President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday Crimea is part of Russia in people's hearts and minds after signing a treaty recognizing the Ukraine's region as an independent state, despite the United States and Europe imposing new sanctions on Russia's senior political and military leaders.
"In the hearts and minds of people, Crimea has always been and remains an inseparable part of Russia. This commitment, based on truth and justice, was firm, was passed from generation to generation," said Putin, in an address to a joint session of parliament Tuesday after approving a draft treaty to make Crimea part of Russia, Reuters reported.
"Crimea is our common property and a very important factor in the stability of the region," Putin said, according to The Wall Street Journal. "This strategic territory should be under a strong, sovereign state and that in fact can only be Russia." more >>
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, recently applauded Russian President Vladimir Putin for opposing the advancement of the LGBT agenda in his country.
In a Decision Magazine editorial published on Feb. 28, the day that Russian troops first entered in Crimea, Graham claimed he was "not endorsing President Putin," but that the former KGB officer was "right on these issues."
"Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation's children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda," he said. more >>
Three Christian villages were burned down in an attack Friday night in Nigeria's Kaduna state, with reports stating that more than 100 people were "hacked and burned to death," allegedly by Muslim gunmen.
"We are still picking bodies out of the bush, but so far there are more than 100 killed," said Daniel Anyip, vice chairman of the Kaura local government authority, according to Reuters.
Chenshyi village chief Nuhu Moses revealed that the entire village was burned down, with gunmen having killed more than 50 people. more >>
U.S. President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday that the "referendum," in which voters in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula allegedly supported joining Russia, will "never" be recognized and preparations were on to impose "additional costs" on Russia for its actions.
Of the 1.5 million eligible voters in the Crimean referendum Sunday, more than 80 percent came out to vote. Officials said a total of 95.5 percent of them supported joining Russia and leaving Ukraine, according to BBC.
Speaking to Putin, Obama said the referendum, which violates the Ukrainian constitution and occurred under duress of Russian military intervention, will never be recognized by the United States and the international community, according to a White House release. more >>
Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, revealed in a recent interview that his family goes to a Catholic church and that religious morality inspires a lot of his charity work. He also shared his personal thoughts on God and the biggest issues facing the world today.
"The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We've raised our kids in a religious way; they've gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I've been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that's kind of a religious belief. I mean, it's at least a moral belief," Gates says in an interview with Rolling Stone in the March 27 issue of the magazine.
When asked if he believed in God, he responded, "I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don't know." more >>
With Roman Catholics in Crimea fearing a new wave of oppression, arrests and church confiscation under Russian rule, many moving to other parts of Ukraine.
"No one knows what will happen. Many people are trying to sell their homes and move to other parts of Ukraine," Father Mykhailo Milchakovskyi of Kerch told Catholic News Service on Wednesday.
"Our church has no legal status in the Russian Federation, so it's uncertain which laws will be applied if Crimea is annexed. We fear our churches will be confiscated and our clergy arrested," the priest stated, ahead of Sunday's referendum in Crimea in which the territory could decide to join the Russian Federation. more >>