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WHO: Nigeria Is Officially Ebola-Free

Calls containment of disease a 'spectacular success story'

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has declared that Nigeria is now free of Ebola, a rare victory in the monthslong battle against the fatal disease. In an update issued today, the UN health agency says the country's containment of the lethal disease is a "spectacular success story." The... More »

Nigeria: We've Got Deal to Free Kidnapped Girls

No one's sure yet whether alleged ceasefire includes prisoner swap

(Newser) - A rep for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says the country has reached a ceasefire deal with extremist group Boko Haram that secures the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in April, CNN reports. "[Boko Haram negotiators] assured that the schoolgirls and all other people in their captivity are... More »

One of Nigeria's Missing Girls Is Found

'Traumatized' young woman either escaped or was released

(Newser) - Though talks are underway with Boko Haram militants to secure the release of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, one may have escaped on her own. A woman, identified as one of those kidnapped by the al-Qaeda-linked group in April, was found "heavily traumatized and not very stable" Wednesday,... More »

Prisoner Swap for Kidnapped Girls? Militants in Talks

Boko Haram seeks return of 30 commanders: CNN

(Newser) - Boko Haram militants have been meeting with officials to discuss the possible release of some 200 girls kidnapped in April, CNN reports. Talks between two top Boko Haram figures and officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Nigeria's government hinge on the possibility of a prisoner... More »

US Ebola Contribution: 3K Military, $750M

'Significant' response will train hundreds of health workers, build hospitals

(Newser) - As part of his promised "scaled-up response" to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Obama is expected to announce during a visit to the CDC today that the US will be sending 3,000 military personnel in an effort that could cost up to $750 million over the... More »

Ebola Killed 45 in 3 Days; Toll Nears 1K

Virus has now claimed 932, with 1.7K cases: WHO

(Newser) - The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 932, the World Health Organization says. Most of the new deaths are coming from Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak emerged in March in Guinea and shows no sign of slowing down. Among the latest news:
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US Planes May Have Seen Missing Nigerian Girls

It suggests they might be freed in some kind of exchange

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has a report raising hopes about the 200 or so Nigerian girls still missing after being kidnapped by Boko Haram . US surveillance planes have on at least two occasions spotted sizable groups of girls in remote locales in northeastern Nigeria. The girls had been moved by... More »

Doc Who Treated American Is Nigeria's 2nd Ebola Case

As another stricken American prepares to arrive home

(Newser) - The most populous country in Africa has just reported its second case of Ebola. This time, the patient is a doctor who helped to treat Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who died of the illness last month in Nigeria. Three others who treated him are being tested for the disease, Nigeria's... More »

Here's What Would Happen if Ebola Infiltrated US

Experts say chances of outbreak here are 'remote' if we follow protocol

(Newser) - Should Americans be worried about the Ebola outbreak? The CDC tells the AP that chances are "remote" the disease will get to the US, and an expert who spoke to National Geographic says that even if the virus does make it here, "it's unlikely that we would... More »

'Hero' Ebola Doctor Dies; US Physician Is 'Grave'

Disease threatens to spread to Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria

(Newser) - Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, one of the leading doctors fighting Sierra Leone's Ebola outbreak, died today of the virus in yet another high-profile casualty , reports the BBC . The death of the man hailed by the government as a "national hero" comes as Nigeria, the continent's most populous... More »

Nigeria's New Casualties: Parents of Kidnapped Girls

11 dead as attacks, trauma-related illnesses take their toll

(Newser) - Whether Nigeria's 219 kidnapped schoolgirls will ever come home to Chibok is an open question, but some of them will definitely never see their parents again. Seven fathers were killed this month in an attack on a nearby village, the AP reports, and heart failure, high blood pressure, and... More »

63 Girls Escape Boko Haram

Nigerian military says it killed 53 rebels

(Newser) - Scores of girls and young women have managed to escape from Boko Haram militants, Nigerian authorities say—though more than 200 schoolgirls seized in April are still missing. The 63 who managed to escape were among 68 people kidnapped last month when the Islamist radicals invaded a village, slaughtering the... More »

Nigeria: We've Made Arrest in Missing Girls Case

Businessman 'actively participated' in mass kidnap

(Newser) - Nigeria's military says it has arrested a businessman who belonged to a vigilante group fighting Boko Haram but was secretly a member of the extremist group himself—and "participated actively" in the kidnap of more than 200 schoolgirls in April. The military says the businessman was part of... More »

Singer: I'll Give Up Virginity for Kidnapped Girls

Nigerian pop star Adokiye makes unusual Adokiye

(Newser) - It might be a crass grab for publicity or a defiant taunt to Boko Haram, or maybe something in between: A Nigerian pop star says she will give up her virginity to the militants if they release the girls they kidnapped , reports Global Post . The 23-year-old Adokiye tells Nigeria's... More »

Bomb in Nigeria Hits World Cup Fans

They were gathered watching soccer

(Newser) - Boko Haram appears to have taken aim at World Cup soccer fans in Nigeria. A suicide bomber triggered a blast at an open-air viewing center in the northeast city of Damaturu, reports AFP . The AP has the death toll in the immediate aftermath at "several people," but it'... More »

Boko Haram Seizes Another 20 Girls

Nigerians kidnapped just miles from site of April raid

(Newser) - The Nigerian government is certain to face yet more tough questions after suspected Boko Haram militants seized another 20 girls and young women just a few miles from where they kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in April . The leader of a vigilante group set up to resist the Islamic militants says... More »

New Boko Haram Rampage May Be Worst Yet

Up to 500 men, boys killed in Nigerian village

(Newser) - Details are still unclear—not least because militants have destroyed mobile phone towers in the region—but Boko Haram may have carried out its worst atrocity yet. Officials in Nigeria say up to 500 people may have been killed when the Islamic extremists raided villages near the Cameroon border, CNN... More »

Reports: 4 More Nigerian Girls Escape

Details are sketchy, as former president has negotiations with Boko Haram

(Newser) - Signs of hope for Nigeria's kidnapped girls? USA Today rounds up reports in Nigerian newspapers saying that four more girls escaped from their Boko Haram captors. Scant details were available, but an official in Chibok—the village from which the girls were abducted—was quoted as saying the girls... More »

Nigerian Official: We Know Where Missing Girls Are

But attacking Boko Haram is too dangerous, he says

(Newser) - Nigeria's military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Boko Haram militants but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country's chief of defense said today. Air Marshal Alex Barde told demonstrators supporting the much-criticized military that Nigerian troops can save... More »

Boko Haram's Next Target: an American One?

US intelligence officials suspect they may be planning something

(Newser) - Boko Haram may be planning an attack on US interests in Nigeria, US intelligence officials tell NBC News . The evidence of this is "fragmentary" and lacks specifics, the sources admit, but counterterror officials are sufficiently worried to the point that they're stepping up efforts to locate the group'... More »

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