Scientists claim to have discovered a human-like species named Homo naledi that dwelled in the caves of South Africa and is believed to have buried its dead — something which was considered to be an exclusively human trait.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that scientists found a huge trove of bones in a deep chamber of a cave in South Africa in 2013, which yielded close to 1,550 specimens. Researchers said in the scientific journal eLife that the species had both human-like and primitive characteristics, and placed it in the "Homo" evolutionary group.
While the creature appears to have been able to walk upright, stood 5 feet tall, and had hands and feet belonging to the Homo tree, it had shoulders and a small brain linked more to ape-like ancestors. more >>
Nigeria's Islamist terror group Boko Haram, which has killed at least 1,000 Christians and Muslims since May 29, could be defeated in just three months, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has said.
The terror group has been "substantially degraded" and could be defeated "before the end of the year ," Buratai told BBC in an interview.
Last month, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari told the country's military to defeat Boko Haram within the next three months. more >>
Over 1,000 people have been killed by terror group Boko Haram in the first 100 days of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's reign, while close to 2.1 million have been internally displaced. Buhari had promised that he would find a way to drive out the Islamic terror group from his country, but so far the terror group's raids have continued in full force.
The International Organization for Migration revealed on Friday that displaced people have risen to 2.1 million in the northeastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe, as well as the central state of Nassarawa and Abuja.
"The increase ... can be attributed to the intensification of attacks carried out by the insurgents, as well as to improved access to previously inaccessible areas of Borno state, where the IDP population is now well over 1.6 million," IOM said. more >>
An experienced tour guide has been crushed to death by a rhino he was tending to at the Imire Game Park, Zimbabwe, a reserve about 25 miles from Harare.
According to Kate Travers, director of the park, Tafadzwa Gosho died on Monday night after he was crushed by the rhino at the private nature reserve. In a report by the Associated Press, Travers explained that Gosho was "an experienced rhino handler" and the attack was a rare one.
The park is described in its website as an "intensive black rhino breeding station" and has been known for its tradition of releasing animals into their wild habitat, with 11 rhinos successfully brought back to their natural homes. more >>
An Egyptian Christian who was arrested in early August for handing out Bibles to Muslims at a mall is likely to remain jailed indefinitely after a judge extended his sentence and charged him with blasphemy right before he was scheduled to be released.
Medhat Ishak, a 35-year-old Coptic Christian church custodian from the Ebid village in Egypt's Minya governance, was taken into custody on Aug. 7 after he was caught handing out Bibles to Muslims at the Mall of Arabia on Oct. 6 of last year.
Ishak was initially detained by mall security and then handed over to national police, who accused the Christian man of evangelizing. more >>
At least two individuals were left injured after suspected jihadists attacked Christians in Burkina Faso, West Africa on Monday.
Based on an account by an eyewitness, masked gunmen who identified themselves as members of the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram invaded a police station. Their actual connection to Nigeria's Boko Haram is not yet confirmed, according to Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).
A police statement said the two individuals wounded in the attack are police officers. One of the victims was severely injured, said First Post. more >>