Terror group Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 30 boys and girls in a village raid in northeast Nigeria over the weekend, reports have said. The Nigerian government has insisted that despite the ongoing attacks, negotiations to release over 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April can continue.
"In the past two days Boko Haram insurgents stormed Mafa and abducted 30 boys aged 13 and above and girls aged 11 and above," Mafa local government chairman Shettima Maina said, according to CNN.
"They took them away to their base in the bush, and we believe they are going to use them as foot soldiers," he added. more >>
The battle for the key Syrian city of Kobane between Kurdish forces supported by a U.S.-led coalition and terror group ISIS has led to the deaths of over 800 people in the past 40 days, a Syrian monitoring group said Sunday. The real death toll is feared to be twice as high, however.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that it could document the deaths of 815 individuals, with more than half, or 481 of them, belonging to ISIS. Militants died in ambushes, bombardments, targeted vehicles, and other clashes in the battle near the Turkish border. At least 16 of the dead were suicide-bombers who booby-trapped vehicles in Kobane and its surroundings.
It's hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys anymore. You've seen it in the news. It has shocked and horrified the civilized world. Christians and Yazidis, by the thousands, are fleeing for their lives in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere as devout followers of the "prophet" Muhammad, aka, the "Islamic State," continue to brutally slaughter these "infidels" on the run, even torturing, dismembering and beheading children as their parents are forced to watch.
As the father of three, it's unfathomable. I can't even let my mind go there. What would I do, what would any of us do, to stop it? If you and I were in place of our Arab-Christian brothers and sisters, would we not give up our very lives so that our precious babes might live?
In a heartbeat. more >>
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai asked President Barack Obama during a private meeting to send books and teachers instead of guns and weapons to other countries, it was revealed earlier this week.
"My message was very simple," 17-year-old Yousafzai said of her talk with Obama. "I said instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending weapons, send teachers."
Terror group Boko Haram has reportedly kidnapped another 60 women in Nigeria and continued its violent attacks despite reports of a ceasefire and negotiations to release the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted in April.
"The insurgents are still in the area. They slit the throats of three men in Garta and abducted many young women. We also heard from residents of Waga that they killed two men and took 40 women away," said Tizhe Kwada, a local from the village in Garta.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced that an inquiry is being set up into the high number of civilian deaths that occurred during the Israel-Hamas conflict over Gaza earlier this year. The inquiry will also investigate reports of Palestinian militants storing weapons at U.N. facilities.
"I look forward to a thorough investigation by the Israel Defense Forces of this and other incidents in which U.N. facilities sustained hits and many innocent people were killed," Ban said at the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday, according to BBC News.
"I am planning to move forward with an independent board of inquiry to look into the most serious of those cases, as well as instances in which weaponry was found on U.N. premises." more >>