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North Korea has released two Americans who have been held in the country for extended periods, after a negotiation carried out in secret by the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr.
A new study has revealed the staggering cost of China's dependence on coal to power its economy: 670,000 deaths in one year alone.
The pastor places a palm on the man's head. As he closes his eyes, gentle hands tilt the man backward, below the surface, then guide him up. He emerges cleansed of sin and spiritually committed to Jesus Christ.
One week after students started occupying public spaces in three points across Hong Kong, some protest groups agreed Sunday to give up some of their ground, but hundreds of rank-and-file occupiers refused to comply.
While the protests are specifically for democratic elections in Hong Kong, some see a broader struggle to protect that culture from China's communist government as it increases its influence on the city. Christianity has been a visible element of the demonstrations, with prayer groups, crosses, and protesters reading Bibles in the street.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former head of Hong Kong's Catholic Church, addressed a rally outside government headquarters on Sept. 24. He says the fight for democracy is 'a question of the whole culture, the whole way of living, in this our city.' Reuters

Theologians Have Failed Asian Christians, Author Says

Rather than forcing "elite" agendas upon grassroots believers, says Simon Chan, we need to take their concerns seriously.

Christian minorities in central India face a new threat as Hindu extremists in more than a dozen village councils have passed resolutions imposing restrictions on religions other than Hinduism.

Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church's doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he'd rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching.

Pope Francis is welcomed by the faithful as he arrives at the the "House of Hope" center for disabled in Kkottongnae, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Police in eastern China clashed in the middle of the night with Christian protesters massed around their church on Monday, but failed to carry out a government order to remove a cross from the building, according to witnesses and online accounts.
Malaysia is not a secular country, as the official religion of the state is Islam, stressed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Religious Affairs, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.