Boko Haram, the Islamist group that snatched almost 300 school girls in Nigeria, has threatened to sell the girls. What is the group, and how does it fit into the larger growth of Islamic extremism in Africa? In our weekly TV round-up: Louie is back, as is 24. Game of Thrones is being criticized for its handling of sexual violence. Sandra Tsing Loh talks about her new book on her personal experience and the science of menopause. And Google and Amazon have announced same-day delivery in Los Angeles.
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It's been almost three weeks since the Islamist group Boko Haram snatched hundreds of schoolgirls from a small Nigerian town. Today, Boko Haram's leader threatened to sell the girls, according to a French news agency that received a video from the group. The kidnapping is embarrassing Nigeria, which is hosting the World Economic Forum for Africa this week.
Boko Haram and the kidnapping of the school girls in northeastern Nigeria is just the latest chapter in a growing saga of Islamic extremism and terrorist attacks across northern and central Africa. Just yesterday, three more people were killed and 60 wounded by two bombs detonated on buses packed with commuters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Louie returns to the FX network tonight (Monday) after a long hiatus. We haven't seen a new episode of Louie since 2012. Louie CK famously takes control of every aspect of his show, from writing to directing, even editing each episode. Another show making a big comeback, this time after a four year hiatus, 24, with Kiefer Sutherland returning as terrorist-hunter Jack Bauer. And Game of Thrones is halfway through season four, and the conversation about sexual violence in the show is getting more intense.
Need a yoga mat or mascara or power drill by 9 tonight? Better hop in the car. Unless you live west of the 405. In which case, feel free to keep your sweat pants on and eat that pad Thai in front of the tube. Google announced yesterday that it would provide same-day e-commerce delivery to certain parts of LA. Amazon made a similar announcement on Friday.
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