Scores of people have been killed and thousands have fled the predominantly Christian town of Shani in Borno State, Nigeria following an attack by terror group Boko Haram late on Saturday, report have said.
A Shani resident who did not wish to be identified told Nigeria's Daily Post that "some group of insurgents invaded the town at about 8 p.m. on Saturday and started shooting sporadically, targeting civilians, public buildings and recreational centres."
The resident continued: "They came on about 10 motorcycles from Gwaskara axis, well armed with Ak47 rifles, improvised explosive devices and petrol bombs, wrecking havoc without confrontation as there was no military operatives, nor police to assist the armless civilians who were running for dear lives." more >>
The first ever Ebola vaccine is a step closer to becoming a reality following successful Phase 1 human trials, medical researchers have said, but warned it will still take several months before it can be used in the field.
"The unprecedented scale of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has intensified efforts to develop safe and effective vaccines," said Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, according to AFP. The institute is developing the vaccine alongside GlaxoSmithKline.
Hopes are that the vaccine will be able to play a role in ending the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, which has killed nearly 5,700 people in West Africa. The research could also be critically important in preventing future outbreaks. more >>
Roma Downey shared an amazing photo of a cross formed by clouds in the sky above the set of her new television series "A.D." on Friday.
The "Touched By an Angel" star and her husband, Mark Burnett, are executive producers of "A.D.," which will premiere on NBC Easter Sunday. The couple were filming their original NBC event series in Morocco when an unbelievable sight stopped production in its tracks.
"On the 'A.D.' set this week we were filming Peter and John in front of the Sanhedrin. … When Adam Levy (who plays Peter), turned to Babou Ceesay (who is playing John), and pointed to the sky directly overhead, there they could see clouds had formed in a complete blue sky in the perfect shape of a cross," Downey said in a statement this week. more >>
Catholic doctors in Kenya are claiming that a tetanus vaccine being administered by two United Nations humanitarian aid organizations on Kenyan women is acting as a cover-up for a mass sterilization effort, which could have already affected over a million women and could affect over a million more.
The Kenya Catholic Doctors Association released a statement recently indicating that the association had found traces of an antifertility agent in tetanus vaccinations that have been administered by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Kenyan females aged 14 to 49 since October 2013.
The Catholic doctors claim that the vaccination project, which is also sponsored by the Kenyan government, has already been administered to over one million women, and ultimately targets 1.3 million more women, in what the association claims is really a population control campaign. more >>
The U.S. State Department confirmed Thursday that it's transporting an Ebola patient from Sierra Leone to Nebraska for life-saving treatment.
Dr. Martin Salia, a citizen of Sierra Leone who's also a legal permanent U.S. resident, was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday.
Salia, a 44-year-old surgeon, had been working at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown, and is reportedly in stable condition. According to The Associated Press, he will be flown to the U.S. for treatment on Saturday. more >>
The Nigerian army has claimed a rare victory over terror group Boko Haram with news that it has recaptured the northeastern town of Mubi. The Islamic militants, however, have in turn raided the town of Chibok, where in April they kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls and later sold them off.
BBC News reported that residents in Mubi have seen an unspecified amount of bodies belonging to the terror group in the town. The Nigerian army has said that Mubi, along with several other villages in the area, are being successfully recaptured from Boko Haram's control.
The militants apparently renamed Mubi as the "city of Islam" in October. The jihadis reportedly implemented Sharia Law on the people, and carried out executions and amputations as punishments. more >>