At least 48 people were killed in suicide attacks and bombings on Monday in two cities in northern Nigeria where the jihadist Boko Haram group is waging a six-year campaign to create an Islamic state, officials and residents said.

The attacks came a day after the army fought Boko Haram militants west of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state and birthplace of their insurgency in the northeast of Africa’s most populous country.

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“We need these professionals to stay with us.”

If you’re a US Air Force drone pilot, and your return to civilian life is fast approaching, the service has an offer that may be too good to pass up. Instead of going home, the Air Force will give you a bonus of $125,000, in exchange for an agreement to serve for five more years, according to Air Force Times.

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Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on Monday in the Far North region of Cameroon while trying to carry out attacks for Islamist militant group Boko Haram, local officials said, but there were no other deaths.

“The suicide bombing took place at the entrance of Bodo. Two women bombers wanted to get to the market place but they were stopped by vigilantes,” said Abgassi Adoum, mayor of Makary district of which Bodo is a part. He said one member of the watch committee was lightly wounded.

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Four former US Air Force drone pilots have come forward with a blistering critique of the current drone program, first published in The Guardian. In an open letter addressed to President Obama, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, and CIA director John Brennan, the pilots argue the civilian casualties and resulting devastation from US drone strikes have radicalized regions where it is used, fueling the rise of ISIS and other terrorist organizations.

“This administration and its predecessors have built a drone program that is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world,” the letter reads.

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Up to 80 primary school-aged children a year in the UK are now seeking help towards potentially changing their gender amid signs of classmates encouraging each other to do so, a leading charity working in the area has disclosed.

In some cases children as young as four are already in the process of “transitioning” to another sex, according to Susie Green, chair of Mermaids, a charity which provides support for families of children and teenagers with gender identity issues.

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