The nation with the largest Muslim population in the world has officially banned support for the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is responsible for mass killings of religious minorities in Iraq that has forced the U.S. government to respond with air strikes.
Indonesia, whose citizens comprise over 10 percent of the global Islamic population, recently announced the ISIS ban in response to ISIS recruiting efforts.
Embattled pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church in Singapore has insisted before court that the millions spent on his wife Sun Ho's pop star career were necessary for the growth and expansion of the megachurch, explaining that his role evolved from that of a "shepherd" to being a "rancher."
"If not for the Crossover, we would be just another neighborhood church. The Crossover Project doubled, tripled our congregation size," he told the court, according to Channel News Asia.
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Ludian County in Yunnan, China on Sunday Aug. 3, 2014 around 4:30 p.m. local time. This is the strongest quake the country has suffered in 14 years.
According to Xinhua, the death toll has risen to 398 while around 2,000 more people were injured, and about 30,000 people from Ludian and the surrounding counties were evacuated. As for properties, the current figures say 12,000 houses collapsed and about 30,000 more buildings were damaged.
Rescuers are composed mainly of China's Troops and the Red Cross Society of China. Hong Kong and Macau's Red Cross are also supporting and even the Red Cross branch from Sichuan Province are joining in intensive efforts. more >>
North Korean authorities arrested U.S. tourist Jeffrey Fowle three months ago for leaving a copy of the Bible with his contact information and pictures under a bin in the toilet at a restaurant during his 10-day visit to that country, a source has said.
Fowle, a 56-year-old from Miamisburg, Ohio, who used to attend church back home, left a bilingual English-Korean Bible in a restaurant, Chongjin Seamen's Club, in the North Korean city of Chongjin just before he and his fellow travelers were about to leave on May 4, an anonymous source, who is aware of the case, told Reuters.
The copy of the Bible that Fowle left behind carried his name and phone number, and photos of himself and his family, the source said, adding he doesn't think Fowle is overtly religious. more >>
Two people survived being crushed by a shipping container in a car accident Saturday, according to reports. The couple was driving in Qingdao, China when a truck swerved and the huge metal structure flattened their car, but miraculously, firefighters were able to pull both of them out alive.
The two people, a woman and men who were left unnamed in reports, had been driving behind a large truck in when the incident occurred. The truck swerved hard to avoid another car on the narrow road and the large shipping container fell off, squashing the car behind it, according to The Mirror.
"We had a call about the accident to say that a [truck] had fallen onto a car," local fire brigade spokesman Chi Tang explained. "We didn't expect anybody to be alive but then we heard a woman's voice and realized that actually somebody had survived." more >>
Pastor Kong Hee's City Harvest Church, one of the biggest megachurches in Singapore, has celebrated its 25th year anniversary despite the ongoing high-profile trial of Kong and five other church officials accused of misusing millions in church funds.
"Thank God for His faithfulness the past 25 years. Happy Birthday, CHC," Kong wrote on Twitter, posting a photo of himself and other CHC members, including his popstar wife, Sun Ho, blowing out candles on a large birthday cake on stage.
The Straits Times reported on Tuesday that the 2 ½ hour celebration was held at Suntec City Convention Hall, and the two services, themed "Because Of You" in honor of the church's members, attracted 18,360 people in total. more >>