In the attack, most of the kidnapped were young women, children, and members of a civilian defense group fighting Boko Haram, according to residents, a security official, and a local government officer.
In a statement marking the fifth anniversary of Gross's detention earlier this month, Obama hinted that his release could lead to a thaw in relations with Cuba. Many are watching to see if this could lead to an end of the decades-long US economic embargo.
Speaking in Pyongyang on Sunday, Arturo Martinez from El Paso, Texas strongly criticized US government policy. His mother said her son had recently escaped from a psychiatric hospital before entering North Korea.
A young engineer in southern India has been identified and arrested, as the man behind the pro-Islamic State Twitter account @shamiwitness. But no evidence has linked him to the militant group's real-life activities.
The Afghan Taliban has been ramping up attacks on diplomatic, military, and civilian targets, including twelve landmine clearers who were shot dead on Saturday. The violence has also brought heavy losses to the insurgent group's own forces.