Hurricane Matthew has triggered evacuation orders for more than 2 million people who live near the southeastern coast, which includes Florida, South Carolina and Georgia, as residents prepare for a direct hit from a storm that has already killed 15 people in the Caribbeans.
President Barack Obama has warned Americans to heed weather reports and take evacuation orders seriously, CNN reported. Obama also warned that if the core of the storm strikes Florida, it could have a "devastating effect."
"Now is the time for you to prepare in the event that you have to evacuate," Obama said at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters. more >>
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly rejected an offer by Islamic terror group Boko Haram to give back the more than 200 kidnapped Christian Chibok schoolgirls in exchange for 1.7 Trillion Nigerian naira, which amounts to around $5.6 billion USD.
NAIJ reported on Wednesday that the revelations were made in the book Muhammadu Buhari: The challenges of leadership in Nigeria, authored by Prof. John Paden, which examines the major events behind Buhari's presidency.
"On several occasions, prisoners were taken to Maiduguri to facilitate an exchange. But these negotiations stalled when Boko Haram demanded a ransom of €5billion for the girls," the book noted. more >>
Inspirational Christian speaker and author Joyce Meyer has been calling on Christians to pray and offer support to Christian ministries in Haiti as they recover from the impact of Hurricane Matthew, the most dangerous storm to strike the region in years.
"Yesterday, our partners in Haiti were preparing for Hurricane Matthew and today it has hit this country with full force. Please pray for Haiti, it's people and their protection today," Meyer wrote on Tuesday on her Facebook page, linking to Love A Child, a Christian ministry in Haiti.
"We've reached out to our partners on the ground in Haiti, Love A Child, Inc., and we've sent funds to help provide for the immediate needs of those affected by Hurricane Matthew: food, supplies and medicine, etc. We are also monitoring how it might affect the USA too," Meyer added in a follow up post. more >>
Hurricane Matthew has forced a state of emergency in Florida and South Carolina, as well as as eastern and central North Carolina and southeastern Georgia, with as many as 1.1 million ordered to evacuate the South Carolina coast.
"We don't do voluntary or mandatory. It is an evacuation," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said at a news conference on Tuesday, noting that officials will begin evacuation procedures for 1.1 million people at 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, unless the storm's course changes significantly.
"Our goal is to make sure you get 100 miles away from the coast." more >>
A Pakistani Christian family was tied up and beaten by a group of Muslims who stormed their home last month looking to force the family to convert to Islam. But when the family refused to renounce their faith, their youngest daughter was abducted, raped and has yet to return home.
The London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association has come to the aid of the Masih family, a family of 10 Christians caught in the grips of bonded labor (modern day slavery) near the city of Kasur in Eastern Pakistan.
According to BPCA, the family lived in a small home made of mud and had been constantly pressured by local Muslims to convert to Islam, as they were the only family in the neighborhood who hadn't embraced Islam. more >>
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recently talked with a Washington State high school coach suspended for his practice of kneeling to pray on a football field, describing the coach's suspension as "sad" and "outrageous."
Bremerton High School Football Coach Joe Kennedy filed a lawsuit in August against Bremerton School District over him being punished for praying on the field.
At a Retired American Warriors PAC gathering in Herndon, Virginia, Trump discussed the matter before a crowd that included Coach Kennedy, who had served in the Marines. more >>