China arrests 500 followers of religious cult over Mayan apocalypse rumors

Quasi-Christian religious group the Church of the Almighty God accused of spreading rumors that world will end on Friday
ark-like vessel under construction in China
An ark-like vessel under construction in China's north-western Xinjiang province, where some are predicting a world-ending flood. Photograph: Chen Jiansheng/AP

"The Qinghai police bureau stated that the police had stormed numerous centers belonging to the Almighty God cult, arresting more than 400 members and confiscating over 5,000 items including banners, DVDs, slogans, books, computers, speakers, and cell phones," Xinhua reported, adding that the group had "advanced anti-detection capabilities".