Freed girls severely traumatized
Some of the nearly 300 girls and women freed by Nigeria’s military from the forest stronghold of Boko Haram were so transformed by their captivity that they opened fire on their rescuers, and experts said Wednesday they would need intensive psychological treatment. The military was flying in medical and intelligence teams to evaluate the former captives, many of whom were severely traumatized, said army spokesman Col. Sani Usman. He said earlier that none of the schoolgirls kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok a year ago appeared to be among the 200 girls and 93 women rescued Tuesday. But on Wednesday, he said further screening was needed before their identities could be determined.
U.S. ex-president’s plane repaired
A spokesman for Bill Clinton said a chartered plane carrying the former U.S. president had to land unexpectedly after one of its engines developed a problem during a flight over Tanzania. Matt McKenna said late Wednesday that “there was an issue with one of the plane’s four engines” which was quickly repaired. He said the aircraft was on the ground for less than 45 minutes before it took off again. He gave no more details about the incident. Clinton is in the East African nation of Tanzania as part of a wider tour of projects run by the family foundation.
King alters line of succession
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman redrew the line of succession on Wednesday, appointing a counterterrorism czar as crown prince and placing his own defense minister son in line for the crown — a dramatic reshuffle that reflects the kingdom’s mounting security concerns and more assertive foreign policy. The move comes just three months after Salman ascended to the throne, at a time when Saudi Arabia is struggling to contain its regional rival, Iran, while fending off a growing threat from the Islamic State group. The 79-year-old king appointed his nephew, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as crown prince.
Royal couple mark anniversary
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge on Wednesday marked their fourth wedding anniversary while waiting for the birth of their second child. The former Kate Middleton is expected to give birth in the coming days. Palace officials have said she is due in late April without providing further details. Parking restrictions outside the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital where she is expected to give birth were extended for five more days Wednesday as the media and royal fans gather.
Compiled from wire reports