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Palm Center and ACLU Host Convening on Lessons Learned from Transgender Service in Foreign Militaries

WASHINGTON - Currently serving ​transgender service members from five of the 18 foreign militaries that allow transgender service today gathered alongside U.S. service members in Washington D.C. The gathering, Perspectives on Transgender Military Service from Around the Globe, is sponsored by the Palm Center and the ACLU and is the first-ever and largest international conference of transgender military service members on U.S. soil. It is expected to ​inform the national conversation about U.S. military policy. The lesson from today's conference is clear,” said Aaron Belkin, Director of the Palm Center and a professor of political science at San Francisco State University. “Transgender personnel serve successfully in foreign militaries, and inclusive policy will be successful in the U.S. as well.”

Nigeria's missing schoolgirls to be released after ceasefire deal

“From the discussions, [Boko Haram’s representatives] indicated their desire for, and willingness to discuss and resolve all associated issues,” Mr Omeri said. “They also assured that the school girls and all other people in their captivity are all alive and well.” The announcement came days after protesters marched in Abuja to mark the six-month anniversary of the girl’s abduction. Close to 300 teenage girls were kidnapped by armed gunmen as they were driven back to their school in coaches after an excursion.


Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls in northeast Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said, despite talks on freeing over 200 other female hostages they seized in April.


IS jihadists execute four women in northern Iraq

BAGHDAD: The Islamic State group has executed at least four women, including two doctors and a politician, in their northern Iraq strongholds this month, relatives and rights activists said on Saturday. In the IS hub of Mosul, the jihadists executed three women on Wednesday including two doctors, Hanaa Edwar, a human rights activist who heads the Al-Amal organisation, said.


In West, ISIS Finds Women Eager to Enlist

LONDON — The young Western Muslims trying to join radical Islamist groups in Syria and Iraq now include increasing numbers of young women who are seeking to fight or to become the wives of fighters. It is a new twist on a recruitment effort that has led several thousand men from Europe and beyond to flock to the battlefield.


3 girls skipped school to sneak off and join ISIS

CNN -- The first indication that something was wrong was a phone call from his daughter's Denver area school to let Assad Ibrahim know that she had not come to class.He dialed her cell. And she answered. But, officials say, she didn't tell him that she was on her way to Syria to join ISIS.She was just late for class, that's all, Ibrahim's daughter told him on Friday, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, which filed a runaway report.


Oldest teen egged others on to fly to Syria

DENVER – Federal sources told NBC News the oldest of the three Denver teens caught in Germany trying to fly to Syria to join jihad fighters "egged on" the other teens to carry out their plan to leave the country.The girls are sisters, ages 15 and 16, of ethnic Somali origin, and third teen is from Sudan. The girls' parents reported them missing as runaways on Friday after they realized the girls' passports and $2,000 in cash were missing.