By Ibrahim Ahmed, Mike Eckel
With Boko Haram intensifying its onslaught just weeks ahead of national elections, governors in the three Nigerian states hardest hit by the radical group on Tuesday called for United Nations and foreign military intervention to stem the violence.
The plea by the governors of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno state underscored the chaos that has gripped northeast Nigeria, as well as rising tensions ahead of the Feb. 14 vote.
Boko Haram’s five-year insurgency has intensified in the past year.
The government’s handling of the security situation has become a major issue in the election campaign, which pits incumbent Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.
After years of localized fighting and terror attacks, the group, whose
ideology is a mix of Islamic radicalism and historic political grievances, burst into the global consciousness last year when it kidnapped scores of young girls from Borno state. That prompted a viral Internet campaign under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
US President Barack Obama has led a large, bipartisan US delegation to Saudi Arabia following the death of King Abdullah.
Mr Obama cut short a trip to India to make time for the brief visit, during which he met new ruler King Salman. He was accompanied by prominent Republican officials, including former Secretaries of State James Baker and Condoleezza Rice.
U.S. Secretary of States John Kerry said the United States will continue to support the Nigerian military in its fight against Boko Haram.
Kerry, who arrived Sunday in the Nigerian city of Lagos, spoke shortly after Nigerian troops repelled an attack by Boko Haram militants on the outskirts of the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, with a population of about 2 million.
Fidel Castro reacts to US-Cuba diplomatic thaw
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro appears to have given tacit approval to the recent decision by Cuba and the US to restore diplomatic relations.
In a letter, he wrote: “I don’t trust the policy of the US, nor have I exchanged a word with them, but this does not mean I reject a peaceful solution to conflicts.” Read More
Egypt FGM trial ‘convicts doctor of manslaughter’
An Egyptian doctor has been convicted of the manslaughter of a girl who died after an illegal female genital mutilation procedure, activists say.
Opponents of FGM were dismayed when Raslan Fadl was acquitted in November of charges relating to the death of 13-year-old Suhair al-Bataa.
Obama: America Can Be India’s Best Partner
NEW DELHI — President Barack Obama said India and the United States are not just natural partners, but that America can be India’s best partner.
Obama capped his historic trip to India with a speech calling on both nations to come together to fight poverty, climate change and intolerance.
The Nazi bid to exterminate gay people
By Peter Tachell
“We must exterminate these people (homosexuals) root and branch…We can’t permit such danger to the country; the homosexual must be entirely eliminated.”
With these chilling words, the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, set out the Nazi master plan for the sexual cleansing of the Aryan race. Read More