Khorri Atkinson 7 hours ago
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Report: More than 100 girls missing after Boko Haram school attack in Nigeria
A march and vigil in the Nigerian capital of Abuja in memory of the 276 girls Boko Haram kidnapped from their school in 2014. Photo: Henry Chukwuedo / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

More than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls remain missing on Wednesday two days after armed Boko Haram extremists attacked a boarding school in a village located in northern Nigeria, BBC reports.

What happened: The school was raided on Monday, but many students and staff reportedly fled before the militants arrived. A state official said 815 students had returned, out of 926 who attend the school, the BBC reports. This attack comes four years after the Islamic extremist group abducted more than 276 girls from the Chibok boarding school in Nigeria. Some escaped as part of a negotiation between Nigeria’s government and the group, but about 100 of the girls are believed to still be with their captors.

Steve LeVine 8 hours ago
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What happens in an age of "peak human"
Hopping a ride in Jalandhar, India. Photo: Shammi Mehra / AFP / Getty

Earth will have almost 10 billion people by 2050, according to the United Nations, and yet another billion by the turn of the century, creating a substrate of tension under climate change, aging, and automation. But Vienna-based demographers say these forecasts overstate the population trend. Instead, they say, we are headed for a population plateau and decline — in short, "peak human."

Stef W. Kight 9 hours ago
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Reports of suicide attempts skyrocket in Puerto Rico

The number of hotline calls reporting suicide attempts in Puerto Rico nearly tripled after Hurricane Maria hit the region last September. The suicide rate is now the highest it's been in four years, following a historic low in 2016, according to data from Puerto Rico's Department of Health and reporting by El Nuevo Dia.

Data: Puerto Rico Commission for Suicide Prevention; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Why it matters: It will take Puerto Rico years to fully recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria — it's already taken several months just to restore power and provide clean water to most of the island. Julio Santana Mariño, a psychology professor at Universidad Carlos Albizu, told Vox, "when you add the stress of more than five months without power, without food, living patterns change ... it makes it harder for people to manage daily life."

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Melania Trump's parents likely relied on "chain migration" to get green cards
Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, the parents of Melania Trump. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Melania Trump's parents are legal permanent residents of the U.S. and "likely relied" on the process President Trump has referred to as "chain migration," and proposed ending, the Washington Post reports citing "people familiar with their status" and immigration experts.

Why it matters: Trump has suggested limiting immigration sponsorship to spouses and minor children. Per the Post, the first lady's Slovenia-born parents most likely relied on the broader policies currently in place to obtain their green cards.

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EU’s awkward squad: Hungary backs Poland in rule of law dispute with Brussels
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban (C) and Poland's President Andrzej Duda (R) at a 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw. Photo: JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images

In a further sign of the populist governments in Hungary and Poland forming an ‘awkward squad’ within the European Union, the Hungarian parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of supporting Poland in its fight with Brussels over the rule of law in the country.

Why it matters: This move by the Hungarian parliament, which passed by an overwhelming margin, could scupper the European Commission’s efforts to bring the recalcitrant Poland to heel. Triggering the Article 7 — the unprecedented “nuclear option” that could lead to the loss of Poland’s EU voting rights — requires the support of all the other 27 member states, including Hungary.

Shannon Vavra 14 hours ago
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Where the U.S. stands at the Winter Olympics
Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins at the Olympics.
Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins at the Olympics. Photo: Nils Petter Nilsson / Getty Images

Two Americans, Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins, just won gold in team cross-country skiing at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They are now the first American cross-country skiers to win a gold medal in the sport.

Medal count: The U.S. has taken home 6 gold medals, 4 silver, and 6 bronze, landing it in fifth place behind Norway who leads the medal count, Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands, according to Pyeongchang's medal tracker.

Ina Fried 18 hours ago
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Indian entrepreneurs pledge $30 million to use "AI for good"
Indian Prime Minister Modi attended the recent opening of the Wadhwani Institute in Mumbai
Indian Prime Minister Modi attended the recent opening of the Wadhwani Institute in Mumbai. Photo: Wadhwani Institute

A new research center in Mumbai aims to use artificial intelligence to help the hundreds of millions of people that live on less than $2 a day.

Why it matters:

"The benefits of AI are going to the top whatever — 5,10 20 percent. ... So far it's made relatively little difference to the bottom 20-30 percent of the world's population."
— India entrepreneur Sunil Wadhwani tells Axios
Alina Polyakova 20 hours ago
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Mueller indictment shows the evolution of Kremlin political warfare
Vladimir Putin in front of Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Red Square. Photo: Mikhail Metzel / TASS via Getty Images

Robert Mueller's indictment against 13 Russians involved with the St. Petersburg–based Internet Research Agency (IRA) reveals that the organization was much more than a social media "troll farm." Rather, it was the hub of a multi-layered, methodical and well-funded intelligence operation against the United States.

Why it matters: The Kremlin, heavily staffed by former KGB and FSB intelligence officers, has adapted its old "chaos strategy" for the digital age. And cyber-fueled political warfare is cheaper, more efficient and far more difficult to contain.

Axios Feb 20
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North Koreans canceled a secret meeting with Pence
Pence in South Korea
President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-sook, Karen Pence, Mike Pence, above them President of North Korea Kim Yong-nam and Kim Yo-jong, sister of President of North Korea Kim Jong-un during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

During his visit to South Korea, Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but it was cancelled two hours before it was supposed to happen, the Washington Post reported and the State Department has now confirmed.

“North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the Vice President softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics.”
— Nick Ayers, the vice president’s chief of staff

Why it matters: Pence took a far more hardline tone against the North Koreans during his trip to Asia, the Post says, in contrast to "the image of progress being promoted by the South Koreans, who would also have been eager to involve the United States in direct talks with the North."

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Water conservation in Cape Town pushes 'Day Zero' back to July
People wait in line for water in Cape Town. Photo: Kyodo News via Getty Images

Officials in Cape Town on Tuesday moved the date when taps are expected to run dry in the drought-stricken city to July 9 from June 4, after residents cut back on their water usage.

  • The backdrop: "Day Zero" for South Africa's second most populous city was initially slated for April 22 and has gradually been pushed back. The city has experienced three consecutive years of drought, and rains needed to refill dams have not come. The hope is that by July, South Africa's winter, rains will return and push Day Zero off indefinitely.
  • Until then: The Daily Maverick reports that water usage restrictions are still in place and many retail outlets are limiting how much bottled water customers can buy — "rest assured that the city will be quick to shame said residents should they use too much water yet again."