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Boko Loco: A View From Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria — On April 14th, more than 250 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their dormitories at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, a sleepy rural town in the Northern state of Borno.  Boko Haram, an extremist Muslim group which has terrorized Nigeria since the mid-2000s, has claimed responsibility for the abductions.  As of now, they have no plans to return the girls.  In fact, in a video obtained by Agence France-Presse, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said that the victims will be sold.  “By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace,” Shekau declared.  “Allah says I should sell.  He commands me to sell.” Rumor has that some of the girls have already been sold into “marriage” to men in neighboring countries for as little as $12.

House backs permanent business research tax credit

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted 274-131 to approve making a tax credit for business research and development (R&D) costs a permanent part of the federal tax code for the first time. The bill will face an uphill battle in the Democratic-controlled Senate amid criticism that its estimated $156 billion cost to U.S. taxpayers over 10 years is not offset by any new tax revenue. The bill would give businesses a 20 percent tax break for qualifying research expenses. President Barack Obama has already said he would veto the measure if it arrives on his desk.

Nigeria Knew Girls Would Be Kidnapped

At least four hours before hundreds of girls were snatched from a boarding school, Nigerian authorities were aware of Boko Haram’s plans—and yet did nothing, says Amnesty International.

Borders, security 'essential' to any Mideast peace deal: US

US Secretary of State John Kerry believes drawing up the borders of a future Palestinian state and agreeing to security arrangements for Israel will be \"essential\" if peace talks resume, the top US negotiator has said. In his most candid public comments since the nine-month negotiations collapsed last month, Martin Indyk described the behind-the-scenes atmosphere between Israelis and Palestinians and voiced hopes the talks would resume soon. Speaking late Thursday at the Washington Institute think tank, Indyk said although the two sides both showed \"flexibility\" it was clear they \"do not feel the pressing need to make the gut-wrenching compromises necessary to achieve peace.\" In the end despite nine months of \"serious and intensive negotiations,\" Indyk said it was \"easier for the Palestinians to sign conventions and appeal to international bodies in their supposed pursuit of 'justice.'\"

Putin's Crimea visit only exacerbates tension: US

Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Crimea, the Ukrainian territory recently annexed by Moscow, will only exacerbate tensions, the White House warned Friday. \"We do not accept Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. Such a visit will only serve to fuel tensions,\" National Security Council spokesman Laura Magnuson said.

With corporate help, Obama announces actions on renewable energy

President Barack Obama on Friday will announce executive orders to increase the use of solar panels, boost energy efficiency in federal buildings and train more people to work in the renewable energy field, the White House said. The president, who will make the announcement during a visit to Wal-Mart in Mountain View, California, will also highlight commitments by corporations to lift solar generation at their facilities. Wal-Mart, Apple Inc, Yahoo Inc, Google Inc and Ikea were among the companies making such commitments.

Chicago mayor Emanuel joins group urging Hillary Clinton presidency

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former White House aide to Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, on Friday joined the Ready For Hillary group that is urging former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. Emanuel, who also served in the U.S. House of Representatives, will headline two fundraisers for the group in June. \"I've seen firsthand how Hillary has inspired women and men, and girls and boys, here in America and across the globe, and I know that as president, she would continue to move our country forward,\" Emanuel said in a statement from Ready For Hillary.

House Democrats weigh role in new Benghazi probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divided House Democrats are weighing whether to participate in a new investigation of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, or boycott the election-year inquiry of a tragedy they accuse Republicans of politicizing.

US, Philippine marines launch South China Sea drills

San Antonio (Philippines) (AFP) - Scores of US and Filipino marines launched mock assaults on a South China Sea beach in the Philippines Friday, as a row escalates between Beijing and its smaller neighbours over the strategic waters. The drills, part of annual war games between the two countries, came after Vietnam said its vessels were rammed by Chinese ships protecting a deep-sea oil rig in disputed waters off Vietnam's coast. The flare-up -- which saw counter-accusations from Beijing which said its own vessels had been repeatedly attacked -- sparked concern from Japan, the United States, and the European Union about deteriorating security in the region. The US-Philippine exercises -- involving about 5,500 troops -- included Friday's drills on a beach about 220 kilometres (135 miles) from Scarborough Shoal, which China took control of two years ago after a stand-off with the much-weaker Philippine forces.

Obama, at Wal-Mart, touts efficiency; angers labor

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is showcasing Wal-Mart, often a target of labor groups and other Democratic constituencies, to promote advances in energy efficiency in his broader campaign to confront climate change.

In Defense of Nurses

Should nurse practitioners be able to care for patients without a doctor’s supervision? The answer is yes.

There’s Only One Butt Selfie Queen

Jen Selter has turned photos of her sculpted derriere into a moneymaking career. But copycats, don't get your hopes up. It's unlikely this level of belfie success will happen again.

Giving Birth to a New ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

The usual reaction when hearing that NBC remade ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ is to wonder, ‘Why?’ Well, we asked the cast and creative team that very question.

Oui, The French Do Get Fat

The U.S. isn’t the only country with an expanding waistline. A new study shows many European countries are catching up.

Beirut Barracks vs. Benghazi

Republicans are trying to criminalize a tragedy—wholly unprecedented, even after 241 Marines died because of a massive U.S. intelligence failure.

Is Rand Paul a Closet Hawk?

The Republicans’ most visible isolationist is now being advised by a life-long interventionist. What gives?