Top of the Morning: Scores Killed in Latest Boko Haram Violence

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Nigeria: Scores Killed in Brazen Boko Haram Attack

The long festering conflict took a turn for the worse. “At least 87 people have been killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state, according to local officials. Disguised in military uniforms, the militants set up checkpoints outside the town of Benisheik and shot dead those trying to flee, witnesses said. They also razed dozens of buildings in Tuesday’s attack.” (BBC

Will Sudan’s President Attend the UN General Assembly?

And if he’s granted a visa, will he be arrested? “American officials confirmed on Tuesday that the Sudanese leader, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, had submitted a visa request to attend the General Assembly, which runs through the end of the month. As the host country, the United States is obliged to grant visas to foreign heads of state or representatives who wish to attend the General Assembly, regardless of their reputations or any disputes the American government may have with them. Visas have historically been granted to world leaders who are widely despised or mistrusted in the United States…But Mr. Bashir’s case is different because he would be the first visitor to the United Nations with a standing warrant for his arrest by the International Criminal Court at The Hague.” (NYT