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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 »

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 »

'Happy Ending' Not Likely in Hunt for Nigerian Girls

Soldiers losing morale as president avoids Chibok

(Newser) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan today called off what was to be his first reported visit to Chibok since hundreds of girls were taken from the town last month. The AP reports security reasons were a factor after news of the visit leaked and reports surfaced of fresh attacks in the... More »

Hashtag Activism Might Make Things Worse

Columnist thinks these retweets provide false sense of accomplishment

(Newser) - You've no doubt come across the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, designed to draw attention to the plight of Nigeria's kidnapped girls . DA Lovell has, too, but after a few initial retweets, she's giving it a rest, she writes at the Root . The problem is that hashtag activism like this... More »

Nigeria Reverses, Will Deal With Boko Haram for Girls

Meanwhile, US begins flying search missions

(Newser) - Nigeria might be open to negotiating with Boko Haram after all. Special Deputies Minister Tanimu Turaki tells the BBC that if the militant group really is willing to trade the captive school girls for jailed jihadis, it should send a representative for talks. Earlier the country's interior minister had... More »

Nigeria: No Deal for Kidnapped Girls

Manned US planes join search

(Newser) - Nigerian officials say there is no way they are going to make a deal with the militants who have kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls and offered to free them in return for imprisoned militants. In a video released yesterday , Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said the girls would never be released... More »

Boko Haram Releases Video of Nigeria Girls

It reportedly shows about 100 of the missing girls

(Newser) - Boko Haram has today released a video that purports to show around 100 of the Nigerian schoolgirls it has kidnapped, reports the BBC , and the group's leader says they won't be freed until all imprisoned members of the terror group have been released. The 17-minute video, obtained by... More »

First Lady Condemns Kidnapping of Girls

Michelle Obama does weekly address, raises issue of girls' education worldwide

(Newser) - Michelle Obama took over the weekly presidential address to mark Mother's Day weekend, and she devoted her remarks to the kidnapped girls in Nigeria , reports CNN . The first lady said that she and the president are "outraged and heartbroken" over the mass kidnapping by Boko Haram. "This... More »

Nigerian Girls Likely Split Up by Now

US team arrives in country to help

(Newser) - About a dozen members of a US team have arrived in Nigeria to help with the hunt for the kidnapped girls , reports Voice of America , but the effort gets tougher by the day. "We do think they have been broken up into smaller groups," says a Pentagon official.... More »

One of the Missing Women Knew Her Captor: Family

More details on their years in captivity

(Newser) - Horrifying details are emerging in the case of three women found after vanishing a decade ago in Cleveland: Family members of Gina DeJesus say she actually knew suspect Ariel Castro; he was related to her best friend (he is possibly the friend's father; in another twist, his son once... More »

Cops Confirm: Body of Missing Colorado Girl Found

FBI asks Denver residents to help find killer of Jessica Ridgeway

(Newser) - Colorado police confirmed today that a body they found is that of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, who vanished while walking to school last week, KDVR reports. "Our focus has changed from a search for Jessica to a mission for justice for Jessica," said the police chief of Westminster, a... More »

Missing Iowa Girls Are Alive: Authorities

Elizabeth Collins, Lyric Cook-Morrissey weren't in Meyers Lake

(Newser) - Authorities who searched a lake looking for two missing Iowa girls said both of them are almost certainly alive, the AP reports. FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said officials "feel strongly" that cousins Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, have not been murdered. But she refused to divulge details,... More »

Dad Eyed in Iowa Cousins' Disappearance: Aunt

Parents of 10-year-old have extensive criminal records

(Newser) - The father of one of two missing girls in Iowa is a suspect in their disappearance, the girls' aunt has told ABC News . Police "have accused" Daniel Morrissey, said Tammy Brousseau, sister of both girls' moms. Police told family members "they had proof" that he played a role... More »

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