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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 »

The 5 Worst Places to Die in the World

'The Economist' ranks end-of-life care

(Newser) - There's no avoiding death—but some places are "better" places to die than others. The Economist looked at 80 countries and ranked them for "quality of death," looking at factors including the overall palliative care and healthcare environment, the availability and training of healthcare professionals, the... More »

Child Suicide Bombers Kill 15 in Nigeria

Boko Haram is believed to be behind the attacks

(Newser) - Five children perpetrated the suicide bombings that killed 15 people, including themselves, and injured at least 35 others Thursday in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the BBC reports. Witnesses say the child suicide bombers—four girls and one boy—were between the ages of 9 and 15. Three of the... More »

Boko Haram Slaughters Praying Victims

Massacre of nearly 100 took place in in Nigerian mosques

(Newser) - Boko Haram, newly affiliated with the Islamic State, has unleashed a series of gruesome terror attacks in Nigeria this week. In the latest, gunmen burst into mosques and homes in the town of Kukawa yesterday and killed 97 people who were praying or otherwise marking the holy month of Ramadan,... More »

Boko Haram Survivors: They 'Started Stoning Us'

Women were followed to the bathroom, not allowed 'to move an inch'

(Newser) - Almost 700 women and children are finally free from Boko Haram militants after Nigerian army rescue operations last week, and their stories are beginning to emerge. Survivors describe men and older boys being murdered while families watched, Reuters reports. Then women and other children were taken into the forest. "... More »

160 More Women, Girls Rescued From Boko Haram

Some are severely traumatized, indoctrinated

(Newser) - Another estimated 100 children and 60 women were rescued from Boko Haram yesterday, just a day after another rescue operation freed nearly 300 . Nigerian troops ran the rescue operation in Sambisa Forest, during which one of the hostages and one soldier were killed, CNN reports. Troops are now working to... More »

Nigeria Rescues 300 Girls, Women From Boko Haram

They do not include the 200 girls taken last year in Chibok

(Newser) - Nigeria's army says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram, reports CNN . In a sign of just how widespread this kind of kidnapping is, however, those rescued do not include the approximately 200 girls taken from a school last year—the ones who drew worldwide... More »

WHO: 'Mystery Disease' May Be From Pesticides

At least 18 people have died so far in Ode-Irele, Nigeria

(Newser) - The World Health Organization said yesterday the cause of the frightening "mystery disease" that has killed at least 18 people in a town in Nigeria may be weed killer, AFP reports. The victims in Ode-Irele, located in the southwestern part of the state of Ondo, died within a day... More »

'Mystery' Disease Kills 18 People

And does it in just 24 hours, say Nigerian officials

(Newser) - A mystery illness has claimed at least 18 lives over the past few days in Nigeria, killing victims within a mere 24 hours of infection, the BBC reports. Health officials are scrambling to identify the illness—which is not Ebola or any other known virus—but have concluded that it'... More »

One Year Ago, Boko Haram Took the Chibok Girls

Amnesty hopes Nigeria's new government can still find missing girls

(Newser) - A year after more than 200 girls were taken from their homes in Chibok by Boko Haram militants, 219 will lead a procession through Nigeria's capital of Abuja today in honor of those who have not yet been found. A witness tells the BBC she saw more than 50... More »

Challenger Claims Historic Victory in Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari defeats incumbent democratically for first time

(Newser) - Opposition candidate and onetime military ruler Muhammadu Buhari unceremoniously dumped incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria's presidential elections today by a tally that Reuters puts at 15.4 million to 13.3 million. "This is the first time in Nigeria that a sitting government will be voted out of... More »

Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to ISIS

Extremist group tweets allegiance to 'Caliph of the Muslims'

(Newser) - Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram Islamic extremists have pledged formal allegiance to the Islamic State group, in a message allegedly by a Nigerian insurgent leader posted on Twitter and reported by the SITE Intelligence monitoring service. The unverified pledge posted today comes as the Nigerian militants reportedly are massing in... More »

5 Separate Suicide Attacks Kill 54, Injure 143 in Nigeria

Boko Haram is the suspected culprit

(Newser) - Five suicide bomb attacks today hit in or near the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least 54 people and wounding 143. Four of the blasts occurred over four hours in locations from a busy fish market to a crowded bus station, said Police Commissioner Clement Adoda. The fifth explosion... More »

Crowd Lynches Girl Thought to Be Suicide Bomber

Nigeria teen was probably innocent, police say

(Newser) - A crowd beat to death a teenage girl accused of planning to be a suicide bomber and then set her body ablaze yesterday, according to police and witnesses at a northeastern Nigerian market. A second suspect, also a teenage girl, was arrested at the market in Bauchi city. The two... More »

US Missionary Kidnapped in Nigeria; $300K Demanded

Unclear who armed men behind Phyllis Sortor's kidnapping are

(Newser) - Five armed men stormed a school in Nigeria yesterday morning and kidnapped an American missionary there, reports NBC News . The Rev. Phyllis Sortor, a Washington state native working with Free Methodist World Missions at the Hope Academy, was apparently targeted as she was the only one taken and no one... More »

Nigerian Troops Retake Key Town in Bloody Clashes With Boko Haram

Soldiers dismantle 1,500 land mines: official

(Newser) - Nigerian troops retook a major border town and killed scores of Boko Haram fighters today, Nigeria's military says, although witnesses also reported the Islamic extremists killed scores in attacks on other villages. Troops seized back the garrison town of Baga, on Lake Chad and the border with Cameroon, after... More »

Nigeria Postpones Elections Amid Boko Haram Crisis

Officials say voters' safety can't be ensured on original date of Feb. 14

(Newser) - Nigeria is postponing presidential and legislative elections until March 28 because security forces fighting an Islamic extremist uprising cannot ensure voters' safety around the country, the electoral commission announced today, a week before the vote was scheduled to occur. Millions could be disenfranchised if voting originally scheduled for Feb. 14... More »

Boko Haram Tries to Seize Major City

More women kidnapped as Maidiguri fighting kills hundreds

(Newser) - In fierce fighting that killed more than 200 combatants yesterday, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. At the same time the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages some 125 miles to the south in Adamawa state, slitting throats... More »

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