Randi Sue Butler Lewis

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What We Know Now About the Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

<b>Related: Who Are the Kidnapped Nigerian Girls?</b><p><b>What Happened?</b><p><b>The High Tech/Low Tech Search Effort</b><p><b>Nigerian Military, Villagers Under Threat by Boko</b> …

Prescribing Mushrooms for Anxiety

A New York University research team is using hallucinogenic experiences to help patients come to terms with their mortality.<p>“Some of the things I’m about to say might not make sense,” began O.M., a 22-year-old cancer survivor. He had the far-off look in his eyes that I recognized from so many of …

'Have Mercy On Our Little Ones': Kidnapping Agonizes Nigerians

There is a grim mood of outrage in Nigeria. In the faraway, northeastern town of Chibok, more than 200 girls were kidnapped from their boarding school dorms in the dead of night nearly two weeks ago.<p>Chibok is a mixed Christian and Muslim community in predominately Muslim northern Nigeria. The …

China accused of anti-Christian campaign as church demolition begins

Activists accuse Communist Party of ‘barbaric’ campaign against Christianity after demolition teams and police descend on a church that became a symbol of resistance<p>Demolition teams began destroying parts of a Chinese church that has become a symbol of resistance to the Communist Party’s draconian …

China

South Korea ferry disaster: Coast Guard releases new video of ferry captain being rescued

Wearing only a sweater and underpants, disgraced Sewol ferry captain Lee Joon-seok leaps from the sinking ferry onto a rescue boat<p>The South Korean Coast Guard on Monday released footage of captain Lee Joon-seok fleeing the passenger ferry Sewol as it sank in coastal waters off Jindo Island on 16 …

Filipino Protesters Burn Effigy of Barack Obama

Filipino protesters burned an effigy of President Barack Obama in Manila on Monday as the U.S. signed a deal that gives its military greater access to Philippine bases.<p>Some 800 activists burned mock U.S. flags and chanted "no-bama, no bases, no war" on the road leading to Malacanang Palace, where …

Chibok abductions: Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan under pressure

<b>With some 187 girls still missing two weeks after they were abducted from a school in north-eastern Nigeria, the government is under growing pressure, reports BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross.</b><p>The agonising wait goes on. Almost two weeks after they were driven away from their boarding school in …

Africa

Exclusive: Kerry Warns Israel Could Become ‘An Apartheid State’

The secretary of state said that if Israel doesn’t make peace soon, it could become ‘an apartheid state,’ like the old South Africa. Jewish leaders …

Mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city fighting for life after assassination attempt

The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city is fighting for his life after being shot early Monday while jogging, according to local reports.<p>Gennady Kernes, mayor of the eastern city of Kharkiv, was shot in the back by unidentified gunmen on Monday morning, his office said. He was reported to have …

German diplomat 'injured in Yemen kidnapping attempt'

<b>A German diplomat has been injured in a suspected kidnapping attempt in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, security officials say.</b><p>Gunmen tried to force a vehicle carrying the diplomat and a colleague to stop in the southern district of Hadda, home to many embassies.<p>When the diplomats refused and fled from the …

Officials End Active Search at Washington Landslide With 2 Still Missing

Active search operations have concluded at the Washington state mudslide that killed at least 41 people, officials announced on Monday.<p>Two people remain missing after the March 22 landslide<p>Workers will continue to remove debris to clear the small community of Oso, Washington, and clear Highway 530, …

Iran's Courts Are Still Blaming Rape Victims for Their Attacks

Rayhaneh Jabbari faces the death penalty for killing her attacker in self-defence.<p><i>Rayhaneh Jabbari</i><p>A woman in Iran faces public execution for that most heinous of crimes: defending herself against a rapist.<p>Rayhaneh Jabbari, a 26-year-old from Tehran, was due to be hung the week before last for …

You can now use the iPhone for free, as long as you don't mind old gear

To date, FreedomPop's no-cost phone service has been attached to older Android phones. That's fine for many, but not exactly diverse. Your choices are a little better now that carrier has added iPhone support to its lineup, though. You can get 200 voice minutes, 500 messages and 500MB of data per …

Inside Nigeria's Sambisa forest, the Boko Haram hideout where kidnapped school girls are believed to be held

A few months ago, the name Sambisa Forest meant nothing to many Nigerians. Not anymore. It has come to signify terror and home to the terrorist group Boko Haram. The forest is now almost mythical for so many people within the Lake Chad basin who have come to align the complex north-eastern …