Nigeria and Boko Haram Enter Talks on Kidnapped Girls

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-05_c92eeaca0c.jpg (ABUJA, Nigeria) -- Talks are underway between Nigerian officials and senior leadership of Boko Haram, the chairman of the Nigerian president’s Boko Haram “Dialogue Committee” confirmed exclusively to ABC News. Kabiru Tanimu Turaki would neither confirm nor deny that the talks are with the specific individuals holding the kidnapped girls, only the group’s senior leaders.

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Ukrainian Separatists Ask to Join Russia

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-05_37b50ae56a.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (DONETSK, Ukraine) -- The leader of the pro-Russian separatist “People’s Republic of Donetsk” requested Monday afternoon that Moscow consider annexing the eastern Ukrainian province, shortly after declaring independence. “Given the will of the people of the Donetsk People's Republic, and in order to restore historical justice, we ask Russia to consider the issue of our republic’s accession into the Russian Federation,” said Denis Pushilin, the self-declared governor.

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New Video Said to Show About 100 Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-05_8e6ad1bae0.jpg (NEW YORK) -- New videos released by Boko Haram -- the Islamic terrorist group -- purportedly show about 100 of the girls kidnapped from a Nigeria school last month and group leaders calling for the release of imprisoned militants. The girls can be seen praying in one video, which runs 17 minutes and was obtained by AFP. The girls are wearing hijabs and reciting the Koran.

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Pistorius' Shrink Says Leg Amputations Gave Him Mental Disorder

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-05_5c1a8888b3.jpgHerman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images (PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Oscar Pistorius' own psychiatric witness told a court Monday that the paraylmpic sprinter could be a danger to society if armed with a gun because of a life-long battle with a mental disorder that stemmed from having his legs amputated while he was an infant. The testimony of Dr. Merryl Vorster prompted prosecutor Gerrie Nel to indicate that he will ask that Pistorius undergo psychiatric evaluation.

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US Shares Intel, Recon Flights in Nigerian Students Search

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-05_b1b0c4fb60.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- The United States is now providing manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights over Nigeria and sharing commercial satellite imagery to aid in the search for nearly 300 missing schoolgirls, a senior administration official said Monday. This help is in addition to 27 U.S. officials who are either on the ground or en route to Nigeria to help find the students, captured by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

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