Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is strengthening and increasing the brutality of its actions as a result of its growing connection with ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, the Executive Director of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has said. He also strongly urged President Barack Obama to add Boko Haram to the U.S.'s global anti-terror strategy.
Pastor Laolu Akande told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday that Boko Haram is "gathering a greater boldness in their brutality," commenting on news that the group, which has been carrying out attacks in Nigeria for over five years, has turned to capturing and gaining control of towns in Borno state.
He also commented on recent reports that have said that ISIS is giving advice to Boko Haram on establishing an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria, noting that this is worrying news for Nigerians, Americans, and all those who stand in the terror group's way. more >>
President Barack Obama has ordered some 3,000 American military personnel to West Africa to help in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus, which has killed over 2,400 people and has showed no signs of slowing down.
AFP reported on Tuesday that Obama will also travel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where American Ebola victims are being treated, and will make a further announcement detailing the global plan to tackle the deadly disease.
Most of the military medical corps are set to travel to Liberia, which has been hit hardest by the outbreak, and will aim to build 17 treatment centers with 100 beds each. more >>
As the death toll from a collapsed guesthouse at the campus of T.B. Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations rose to 45 on Monday, the Nigerian preacher said he believes "Islamic extremists" launched an attack using an aircraft.
Joshua is broadcasting a video, alleging a low-flying aircraft flew four times over the building before it collapsed Friday, according to The Associated Press.
The preacher said his church compound on the outskirts of Lagos was attacked by Islamic extremists. more >>
Gambia is on the verge of enacting a law that would sentence its citizens to life in prison if convicted of aggravated homosexuality. Leading human rights groups have urged Gambian President Yahya Jammeh not to sign the legislation into law, though Amnesty International says it is unlikely he will be persuaded against it.
The country's current law imposes jail terms of up to 14 years for people charged with engaging in hoomosexual acts. The new law, passed by the National Assembly in August, would impose life in prison for those who break its aggravated homosexuality laws, and pertains to repeat offenders, people who are HIV-positive and those who sexually assault a minor.
"Gambia's bill is a copycat of the Ugandan legislation," Adotei Akwei, Amnesty International's managing director of government relations, claimed in an interview with MSNBC. "We expect [Jammeh] to sign it into law. He's never held back on a threat he's made." more >>
Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius has been cleared of all murder charges after South Africa judge Thokozile Masipa said on Thursday that prosecutors had failed to prove that he intended to kill his girlfriend, model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, in an incident in February 2013.
"The state has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder," Masipa told the Pretoria High Court, according to Reuters. "There are just not enough facts to support such a finding."
Pistorius broke out in tears as the judge read the sentence. more >>
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest charities in the world, has said that it will pledge $50 million to help fight the Ebola virus crisis in West Africa, which has killed over 2,200 people.
The foundation said in a statement that the money will help international relief groups and national governments "to purchase badly needed supplies and scale up emergency operations in affected countries."
It will also "work with public and private sector partners to accelerate the development of therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics that could be effective in treating patients and preventing further transmission of the disease." more >>