A Sharia court in Indonesia has ordered that a woman, accused of having an affair with a married man who was gang-raped by vigilantes last week, should be be caned.
The woman, who is from Aceh, the region in Indonesia where Islam first spread, is accused of having sexual relations with a 40-year-old married man and father of five.
Last Wednesday, the woman and her alleged lover were at her house when a group of at least seven men and a 13-year-old boy stormed into the home, tying and beating up the man, before gang-raping her. After they violated her, the men doused the couple in sewage, before marching them to the Sharia authorities. more >>
The North Korean government has been hitting back against international criticism by accusing the U.S. of rampant human rights abuses and claiming that Christian missionaries are responsible for human trafficking and even terrorism in its country.
"The significance of North Korea's comments cannot be overstated. North Korea is choosing to publicly blame Christian missionaries for its human rights problems and internal difficulties," said the Rev. Eric Foley of Seoul USA, a US/Korean NGO that operates a number of discipleship bases reaching North Koreans across Asia.
Foley's comments are in response to those made by So Se Pyong, North Korea's ambassador in a debate before the Council in Geneva, where he stated: "There are in the northeastern area of China so-called churches and priests exclusively engaged in hostile acts against the DPRK. They indoctrinate the illegal border crossers with anti-DPRK ideology and send them back to the DPRK with assignments of subversion, destruction, human trafficking and even terrorist acts." more >>
Dennis Rodman, former NBA star and friend of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, said that contrary to widespread media reports, the North Korean leader did not have his uncle and former girlfriend executed, claiming to have stood right next to them while visiting.
"You could say anything here about North Korea and people would believe it. The last time I went there, when they said they killed his girlfriend, they killed his uncle, they just fed him to the dogs… They were standing right behind me," Rodman says in a recent interview with DuJour.
Rodman, who has visited North Korea a number of times to meet Kim and to play in exhibition basketball games, refers to two separate incidents. In December 2013, North Korea media reportedly said that Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, had been executed for "attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state." more >>
Pastor Kong Hee of the Singapore megachurch City Harvest, along with five other church officials, suffered a setback on Monday when they failed to get the case dismissed in court, and will have to answer allegations that they misused millions in church funds to finance the pop-star career of his wife, singer Sun Ho.
The 49-year old pastor, who founded what has become one of the country's largest churches in 1989 as a non-denominational evangelical church, is denying the accusations. The defense lawyers have insisted that the prosecutors haven't shown enough evidence to indicate that a crime has been committed, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, though Presiding Judge of the State Courts, See Kee Oon, dismissed the argument.
The other officials on trial include Pastor Tan Ye Peng, members Chew Eng Han and Lam Leng Hung, and accountants Serina Wee Gek Yin and Sharon Tan ShaoYuen, all of whom will face 10-20 years if convicted. more >>
Chinese authorities in the city of Wenzhou recently removed all statues representing the Passion of Jesus from a hilltop Catholic site in the city, saying that the statues violated construction regulations.
The statues, located on Longgang Hill in what is considered to be China's Jerusalem, were either demolished or covered with brick. The statues included images of the Virgin Mary, Jesus, and Saint Joseph, and each weighed about five tons.
According to UCA News, a Catholic news agency in China, workers arrived earlier this week to demolish the religious statues. Some of the statues were too heavy to lift, forcing workers to cover them with brick or use cranes to remove them from Longgang Hill. One observer of the demolition told UCA News that about 100 Catholics showed up to the site to witness the destruction, with some praying and others singing hymns. more >>
A massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in northeastern Afghanistan buried a village Friday, killing at least 2,100 people and displacing thousands of others. U.S. President Barack Obama has offered help even as further landslide is feared at the site amid ongoing rescue efforts.
"More than 2,100 people from 300 families are all dead," Naweed Forotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan provincial governor, told Reuters Saturday. At least 100 others were injured.
A hill caved in due to days of heavy rain and buried a third of all houses in the village of Hobo Barik in Badakhshan province, bordering Tajikistan, with at least 10 meters of mud and debris Friday afternoon. more >>