)-- The lawyer who helped free a Christian woman who faced the death sentence in Pakistan for blasphemy has fled to The Netherlands amid international fears for his safety.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos
JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife
)-- The priest of Jakarta Cathedral, Indonesia's most known Catholic parish, has urged the government to prevent a repeat of attacks against churches ahead of upcoming presidential elections. Markus Yumartana, 53, said he hopes authorities would continue on the path of religious tolerance that he claimed surrounded the recent Asian Games, the largest sports event ever held in terror-prone Jakarta, the capital.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Jakarta, Indonesia
URK, NETHERLANDS (BosNewsLife
)-- A replica of Noah's Ark was drifting away in a severe storm Wednesday, January 3, at the port of Dutch town Urk, smashing several boats and prompting the rescue of seven people on board the massive vessel, eyewitnesses told BosNewsLife. There were no reports of injuries, but rescue teams struggled to regain control of the wood-and-steel ark, which has no engine and measures 70 meters (230 feet) long and some 13 meters (43 feet) high.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from The Netherlands
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife
)-- European legislators have visited Pakistan amid concerns that Christian Asia Bibi, a married mother of five, may become the first woman to be executed by the State on controversial charges of 'blasphemy against Islam.'
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife