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UN Approves Sanctions Against Nigeria's Boko Haram

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Nigerians living in France hold placards to show support for the release of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria at Trocadero Plaza in Paris, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. A Nigerian government official said "all options are open" in efforts to rescue almost 300 abducted schoolgirls from their captors as U.S. reconnaissance aircraft started flying over this West African country in a search effort. Placard center reads,"oh oh God make Shekau(Abubakar Shekau leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram) eq | ASSOCIATED PRESS

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States says the U.N. Security Council has approved sanctions against the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group Boko Haram which has carried out a wave of deadly attacks and the recent abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power welcomed the council's action on Thursday, calling it "an important step in support of the government of Nigeria's efforts to defeat Boko Haram and hold its murderous leadership accountable for atrocities."

Nigeria asked the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida to add Boko Haram to the list of al-Qaida-linked organizations subject to an arms embargo and asset freeze.

The 14 other council member had until 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) on Thursday to object and none did, so the committee will now add Boko Haram to the al-Qaida sanctions list.

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