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Vanguard, May 19, 2016

Newspapers in Nigeria on Thursday reported the bittersweet good news of the rescue of one of the 276 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram two years ago.

Amina Ali, now 19, was found wandering in the Sambisa Forest near the Nigeria-Cameroon border Wednesday with a baby girl she gave birth to four months ago. The two were found, along with a man who declared himself to be her husband, and who has since been identified as a member of Boko Haram.

The news comes as the Nigerian military was set to launch an assault in the same region against Boko Haram, called Operation Crackdown, the Lagos-based Vanguard daily reports.

Amina Ali told authorities she'd been held captive in a village in the Sambisa forest with 60 other women, including former classmates.

The April 2014 mass abduction at the boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria sparked global outrage and the "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign that put pressure on the Nigerian government to intensify the fight against Boko Haram. Of the 276 girls abducted, several dozen quickly escaped. Authorities say more than 200 remain captive.

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"You Ass Tulip!" - What Turkey's Creative Swearing Culture Can Teach Us

Profanity is a kind of national sport in Turkey. But it can also be risky business, sometimes leading to lawsuits or even death. One political scientist researching Turkey’s unique way of conjuring curse words explains what the country's inventive slurs reveal about its fears and prejudices.

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ISTANBUL — “Take your mother and get lost!” That’s the literal translation of what Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the authoritarian Turkish president, once said to a farmer 15 years ago when the man complained about economic problems.

The Turkish people were shocked by his choice of words, but it was the farmer who was led away by police and later forced to make a televised apology. As he recently explained in a newspaper interview, he is still dealing with legal proceedings as a result of the incident because he is accused of insulting the president, not the other way round.

Erdogan’s behavior was certainly unusual for a head of state, but many Turks also saw it as honest and authentic. “In Turkey, working-class people often use rude words, which are seen as more straightforward and sincere,” explains Ahmet Özcan, a political scientist at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University, who is currently working on a research project about Turkish slang.

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