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Foreign Affairs Chairman Urges White House to Increase Aid to Combat Boko Haram (Video)

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Despite ongoing concerns about the Nigerian military's shaky record on human rights, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce said Wednesday the U.S. needs to step up aid to the central African country's armed forces — even if it means waiving the "Leahy Law," a 1998 act designed to prevent American assistance being given to human rights abusers. The California Republican said President Barack Obama has the power to waive the Leahy Law, an amendment to the  Foreign Assistance Act , in "extraordinary circumstances."

Female Senators Push for Sanctions Against Nigerian Terror Group (Updated)

Updated: 6:03 p.m. | Every female senator signed a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday, calling for international sanctions against the terrorist group that abducted more than 200 girls in Nigeria last month.  

Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, led the group of women pressuring the administration to implore the U.N. Security Council to add Boko Haram to its al-Qaida sanctions list.  The Islamist militant group claimed responsibility for the kidnappings Monday.