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Remaining girls who were kidnapped from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok are seen in an unknown location in Nigeria Boko Haram suspects released; Rohingya timeline agreed
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  <h2 class="p3">Curated top stories</h2>
   <li>Nigeria's authorities <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42705381">said it released 244 militants from West African Islamist group Boko Haram</a> after undergoing rehabilitation programs in detention, the BBC reports. The Nigerian military said the insurgents have been de-radicalized and prepared for reintegration with society, but critics are skeptical of their fitness for release. This comes just a day after Boko Haram <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/boko-haram-video-purports-show-chibok-girls-180115173617728.html">released a video</a> <em>(Al Jazeera) </em>of its leader claiming to show some of the Chibok girls still in captivity. These are from the group of over 200 girls kidnapped from a town in north-eastern Nigeria nearly four years ago.
   <li>Around 20,000 people have been killed during Boko Haram's eight-year revolt as the group attempts to create an Islamic state in the region. But Nigeria started mass trials and profiling of more than 6,000 Boko Haram suspects in October, detaining many for years without charge.</li>
   <li>Bangladesh and Myanmar <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-42699602">agreed a two-year repatriation timeline</a> to return thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled across the border between the countries since violence broke out in Myanmar's Rakhine state. The current agreement allows 156,000 Rohingya to be repatriated, much lower than the 650,000 who have taken refuge in Bangladesh. (Read more of our coverage on Myanmar <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/?s=myanmar">here</a>.)</li>
   <li>At least 20 people are dead after <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security/at-least-20-dead-as-clashes-shut-airport-in-libyan-capital-idUSKBN1F410L">clashes broke out</a> in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The violence shut the airport and damaged planes during what the government said was a failed attempt to free militants from a nearby prison. The attack was a catalyst for the heaviest fighting in Tripoli for months. The internationally-recognized Government of National Accord claimed to have largely stabilized the city. Tripoli has been under the control of myriad armed groups <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libyan_Civil_War_(2011)">since a 2011 uprising</a> that toppled long-time leader <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muammar_Gaddafi">Muammar Gaddafi</a> and led to a civil war. Since 2014, there have been rival governments in Tripoli and the east of Libya.</li>
   <li>A spokesman for Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte said he had "<a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-philippines-media/philippines-duterte-had-nothing-to-do-with-news-sites-licence-spokesman-idUKKBN1F50HT">nothing to do" with revoking the license</a> of Rappler, a prominent news site which is highly critical of him. The decision was announced by the country's Securities Exchange Commission, citing violations of foreign ownership and investment. This meant funds coming from <a href="https://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/109992-omidyar-network-invests-rappler">Omidyar Network</a>, created by eBay founder and entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar. Critics, including Amnesty International, said it was a move to silence the press. <em>AFP</em> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/16/philippines-revokes-licence-news-website-rappler-free-press">reported</a> that last year, during an address to congress, Duterte vowed to expose Rappler's "American ownership".</li>
   <li>The Danish government wants to dramatically<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-security-denmark/denmark-will-increase-defense-spending-to-counter-russia-pm-idUSKBN1F42LT"> increase its defense spending</a> to counter Russia’s intensified military activity in eastern and northern Europe. Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said: “Russia’s behavior has created an unpredictable and unstable security environment in the Baltic Sea region.” Denmark last week deployed 200 troops to a UK-led NATO mission in Estonia. The mission aims to deter Russia from attacking Baltic NATO members. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annexation_of_Crimea_by_the_Russian_Federation">Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula</a> in 2014 and backs separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.</li>
  <h2 class="p3">What we’re reading</h2>
   <li>Canadian aquatic physiology researcher <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Laura_Mcdonnell2">Laura McDonnell</a> stopped eating fish. However, it wasn't for environmental reasons or the taste. McDonnell's research has made her all too familiar with the dangers of seafood fraud – passing off food as fish when in fact it's something else – and plastic pollution. At <a style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;" href="https://thewalrus.ca/"><em>The Walrus</em></a><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: 1.6rem;">, McDonnell <a href="https://thewalrus.ca/the-case-against-eating-fish/?src=longreads">explains how mislabeled fish</a> makes it onto our dinner plates. </span></span>But even if it isn't mislabeled she outlines how plastic is likely to be part of their make up. – <em>Charles Anderson</em></li>
   <li>"Even from the distance of a half-century, the moment feels familiar," wrote <i>The New York Times</i> in its unnerving review of “<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/15/us/1968-history.html?hpw&amp;rref=us&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=well-region&amp;region=bottom-well&amp;WT.nav=bottom-well" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/15/us/1968-history.html?hpw%26rref%3Dus%26action%3Dclick%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3Dwell-region%26region%3Dbottom-well%26WT.nav%3Dbottom-well&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1516172827203000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFCF9P-RJKfSzu0JO1QCIm72ntURA">How America Fractured in 1968</a>” as told through the modern lens of the newspaper news alert. It’s all here: from the protests to the war to the Summer of Love. The interactive recounts history in a series of headlines and photographs that congers up a bitter political divide that, in the United States, at least, feels all too fresh 50 years later. – <i>Jodie DeJonge</i></li>
Veiled and masked girls in blue, part of the 200 kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 <h2 class="p3"><b>What the WikiTribune community is up to</b></h2>
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