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Nigeria's military said Monday it had "besieged" Boko Haram positions in the Islamist militant group's northeastern heartland after setting free 178 hostages, mainly women and children. The ongoing operation has led to the capture of a Boko Haram commander, according to the army, while a "large number" of the extremists have been killed in air strikes. The hostages were released on Sunday near Aulari, about 70 kilometres (40 miles) south of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, once a jihadist stronghold.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago law firm hired by the University of Illinois to investigate allegations of racially motivated mistreatment made by former women's basketball players concluded in a report released Monday that those charges are unfounded.