The parents of one of the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic terror group Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria earlier this year have expressed their "indescribable pain" at facing Christmas without their daughter.
Rebecca Yaga told CNN that she refused to believe her daughter was among those taken by Boko Haram's raid on the all-girls school in April, but the fact was confirmed on the evening news.
"Seriously, seriously, mum and her daughter. The pain is indescribable," she said. more >>
Boko Haram militants are believed to have kidnapped around 172 women and children and killed 35 other people during a raid earlier this week in the northeast Nigerian village of Gamsuri. Boko Haram's advancements in Cameroon have been dealt a heavy defeat, however, after 116 militants were killed on Wednesday in an attack on a northern base.
Residents of Gumsuri reported the kidnappings on Thursday, according to Reuters, in the latest attack by the Islamic militants on villages and cities across Nigeria. The terror group, which has killed thousands in the country since 2009 in a mission to establish Islamic rule, gained international notoriety for kidnapping over 200 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Chibok, only 15 miles from Gumsuri.
Abba Musa, a villager who survived the attack, revealed that the gunmen shouted "God is Great" as they attacked the village and killed at least 35 people. more >>
Deaths related to violence caused by Nigeria's Islamist terror group Boko Haram is now comparable with the number of civilians killed by the Islamic State, or ISIS, group in Iraq, according to new figures.
Between November 2013 and November 2014, at least 10,340 violent deaths related to Boko Haram-related violence were reported, according to data compiled by the Council for Foreign Relations.
According to the United Nations figures, 10,733 civilians were violently killed by ISIS in Iraq in the same period. more >>
The widow of a South African aid worker killed during a failed U.S. rescue raid in Yemen has spoken out and said that she forgives the troops who botched his release as well as his captors.
"Today, we choose to forgive," Yolande Korkie told the press on Sunday. "We choose to love. We choose to rejoice in the memories of Pierre and keep him alive in our hearts. Even though the pain is overwhelming us right now, we choose to believe that this too shall pass. Although we were separated in the flesh after 228 days when I was released, I remained with him in spirit until the end."
Yolande and Pierre were kidnapped from the city of Taiz in May 2013. A charity known as Gift of the Givers managed to arrange for Yolande to be released after paying a ransom. The same charity was working again to free Pierre and had secured a deal when Navy SEALs raided the compound in an effort to free Pierre and American Luke Somers. more >>
The Christian convert who made history by becoming the first person in Egypt's history to attempt to legally change his religious affiliation on his government identification from Islam to Christianity, has "vowed to starve himself to death" in response to his "illegal" imprisonment, his attorney said.
Bishoy Boulous, who is formerly known by his Muslim name of Mohammed Hegazy, was sentenced to five years imprisonment by an Egyptian court in July on the allegation of causing "sectarian strife."
Boulous' attorney, Karam Ghobrial, claims that the 32-year-old's detention is in "violation of the law" and that the charges against him were motivated by his original attempt in 2007 to have the Egyptian government legally recognize his conversion from Muslim to Christian, Front Page Magazine reports. more >>
Islamic militant group al-Shabaab has killed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers, mainly Christians, after separating them from Muslims at a camp in Kenya. The attack, 10 miles from the town of Mandera, was reportedly carried out in retaliation for the Kenyan army's presence and anti-terror operations in Somalia.
"The militia separated the Muslims, then ordered the non-Muslims to lie down where they shot them on the head at close range," said Hassan Duba, an elder at a nearby village, according to Reuters.
President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that he will change his top security officials following a series of such attacks in recent weeks. The al-Shabaab militants were also accused of hijacking a bus and killing 28 passengers a week ago near the same area at the border with Somalia. more >>