JUBA, South Sudan – Sudanese authorities arrested a pastor in Omdurman as he was preaching on Sunday and threatened that he would "face justice" unless he resigned his position, sources said.
Personnel from the Criminal Investigation Department entered the compound of Omdurman Evangelical Church and arrested the Rev. Yahya Abdelrahim Nalu as part of a government plan to take over properties of the church's denomination, the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), the sources said. Omdurman is opposite Khartoum on the River Nile.
The Federal Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments seeks to replace Nalu, senior leader at the church and moderator of the SPEC Synod, with a government-appointed committee that favors turning SPEC properties over to the government, they said. more >>
The president of Uganda has signed into law a bill that expands the legal punishment for homosexuality in the East African nation.
Known as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, President Yoweri Museveni signed it into law Monday, remarking that "there is something really wrong with" homosexuality.
"No study has shown you can be homosexual by nature … That man can choose to love a man ... is a matter of choice. After listening to the scientists, I got the facts," said Museveni, as reported by the AFP. more >>
Seven Egyptian Christians have been found horrifically murdered just outside Benghazi, Libya on Monday, according to local security officials. Gunmen reportedly went knocking door-to-door hunting down the Christian residents, mercilessly executing any Jesus-followers they found.
"They were killed by headshots in execution style. We don't know who killed them," a police officer told Reuters.
Witnesses have described that the gunmen went door-to-door, asking residents to identify themselves as Muslim or Christian, before dragging the Egyptian Christians away. more >>
A United Methodist charity is looking to provide 700,000 malaria nets to a province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by mid-March.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is looking to collect and distribute the large number of nets on behalf of residents of Maniema Province. An estimated 3,000 volunteers will be headed to the eastern Congo province next month, reported Julia Kayser Frisbie of UMCOR.
"While one volunteer hangs a net over the sleeping area in each home, the other speaks with the family," wrote Frisbie. "Their key messages: Mosquitoes bearing malaria parasites transmit the disease through their bites." more >>
Egypt's interim government resigned Monday, apparently to allow army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is also serving as the defense minister, to run for president. Meanwhile, ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was accused of spying for Iran.
Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, who was tasked by interim President Adly Mansour with running the government's affairs until the election due in April, declared the government's resignation in a speech that was telecast live Monday.
Beblawi said his government "made every effort to get Egypt out of the narrow tunnel in terms of security, economic pressures and political confusion." more >>
Attacks by the Boko Haram on a Christian farming village in Nigeria on Saturday has left 106 residents dead.
Nearly 100 militants from the Nigerian Islamic terrorist group seeking to eradicate Christianity from the African country and instate Shariah law, entered the city on trucks and motorcycles on Feb 15, witness Ali Ndume has reported to the BBC.
Boko Haram terrorists overwhelmed the town, opened fire on and hacked to death male residents who had gathered in the town square. From there, they marched door to door, searching for men who had attempted to hide, brutally shooting or cutting the throats of their victims. They also took the life of a grandmother who had attempted to save her grandson's life. more >>