Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Communist Party members that they must be "unyielding atheist" who will command Christians and other religious groups in the country.
"Religious groups... must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC)," Xi told senior party officials at a conference, as reported by the official Xinhua news agency.
He added that Communists must be "unyielding Marxist atheists," who are given the mission to "resolutely guard against overseas infiltrations via religious means." more >>
One and a half years after a young Pakistani Christian couple were tortured and burnt alive in a brick kiln after being accused of blasphemy, a court has granted bail to the prime suspect in the case, which had caused national outrage.
Yousaf Gujjar, who was granted bail this week, is the main accused among more than 100 others who were charged with beating and burning alive Shehzad Masih and his pregnant wife, Shama Bibi, parents of four, in the same klin where the couple worked as bonded laborers in November 2014.
After the bail hearing at Kasur district in the province of Punjab, the victims' family was in tears, according to a Pakistani Christian non-profit, Legal Evangelical Assistance and Development, or LEAD. more >>
A London-based human rights charity will open a free primary school in a poverty-stricken area of Pakistan that aims to give Christian children an education, an alternative to working as bonded laborers and a chance to break free from their family's cycle of poverty.
The British Pakistani Christian Association announced earlier this week that it has purchased land in the town of Kasur, just outside the city of Lahore, and will build the free school to be named after 12-year-old childhood martyr Tim Iqbal Masih, who was shot and killed in 1995 after helping to free thousands of children from bonded labor.
BPCA has provided extensive human aid to Christians and others in Kasur after several Christian families' mud homes were badly damaged by severe flooding last year. But as BPCA provided things like free medical examinations and treatments, the organization noticed a pressing need for a free educational outlet for the children. more >>
Chinese smartphone company LeEco, formerly known as Letv, unveiled three smartphones that have an all-metal design and thin bezels, and more notably, no more headphone jacks. According to a report in Gadgets 360, the company decided to let go of the standard headphone jacks in favor of using USB Type-C ports for audio. It has also put one over Apple, who has been repeatedly rumored to remove the headphone jack on its next iPhone.
The three phones namely the Le 2, the Le 2 Pro and the Le Max 2 have the same look and design, according to the report. The difference is mainly what is under the hood. The high-end device among the three is the Le Max 2, which has a 5.7-inch Quad HD display with a 1,440 x 2,560 pixel resolution. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, paired with either 4 GB of RAM and internal storage options of 32 GB and 64 GB or 6 GB of RAM with 64 GB onboard storage. Battery capacity is at 3,100 mAh. Camera set-up is a 21-megapixel main shooter and an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
The Le 2 has a MediaTek deca-core Helio X20 processor paired with 3 GB of RAM and has 32 GB of onboard storage. It has a 16-megapixel main camera with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Le 2 Pro has two variants – one powered by a Helia X20 processor and one with a Helio X25 processor; both have 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The Le 2 Pro has a better rear camera at 21-megapixels, while the front shooter is also an 8-megapixel one. Both the Le 2 and the Le 2 Pro have full HD screens and 3,000 mAh batteries. more >>
Last week, the dramatic rescue of a man in a deserted Australian island was aired on Animal Planet's "River Monsters" and has gained the praise of many viewers.
Multiple outlets have picked up the story as the said episode was filmed in November and many people are wondering what happened to the man who was rescued by the fishing-focused TV crew.
According to Breitbart News, director Stephen Shearman's team was looking around the Sir Edward Pellew Group of Islands for dangerous sea creatures that will be featured in the show's upcoming episodes and much to their surprise, they found a human preparing for his last breath. more >>
It's unimaginable to think that there will be no "Boruto: Naruto the Movie 2," especially if one looks at the kind of reception the first movie got. It's legions of fans are desperate of a new flick. But while everything seems to be pointing to another full-feature anime film, it looks like fans are going to see their worst nightmare. According to several sources, the next film in line has been cancelled in order to make room for a new series called "True Legend of Itachi."
Per iDigital Times report, any hope of a second Boruto movie is pushed aside, at least for this year due to the fact that the Naruto franchise has been quite busy with other projects, including the "Boruto Manga" and that of Itachi. Also called "Naruto Shippuden: Itachi Shinden," the story of Itachi is expected to be released by May. The flick is actually a big screen adaptation of Takashi Yano's novel.
In the equally anticipated series, there are reportedly two parts, the first one of which is called "Glory," which focuses on Itachi's childhood and his subsequent entry to the Ninja Academy. This part showcases Itachi's dream of becoming the very first Hokage Uchiha. The second part on the other hand, titled "Dark Knight," is an account of the events that prompted Itachi to eradicate the entire Uchiha Clan. It also will show the reason why he decided to spare Sasuke in the process. more >>