China has declared that so-called “House Christians” are a cult and must be suppressed. The State Administration for Religious Affairs, which is the Communist watchdog agency in China responsible for supervising religious activity, claims 7 million members in its Three Self-Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and Pew Research estimates that there are 70 million Chinese Protestants who worship in their own home churches, ungoverned by the state. There is a similar split between state "catholicism," with about 5 million Chinese, and 12 million who follow traditional Catholic belief in the religious primacy of the Pope.
As many as 16 people lost their lives on December 8, while 31 others sustained injuries, in the first suicide attack during the commencement of the Islamic month Muharam-UL-haram in the Tirah Valley of the Kohat district of Pakistan, almost 150 kilometres away from the capital Islamabad.
Among the secret U.S. diplomatic cables released recently by WikiLeaks are several from Moscow, Tel Aviv, and other capitals expressing concern over the connections between, and rising influence of, the Russian and Israeli mafias around the world. The extent of their control over certain governments was also noted, with one expert describing the existence of “virtual mafia states” among former Soviet republics.
Some of the world's commentators have declared the Wikileaks to be really dangerous diplomatic explosions — a 9/11 of the diplomatic world — some consider it a "horrible tsunami" of diplomatic relations; some are labeling it an earthquake that is responsible for doomsday.
More than 40 people were killed December 6 in twin suicide blasts in the northwest of Pakistan. The twin blasts took place in the office of a political agent at Ghalanai, the main town in the tribal district of Mohmand, about 175 Kilometers away from the capital Islamabad, near the Afghan border. These blasts were carried out by two suicide bombers who disguised themselves in police uniforms.