he failed to find out factors that can put at risk the lives and properties of the people and to take thorough-going measures, thereby causing an unimaginable accident."
General Officer of the Korean People's Internal Security Forces Sonu Hyong Chol also shouldered the blame for the accident, and said that he was in charge of the construction. more >>
Several Indian church officials said that they are not concerned that Hindu extremist groups will increase after a landslide victory for the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the government elections, noting that religious minorities are protected by the Constitution.
"Minorities, such as Christians and Muslims are an integral part of the nation and of the social fabric of Indian society. Minorities are protected by the Constitution, I believe that the new government cannot and will not want to go against the Constitution. As Christians we are confident," said His Exc. Mgr. Stanley Roman, Bishop of Quilon, in the state of Kerala, according to Fides News Agency on Friday.
CNBC reported on Friday that early results from India's five-week long elections are pointing to a big victory for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi. It has already won or is winning 338 parliamentary seats, which is more than the required majority of 272. India's National Congress party, which had been in power for the past decade, was leading in only 68 seats, which is its worst-ever showing. more >>
Chinese authorities have arrested over 200 suspects as part of the country's recent crackdown on the promotion of terrorist videos.
State-run media announced this week that authorities arrested 232 individuals in the country's northwest region for "[circulating] videos promoting terrorism through the Internet and on portable devices." The arrests have reportedly been made after a string of knife attacks at local train stations plagued the country.
Many of those arrested are suspected of being members of the Muslim Uighur minority found in Xinjiang. Authorities in the country's capital of Beijing have argued that this groups, and possibly members of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), have carried out recent knife attacks in the country, although these groups have not taken responsibility for the attacks. more >>
A South Korean official said on Monday that North Korea "must disappear soon" following controversial comments by the North's state media last week, when South Korean President Park Geun-hye was called an "old prostitute" and U.S. President Barack was labeled a "wicked black monkey."
According to Arirang News, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesperson Kim Min-seok also said during a press briefing that North Korea is not a real country and that its exists for the benefit of Kim Jong Un.
"North Korea isn't a real country is it? It doesn't have human rights or freedom. It exists solely to prop up a single person," he said. more >>
China is the latest country to ban the blockbuster hit "Noah," one month after multiple Middle Eastern countries did the same.
Sources working with mainland China on behalf of Paramount Pictures, the production company behind "Noah," have told multiple media outlets that the film "will not release in China," without giving further explanation.
Another anonymous distribution source to The Hollywood Reporter said that the film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, was banned "for religious reasons, though it seems the whole issue was quite complicated." more >>
The White House has fired back against "particularly ugly and disrespectful" comments from North Korea's government-run media, which called President Barack Obama a "wicked black monkey," among several highly racist remarks.
"While the North Korean Government-controlled media are distinguished by their histrionics, these comments are particularly ugly and disrespectful," Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council, said in a statement.