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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls are reportedly missing after the Boko Haram extremist group attacked their school two days ago in the northeastern state of Yobe. People with direct knowledge of the matter said 91 students were found to be absent after a Tuesday roll-call at the school. The disappearance has raised fears of another mass kidnapping by Boko Haram, which abducted 276 girls from a school in the village of Chibok in April 2014. That abduction sparked worldwide outrage... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The shattered Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta has become the focus of some of the most vicious Russian and Syrian government airstrikes of Syria's civil war. Amid the carnage and destruction wrought by barrel bombs and air-to-ground missiles that have left more than 250 people dead in 48 hours and more than 1,000 wounded, and as doctors struggle to save lives and amputate limbs in crude makeshift clinics amid blast tremors, rebels are preparing for a regime ground assault. The... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Singer-songwriter Mary Lambert sits down with Border Crossings host, Larry London to talk about and perform songs from her CD, "Bold" which was released in 2017. (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Police in Malaysia have arrested 10 suspected Islamic militants who were trying to establish a foothold on the island of Borneo. The suspects were arrested in a series of raids in January and early February, according to a statement by national police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun.   The group includes a 27-year-old man from the Philippines who is believed to be a senior leader of the notorious Abu Sayyaf, a Philippine terrorist group known for kidnapping and beheading foreign... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Once a month, accountant Michael Byrne pulls on his rubber boots and makes his way to a spot on the banks of the River Thames. He carefully marks out a one-square meter (11-square foot) patch and, with gloved hands, catalogues each bit of plastic he finds, meticulously reporting the data to the environmental group Thames21. On Aug. 20, for example, he and other volunteers found an average of 31 food wrappers, the sticks from 29 cotton swabs, 12 bottle tops and about 100 pieces of small... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence has brought a newly revived advisory group to Florida's Kennedy Space Center for a rundown on how best to get Americans back to the moon, a half-century after NASA's Apollo heydays. Pence convened the meeting Wednesday morning inside the building where NASA once prepped pieces of the International Space Station. This is the second meeting of the National Space Council. Pence, its chairman, named a group of candidates to advise the council that includes... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Political parties in Cameroon have set an ambitious goal ahead of this year’s polls — to put women in at least 30 percent of elected offices. An all-female orchestra plays as 300 women selected from associations around Cameroon campaign in markets, universities and popular spots in the capital, asking women to register to vote. Twenty-nine-year-old fish seller Clarisse Kongnyuy says she agreed to register because the women convinced her that with hard work, she might even one day... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Leaders expressed admiration and respect for evangelist Billy Graham, who died at his North Carolina home Wednesday morning. President Donald Trump In a tweet, President Donald Trump said: "The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man." Vice President Mike Pence "Billy Graham's ministry for the gospel of Jesus Christ and his matchless voice changed the lives of millions,"... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Drafting a menstrual hygiene program to be taught in schools in India's western Maharashtra state posed a challenge: How to train teachers to become comfortable talking about a subject that is never openly spoken about, even inside homes, and has long been surrounded by taboos. "It is a very inhibiting environment," said Bharathy Tahiliani in Mumbai, who helped design the teaching modules for the program spearheaded by United Nations Children's Agency. "It puts a... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The Supreme Court said Wednesday that whistleblower protections passed by Congress after the 2008 financial crisis only apply to people who report problems to the government, not more broadly. The justices ruled that a part of the Dodd-Frank Act that protects whistleblowers from being fired, demoted or harassed only applies to people who report legal violations to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. They said employees who report problems to their company's management but not... (Full Story)
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