May 9, 2014 10:03 PM by Rob Quirk
The U.N. Security Council is calling for the perpetrators of terrorist acts by Boko Haram in Nigeria to be held accountable for what may amount to crimes against humanity and is hinting at sanctions against the Islamist extremist group.
The Security Council expressed "profound outrage" at Boko Haram's abduction of 276 school girls on April 14 and eight girls on May 5, and demanded their immediate release. It also strongly condemned a May 5 attack that caused hundreds of deaths and injuries.
The council said terrorist attacks conducted by Boko Haram since 2009 "have caused large-scale and devastating loss of life and represent a threat to the stability and peace of west and central Africa."
Meantime, Michelle Obama is delivering the president's weekly address this week, and she will focus the radio and Internet address on Mother's Day and the nearly 300 girls who remain missing.
The case has sparked international outrage. The U.S. and other nations are assisting the Nigerian government in its efforts to find the girls.
This week, Mrs. Obama tweeted a photo of herself in the White House holding a sign with the message "(hashtag) Bring Back Our Girls."
Mrs. Obama has joined President Barack Obama on past weekly addresses. Saturday's will be the first one she delivers alone.