Belinda Ekua Amoah, a musician popularly known as Mzbel in the predominantly Christian country of Ghana, is facing serious backlash from Christians for publicly declaring Jesus a fictitious figure while asserting her faith in God and her ability to speak in tongues.
Speaking on a local television show, "Restoration With Stacy," hosted by Stacy Amoateng on Sunday, Mzbel was asked: "Do you believe in Jesus Christ?"
Her response caught the public off guard. more >>
The government of Egypt has warned ISIS that it will not allow the terror group to "cut off the heads of our children" in response to the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called on the Union Nations to authorize a resolution to allow military aid for Libya in the battle against ISIS.
"We will not allow them to cut off the heads of our children," Sisi declared in a radio speech, according to BBC News.
Libya is caught in widespread turmoil with rival militant groups battling for control, while the internationally recognized government has been forced to abandon the capital of Tripoli and move to Tobruk. more >>
As the second anniversary of the crime that rocked Oscar Pistorius' life and led to the death of model-girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp approaches, South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced that it will review and appeal the court's "culpable homicide" or manslaughter conviction.
According to a report in the Cape Times, state prosecutors gave notice to the Pistorius defense team last week and to the High Court of Pretoria and the Supreme Court of Appeal Monday this week. According to NPA Spokesman Velekhaya Mgobhozi, the State is waiting for the full transcripts of the trial before filing their appeal. This announcement also comes months after the High Court, through Judge Thokozile Masipa, granted the State permission to appeal the conviction but not the five-year sentence.
In the Cape Times report, Prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued that the sentence was "shockingly inappropriate," echoing earlier arguments it made when they filed papers in November 2014 for a harsher conviction and sentence, on "whether the principles of dolus eventualis were correctly applied to the case." more >>
The South African man who miraculously woke up from a 12-year trance in a vegetative state, after doctors said he would likely die, is saying that God is the sole reason behind his recovery.
In a Wednesday interview with Glenn Beck, Martin Pistorius said through his voice software, "Yes, I do believe that if it were not through God's hand that I would not be where I am today."
"If I stop and think about everything that had to happen and the odds of that happening, then there is no doubt in my mind that that could only have happened through divine intervention." more >>
Sudanese government forces systematically raped and beat at least 221 women and girls in a series of organized door-to-door attacks in Darfur last year, a leading human rights watchdog group announced on Wednesday.
In releasing a 48-page report, Human Rights Watch detailed how Sudanese army troops went from house to house in the North Darfur town of Tabit last October and raped over 221 civilian girls and women in just a 36-hour timespan.
"The deliberate attack on Tabit and the mass rape of the town's women and girls is a new low in the catalog of atrocities in Darfur," Human Rights Watch Africa Director Daniel Bekele told reporters. more >>
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said on the 300th day anniversary of the kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls by terror group Boko Haram that the international community would be trying much harder to get them freed if they belonged to rich and powerful parents. The over 200 schoolgirls taken from the town of Chibok are believed to have been married off to jihadists.
"Nigerian leaders and the international community can and must do much more to resolve this crisis and change their weak response to date. If these girls were the children of politically or financially powerful parents, much more would be done to free them. But they come from an impoverished area of northeast Nigeria and sadly little has changed since they were kidnapped," Yousafzai said in a statement on Saturday.
"These young women risked everything to get an education that most of us take for granted. I will not forget my sisters. We cannot forget them. We must demand their freedom until they are reunited with the families and back in school, getting the education they so desperately desire," she added. more >>