The African Union has described cases of extreme suffering and violence in the South Sudan civil war, with some people reportedly being forced to eat human flesh and drink blood.
"The commission believes that war crimes were committed in Juba, Bor, Bentiu and Malakal," the AU said in its report, according to BBC News.
Witnesses in the report claimed that people in Juba were forced to drink the blood and eat the flesh of people who had just been killed. more >>
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been asked to look into an incident in which a police officer was caught on video body slamming a female high school student inside a classroom in South Carolina.
The amateur video of the classroom incident at Spring Valley High School has attracted widespread criticism on the Internet, especially because the female student is African-American. Ben Fields, the deputy seen in the footage, has been placed on an administrative duty while an internal investigation is in the works, according to NBC News.
In an interview with NBC, a male student said the teacher told the girl in the video to proceed to the disciplinarian's office, but she had refused to do so. The officer was asked to intervene and he made the girl choose between going to the office on her own or be made to do so. Richland Country Sheriff Leon Lott also told NBC affiliate WIS said the female student stood her ground and refused to leave the room even when Fields put her under arrest, the report relays. more >>
Religious leaders in St. Louis suspect racism could be to blame for what became the city's seventh church fire to occur in less than two weeks on Thursday, but authorities have not yet pinpointed what motivated the arson attacks.
Since Oct. 8, more than half a dozen churches, which all vary denominationally, have been targeted in what police believe to be deliberate acts of arson. The latest attack occurred on Thursday at the downtown Shrine of St. Joseph Church, which sustained fire damage to its rectory doors.
Police found similarities in the arson attacks in that the fires at all seven churches were similarly set and occurred when the church was empty. The attacks have occurred at predominantly black congregations located near Ferguson, with the exception of St. Josephs although it is located in a predominantly black neighborhood. more >>
Wycliffe College, an evangelical theology school at the University of Toronto with historic ties to the Anglican Church of Canada, has begun offering seminary training programs for the nation's indigenous population to help them adjust to seminary life.
The week-long program took place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, with organizers expecting to do more sessions in later academic years.
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, who aided in teaching the weeklong program, stated in the Anglican Journal that he hoped attendees "will have a sense of confidence in their own learning and ministry." more >>
While honoring her husband for his unconditional love, actress and "The Real" co-host, Tamera Mowry-Housley, says God has kept her and FOX News correspondent Adam Housley married for four years.
"We've been through ups and downs, through thick and thin. People always ask what makes our love our love," Mowry-Housley wrote in an Instagram post on Monday.
"Persistence, forgiveness, unconditional love, honesty, communication, but most importantly our relationship with God:) You love me anyhow @adamhousley and I thank you for that." more >>
NEW YORK — He was selling dope by age 11, eventually got hooked on crack cocaine, and wound up in prison twice. He could have been killed countless times and once, as he tells it, was even attacked by a witch. But the man who yearned as a youth to become a god of the streets by building a drug empire, is now a man on mission for God.
Dimas Salaberrios, in his 40s, pastors a flock that meets in a community center at the Bronx River Housing Projects, known historically as ground zero for hip-hop and for being infested with crime. He is also president of Concerts of Prayer Greater NYC, a multiracial and cross-cultural organization of pastors and churches believed to be the largest of its kind in New York City. Salaberrios was also among those who successfully fought against officials' attempts to bar churches from renting city-owned community centers and public school spaces for worship services. His family's supporting presence in Charleston, South Carolina, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church earlier this year also gained notable attention.
That is what the married father of three has been up to in recent times. Thirty years ago, it was an entirely different story, one in which, for all intents and purposes, he was an enemy of God. more >>