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S. Korea cult leader arrested over violent rituals in Fiji

Seoul - The leader of a South Korean doomsday cult has been arrested for allegedly holding some 400 followers captive in Fiji by subjecting them to violence and barbaric rituals, a police official said Wednesday.

Decades after sarin attack, cults lure Japan followers

Apo - Japan's execution of a doomsday cult leader and his disciples over a 1995 sarin gas attack may draw a line under the horrific saga, but hundreds of people are still signing up to Aum Shinrikyo's successor groups each year, authorities say.

Ashes of Japan sarin attack cult guru to be scattered at sea

Apo - The cremated remains of the executed guru of the Japanese doomsday cult behind a deadly 1995 sarin gas attack will be scattered at sea to avoid creating a pilgrimage site for his followers, media reported Wednesday.

Mexico busts suspected US cult over triple murder

Juarez - An American accused of leading a cult and wanted at home on pedophilia charges was arrested in Mexico along with 26 other people as part of a triple homicide investigation, officials said on Sunday.Orson William Black Jr.

Indian court jails rapist 'godman' for 20 years amid tight security

Rohtak - An Indian court on Monday sentenced a controversial spiritual leader to a total of 20 years in prison for raping two of his devotees, days after his followers went on a rampage that left 38 dead.

Dark history behind India's 'guru in bling'

New Delhi - Self-styled "godman" Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh inspired extraordinary devotion in India, where huge crowds flocked to hear his teachings -- even after he was accused of rape in a high-profile case that ended in conviction.

Indian guru awaits sentencing for rape amid intense security

Rohtak - Indian police warned Monday they would use all necessary force to maintain order when a controversial guru is sentenced for rape, days after his followers went on a rampage that left 38 dead.

Indian city under siege after clashes over 'rape guru' kill 36

- Hundreds of troops Saturday laid siege to the headquarters of a sect led by a controversial Indian guru whose conviction for rape triggered deadly clashes that have killed at least 36 people.

India city under siege after clashes over 'rape guru' kill 30

Panchkula - Hundreds of troops Saturday patrolled a northern Indian city hit by deadly clashes that killed at least 30 people after thousands protested a court's decision to convict a controversial spiritual leader of rape.

Sex crimes to sieges — India's controversial 'godmen'

New Delhi - India's self-styled "godmen" have legions of devoted followers, but several have been embroiled in scandals in recent years.

Indian city in lockdown as 'guru in bling' awaits rape verdict

Panchkula - Troops lined the streets of a city in north India Friday after tens of thousands of distraught devotees of an Indian sect leader dubbed the "guru in bling" headed there to await a verdict in his rape trial.

Rebel chief escapes in DR Congo prison break: govt

Kinshasa - Rebels from an outlawed political-religious group attacked Kinshasa's central prison on Wednesday, breaking out their leader and about 50 other prisoners, the Congolese government said.

Mystery Indian cult 'had its own government, army': Police

New Delhi - A mysterious cult at the centre of deadly clashes in India was running its own pseudo-government, army, court and a prison where torture was the norm, a senior police officer told AFP Saturday.

24 dead in clashes as sect evicted in India

New Delhi - Clashes between Indian police and followers of a revolutionary sect have left at least 24 people dead after an operation to evict thousands of people from parkland erupted into violence, officials said Friday.

24 dead in clashes as sect evicted in India

New Delhi - Clashes between Indian police and followers of a revolutionary sect have left at least 24 people dead after an operation to evict thousands of people from parkland erupted into violence, officials said Friday.

24 dead in clashes as sect evicted in India

New Delhi - Clashes between Indian police and followers of a revolutionary sect have left at least 24 people dead after an operation to evict thousands of people from parkland erupted into violence, officials said Friday.

Pope faces Mexicans worshipping skeletal 'Death Saint'

Tultitla - Two weeks after baptizing her at a Catholic church, baby Adriana's parents put her in a white gown again for a second sacrament: This time, with Mexico's skeletal "Death Saint.

'Evil Dead' hacks its way to the top

One could call it a big win for "Evil Dead 2013" as it scares up a bloody box office win with a solid $26 million haul. Whether it has legs may depend on word of mouth now.

After Romney meeting, Billy Graham axes Mormonism from cult list

After famed evangelist Billy Graham met with Mitt Romney, saying he would do all he could to help the Romney campaign, Graham's Evangelistic Association removed from its website Mormonism, where it was listed with Scientology as a religious cult.

Review: The Master a fascinating probe into cult leaders, Scientology Special

Toronto - Just give The Master all the Oscars already and save us some time. Paul Thomas Anderson's first film since There Will Be Blood provides an extraordinary glimpse into how a man can easily be swayed by a cult leader, a film both tragic and philosophical.

A self proclaimed Islam prophet causes child abuse

Tatarstan - A so called prophet claims he had a vision from God, telling him to build an Islamic caliphate underneath a home, in the ground. Here children would suffer abuse and never be allowed to see sunlight.

Scientology being sued for $1m in US test case

A married couple bringing a lawsuit against the controversial Church of Scientology in the United States – which numbers Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its ranks – have alleged they were treated like slaves.

Israeli man with many wives charged with abuse, enslavement

A 60-year-old Israeli man arrested last month at the home he shared in Tel Aviv with what was then thought to be 17 wives has been charged with multiple counts of crimes such as rape, sodomy, and enslavement.

Op-Ed: Inside Scientology's 'Stress Test'

Some ordinary-looking, smiling people sit at small, folding tables. A sign screams out, “FREE STRESS TEST.” What could go wrong?

Mother allegedly stabs child 100 times, child survives

A mother was caught on a 911 tape screaming for her child to die as she allegedly stabbed the child more than a 100 times with a pair of scissors.

Cultists In Russia Finally Give Up Their Vigil And Come Out Of Hiding

As the “end of the world” did not occur, seven women belonging to a Christian cult in Russia have finally come out of a cave near the village of Nikolskoye. The cultists have been hiding in the cave since November.

Pundits Calling Obama a 'Cult' Personality

Paul Krugman, in a New York Times Op-Ed, says "the Obama campaign seems dangerously close to becoming a cult of personality." Yesterday, Slate, pokes a little fun at the hero worshiping that Obama supporters seem to revel in.

Bridgend Loses Two More Young People From Hangings

In just over a year, 16 young people have committed suicide in the Welsh town of Bridgend, in the UK. The last two, who were cousins, hung themselves within hours of each other. Are these suicides linked? If not, then what's going on?

Weekend Negotiations with Russian Doomsday Cult Fail

Weekend negotiations with 29 Russian cult members, mostly women and including four children, one as young as 18 months old, have failed. The group remains holed up in an underground bunker in a central Russia forest near Nikolskoye.

The Cult of the Supermarket

A topic of recent acclaim, is the supermarket becoming the downfall of the older values of society?
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