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As many as 65,000 people have fled their homes in the northeast Nigerian town of Damasak following a recent series of attacks, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

Driving the news: Armed groups have attacked the Borno state town at least three times over the last week, according to UNHCR. At least eight people have been killed and several others injured. A UNHCR facility was looted and burned, and several NGO offices and vehicles were destroyed.

What they're saying: “Following the latest attack on Wednesday 14 April, the third in just seven days, up to 80% of the town’s population — which includes the local community and internally displaced people — were forced to flee,” UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch said.

  • Non-State armed actors were also “conducting house-to-house searches, reportedly looking for civilians identified as aid workers," said Jens Laerke, a spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
  • If the attacks continue "it will be impossible, maybe for longer periods of time, for us to deliver aid to people who desperately need it," Laerke said.

The big picture: "Years of insecurity and insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast have created a massive humanitarian emergency in the Lake Chad basin," the UN noted.

  • Boko Haram and its offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province, have carried out numerous attacks in the region over the last several years, forcing millions to flee, according to the UN.
  • OCHA warned in February that some 8.7 million people in northeast Nigeria will need urgent humanitarian assistance this year.
  • OCHA noted that the hardships Nigerians in the region face have been "compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused greater vulnerability, deepens humanitarian needs and complicates the response."

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Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.

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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger hasn't given up on the idea of the Mac once again using Intel chips, but he acknowledges it will probably be years before he gets that chance.

  • In the meantime, he is focused on powering Windows machines that give Apple CEO Tim Cook a run for his money.

Why it matters: In getting pushed out of the Mac, Intel not only lost a customer but picked up a new rival.