At least 1,552 people have died in West Africa as the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history continues to accelerate, the World Health Organization has said.
There have been 3,069 cases of Ebola in total across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, the latest update on Thursday revealed, and warned that more than 40 percent of the total cases have occurred within the past 21 days.
The case fatality rate stands at approximately 52 percent, ranging from 42 percent in Sierra Leone to 66 percent in Guinea. more >>
All schools in Nigeria have been shut down until October as health authorities continue battling the deadliest outbreak of Ebola virus in history.
"All state ministries of education are to immediately organize and ensure that at least two staff in each school, both private and public, are trained by appropriate health workers no later than Sept. 15 on how to handle any suspected case of Ebola," said Education Minister Ibrahim Shekarau.
Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has declared an "Islamic Caliphate" in the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, which it seized earlier in August and slaughtered over 100 civilians.
"Thanks be to Allah who gave victory to our brethren in (the town of) Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate," Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau says in a 52-minute video obtained by AFP on Sunday, which also apparently shows the execution of civilians.
The Nigerian military has rejected the claim, stating that the "sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Nigerian state is still intact." more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of California's Saddleback Church, who is in Rwanda for the 20th anniversary of the genocide in the East African country, highlighted the role of spiritual leaders in helping rebuild the heart of the nation, just as government and business leaders helped rebuild Rwanda's politics and stability.
"God has blessed Rwanda in so many ways; so how does God want us to show our thanks to Him?" Warren asked a crowd of more than 15,000 people at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali on Sunday, according to a press release by his church.
"Thank God for the three different kinds of leaders He has used to build a new Rwanda — government leaders to rebuild the structure, business leaders to rebuild the stability and spiritual leaders to rebuild the heart of the nation," said Warren, whose church has been implementing The PEACE Plan in Rwanda since 2005, when Rwandan President Paul Kagame personally invited him to help make the country the first "Purpose Driven" nation. more >>
Prophet TB Joshua, one of Nigeria's most controversial and richest preachers according to Forbes, recently announced that he sent more than 4,000 bottles of his powerful anointing water, which users claim has worked many miracles, to help victims of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Liberia.
"Prophet T.B. Joshua announced in The SCOAN Saturday Prayer Line that 4,000 bottles of New Anointing Water have arrived in the nation of Sierra Leone, alongside $50,000 in humanitarian aid, to support the ongoing crises there caused by the disease of Ebola," explained a post on the Facebook page of TB Joshua Ministries.
"The Anointing Water was sent in a private jet that cost an additional $50,000 to charter, making $100,000 given by Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Partners to reach out to the troubled nation," it ended. more >>
Hillsong Music is celebrating an astonishing 10 Dove Award nominations received this week, including Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.
The numerous awards were announced at the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards press conference on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Today, the group is celebrating the recognition by honoring God.
"We are honored to receive these nominations for Dove Awards and are humbled that people listen to our music," the Hillsong Music Team said in a statement. "We pray that it always points them to Jesus. To God be the Glory!" more >>