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Gunmen abduct 150 schoolgirls in Nigeria

Gunmen abduct 150 schoolgirls in Nigeria

Gunmen abduct 150 schoolgirls in Nigeria's Kaduna state. And a Honduras court finds former energy executive Roberto David Castillo guilty of planning the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres in 2016. Also, Israel's parliament blocks the extension of a law that bars citizenship or permanent residency for Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens.

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The World staff

Empty desks and chairs are seen at the Government Girls Secondary School where more than 300 girls were abducted by gunmen in Jangebe town, Zamfara state, northern Nigeria, March 1, 2021.

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Nigeria kidnapping
Armed men have abducted around 150 schoolgirls from a boarding school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state. The Bethel Baptist High School is the 10th target of such a crime since December. Police say 26 people, including a teacher, were rescued, but the rest are still missing. Gunmen also kidnapped eight people on Sunday, including two nurses and a 12-month-old child, from a medical center in another state. Locally known as “bandits,” gunmen have made an industry out of kidnappings for ransom.

Honduras court
A court in Honduras has found former energy executive Roberto David Castillo guilty of planning the murder of high-profile environmental activist Berta Cáceres in 2016, and plans to sentence him in August. Cáceres led protests against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam project and faced threats for years over her opposition. She was later shot dead in her home. She had argued that the dam would have caused flooding in large areas, cutting off water supplies, food and medicine for hundreds of Indigenous Lenca people. Having filed official complaints, she also organized a roadblock preventing construction workers from reaching the site. Castillo was the head of the dam construction project.

Israel law
Israel’s parliament has blocked the extension of a contentious 2003 law that bars citizenship or permanent residency for Palestinians from the occupied territories if they marry Israeli citizens. It is a setback for the new government under Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. The law was introduced during the second intifada and must be renewed every year, something that’s happened with a near-automatic majority for the past 17 years. Thousands of Palestinians previously unable to do so can now claim citizenship rights.

From The WorldScientists turn to the ancient Mayans for lessons on sustainability

Tourists take pictures inside the archaeological site of Copan, in Copan Ruinas, Honduras, July 3, 2021.

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The ancient Maya civilization that was centered in southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, had a system in place that worked in harmony with the environment. Now, researchers are studying historic cities to learn how to live sustainably today.

Lisa Lucero, an anthropology professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and an expert on Mayan civilization, discussed her findings with The World’s host Marco Werman.

As the West jeers, durian mania rises in Asia

A cut Musang King durian is shown by a vendor during the International Durian Cultural Tourism Festival in Bentong, Malaysia, Nov. 25, 2017.

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Sadiq Asyraf/AP/File photo

Durian fuit is selling like never before accross Asia. Long a coveted fruit, the durian has, in recent years, become the focus of a full-on food craze. This is largely owed to China, where the market for durians has quadrupled in the last 10 years to exceed a value of $1 billion.

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🍾 Champagne or shampanskoye? Tensions are bubbling up between French champagne producers and Russia. A new law in Russia orders champagne makers to label their bottles as sparkling wine. Only Russian producers are allowed to label their drink as shampanskoye — which is the Russian equivalent of champagne.

What a fizz! For the French, the label champagne can only be given to the bubbly coming from the Champagne region.

France’s champagne industry group blasted a new Russian law forcing foreign producers to add a ‘sparkling wine’ reference to their bottles and called for exports to Russia to be halted https://t.co/V1sCVPgsqI pic.twitter.com/9n2KrYblv7

— Reuters (@Reuters) July 5, 2021In case you missed itListen:

This story may sound familiar. A major hack, with more than 1,000 businesses affected. According to cybersecurity experts, the Russia-based hacking group REvil is the source of the attack. Also, in South Africa, political tensions are growing after a court sentenced former president Jacob Zuma to prison for absconding from a corruption inquiry — a ruling that appears to strike at perceived official impunity. Zuma has struck back, comparing the judges to the white apartheid-era rulers he once fought. And, abortion activists and pro-choice gynecologists in ultra-Catholic Malta have created the country’s first free family-planning service.

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Biden seeks to extend US-Russia arms deal; Controversial tweet from Iran’s supreme leader; Honduras set for permanent abortion ban

Biden seeks to extend US-Russia arms deal; Controversial tweet from Iran's supreme leader; Honduras set for permanent abortion ban

President Joe Biden seeks a five-year extension with Russia on the New START treaty — the only deal left that limits the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals — with just weeks before it expires on Feb. 5.

Updated:

January 22, 2021 · 12:15 PM EST

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The World staff

In this file photo taken from a video distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, a ground-based intercontinental ballistic missilerocket launches as part of a drill from the Plesetsk facility in northwestern Russia, December 2020.

