Author Archives: Michelle Faul

  • Nigerian Defense Chief Says Abducted Girls Located

    (Updated 5/26/2014) ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country's chief of defense said Monday. Air Marshal Alex Badeh told demonstrators ...

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  • Extremist Video Shows Abducted Girls Praying

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A new video from Nigeria's Boko Haram purports to show schoolgirls, covered in hijab and reciting prayers in Arabic, who are being held captive by the Islamic extremists. The girls are seated on the ground, barefoot, the first video evidence of them since more ...

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  • Nigeria Refused Help to Search for Kidnapped Girls

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The president of Nigeria for weeks refused international help to search for more than 300 girls abducted from a school by Islamic extremists, one in a series of missteps that have led to growing international outrage against the government. The United Kingdom, ...

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  • Nigerian Girl Describes Kidnap, 276 Still Missing

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The girls in the school dorm could hear the sound of gunshots from a nearby town. So when armed men in uniforms burst in and promised to rescue them, at first they were relieved. "Don't worry, we're soldiers," one 16-year-old girl recalls them ...

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  • Boko Haram Threatens to Sell Kidnap Girls

    (Updated 5/5/2014) LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) —Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader threatened in a videotaped statement seen on Monday to sell the more than 200 teenage schoolgirls abducted from a school in the remote northeast of the country three weeks ago. Abubakar Shekau for the first ...

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  • Nigeria Initiates New “Jail the Gays” Law

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Police, working off a list of 168 suspects purportedly obtained through torture, are arresting dozens of gay men in Nigeria's northern Bauchi state, human rights activists said Tuesday. A new law in Nigeria, dubbed the "Jail the Gays" bill, is ...

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