Heavily armed bandits have recently stepped up attacks on schools, kidnapping students for ransom, prompting a military response.
Zamfara police say armed gangs released 100 Manawa village residents, including children, after 42 days following negotiations.
An hour-long blackout struck several US airlines, Australian financial firms and other global companies, with the problem traced to US-based tech provider Akamai.
Colonial Pipeline says a cyberattack forced it to temporarily halt all operations on a major pipeline that delivers roughly 45 percent of all fuel consumed on the US East Coast.
Nigerian army rescued 180 people in the early hours of Friday, but around 30 male and female students remain unaccounted for after gunmen attacked a forestry college in northwestern Kaduna state overnight.
The kidnappers demanded $300,000 ransom to avoid the model being auctioned off on the dark web though no payment appears to have been made, police say.
The State Department reiterated that the payment was not a ransom for the release of American prisoners
The Obama administration has dismissed claims of paying a multimillion dollar ransom to Iran for the release of five Americans. Critics, however, say the payment represented a ransom.
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada 'does not and will not' pay ransom to terrorists
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