UPDATE: MAY 19, 5 p.m. ET: Debris found near the Greek island of Karpathos thought to be wreckage from flight MS804 did not come from the plane, the head of the Greek air safety authority said late Thursday.
Plane wreckage has not yet been found in the Mediterranean Sea, Athanasios Binis, the head of the Greek air safety authority, told Agence France-Presse. more >>
With religion changing many lives across the globe, a new app has broken through barriers in terms of providing convenience for worshippers in West Africa who opt for digital transactions.
Asoriba is a new application that allows members to receive devotionals and sermons from their pastor or whoever manages the church's devotional program. Aside from sermons and other related material, notices or memos from the church can also be received through the app.
What's more interesting about the new app that's getting more and more popular in Africa is the feature that allows members to send prayer requests to their preacher any time of the day. more >>
The Kenyan government has announced its plan to close its refugee camps, which are home to 600,000 refugees, mostly from conflict-torn Somalia. A U.S.-based Christian group working in Kenya warns that the decision could lead to thousands of deaths "if the world doesn't respond immediately."
"It was with great surprise and concern that we learned of Kenya's decision to close its refugee camps, and in turn, to provide an unsure future to over 600,000 refugees, many of which are from war torn countries, like Somalia," said Vernon Brewer, founding president of the Virginia-based World Help group, said in a statement.
Kenya's Interior Ministry has said the refugees living in camps in Dadaab in the east of the country and Kakuma in the northwest will be repatriated to their countries of origin or to third-party countries for resettlement between November and next May. more >>
Volunteers from around the world are risking imprisonment and persecution by smuggling Bibles into a North African country where the scriptures and Christian study materials are banned.
Nonprofit groups that are wokring tirelessley to fulfill the Great Commission say they're being shielded by a never-ending, 13-year prayer session that calls on God to protect them.
Christian Today reports that the global Christian persecution watchdog ministry Open Doors has helped aid the unending prayer gathering in the North African country, which can't be identified for security reasons. more >>
The Islamic University of Al Azhar, the highest academic center of Sunni Islam, has joined the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Egypt in the fight against the epidemic of female genital mutilation.
Fides News Agency reported that Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II and Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyeb, imam of al-Azhar, signed a joint statement on Monday committing their fight against the many abuses children in Egypt suffer.
Statistics show that more than 70 percent of all Egyptian children suffer some form of abuse or violence within their families and communities, Fides added. more >>
Last week, Starbucks opened its first South Africa branch in Johannesburg with people crowding the place for their first try of the hit brews and a week after the launch day, throngs of people are still patiently waiting in line to get their orders.
According to Reuters, Starbucks founder and chief executive Howard Schultz said, "I've never seen a line like this after a week of our opening." The Johannesburg store opened Thursday last week and it is expected the business will keep running smoothly with the number of people still eager to get their hands on the hit brand.
On Friday, Schultz also declared that the coffee chain is planning to open up to 150 stores all across South Africa. BBC News said that city socialites graced the opening day, giving their approval to the luxury brand that is the first in sub-Saharan Africa. more >>