Washington, D.C.

Liberia requests continuing Ebola aid

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia urged the United States to maintain its assistance to her country as it continues to recover from the Ebola outbreak. In a meeting at the White House with President Obama, Johnson Sirleaf asked for help with power projects to keep the country's hospitals and new treatment centers running, clean water and sanitation facilities to stop the disease from spreading, and road construction to make it easier for sick people in rural areas to get to hospitals.

Syria

Kurdish forces retake Syrian town

Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, only days after the group abducted dozens of Christians in the volatile region. The victory marks a second recent blow to the extremist group, highlighting the growing role of Syria's Kurds as the most effective fighting force against ISIL.

Bangladesh

Militants claim responsibility for killing

Avijit Roy, a well-known Bangladeshi American writer and religious skeptic, was surrounded by unidentified assailants armed with cleavers and hacked to death on a street in Dhaka. His wife, Rafida Ahmed, sustained serious wounds and is fighting for her life. A previously unknown Islamist militant group named Ansar Bangla 7 claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nigeria

Boko Haram attacks villages

Boko Haram Islamist militants killed about 100 people this week in attacks on villages in northeast Nigeria. The insurgents attacked three local government areas, said Ahmed Zanna, the senator representing central Borno. The conflict with Boko Haram has left thousands of people dead and has escalated this year, drawing in soldiers from neighboring countries, including Chad and Niger, to help fight the group. The election commission of Africa's largest economy postponed presidential voting until March 28 to give the army time to defeat the militants.

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