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110 girls still missing after Boko Haram school attack in Nigeria

A march and vigil in the Nigerian capital of Abuja in memory of the 276 girls Boko Haram kidnapped from their school in 2014. Photo: Henry Chukwuedo / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

110 girls remain missing almost a week after Boko Haram extremists attacked a boarding school in northern Nigeria, the Nigerian government said Sunday, the AP reports.

  • What happened: The extremists had asked for the location of the school before carrying out the raid last week Monday, the AP reports, and many students and staff fled before the militants arrived.
  • "Many fear the girls were abducted as brides for Boko Haram extremists," the AP writes, pointing to the 2014 attack when the group abducted more than 276 girls from the Chibok boarding school in Nigeria. About 100 of those girls are still missing.
David Philips 1 hour ago
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Russian obstruction on Syria at UN Security Council demands response

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein speaking during a press conference at the UN Offices in Geneva.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP via Getty Images

Russia used a procedural vote on Monday to prevent UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein from presenting on human rights conditions in Syria to the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Why it matters: To date, Russia has vetoed nine resolutions aimed at intensifying pressure on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, moves that not only counter U.S. interests but undermine the international system.

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A debate on the U.S.-China AI war

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

We reported last week that, against the prevailing narrative that China has more or less already won the artificial intelligence race, some experts say there is still very much a contest: While China and its companies are spending a lot of money to dominate AI, we reported, they continue to be held back by intellectual inflexibility — they cannot or will not pivot as quickly as western researchers, and may be fated always to be behind.

Some FoW readers pushed back. Read on for their view