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279 Kidnapped Schoolgirls Freed in Nigeria
279 Kidnapped
Schoolgirls Freed

279 Kidnapped Schoolgirls Freed

More than 300 were taken last week from boarding school

(Newser) - Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last week from a boarding school in the northwestern Zamfara state have been released, the state’s governor said Tuesday. Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle announced that 279 girls have been freed, the AP reports. Gunmen abducted the girls from the Government Girls Junior Secondary...

42 Freed After Abduction, With a President's Warning

Those released in Nigeria include 27 students seized from school in northern part of country

(Newser) - An official says 42 people, including 27 students who were abducted two weeks ago from a school in northern Nigeria, have been freed. Mary Noel-Berje, chief press secretary for the Niger state governor, told the AP on Saturday that those released have arrived in the state capital, Minna. "We...

317 Girls Kidnapped From Nigerian School

'We are only hoping on divine intervention'

(Newser) - Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Friday, the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation, per the AP . Police and the military have begun joint operations to rescue the girls after the attack at the Girls Science...

Freed Schoolboys Recount Terrifying 6-Day Ordeal

They say Nigeria kidnappers posed as soldiers

(Newser) - Some of the 344 schoolboys kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this month have spoken out about their terrifying six-day ordeal. The boys, who were taken from dormitories at the Kankara Government Science School in northwest Nigeria on Dec. 11, say they were marched into the bush by a group of around...

Extremists Release Hundreds of Kidnapped Schoolboys

Nigerian government won't say whether it paid ransom

(Newser) - More than 300 schoolboys abducted last week by armed men in northwest Nigeria have been released, a government official said Thursday. In an announcement on Nigerian state TV, Katsina State Gov. Aminu Bello Masari said the 344 boarding school students were turned over to security officials and are being brought...

Boko Haram Kidnaps More Than 300 Students

This time, boys were abducted from a school in Nigeria

(Newser) - Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadi rebels have claimed responsibility for the abduction of hundreds of students in one of the largest attacks in years on a boys school in northern Katsina state, per the AP . More than 330 students are missing from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara after...

'They Were All Dead': SEAL Team Saves US Missionary

Philip Walton is rescued from captors in Nigeria, officials say

(Newser) - The Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 rescued an American hostage Saturday in an operation that apparently killed most of his captors, ABC News reports. According to US officials, the commandos managed to free 27-year-old Philip Walton in Nigeria while killing six of his seven captors. "They were all...

'Soldiers Had One Intention: to Kill Without Consequences'

Nigerian forces killed 12 peaceful protesters, Amnesty says

(Newser) - Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday that Nigeria's security forces fired upon two large gatherings of peaceful protesters Tuesday night, killing 12 people calling for an end to police brutality. At least 56 people have died during two weeks of widespread demonstrations against police violence, including 38 on...

Auschwitz Memorial Chief: Let Me Serve Time for Boy, 13

Nigeria's Omar Farouq has been sentenced to 10 years for blasphemy

(Newser) - As director of the Auschwitz Memorial, Piotr Cywinski has a solid grasp of the horrors of detention. He's ready to dive in anyway. Cywinski has sent a letter to Nigeria's president requesting the pardon of a 13-year-old boy sentenced by a Sharia court to 10 years in prison...

DNA Slavery Study Yields Suprises
DNA Slavery Study
Yields Surprises
NEW STUDY

DNA Slavery Study Yields Surprises

More enslaved people came to the US from Nigeria than previously thought, researchers say

(Newser) - Using historical records has been the most traditional way to shed light on the dark stain of slavery in the United States. Now, per new research that the Scientist calls "the largest DNA study to examine African ancestry in the Americas," gene analysis is helping put more pieces...

'Extremely Exciting' Photos Emerge of Rare Great Apes

Cross River gorillas photographed with babies in Nigeria

(Newser) - You're not likely to see a Cross River gorilla in person, but you can see a whole troop in a series of rare photos. Cross River gorillas are the most endangered subspecies of ape, with only 300 known to live in the wild, reports the BBC . The gorillas—which...

