As Russia joins in the fight against the Islamic State forces in Syria, building tension between the Russian government and the United States, a new report suggests that South Africa is deemed to be the terror group's key source of money and fighters.
According to Fox News, intelligence officials said the cash and jihadist fighters particularly come from a small area in Johannesburg. South Africans, particularly youth, have started to enter the Middle East through air traveling to Turkey, advancing toward the south to join the terror group posts in Syria and Iraq.
The outlet noted that the ISIS work around the Internet, specifically on social media, as well as several clerics on the ground, in attempts to brainwash the youth of South Africa through sophisticated and psychological methods that cover the truth behind the real life of a jihadist. more >>
Muslim extremists burned down three churches in Tanzania last week and issued threats to the area's Christians, a leading persecution monitoring group has reported.
According to pastors who spoke with Morning Star News, three churches in northwest Tanzania were set ablaze last Tuesday causing everything inside them to burn. Fortunately, no one was injured.
The churches that were torched were the Pentecostal Assemblies of God, the Evangelical Assemblies of God and the Living Water International Church, all of which are located in the Kashfa village area in the Bukoba district. more >>
Major sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, has left at least 24 people dead and over 100 wounded over the weekend.
"The events of [Saturday] and [Sunday] are very serious. We count many crimes against property and persons," Security Minister Dominique Said Paguindji said in an interview, according to Foreign Policy. "We will deal with this situation diplomatically to avoid civilian casualties that would add to the death toll."
The Telegraph reported that the violence broke out after a Muslim taxi driver was found murdered wth his body dumped near an airport. The local Muslim population blamed Christian militiamen known as the Anti-Balaka for kidnapping the driver, and decided to attack the nearby Christian neighborhood of Miskine with automatic weapons, machetes and grenades, leading to a major clash. more >>
On Tuesday, Milla Jovovich took to Facebook to ask friends, family, and fans to offer prayers for the recovery of her stuntwoman, Olivia Jackson, who almost died while filming a motorcycle scene on the set of "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter."
Jovovich said she wrote the post with a "heavy heart," and explained how her "incredibly talented stunt double, Olivia Jackson, collided with a camera crane while performing a motorcycle stunt, and it put her in the hospital with severe, multiple injuries."
According to The Guardian, Jackson, who also performed stunts earlier for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," collided with a metal camera arm while filming a high-speed motorcycle chase in South Africa and suffered severe head injuries, and a punctured lung. more >>
Samsung Electronics is targeting a new market for its newly launched flagship smartphone Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
In a bid to increase its market share in Nigeria, Samsung has launched the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus into the Nigerian market. The South Korean tech giant's managing director in West Africa spoke about the flagship device at its launching in Lagos, according to All Africa.
During his speech in Lagos, Samsung Electronics West Africa managing director Brovo Kim said the launching of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has taken dual-edge display technology to a whole new level. more >>
Sudanese security forces have killed, raped and burned civilians alive during two military campaigns in Darfur that left thousands of people displaced from their homes, a prominent human rights organization has claimed.
A new report by Human Rights Watch accuses Sudan's Rapid Support Forces, which are under the command of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services, of committing "widespread and systematic" crimes against civilians that include mass rape, torture and murder when the forces were ordered to carry out counterinsurgency campaigns in 2014 and 2015 in Darfur.
"The RSF led two counter-insurgency campaigns in the long-embattled region of Darfur in 2014 and 2015 in which its forces repeatedly attacked villages, burned and looted homes, beating, raping and executing villagers," the HRW report stated. more >>