Russia's so-called "anti-extremism" law that restricts evangelism and missionary activities went into effect on Wednesday, and religious freedom advocacy groups say they are starting to assess the impact it will have on Christians in the country.
"For Christian advocates inside the country, there are challenges and risks," the American Center for Law and Justice's Gene Kapp said in a statement to The Christian Post on Thursday.
"Our team at the Slavic Centre for Law and Justice [ACLJ's Moscow affiliate that has argued against the law] is in the process of evaluating and analyzing the impact of the new directives. They are also preparing a webinar to provide critical advice and analysis for the Christian community on this vital issue. Details and timing are still being worked out. We will stand with them and assist in any way possible." more >>
An Injury to the Knee
Every sports fan knows of the knee injury 31-year old Real Madrid football icon Cristiano Ronaldo sustained in the Euro 2016 final held at Stade de France, 25 minutes into the game.
According to an article by Mirror Online, the Portuguese man was forced to leave the field after an eighth minute collision with France's midfielder Dimitri Payet which he failed to recover from. more >>
Russian Olympic officials are expecting a final decision from the International Olympic Committee by Sunday on whether the country's entire delegation will be banned from joining the Rio Olympics next month. The IOC has investigated Russian athletes over suspicions of state-sponsored doping.
A blanket ban may even be in the works after the International Olympic Committee received a report from World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren. The IOC may consider an all-out ban since the report accused the ministry of sports of overseeing actual doping activities of their athletes. more >>
In its attempt of exposing emails from Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party AKP, WikiLeaks has been blocked in the country on Wednesday, a few hours after the site's leakage activity.
Following the failed coup attempt which occurred July 15, WikiLeaks aimed to expose Turkey's political power by releasing almost 300,000 obtained e-mails from 2010 up to July 6, 2016,
The Turkish government has done an immediate action regarding the whistle-blowing and decided to prohibit Turks from accessing the said website. A senior Turkish official had also said that WikiLeaks had established stolen information, which caused the government to ban it in the country. more >>
Britain's number one tennis player Andy Murray is determined to defend his Olympic singles title at Rio 2016. The two-time Wimbledon champion even opted out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada to prioritize his preparations for the 2016 Olympics.
Murray Chose Olympics Over Rogers Cup
The Guardian reported that Murray will not be defending his Rogers Cup title next week after he pulled out of the Masters-level Canadian Open event to give his body enough time to rest and prepare for the Rio 2016. "My body needs some recovery time after reaching the latter stages of tournaments over the past few months," the three-time Rogers Cup champion said in a statement to Tennis Canada. more >>
Portugal's football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo made a promise to his fans that he will come back stronger from the knee injury he obtained during the Euro 2016 final. Despite getting injured, the 31-year-old Real Madrid forward is being considered by many sports analysts and fans as the frontrunner of the 2016 FIFA Ballon d'Or.
Ronaldo Promised a Strong Comeback
Ronaldo is currently spending a holiday in Ibiza, Spain with his son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., and other family members. While on vacation, the football superstar posted a short video on his Instagram account updating about his condition and promising that he will come back stronger. more >>