An official with the Church of Pakistan has confirmed that a Christian couple was beaten and burned alive over a false accusation made by their employer who claimed they ripped pages out of a Quran and threw them into a brick kiln furnace.
Raheel Sharoon, development officer of the Diocese of Raiwind, said Thursday that Shehzad Masih and his wife, Shamah — who were beaten in the streets Tuesday by a Muslim mob of 1,500 to 1,600 that tore off their clothes beat them before throwning them into a furnace — were killed because their employer said they owed him money, and he started the rumor to exact revenge.
"The real story is that the owner of brick kiln, Yousaf Gujjar, lent some money to the couple and when he asked for the money to be returned there was a confrontation since a majority of brick kiln workers cannot return their loans in cash, but do it by working at the brick kiln. After which he started spreading rumors of desecration of the Quran," Sharoon said, according to the Episcopal News Service. more >>
U.S. Christian missionary Kenneth Bae spoke to reporters Sunday and thanked the "thousands of people" who prayed for him during his two-year detention in North Korea, saying, "It's really been encouraging for me and for others."
Bae, who was freed along with U.S. citizen Matthew Miller Saturday, acknowledged that "thousands of people were praying" for him, according to The Seattle Times.
He said, jokingly, he has lost a lot of weight "in a good way" but "I'm standing strong because of you." more >>
The decision by a United Kingdom High Court judge to allow a British mother to legally euthanize her 12-year-old daughter, who was suffering from a host of non-life threatening disabling disorders, is drawing strong criticism from many disability advocates who say the decision sets a dangerous precedent that will allow guardians of other disabled people to do the same.
In August, Charlotte Fitzmaurice Wise legally authorized the euthanasia of her daughter, Nancy, after she successfully petitioned the U.K. High Court to allow her to end her daughter's pain and misery.
Nancy, who was born blind and diagnosed with hydrocephalus, meningitis and septicaemia, suffered constant pain and was never able to talk, walk, eat or drink on her own. Her condition required 24-hour hospital care, where she could only be fed, hydrated and medicated through tubes. more >>
The former bodyguard of Kim Jong Il has revealed that the late North Korean leader would execute people on a whim when he was in bad moods, and in one case sent a senior official to die at a concentration camp for using his private elevator and ashtray.
"When Kim Jong Il would arrive in his vehicle, 60- to 70-year-old advisors would run away and throw themselves onto the grass. They had dust on their clothes but they wanted to hide from him," Lee Young-guk told CNN in an interview posted on Friday.
"They're scared because even when he was happy he would be rude and could chop off their heads." more >>
A man who was jailed in Pakistan after being accused of making blasphemous remarks about Islam was killed by a police officer Thursday morning when he was chopped to death with an axe, police officials said.
Fifty-five-year-old, Tufail Haider, who is of Shi'ite Muslim faith, was arrested late Wednesday night, in the town of Gujrat in the Punjab province, after people overheard him making blasphemous remarks about the companions of the Prophet Muhammed. The group of people proceeded to attack Haider, and once they beat him down, they turned him over to authorities.
According to a fellow police officer, the same officer that brought Haider into the precinct and booked him, Faraz Naveed, was the same officer responsible for Haider's murder just a few hours later at 5 a.m. more >>
A regulatory price list recently released by the Islamic State leadership shows that ISIS militants are selling captured Christian and Yazidi girls, as young as one to nine years old, as sex slaves and charging nearly three to four times the amount that they would charge for a grown woman.
A document obtained by IraqiNews.com, issued by the Islamic State, puports to be an updated price guide detailing how ISIS fighters must price their spoils of war, which include female slaves and cattle. The document, which is dated Oct. 16 and was first reported earlier this week, claims that ISIS' sex slave and cattle trading markets have seen a recent decline in demand, and because of that, ISIS' overall revenue has been affected.
The document states that price changes are needed in the face of ISIS' declining revenue from those markets. The terrorists must now abide by the new pricing scheme, or else they could face execution for disobeying Islamic State law. more >>