The leader of terrorist group Boko Haram said in a video on Monday that he is responsible for the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria, and revealed plans to sell them on the market because he says Allah told him to do so.
"I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah," the man, who identifies himself as Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, said in a video obtained by Agence France-Presse.
The United States has offered to help the Nigerian government locate a large number of girls believed to have been abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters on Thursday that the US has been and will continue to help Nigeria regarding the mass abduction and overall antiterrorism efforts.
In a mass trial on Monday, an Egyptian judge sentenced 683 supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi to death for their alleged involvement in post-coup violence following Morsi's departure from office in 2013. The recent ruling has been denounced by human rights groups which argue such mass trials fail to find justice.
Judge Said Youssef announced his ruling Monday in the city of Minya, south of Cairo. Youssef said the 683 defendants, the majority of whom were tried in absentia, were guilty of participating in post-coup violence in August 2013. The violence occurred after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and was prompted in part to violent clashes between police and Islamic protesters in Cairo.
The judge said his verdict must still be approved by the Grand Mufti, the leading Islamic in the nation, although this portion of the sentencing is reportedly considered to be a formality. more >>
Three aid workers were among the 22 killed in a brutal attack in the Central African Republic on Saturday, allegedly carried out by Seleka rebels, the same militia faction that overthrew the country's government last year.
The attack happened Saturday when Seleka rebels entered the town of Nanga Boguila, located about 280 miles north of the country's capital of Bangui. Rebel forces reportedly entered the town and proceeded to attack a local medical clinic, where a meeting was being held among 40 community leaders and members of the international humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) to discuss local health care.
The rebels were attempting to rob the medical clinic and some fighters began to fire heavily into the crowd of community leaders and MSF aid workers. According to Reuters, 15 local chiefs and three doctors working with MSF were killed in the attack. more >>
WASHINGTON--A researcher with the Family Research Council considers euthanasia an "up-and-coming" issue for the pro-life movement in the United States.
Arina O. Grossu, director for the FRC's Center for Human Dignity, discussed euthanasia and the societal impact of laws that legalize physician-assisted suicide in the U.S. and Europe during a presentation titled, "The State of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide in the U.S."
In an interview with The Christian Post at the conservative organization's headquarters Wednesday, Grossu said she believes euthanasia is a matter of life issue and one that should get more attention, akin to the abortion debate. more >>
A Christian pastor is among 30 prisoners who were badly beaten during a raid in Iran's notorious Evin Prison last week, when prison guards are said to have assaulted inmates who protested against an aggressive inspection.
"CSW is extremely concerned by the reported events in Evin Prison. The treatment meted out to these prisoners is unacceptable and is in clear violation of Iran's obligations under article 10 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which states that prisoners should be treated with humanity and with respect for their inherent human dignity. We call on the authorities to thoroughly investigate this incident, sanctioning those responsible," Christian Solidarity Worldwide Chief Operating Officer Andy Dipper said.
According to the Christian watchdog group, Evangelical church leader Farshid Fathi, who is serving six years in prison for what it says are false political charges, suffered a broken foot and toe during the raid. At least 29 other prisoners were also reportedly wounded, with injuries ranging from fractured skull to broken ribs and limbs. more >>