Saffron bicycles trigger discussion in Gujarat assembly

Distribution of saffron coloured bicycles to backward caste girl students by the Gujarat government was criticised by the Congress as "political propaganda".

Israel experts in hunt for Nigeria girls: Security

Israel has sent two anti-terror experts to Nigeria to join the search for hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by extremist Islamist group Boko Haram, an Israeli security source said on Tuesday.

`Declaration of war on Boko Haram a game changer`

The declaration of `war` on Boko Haram extremists by African leaders is a major step to tackle the regional threat posed by the group as well as help end the insurgency if properly implemented, analysts say. 

Nigerian president to visit town where girls were seized

Nigeria`s President Goodluck Jonathan will on Friday visit the northeastern village from where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted a month ago by Islamist rebel group Boko Haram, senior government officials said.

Nigeria`s president says no prisoner swap for missing girls: British minister

Nigeria`s President Goodluck Jonathan has ruled out freeing Boko Haram prisoners in exchange for the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls, British minister Mark Simmonds said on Wednesday.

US not considering sending Special Forces to Nigeria: White House

The US at this point of time is not actively considering sending Special Forces to Nigeria to rescue over 200 school girls abducted by the dreaded Boko Haram Islamist militants nearly a month ago, the White House said today adding that the focus is on assisting the Nigerian government on finding these girls.

Nigeria needs foreign support: ex-Mossad official

Nigeria must draw on foreign military and intelligence expertise to tackle the threat from Islamist sect Boko Haram, a former deputy chief of Israel`s secret intelligence service said Wednesday.

Nigeria `willing to talk` to Boko Haram over missing girls

Nigeria said it was willing to talk to Boko Haram militants, as the US sent its top Africa general for talks on the rescue mission of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

Malala to donate portrait proceeds for Nigerian girls

A portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for championing education for girls, will be auctioned in New York and sales proceeds will go to Nigerian charities.

Nigeria`s president requests extension to state of emergency

Nigeria`s President Goodluck Jonathan asked the country`s parliament today for a six-month extension to the state of emergency in three northeastern states riven by Islamist militant violence.

US general in Nigeria to aid search for schoolgirls

The US force commander, David Rodriguez is reaching Nigeria to discuss the ways US can provide help to the Nigerian government in searching more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram islamist militants.

UNESCO condemns abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls

UNESCO Tuesday condemned the abduction of school girls in Nigeria by Islamist outfit Boko Haram, calling it "unacceptable violation of human rights", and stressing the need of supporting education as a force of human dignity.

Round-the-clock search for missing girls: Nigerian military

The Nigerian military is conducting a round-the-clock search operation to locate more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants, the country`s defence spokesman said on Friday.

Nelson Mandela widow calls on Nigerian government to find girls

Nelson Mandela`s widow Graca Machel has broken the customary mourning period to call on the Nigerian government and international community to do more to find the 200-plus schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

UN envoy unveils Nigeria safe schools plan

UN special envoy for global education Gordon Brown on Wednesday unveiled a project to improve security in Nigerian schools to prevent a repeat of the mass kidnap of more than 200 girls by Islamist militants. 

France offers Nigeria `special team` in hunt for kidnapped girls

France on Wednesday offered Nigeria a "special team" to look for more than 200 girls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in an incident that has triggered global shock and condemnation.

"Everything must be done" to free the abducted girls: Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria`s President Goodluck Jonathan met through the night with security, school and state officials and issued a new directive that "everything must be done" to free the 276 girls kidnapped by Islamic extremists.

US to do `everything possible` to aid Nigeria girls rescue: John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday vowed that Washington will do "everything possible" to help Nigeria deal with Boko Haram militants, following the kidnapping of scores of schoolgirls.

Nigeria police: 276 abducted girls still missing

The number of kidnapped schoolgirls missing in Nigeria has risen to 276, up by more than 30 from a previous estimate, police said, adding that the actual number abducted by Islamic extremists on April 14 was more than 300.

`234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school`

Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor on Monday.