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Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:09 a.m.

The world in brief

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s an atmosphere of hope, hope that these girls are alive, whether they have been forced to convert to Islam or not.” Pogu Bitrus of Chibok, Nigeria, after the release of a video that reportedly shows many of the 276 schoolgirls, most of them Christian, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists last month

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