Three Coptic Christian teens are set to stand trial in Egypt this week over allegations that they insulted Islam.
The three teens, all in high school, are scheduled to appear in court in the southern city of Minya this Thursday after they appeared in a video that allegedly mocked Islamic prayers and verses from the Quran.
The teens are shown in the video pretending to slit each other's throat, presumably to mock ISIS. more >>
Czech archaeologists have discovered an ancient boat used for a wealthy funeral procession near the famous pyramids in Cairo, Egypt.
Miroslav Barta, who oversaw the Czech-led archaeological dig near the Abusir pyramids for the Czech Institute of Archaeology at Charles University, told the AFP that the funeral boat was likely built for a wealthy, prominent member of society due to its proximity to the well-known pyramids.
The wooden, 4,500-year-old boat was found near one of the pyramids' Mastaba, or large tomb meant to house the dead. more >>
A number of children were burned alive in Boko Haram's latest horrific attack in Dalori village in Nigeria, with officials saying that 86 people were killed.
The Associated Press reported on Monday that charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets in the Northeastern village, which is hosting up to 25,000 refugees who have fled the Islamic militants.
One survivor said he hid in a tree and heard the screams of children being burned alive.as Boko Haram militants torched huts. more >>
A South African mayor is defending her controversial decision to award college scholarships to 16 girls who can prove their virginity, arguing that the unconventional scholarship offer will prevent the spread of disease, as well as unwanted pregnancy.
Dudu Mazibuko, mayor of the Uthukela district of the KwaZulu-Natal province, has argued that despite criticism from the feminist women's rights group, People Opposing Women Abuse, she believes these scholarships will "reduce HIV, AIDS and unwanted pregnancy" among young girls in the area, which has some of the highest incidences of AIDS in South Africa," according to the BBC.
The 16 university-age women who would be eligible for the scholarships would be subject to routine virginity tests, the mayor told BBC News. more >>
Terror group Boko Haram has yet again hit the Nigerian town of Chibok, where in 2014 it kidnapped over 200 Christian schoolgirls, this time killing 16 people in suicide bombings.
The Associated Press reported on Thursday that the death toll from Wednesday's attack continues to rise, and so far 15 civilians and a soldier are reported to have died.
Pogu Bitrus, head of the Chibok Development Association, revealed that six male and female suicide bombers carried out the attack on a weekly vegetable market in Chibok, starting when one of the men blew himself up at a military checkpoint. Another woman who was about to be searched also blew herself up, and the others followed around the market. more >>
A university in Ladysmith, South Africa is offering free schooling for ladies, but unfortunately, the scholarships are only available to those who are virgins or what the system refers to as "maidens."
According to CNN, the uThukela municipality, one of 11 districts in KwaZulu-Natal province, is helping girls who can't afford higher education to get the diploma they are dreaming of through a scholarship program. However, the scholarship program requires ladies to remain a virgin as they have to undergo virginity testing every vacation. Apparently, anyone who fails the test will lose the chance to continue college.
Called the "Maiden's Bursary Award," the program has now received criticism from various rights groups in the region. Javu Bayoli from the Commission on Gender Equality said, "The scholarship promotes stereotypes — that you only get a bursary because you are a virgin, not based on your capabilities." Bayoli added that there are definitely other means to get the kind of education that the program offers. more >>