UPDATE: 1:13 AM ET, JULY 14
PARIS — A terrorist gunman killed 80 people and wounded scores when he drove a heavy truck at high speed into a crowd that had watched Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, officials said.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 80 people died and 18 were in a critical condition. Many more were also wounded in the attack along the famed seafront Promenade des Anglais as the fireworks ended just after 10:30 p.m. (2030 GMT). more >>
The Church of England has apologized after a report was published exposing the physical and sexual abuse of hundreds of girls over a 20-year period at a church-run children's home.
"The findings of the independent review into Kendall House describe the harrowing regime experienced by numerous girls and young teenagers who were placed into the care of this Church of England home," said Bishop Paul Butler, lead bishop on safeguarding for the Church of England, on Wednesday. "The appalling standards of care and treatment should never have been allowed and on behalf of the national church I apologise unreservedly to all the former residents whose lives were and continue to be affected by their damaging experiences at Kendall House."
Residents of Russia's St. Petersburg are fighting against plans to erect one of the largest statues of Jesus Christ in the world, arguing that it would spoil the city's famous 18th century skyline.
Radio Free Europe reported that although many of the city's residents are Christians, they have sternly stood up against several previous plans to obstruct the skyline, and five years ago fought off major plans by state-controlled natural-gas giant Gazprom to build a 400-meter-high skyscraper in the center of the city.
Kremlin sculptor Zurab Tsereteli has built a massive statue of Jesus Christ, measuring at 33 meters tall and intended to stand on a 47-meter pedestal, which would make it twice as large as the famous Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro. more >>
FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has finally withdrawn his shocking announcement of retirement after his team's loss against Chile in the Copa America Finals. It was a heartbreaking news to the world of football, both for the fans and well-known personalities, but the athlete has reportedly changed his decision and is now going for the 2018 World Cup.
According to Sports Illustrated, Messi is now planning to join Albiceleste in the qualifiers this November to be able to compete in the next World Cup. The report also suggested that the player will not be present for the match in September.
Argentinian ex-coach Cesar Luis Menotti saw this coming as he told ESPNFC.com that he believes Messi will come back to represent his country. He added, "The only way out of this crisis would have been if Argentina had won." He also said that he understands why Messi was caught up in the moment and announced his retirement after the game. Menotti believes that the pressure of living through many concerns and not being able to win might be the reason retirement came to the football superstar's mind. more >>
Having sustained a serious knee injury during the Euro 2016 finals, football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to miss Real Madrid's UEFA SuperCup against Sevilla on August 9 and the first few matches of the team for the 2016-17 Liga BBVA Season.
According to ManagingMadrid.com, Ronaldo is suffering from a partly torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which could take up to five months to recover. This is based on the findings of the Portuguese doctors that attended to him in France. The athlete is still in need to confirm this and accept treatments and test for the injury to ensure the length of time-off required. Euro Sport stated that the current manager of the team Zinedine Zidane will not risk the welfare of his injured player and that Ronaldo is far off from getting the continental showpiece.
Cristiano's injury was caused by a heavy collision with French midfielder Dimitri Payet during the first 8 minutes of the final game. He managed the pain for 25 minutes before exiting the match in tears. The crowd gave him a standing ovation, admiring the player for his fighting spirit and committment to his team and nation. more >>
Russian evangelicals are expressing alarm in light of President Vladmir Putin's signing of a so-called anti-terrorism law last Thursday that imposes harsh restrictions on religious freedom by banning religious gatherings in homes as well as evangelism and missionary activities.
How this law will be applied when it goes into effect on July 20 remains "a very huge question mark," according to Joel Griffith of the Slavic Gospel Association. Other leaders fear the move signals a return to Russia's "shameful past" of Communist persecution of Christians, Radio Free Europe reports.
Griffith told Mission Network News in an interview on Friday that the law "could stop missionary activity to anybody but representatives, registered organizations and groups, it would require every missionary to have documents with specific information proving connections to a registered religious group." more >>