An Australian couple in their 60's is making international headlines after breaking a world record by running a marathon-a-day in 2013.
Janette Murray-Wakelin, 64, and her husband Alan Murray, 68, of Melbourne, Australia set the new world record when they finished their 366th marathon on January 1, 2014. The couple achieved their challenge on a diet of raw fruits and vegetables, reportedly beginning their daily run at 5 a.m. and sustaining their energy throughout the day with fruit salads and smoothies. Additionally, the couple, who ran a total of 9776,75 miles in 2013, reportedly ate upwards of 30 bananas per day.
"We are healthier, more physically fit and have unlimited energy at beyond 60 years of age than in our earlier years," the couple wrote on their website, RunningRawAroundAustralia.com, that allows their fans to keep up with their adventures. more >>
The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was allegedly stripped naked and fed alive along with five aides to 120 starving dogs, according to a gruesome but disputed report that is circling the world's media.
"Unlike previous executions of political prisoners which were carried out by firing squads with machine guns, Jang [Song Thaek] was stripped naked and thrown into a cage, along with his five closest aides. Then 120 hounds, starved for three days, were allowed to prey on them until they were completely eaten up. This is called 'quan jue,' or execution by dogs," wrote the Straits Times of Singapore. It based its story on a detailed account from December in the Hong Kong-based newspaper Wen Wei Po. NBC News and other major media have now reported on it.
Jang was executed last month after he was deemed a traitor and accused of trying to overthrow the ruling government. North Korean officials removed him from his position as No. 2 in the country and accused him of participating in corruption, gambling, womanizing, and drug use while visiting a foreign country. more >>
This week, Islamic authorities seized over 300 bibles from a Christian group in Malaysia because the holy books referred to God as "Allah."
Authorities reportedly confiscated 321 bibles from the Bible Society of Malaysia in Selangor on Thursday and questioned two of the Christian group's officers at the local police station.
Bible Society of Malaysia Chairman Lee Min Choon told the AFP that two of the Bible Society's officers were told they were being detained and questioned at the local police station "under a state law, which prohibits the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims." more >>
China's parliament on Saturday formally adopted resolutions, easing the country's decades-old one-child policy and also abolishing its controversial labor camp system which was used against house church Christians among others, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
The two resolutions, which were part of a sweeping range of reforms announced by the ruling Chinese Communist Party last month, were adopted on Saturday at the bimonthly session of the National People's Congress' Standing Committee, or China's largely rubber-stamp parliament.
Under the new policy concerning the birth control rules, couples will be allowed to have two children if either parent is an only child. Provincial congresses and their standing committees have been asked to make their own calls on implementation of the new policy. more >>
While under a secular Communist regime, the people of China are more socially conservative than Americans are on issues like abortion and homosexuality, a poll revealed.
The survey was conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University on about 3,500 citizens of the People's Republic of China from 34 cities.
Released on Christmas Day, the survey noted that 68.5 percent of respondents said they considered homosexuality unacceptable. more >>
Supporters of an imprisoned pastor in China were reportedly beaten by hired thugs on Christmas Eve in the country's Henan Province, the pastor's wife told reporters Tuesday.
Wang Fengrui, wife of imprisoned Pastor Zhang Shaojie, told the Associated Press that over a dozen hired thugs reportedly beat human rights lawyers and churchgoers as they left her home in Henan on Christmas Eve. The woman's husband, Pastor Zhang Shaojie, has been imprisoned by Chinese authorities since mid-November. Zhang is the leader of a government-approved Christian church and was arrested last month under the vague charges of obstructing government justice.
"About 20 or so people had staked out the house overnight with lights and bonfires, and they used violence to prevent some of us from leaving, grabbing their clothes, taking their possessions such as bank cards and beating them," the pastor's lawyer, Xia Jun, said in a recent interview with the Associated Press regarding the Christmas Eve attack. The churchgoers and lawyers had reportedly planned a prayer meeting for the pastor at his wife's home for Monday night, but when they were prevented by authorities, they gathered at the home on Tuesday night instead, which is when they were attacked by the thugs. more >>