The 29-minute video released online on Sunday shows two groups of dark-skinned captives. It says one group is held by an ISIL affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south.
A masked fighter delivers a long statement before the video switches between footage of the captives in the south being shot to death and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach.
The footage released online shows one group of about 12 men being beheaded
by armed men on a beach and another group of at least 16 being shot in the head in a desert area.
It was not immediately clear who the captives were.
The "current hypothesis is cause of the event is herbicides," WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said in a Tweet.
"Tests done so far are negative for viral and bacterial infection," he added.
The victims began showing symptoms early last week in what Ondo state spokesman Kayode Akinmade called a "mysterious disease," prompting fears of a new infectious disease outbreak in a region ravaged by Ebola.
The victims, whose symptoms included headache, weight loss, blurred vision and loss of consciousness, died within a day of falling ill in the town of Ode-Irele, in southwestern Ondo state.
Source: http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/africa/90433-weedkiller-nigeria-mystery-disease?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A rappler %28Rappler%29
Relying heavily on law enforcement sources and the hint of mass civil disorder, reporting on flakka often resembles previous moral panics about drugs like krokodil and jenkem. Words like "superhuman strength" are thrown around rather carelessly.
Here's a sampling of some of the odder stories to flood out of Florida concerning this supposed flakka epidemic:
Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships - some with weapons - toward Yemen in a potential attempt to resupply the Shia Houthi rebels, according to two U.S. defense officials.
Officials fear the move could lead to a showdown with the U.S. or other members of a Saudi-led coalition, which is enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen and is conducting its fourth week of airstrikes against the Houthis.
Iran sent a destroyer and another vessel to waters near Yemen last week but said it was part of a routine counter-piracy mission.
What's unusual about the new deployment, which set out this week, is that the Iranians are not trying to conceal it, officials said. Instead, they appear to be trying to "communicate it" to the U.S. and its allies in the Gulf.
I have been postulating since mid-December that the strange volatility we've been experiencing in the markets - combined with the most intensive effort I've ever seen by the Plunge Protection Team (the Fed the Treasury' Working Group on Financial Markets) to prop up the stock market and keep a manipulative cap on gold - is occurring because there' is a massive derivatives melt-down going on behind the scenes. The volatility reflects the turmoil and the market intervention in stocks and precious metals reflects the effort to keep the problem covered up.
"California' in the midst of a 4-year-old drought," he said. "They tell us there' a year' supply of water left. If it doesn't rain next year, what do 20 million people in the breadbasket of the world do? In a place that' the fifth-largest GDP - if California were a country, it'd be fifth in line - we're about to be arid! What do you do about it?"
Here' the plan:
"So I'm starting a Kickstarter campaign. I want $30 billion . to build a pipeline like the Alaska pipeline. Say, from Seattle - a place where there' a lot of water. There' too much water. How bad would it be to get a large, 4-foot pipeline, keep it aboveground - because if it leaks, you're irrigating!"
And where would this water pipeline go?
"Bring it down here and fill one of our lakes! Lake Mead!"
I was a little skeptical. It didn't sound doable. The political hassles, the fights with local towns, the environmental impact.
"No, it' simple," Shatner replied. "They did it in Alaska - why can't they do it along Highway 5? This whole area' about to go under!"