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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 »

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 »

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