The Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Firth, the daughter of former Cape Town Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has revealed that she is giving up her church license over her decision to marry a woman.
"Because the South African Anglican Church does not recognise our marriage, I can no longer exercise my priestly ministry in South Africa," Tutu-Van Firth said in a statement, according to The Telegraph.
"The bishop of the (Cape Town) diocese was instructed to revoke my licence. I decided that I would give it to him rather than have him take it." more >>
Even as investigators said Saturday that smoke was detected in multiple places inside the EgyptAir flight minutes before it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board last week, an intelligence firm said an act of terror cannot be ruled out just because no jihadist group has claimed responsibility thus far.
The French air accident investigation agency said smoke was detected in multiple places in the EgyptAir Flight 804 before Thursday, but the cause remains unclear, according to The Associated Press, which quoted spokesman Sebastien Barthe as saying that the plane's automatic detection system sent messages indicating smoke a few minutes before it disappeared from radar while flying over the eastern Mediterranean from Paris to Cairo.
The messages "generally mean the start of a fire," he explained. more >>
As the world continues to follow the path of the 2016 Olympics set to debut in Rio de Janeiro in August, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that Zika has reached Cape Verde, Africa.
According to The Inquirer, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Chief in Africa, told journalists in Geneva, Switzerland, "This is the first time that strain of Zika which has been showed to cause neurological disorders and microcephaly...has been detected in Africa."
What's more alarming about the update is the strain found in Cape Verde, turned out to be the same as the infection that has caused a hike in cases in Latin America. Health officials have called the new discovery the "Asian strain," and is causing more tension within the realm of science as the search for a method to stop the epidemic continues. more >>
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out his suspicions that EgyptAir Flight MS804 which crashed in the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board on Thursday was the result of a terror attack.
"Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness," Trump Tweeted Thursday in the wake of the incident.
On Friday morning, Egyptian Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir confirmed that search jets and naval vessels have discovered "personal belongings of the passengers and parts of the plane debris" 180 miles north of Alexandria, though the cause of the crash has not yet been determined. more >>
CAIRO — The Egyptian military found the personal belongings of passengers and other debris from an EgyptAir jet floating in the Mediterranean, Cairo said on Friday, confirming that the plane had plunged into the sea with 66 people on board.
The navy said it had found the debris about 290 km (180 miles) north of the coastal city of Alexandria and was sweeping the area in search of the plane's black box recorders.
President Adbel Fattah al-Sisi offered condolences for those on board, amounting to Cairo's official confirmation of their deaths. more >>
The first of the over 200 Christian schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram nearly two years ago, has been found with a baby and reunited with her family, igniting hope for the parents of the other girls as well.
International Christian Concern reported on Wednesday that the girl, identified as 19-year-old Amina Ali Nkeki, was found with a 4-month-old baby at the edge of the Sambisa Forest, one of Boko Haram's hideouts, which government officials have pinpointed as the likely location where the other girls are held too.