Church leaders in Nigeria have said that tens of thousands of Christians and Muslims are on the run as terror group Boko Haram captured the key northeastern town of Michika and engaged in separate battles with the Nigerian and Cameroonian armies that left hundreds dead.
"Several churches are in ruins and tens of thousands, mainly Christians, are running to escape Boko Haram," Fr. Patrick Tor Alumuku, social communications officer in the archdiocese of Abuja, told Fides News Agency.
"Boko Haram is determined to eliminate every sign of Christian presence and many churches have been destroyed or torched. Last week in a village in the area of Maiduguri, Boko Haram took over the parish for its local headquarters." more >>
Bodies are littered across the northern Nigerian town of Bama, captured two days ago by terror group Boko Haram, because the militants are reportedly preventing people from burying the dead.
"So many bodies litter the streets, and people are not allowed to even go and bury the dead ones. So the situation is getting worse and worse," Borno senator and lawmaker Ahmed Zanna told the BBC's Newsday program after speaking to a resident who fled the town.
Government officials had initially denied that the town had fallen, but said that close to 26,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Bama. more >>
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden has said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is "spiraling out of control." The death toll has climbed over 1,900, while the United Nations warned that $600 million will be needed in supplies to tackle the crisis.
Frieden noted that a number of countries have "turned their backs" on those coming from the countries that have been hit hardest by the outbreak, namely Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Added to that are the restrictions on flights and border crossings that have been established, which were designed to contain the spread, but are also hindering relief efforts.
After months of public speculation about the health of their marriage, reports revealed Friday that Anita Oyakhilome, wife of popular charismatic preacher Chris Oyakhilome who heads the Believers' Loveworld Ministries, also known as Christ Embassy Church headquartered in Nigeria, has filed for divorce from her husband citing "adultery" and "unreasonable behavior."
Pastor Oyakhilome founded Christ Embassy, a successful congregation with branches in Nigeria, South Africa, England, Canada and the United States, according to Forbes. The network has made him one of the richest pastors in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $30 to $50 million as of 2011. He is president of the Believers' Loveworld Ministries while his wife is vice-president.
Forbes notes that his publishing company, Loveworld Publications, publishes "Rhapsody of Realities," a monthly devotional he co-authors with Anita. It is reportedly the world's No. 1 daily devotional selling more than 2 million copies monthly at $1 a piece. Oyakhilome also owns television stations, newspapers, magazines, a hotel, a fast-food chain, and other holdings. His Facebook page, Pastor Chris Live, has nearly 1.5 million followers. more >>
The United States military carried out air strikes against the Al-Shabaab jihadist group in Somalia Monday, but did not immediately provide a reason for the operation.
"We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said, according to CNN.
The governor of Somalia's Lower Shabelle region confirmed that a drone strike hit a village between the towns of Dhaab Tubaako and Haaway which had been captured by Islamic militants. more >>
Billions of locusts clouded the sky over Madagascar's capital Antananarivo starting last week.
It is believed that the largest swarms have covered hundreds of square miles starting on Thursday, Aug. 28, and the locusts have caused alarm as well as damage to local crops. Video footage by Sylvain Lathuy captured the disturbing sight, which resembled a scene described in Exodus 10 in the Bible.