1. KIDNAPPED NIGERIAN GIRLS
For sale: A man claiming to be the leader of the Boko Haram Islamist militant group in Nigeria says he’ll sell the more than 200 girls that the group has kidnapped. Boko Haram is a terrorist group receiving training from al Qaeda affiliates, according to U.S. officials. Its name means “Western education is sin.” In a nearly hourlong, rambling video, Abubakar Shekau repeatedly called for Western education to end. The kidnappings have sparked global protests calling for the girls’ release.
2. CIRCUS ACCIDENT
Clamp fails: That nasty accident over the weekend at a Ringling Bros. performance in Rhode Island was caused when a D-ring, also known as a carabiner, gave way, investigators say. The clamp was part of an apparatus supporting nine performers about 30 feet off the ground. Investigators aren’t sure why the system failed and came crashing down. The carabiner was rated to hold 10,000 pounds but was supporting less than 2,000 pounds at the time of the accident.
Unrest rises: Ukraine is at the top of the agenda in Vienna, Austria, today as foreign ministers from across Europe huddle. The Council of Europe meeting comes amid a dramatic escalation of violence in Ukraine. Ukrainian security forces battled pro-Russian militants in the eastern flashpoint city of Slovyansk on Monday. Pro-Russian militants have taken a number government buildings across the nation’s east. Government forces have done little to reverse their gains.
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