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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Boko Haram

Jul 16, 2014 — Journalist Alex Perry wrote the new e-book The Hunt for Boko Haram: Investigating the Terror Tearing Nigeria Apart. He says Boko Haram doesn't have logical reasons for the atrocious acts it commits.
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Jul 14, 2014 — Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has drawn renewed attention to the plight of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in April, but their release appears no more imminent.
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Jul 7, 2014 — More than 60 women and girls who had been abducted by the extremist group reportedly escaped after their captors left for a raid. More than 200 schoolgirls taken in April remain missing.
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May 27, 2014 — More than 200 girls who were abducted by militants in Nigeria's northeast have been located — but Nigeria's military says it's too risky to try to free them by force.
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May 14, 2014 — The defense secretary confirmed that unmanned reconnaissance aircraft were being used to look for 270 girls abducted by Islamic militants last month.
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May 13, 2014 — The video released by extremist group Boko Haram on Monday shows more than 100 abducted girls. Officials say they are open to negotiate.
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May 12, 2014 — The group that took more than 200 girls from a Nigerian school last month released what it says is a video of the girls, along with demands that the government release militants from prison.
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May 8, 2014 — Carter Ham's former command will be part of the U.S. effort to hunt for schoolgirls who were kidnapped three weeks ago by an Islamist extremist group in Nigeria.
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May 6, 2014 — The team can help with intelligence and hostage negotiations, the State Department said. Nigeria has been criticized for its inability to find the 276 girls abducted from a school last month.
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May 6, 2014 — The group has been around for more than a decade, and the U.S. says it has links to al-Qaida. Boko Haram has now achieved international notoriety by kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls.
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