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Conjoined Twins From Nigeria Separated at Tenn. Hospital

The surgery lasted 18 hours

(Newser) - Conjoined twin girls from Nigeria have been separated after a lengthy operation at a Tennessee hospital, days ahead of their first birthday, the AP reports. Miracle and Testimony Ayeni were separated during 18 hours of surgery that began on Nov. 7 and finished Nov. 8 at Le Bonheur Children's... More »

Kids Under 5 in Nigeria Have 'Just Vanished'

Starvation, disease are killing thousands of children in Boko Haram-infested region: survey

(Newser) - Thousands of children have died of starvation and disease in Boko Haram-ravaged northeastern Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday, quoting a new survey that's forcing Nigerian officials to stop denying the crisis. The Paris-based group hopes official recognition of the calamity in which "thousands are dying" will help... More »

A 12-Lane WiFi-Enabled Highway Project Divides Nigeria

Environmental groups say the superhighway is a 'land grab'

(Newser) - An effort to reinvent Nigeria's overloaded transportation infrastructure is running into opposition from environmental groups, the Smithsonian reports. Conservation groups say a proposed 162-mile superhighway through Nigeria's southern Cross River State will have severe repercussions on more than half of the country's remaining rainforests, and the project... More »

Another Missing Chibok Girl Has Been Found With Baby

She escaped from a Boko Haram base

(Newser) - One of the 276 women and girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school by Boko Haram in 2014 was found by the Nigerian army Saturday, CNN reports. The girl, identified by Reuters as Maryam Ali Maiyanga, was carrying a 10-month-old baby, her son Ali. She was with a group of... More »

Emotional Day: Chibok Girls Reunite With Families

Nigeria trying to negotiate return of others—but 100-plus don't seem to want to leave

(Newser) - Twenty-one Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria were released last week, and on Sunday, they had what they've been wishing for for more than two years: reunions with their families. It was an emotional scene at a welcome-home ceremony in Nigeria's capital,... More »

Wife Calls Him Out, Nigerian Prez Responds With Low Blow

Says she belongs 'in my kitchen' and 'other room'

(Newser) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari might have to get used to the doghouse after claiming his wife belongs in the kitchen. In a BBC interview aired Friday, Aisha Buhari openly criticized her husband, suggesting a few people have taken over the government and convinced him to appoint their allies to top... More »

Boko Haram Isn't the Biggest Killer in Nigeria

It's famine, and the Washington Post calls it a major humanitarian disaster

(Newser) - After years of battling the extremist group Boko Haram, the government of Nigeria is starting to claw back some hard-fought territory in the country's northeast. What they're finding in the aftermath of the group's defeat, the Washington Post reports, is famine, disease, and displacement on a scale... More »

2 Years Later, Boko Haram Frees 21 Chibok Girls

It's the largest group of the missing released to date

(Newser) - Nigerian officials say 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists more than two years ago have been freed. Presidential spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu tweeted Thursday that the girls are in the custody of Nigeria's Department of State Services, reports the AP . He said the release is a result... More »

For 4th Time, Nigerian Military Claims It Killed Boko Haram Leader

Claims have not been independently verified

(Newser) - For the fourth time, Nigeria's military says Abubakar Shekau, the leader of militant group Boko Haram, has been killed. On all three prior occasions, Shekau (or at least, someone claiming to be him) has afterward shown up again in new videos. The Wall Street Journal notes that the most... More »

Boko Haram Releases New Video of Chibok Girls

Demands release of fighters, says some girls have been killed in airstrikes

(Newser) - A video that appears to be from Boko Haram says some of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls have been killed in Nigerian airstrikes and shows one of the alleged victims pleading for authorities to release detained militants so the girls can be freed. The video posted Sunday on Twitter shows a... More »

20 Children Ditched by Smugglers Perish in Sahara

They were part of a group of 34 migrants

(Newser) - A group of nearly three dozen migrants, most of them kids, paid smugglers to whisk them out of Niger and Nigeria and to a new life to the north—but instead paid the ultimate price. The five men, nine women, and 20 minors were found dead Sunday in the Sahara,... More »

Army: 2nd Schoolgirl Rescued From Boko Haram

'Husband' of first escapee is being interrogated

(Newser) - The families of hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago have been given fresh hope by what the Nigerian military says is another rescue. A military spokesman says that "Miss Serah Luka, who is number 157 on the list of the abducted schoolgirls," was among... More »

One of 219 Girls Snatched by Boko Haram Found

She was reportedly held captive for 2 years

(Newser) - One of the 219 missing girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria, and held for two years has been found, multiple sources are reporting. The woman's uncle tells the AP 19-year-old Amina Ali Nkeki was found by Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday. The BBC cites activists claiming the woman... More »

Boko Haram Used 44 Kids as Suicide Bombers Last Year

They're brainwashed, sexually abused, and threatened

(Newser) - Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group terrorizing Nigeria and surrounding countries, is drastically increasing its use of children as suicide bombers, according to a UNICEF report released Tuesday. The Los Angeles Times reports Boko Haram used four children as suicide bombers in 2014. Last year, they used 44—33 of... More »

A US Man Was Kidnapped by Dolly Parton- Loving Pirates

But a Rottweiler named Beaux saved his life

(Newser) - Louisiana's Daily Advertiser has a fascinating profile of Wren Thomas, who spent 18 days as the prisoner of crack-smoking, Dolly Parton-loving Nigerian pirates. Or as the paper calls it: "one of the world's most mind-blowing stories." While Wren was working an offshore oil job in Nigeria... More »

Young Suicide Bomber Sees Her Siblings, Surrenders

But 2 other females blow themselves up in Nigerian camp, killing dozens

(Newser) - Two young women welcomed into a Nigerian shelter for people fleeing Boko Haram turned on their newfound campmates on Tuesday, the New York Times reports, blowing themselves up and killing at least 58 people ( Reuters puts the number at more than 60, while Al Jazeera notes it's upward... More »

Its Grip Weakening, Boko Haram Unleashes New Wave of Horror

There have been 3 attacks in a week; dozens killed Saturday

(Newser) - Boko Haram stormed homes in northeastern Nigeria on Saturday night, killing dozens of people that included sleeping children, the latest in a recent spate of horrific attacks by the Islamic extremist group. The killings happened near Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's Borno Province, the New York Times reports, noting... More »

After 2nd 'Human Disaster,' Facebook Safety Check On

CEO Zuckerberg says the feature will now be activated following "human disasters"

(Newser) - Through Nov. 12, Facebook's Safety Check feature had been activated only in the event of four natural disasters , the first being April's Nepal earthquake . In the five days since, it has been twice deployed for "human disasters." CNN Money reports that the feature was turned on... More »

Has a Nigerian Professor Solved a 156-Year-Old Math Problem?

Probably not

(Newser) - "I know this will come to you as a surprise because you do not know me, prestigious mathematical institute. I am Dr. Opeyemi Enoch of Nigeria, and I have solved your unsolvable math problem. Please send me $1 million prize, and I believe that at the end of the... More »

Refugees Targeted in Deadly Suicide Bombings

Boko Haram is believed behind attacks that killed at least 36

(Newser) - At least five suicide bombers on Saturday targeted a village in Chad that is home to thousands of Nigerians who have fled Islamic extremist violence, killing at least 36 people and wounding about 50 others in what appeared to be coordinated attacks, officials say. Authorities blamed Boko Haram from neighboring... More »

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