Russian doomsday cult holes up in cave to await the end of the world

At least 30 members of a Russian doomsday cult have barricaded themselves in a remote cave to await the end of the world and are threatening to commit suicide if police intervene, officials and media said Thursday.

“They have covered the entrance and refuse to come out and are threatening to blow themselves up,” an official in the local prosecutor’s office told Reuters by telephone. “They threaten to detonate a gas tank and blow themselves up.”

Full Story: Reuters.

(via Irreality News Wire).

Research sheds light on out-of-body experiences

Researchers have found a way to induce out-of-body experiences using virtual-reality goggles, helping to explain a phenomenon reported by about one in 10 people.

The illusion of watching oneself from several feet (meters) away while awake is often reported by people undergoing strokes or epileptic seizures or using drugs.

Full Story: Reuters.

(via Miss Patti).

Woman re-interprets Koran with feminist view

A new English-language interpretation of the Muslim Holy book the Koran challenges the use of words that feminists say have been used to justify the abuse of Islamic women.

The new version, translated by an Iranian-American, will be published in April and comes after Muslim feminists from around the world gathered in New York last November and vowed to create the first women’s council to interpret the Koran and make the religion more friendly toward women.

Full Story: Reuters.

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