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Migos – Narcos (On SNL) (Live)

[Intro: Offset]
Magnifico, arriba
Magnifico, arriba, arriba

[Chorus: Offset & Quavo]
Trapping like the narco (narco) got dope like Pablo (Pablo)
Cut throat like Pablo (cut throat) chop trees with the Draco (Draco)
On the Nawf, got Diego (Diego) say "Hasta luego" (luego)
We be in wrappin’ kilos (yay), snub nose with potatoes
Straight out the jungle (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) (magnifico)
This real rap, no mumble (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) (arriba, arriba)
My skin black like mamba (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Got stash boxes in Honduras (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Straight out the jungle (oh yeah)

[Verse 1: Quavo]
Woo, bricks in the brick house (yeah)
Use to hit licks and go to ma house (licks, momma)
Straight out the jungle (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Young nigga don’t know nothin’ now (ya)
Young nigga know too much now (woo)
Bow bow bow, that’ll slow them down (uhh, yeah, yeah)
We pick up the hundos (hundos)
Then drop them off to Huncho (Huncho)
I came from the bando (bando, beep beep)
Here go the wide load

[Chorus: Offset & Quavo]
Trapping like the narco (narco) got dope like Pablo (Pablo)
Cut throat like Pablo (cut throat) chop trees with the Draco (Draco)
On the Nawf, got Diego (Diego) say "Hasta luego" (luego)
We be in wrappin’ kilos (yay), snub nose with potatoes
Straight out the jungle (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) (magnifico)
This real rap, no mumble (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) (arriba, arriba)
My skin black like mamba (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Got stash boxes in Honduras (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Straight out the jungle
Magnífico, arriba, arriba

[Verse 2: Offset]
Hey, cold gang with the cocaine (coke)
The more money make more rain (rain)
Pourin’ up a pint while I’m baggin’ propane (baggin’)
Point blank range give a nigga nose rings (yes)
Skip to my lou with a pack in the cat (cat)
Jiffy, Lube, where the bricks where they at? (Where)
Dripping, ooze, the Patek all wet (ooh)
The birds in the trap, they ain’t leavin’ out they nest (brr)
Get pie face, Seth like meth, yeah
Yup, runnin’ with the pack got slapped (yeah)
Hands in the cookie jar, cut his finger off (ah)
Nigga bein’ greedy, we gon’ cut his tummy out (huh)
Hundred bricks on the roads, took a couple routes (bricks)
Plus momma’s house with the Hermes and Fendi couch (ayy)
Uh, I ain’t really with the razzle dazzle (nah)
Knock him off and then I throw him off the boat paddle (brr)
Go to Tijuana, put the kilo on the saddle (ooh)
Sack him, hit a lick and cop a pterodactyl (sack)
Pap him, choppa biting down like an apple (argh)
Mansion with the acres with the horses and the cattle

[Chorus: Offset & Quavo]
Trapping like the narco (narco) got dope like Pablo (Pablo)
Cut throat like Pablo (cut throat) chop trees with the Draco (Draco)
On the Nawf, got Diego (Diego) say "Hasta luego" (luego)
We be in wrappin’ kilos (yay), snub nose with potatoes
Straight out the jungle (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) (magnifico)
This real rap, no mumble (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) (arriba, arriba)
My skin black like mamba (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Got stash boxes in Honduras (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Straight out the jungle
Magnífico, arriba, arriba

[Verse 3: Takeoff]
Take-Takeoff
No monkey in the jungle block hot like a sauna (hah)
Bustas knocking on me, tryna weave with anacondas (fire)
Jumpin’ in the water, tryna sneak across the waterglass
Gotta seek guards out, got me bit by a piranha (ouch)
I’ll bag it, bag a money, know I gotta have it
Savage, but I’m still a gentleman in Cali (Cali)
Static, nigga turn to mean about the cabbage (uh)
Kill his whole family if he run off with your package (brrrt!)
I just put a pack on the way to Bogota (pack)
Poke his eyes out, ain’t no tellin’ what he saw (poke ’em out)
I’ma wire his jaw, I don’t know if he will talk (wire jaw)
Get the chainsaw and I’ma saw his legs off (saw)
They knew that we was gang but they sayin’ that we a ring (gang)
Investigatin’, takin’ pictures of the whole team (DEA)
Undercover, tryna do a sting
10 mil’ on a plane, going straight to Medellin

[Chorus: Offset & Quavo]
Trapping like the narco (narco) got dope like Pablo (Pablo)
Cut throat like Pablo (cut throat) chop trees with the Draco (Draco)
On the Nawf, got Diego (Diego) say "Hasta luego" (luego)
We be in wrappin’ kilos (yay), snub nose with potatoes
Straight out the jungle (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) (magnifico)
This real rap, no mumble (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) (arriba, arriba)
My skin black like mamba (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Got stash boxes in Honduras (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Straight out the jungle