Some of the approximately 200 school girls that remain missing as the result of a kidnapping by a militant group that took place in Nigeria's northeastern town of Chibok more than two weeks ago have been transferred to neighboring Cameroon and Chad, according to several news sources. Also, they are being forced to marry Islamic extremists, a civil society group said Wednesday.
While reports have indicated that some of the 234 girls initially kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14 escaped, villagers near the Nigeria-Cameroon border say they have seen girls on board buses heading to Cameroon, according to World Watch Monitor. BBC and other news agencies say a "bridegroom" of a girl was spotted. A bride price of $12.50 has been quoted. A local source in Cameroon told World Watch Monitor he confirms similar reports.
Halite Aliyu of the Borno-Yobe People's Forum told The Associated Press that parents say the girls are being sold to Boko Haram militants for 2,000 naira ($12). more >>
It's been two months since the body of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo was found in the river of New York, and now his older brother, Danny, has written a letter to the City of New York, thanking people for coming together to try and find the autistic teen.
"When it matters most, this city comes together in larger numbers than any other community," Danny wrote. "This tendency for New Yorkers to come together also held true during the city-wide search for my younger brother, Avonte Oquendo. Let this be a reminder that at the end of the day, as tough as New Yorkers are, we can come together as one to achieve common goals that are in the best interest of our children, our loved ones, and our city."
Avonte left his school in Long Island City on Oct. 4, leading to a city-wide and state-wide search for the autistic teen who was barely able to communicate with others. Subway drivers made announcements reminding riders to keep an eye out for the teen, along with a description of what he was last wearing. Entire communities came together to pray and lead searches for Avonte. more >>
The bizarre disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 might sound like an episode from the Twilight Zone, when an aircraft vanishes into a different dimension and emerges in an earlier time.
But of course the airplane is somewhere on earth, intact or in pieces, and we have evidence that it was in flight for hours-under the control of somebody who evidently knew a lot about it.
Air transportation is a wonderful boon, and many of us have to fly to be able to do our jobs. Engineers, weather forecasters, pilots, air traffic controllers, and many others have made flight very safe, but perils remain. Is there anything we as passengers can do to help ourselves? more >>
A storefront church in East Harlem lost its building and at least five of its members in Wednesday's gas leak explosion.
Spanish Christian Church, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2013, not only occupied the first level, but also had apartments above the church where many of its 60 members lived.
Five of the seven confirmed dead attended the small congregation, Thomas Perez, the church's pastor confirmed to the New York Daily News. Five people are still missing, while nearly 60 people have suffered broken bones, hearing loss, and cuts and scrapes related to the explosion. more >>
Matthew Sowders, 28, faces capital murder charges related to the disappearance of his pregnant, estranged wife, Melissa, 26. The news comes as no surprise to Melissa's family, all of whom expected to find her dead, but has caused plenty of heartbreak for the family and that of her current boyfriend, with whom she was expecting a child.
Divers found a body at the bottom of Cypress Creek on Thursday morning but an autopsy has not confirmed that it is Melissa's body. However, investigators called Jason Sanford, Melissa's boyfriend, not long after they discovered the body.
"The detective called me asking what kind of tattoos were on her and so I explained a couple of the tattoos that I could remember, stars that were on her side and a tattoo of Matt's name on her waistline," Sanford told KHOU. more >>
Missing doctor Teleka Patrick had an order of protection against her, brought by gospel singer Marvin Sapp. Patrick has been missing since December 6 and was last seen at a hotel, where she failed to get a room and simply walked away. Her family is extremely worried about her as more details unfold.
Sapp explained in the personal protection order that Patrick often referred to him as her husband and had been stalking him for some time.
"She has moved from CA to MI… joined my church, contacts my children and has been to my home," the court documents stated. more >>