She's 68, He's 77. Meet Their New Twins

Nigeria's Margaret and Noah Adenuga have babies via IVF, nearly 50 years after they started trying

(Newser) - A Nigerian woman has become a first-time mother at age 68. Margaret Adenuga—perhaps the oldest first-time mother in Africa, per the Times —underwent three in vitro fertilization procedures before finding success with her fourth. She and husband Noah Adenuga, 77, then welcomed twins at the Lagos University Teaching...

Trump Issues New Travel Ban
Trump Issues
New Travel Ban


Trump Issues New Travel Ban

But critics decry the move as racist or nakedly political

(Newser) - President Trump has expanded his 2017 travel ban to include six more countries with sizeable Muslim populations, USA Today reports. Announced Friday, the new plan will block overseas visas for nationals of Nigeria, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, and Eritrea, and keep people from Tanzania and Sudan from entering America via the diversity...

Twitter CEO After Tour: I'm Moving to Africa

Jack Dorsey will spend up to half of 2020 on the continent

(Newser) - Jack Dorsey is moving to Africa. The Twitter and Square CEO announced his plan in a Wednesday tweet after wrapping up a nearly three-week tour of the continent, with stops in Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa. "Sad to be leaving the continent...for now," he wrote, adding,...

80 Charged in Massive Love Scam Run Out of LA

Man named Valentine, another Nigerian citizen are accused masterminds of scheme out of California

(Newser) - The feds say elderly women and businesses were the perpetrators' targets, and that they managed to squeeze at least $6 million out of their victims in what prosecutors are calling "one of the largest cases of its kind in US history." CNN reports on the arrests Thursday of...

The Plane Prepped for Takeoff. Then, a Man on the Wing
The Plane Prepped for Takeoff. 
Then, a Man From the Bushes
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The Plane Prepped for Takeoff. Then, a Man From the Bushes

Passengers on Azman Air flight in Nigeria filled with 'fear and panic' as man climbs onto wing

(Newser) - "Fear and panic" is how Africanews describes the mood in the cabin of an Azman Air flight in Nigeria on Friday, though the odd happening ended with no one getting hurt. CNN reports the incident took place in the domestic section of Murtala Muhammed International airport in the nation'...

Kidnappers Storm Castle Resort, Kill Aid Worker, Boyfriend

Nigeria attackers killed 2, kidnapped 3

(Newser) - A British aid worker and her boyfriend were shot dead when kidnappers stormed a resort in northern Nigeria on Friday night, authorities say. The victims were identified as Faye Mooney, a 29-year-old who worked for the Mercy Corps aid organization, and Mathew Obuche, who worked for the Safety Organization NGO,...

Nigerian Official Makes Bizarre Pizza Claim

Involving British Airways

(Newser) - It made the BBC's list of legitimate stories that you might mistake for April Fools' pranks: Nigeria's minister of culture last week made the bizarre claim that some Nigerians are ordering pizza from London via cellphone in the morning and that the pies are then flown in via...

He's a Homeless Refugee —and Best at What He Does

Tanitoluwa Adewumi just owned the New York State chess championship

(Newser) - After the college admissions scandal , this is refreshing: A homeless 8-year-old immigrant just smoked his category at the New York State chess championship, the Hill reports. Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who lives with his family in a Manhattan shelter, went undefeated last weekend among kindergartners to third graders. "I want to...

Children in Nigeria, Brazil Are Killed While at School

Building collapse, mass shooting leave communities in mourning in two parts of the world

(Newser) - More than a dozen children were killed Wednesday when tragedy struck two schools in different parts of the world.
  • Two gunmen opened fire at a school in southeastern Brazil, near São Paulo, the BBC reports. Officials say at least six students and two employees were killed. About 1,000
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