Chibok Girls Seen on Video

According to the video, at least some of the 218 missing girls have been killed in airstrikes. “The mother of one of the Chibok girls kidnapped more than two years ago by Nigeria’s Islamic extremists on Sunday saw the first proof her daughter is alive – a video of her begging Nigeria’s government to exchange detained militants for the girls’ freedom. Chibok community leader Pogu Bitrus to The Associated Press the video was being watched at the weekly rally of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign at Unity Fountain in Abuja, the capital. Some of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls have been killed by Nigerian military airstrikes, according to a new video from Boko Haram, which shows one kidnap victim pleading for authorities to bow to the extremists’ demands that they release detained militants in return for the girls.” (CBS

A Major Anti-ISIS Offensive Underway in Iraq..Iraqi Kurdish forces say they have retaken five villages east of the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in an operation launched early Sunday.U.S.-backed Kurdish forces known as peshmerga aim to “clear several more villages” in “one of many shaping operations” that will increase pressure on the extremist group, the Kurdish region’s Security Council said in a statement. Peshmerga Brig. Gen. Dedewan Khurshid Tofiq described the operation outside Mosul as “ongoing.” Rudaw, a local television network, showed footage of smoke rising from a village in the distance as armored vehicles pushed across a field. The council’s statement said the area cleared is about 50 square kilometers (20 square miles). It said the U.S.-led coalition is supporting the operation with airstrikes, one of which destroyed a car bomb.”  ABC


Fighting flared in South Sudan late on Saturday southwest of the capital between forces loyal to the president and those backing the opposition, after clashes last month raised fears of a slide back into civil war. (Reuters

At least 36 people have been killed in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the government said Sunday, calling it a massacre in revenge for military operations in the area. (AFP

Dozens of people have been killed in a violent clash between a pro-government militia group and a separatist umbrella organization in northern Mali, a local source told Anadolu Agency Friday. (Anadolu Post

President Edgar Lungu was ahead of his main rival on Saturday in early counting from Zambia’s presidential election, but the main opposition said its count showed their candidate ahead and the vote may have been rigged. (Reuters

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic said on Sunday it arrested 10 heavily armed men, who a minister identified as former rebels. (AFP

The security chief of a Rwandan warlord wanted under an international warrant has been arrested in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a military spokesman said Sunday. (AFP

Thousands of houses have been destroyed and several villages submerged after flooding triggered by torrential rainfall killed 100 people across Sudan, officials and an AFP photographer said on Sunday. (AFP

Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries, has identified 13,000 fictitious workers on the state payroll who had cost a total of  $50 million, according to the information minister. (Reuters


At least 10 children have been killed and 28 others injured in an airstrike in Yemen, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres. (Sky News  

Hundreds of civilians have been killed in both Syrian government and rebel attacks across the war-torn country in recent days, according to local activist groups.  (Al Jazeera

A Palestinian detainee who has been on a hunger strike for two months to press for his release is determined to continue despite deteriorating health, his family and an advocacy group said. (AP


Hundreds of Filipinos rallied in stormy weather Sunday against President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to allow dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be buried in a heroes’ cemetery, but Duterte remained firm in his stance despite growing opposition. (NYT

A human rights group on Sunday said two refugees being held at a Papua New Guinea detention center were bashed by locals, fuelling criticism of Australia’s tough offshore detention rules for asylum seekers. (Reuters

A series of bombings that killed four and injured dozens in Thailand at the end of last week was committed by a widespread network that followed the instructions of a single person, a police official said on Sunday, although he declined to identify the perpetrators. (NYT

The Americas

US officials have awarded funding for the study and prevention of outbreaks of the Zika virus to three teams of public health researchers at Johns Hopkins University. (Fox Baltimore

A criminal gang in Mexico has dropped three iceboxes with a decapitated head in each near a government building in Chilpancingo, the capital of the western state of Guerrero. Three bodies were found in streets nearby.  (BBC

Some 50,000 people marched Saturday in Peru’s capital and other cities, police said, to protest rampant violence against women in a highly conservative society. (AFP

The federal state of emergency in Flint, Michigan expired, as the city continues to navigate a public health crisis caused by lead-laced water. (NPR

Eight people were shot dead by unknown assailants early on Sunday in the outskirts of Honduras’s capital Tegucigalpa, police said, an apparent reprisal attack in a bloody gang dispute that has devastated the poor Central-American nation. (Reuters

Donald Trump, clearly angered by news reports that he has grown depressed and sullen over his fading presidential prospects, has issued some of his sharpest attacks on the media. (AFP

…and the rest

The leading female candidate to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations, Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, said Sunday she sees lingering sexism in the election. (AFP

Gold medal-winner Ryan Lochte and three other members of the US Olympic swimming team have been robbed at Rio. (BBC


Can a new peacekeeping force stabilize South Sudan? (UN Dispatch

Rio safe? Tell that to residents afraid of the police (AFP

How will joining the UN change IOM? (IRIN

Guinea eyes official end of polio outbreak but bigger challenge remains for Africa (Guardian

How marriage registration data can boost gender equality (Devex

Gaps in current campaign strategies (From Poverty to Power

Time for a whole-of-nation approach to asylum seekers (The Interpreter

Donors and NGOs: we must change the way we work (WhyDev Blog