Bandits release students abducted in northwest Nigeria following ransom payment

Six students and two officials who were kidnapped last month from a school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state were released after relatives paid ransom money, a school official and parent said on Friday. Kidnappings by armed men, commonly referred to in Nigeria as “bandits”, have become endemic in northern Nigeria, disrupting the education of hundreds of… Read More Bandits release students abducted in northwest Nigeria following ransom payment

Gunmen raid school, abduct scores of students in northwest Nigeria

About 150 students are missing after armed men raided a boarding school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state, a parent and an administrator said on Monday, and police said they were in hot pursuit alongside military personnel. The attack on the Bethel Baptist High School is the 10th mass school kidnapping since December in northwest Nigeria, which… Read More Gunmen raid school, abduct scores of students in northwest Nigeria

ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming donates $77.35million to China’s Longyan city for education

The founder of TikTok owner ByteDance will give 500 million yuan (an equivalent of $77.35 million) to the Chinese city of Longyan for education, city authorities said on Tuesday, the latest charitable donation by a tech business leader as the sector comes under scrutiny. Zhang Yiming’s donation to his hometown in Fujian province will go… Read More ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming donates $77.35million to China’s Longyan city for education

One student found dead as army rescue seven abducted in northwest Nigeria

One student from a group of dozens abducted from a school in northwest Nigeria this week has been found dead, the army said on Friday, adding it had rescued five students and two teachers. Gunmen raided the school in Kebbi state in broad daylight on Thursday in the latest case of mass abductions in the… Read More One student found dead as army rescue seven abducted in northwest Nigeria

Policeman killed, over eighty abducted as gunmen attack school in northwest Nigeria

Gunmen killed a police officer and kidnapped at least 80 students and five teachers from a school in the Nigerian state of Kebbi, police, residents and a teacher said. The attack is the third mass kidnapping in three weeks in northwest Nigeria, which have authorities have attributed to armed bandits seeking ransom payments. Usman Aliyu,… Read More Policeman killed, over eighty abducted as gunmen attack school in northwest Nigeria

Pope Francis calls for reconciliation and healing over Canadian indigenous school discovery

Pope Francis said on Sunday that he was pained by the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Catholic school for indigenous students in Canada and called for respect of the rights and cultures of native peoples. However, Francis stopped short of the direct apology some Canadians had demanded. Two days ago,… Read More Pope Francis calls for reconciliation and healing over Canadian indigenous school discovery

Pope Francis meets with Canadian cardinals over indigenous school scandal

Pope Francis met with both Vatican-based Canadian cardinals on Saturday as their country reels from the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former school for indigenous students run by the Catholic Church. The pope met separately with Cardinal Michael Czerny and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Vatican said in its daily announcement of… Read More Pope Francis meets with Canadian cardinals over indigenous school scandal

Gunmen abduct students at Islamic school in north-central Nigeria

An armed gang abducted students from an Islamic school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger on Sunday, police and state government officials said. Armed groups carrying out kidnapping for ransom are blamed for a series of raids on schools and universities in northern Nigeria in recent months, abducting more than 700 students for ransom… Read More Gunmen abduct students at Islamic school in north-central Nigeria