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  • Nigeria's purported Boko Haram leader says has 'married off' girls: AFP

    Rachel Daniel holds up a picture of her abducted daughter Rose Daniel, as her son Bukar, sits beside her at her home in MaiduguriBy Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said more than 200 girls kidnapped by the group six months ago had been "married off" to its fighters, contradicting Nigerian government claims they would soon be freed, AFP said on Saturday. Nigeria's military says it killed Shekau a year ago. The insurgents usually give a copy of their videos to the French news agency about a day before they are posted online. ...


  • Iraqi peshmerga fighters prepare for Syria battle

    Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters leave the outskirts of Suruc, Turkey, towards the Turkey-Syria border, on the way to the Syrian city of Kobani, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobani one day earlier returned to Turkey Friday to prepare for their forces' full deployment, and a senior Kurdish official blamed Ankara for the delay. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga fighters prepared Saturday to battle Islamic State group militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, just hours after they arrived in a town that's become a focal point in the battle against the extremists.


  • Boko Haram denies truce, kidnapped girls married

    FILE - In this May 12, 2014 file image from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network shows their leader Abubakar Shekau speaks to the camera. The leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off. In a new video released late Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, Abubakar Shekau dashed hopes for a prisoner exchange to get the girls released. “The issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long ago married them off,” he said, laughing. “In this war, there is no going back.” (AP Photo/File)MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off.


  • Blackout hits Bangladesh as line from India fails

    A Bangladeshi man walks in a shopping mall during a blackout in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said.


  • Mexico orders immediate release of Marine veteran
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Mexican judge ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.