Evidence produced by the prosecution proves that espionage and other charges against two South Sudanese pastors facing the death penalty have no basis, a prominent witness told a court in Khartoum, Sudan, as the defense team closed the case.
Ex-army general and 2010 presidential candidate Abdul Aziz Khalid testified that the evidence presented by the prosecution was not classified, and therefore the security and espionage charges against the pastors were without basis, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide USA.
Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services charged pastors Yat Michael and Peter Reith, both from the Presbyterian Evangelical Church from the seceded nation of South Sudan, with at least six crimes including undermining the constitutional system, espionage, promoting hatred amongst sects, breach of public peace and offences relating to insulting religious beliefs. more >>
A college student in South Africa may face punishment from an academic institution's student government after posting a statement on Facebook in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
Zizipho Pae, a student of economics and statistics at the University of Cape Town, posted late in June a denunciation of the legalization of gay marriage in the United States via the 5-4 court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
A 10-year-old girl and an elderly woman carried out a suicide bombing in Nigeria on Friday at prayer grounds in Damaturu, killing 12 people. At least 64 people in total are dead following a series of attacks in Nigeria during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr celebration, marking the end of Ramadan.
The Associated Press reported that blasts took place at a market in Gombe as well, where 50 people were killed, and another 75 injured.
Officials are blaming terror group Boko Haram, which has been carrying out shootings and bombings in Nigeria since 2009, and has killed hundreds during this year's Ramadan alone. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham noted Thursday that the country of South Sudan marked its fourth independence day since it separated from the Republic of Sudan, but warned that people caught in the ongoing civil war that has torn the nation apart are "suffering beyond belief." Some shocking reports from the war have shared stories of children burned alive, or castrated and left to die.
"I was there when this new nation was born, but sadly their stability and peace was short-lived. Now a civil war is raging, and it is largely instigated by Sudan in the north," Graham said in a Facebook message.
He pointed to a recent article in the The New York Times that reported on a number of the personal tales of daily struggles and death that South Sudanese people face, and said that the horror of these stories "will open" people's eyes. more >>
Last July, as the Ebola crisis in West Africa grabbed the world's attention, fear gripped and paralyzed many leaders. The concern about Ebola's spread reached all the way to North America, where several medical missionaries received treatment, and even American hospital workers became infected by a traveler coming into the country.
One year later, scientists are still tallying the results. The Ebola outbreak apparently started when a bat infected a 2-year-old child in December 2013, according to Nature, the International Journal of Science (June 17, 2015). Soon, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia were battling a near pandemic as Ebola infected more than 27,000 people and claimed 11,134 lives.
As the world approaches the first anniversary of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, we must ask what efforts would avert a repeat of this tragedy. more >>
The Nigerian terrorist outfit Boko Haram has offered the release over 200 kidnapped schoolgirls who were abducted from a boarding school over a 14 months ago in exchange for the release of multiple Boko Haram militant leaders who are being held by the Nigerian government.
A human rights activist who is close to the negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity that the terrorist group's renewed offer includes only the release of the 200-plus girls who were kidnapped from a school in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok in the early hours of April 15, 2014.
Although the militant group kidnapped a total of 276 girls, some managed to escape and an estimated 219 girls remain detained by the Nigerian ISIS affiliate. The girls are believed to have been forced into marriages with Boko Haram fighters or trained to become suicide bombers. more >>