Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: 76 Hungry Boko Haram Members Surrender to Nigerian Military

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: 76 Hungry Boko Haram Members Surrender to Nigerian Military

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'El Chapo' is willing to plead guilty in U.S. just let him sleep

Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is willing to plead guilty to any charges in the United States if authorities promise him a short sentence in a medium-security prison, one of his lawyers said Wednesday.

Guzman wants to accelerate the extradition process so he can escape harsh conditions in a Mexican maximum security prison, where guards will not let his client sleep, lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said that he and Guzman's family are reviewing options for a U.S. defense attorney.

"We have talked about a proposal to plead guilty to the charges in the United States without questioning their veracity," said Rodriguez, who heads Guzman's legal team.

The man considered the leader of the Sinaloa cartel faces charges in seven U.S. cities including Chicago, New York, Miami and San Diego.

In Washington, Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment.

Hunger gets best of Boko Haram members * Dozens of emaciated- looking Boko Haram members begging for food have surrendered in northeast Nigeria, the military and a civilian self-defense fighter said Wednesday.

Seventy-six people including children and women surrendered to soldiers last Saturday in Gwoza, about 60 miles southeast of Maiduguri, according to a senior officer. All are being detained at military headquarters in Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the command center of the war against the Islamic extremists, according to the officer. He insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.

The detainees said many more want to surrender, a civilian who helped escort them to Maiduguri told The Associated Press.

Food shortages could indicate that Nigeria's military is succeeding in choking supply routes of the Islamic extremists who have taken their fight across Nigeria's borders. …

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