There has been a lot of information floating around about the unspeakably disturbing case of Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who prosecutors believe deliberately crashed Flight 4U9525, killing all on board. It's difficult to separate fact from speculation right now, but here's what is known. Lubitz had a psychiatric condition that he kept hidden from his employer. Several doctors' notes were recovered from Lubitz's home in Germany—including one that was shredded—but it remains to be seen what clues, if any, they'll reveal about the motives for his act of mass murder. In fact, Lubitz's psychiatric state had been evaluated by a German hospital twice in the past two months.

There has been no clear proof of any political or religious motivations for Lubitz (early reports that Lubitz may have converted to radical Islam are very dubious). Despite the natural human desire for some sort of clear narrative, this is one instance in which the evil and terror just may not fit into any neat box. Discuss

Just a day before the country’s presidential elections, the Nigerian military has announced that it has retaken the town of Gwoza, Boko Haram’s self-declared capital of its Islamic caliphate. The Nigerian Defense Headquarters tweeted: "FLASH: Troops this morning captured Gwoza destroying the Headquarters of the Terrorists self-styled Caliphate." Along with the militants who captured or killed in the operation, the military said it is now working to find escaping Boko Haram fighters and rescue hostages.

According to a BBC report though, the battle was also tragic. A local told their reporter that the militants gathered all of the areas elderly people and said that “as they were unable to defend themselves from a military attack, they would be helped on their way to paradise,” before slaughtering them. The country’s military has teamed with forces from several nations in their fight against the radical Islamic group, known for their campaigns of terrorism, mass abductions, village raids and murder. The military claims it now as recaptured all of the area once claimed by Boko Haram ... Discuss

Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin has reportedly unveiled new plans to build a road that would connect New York and London, via a 12,910-mile superhighway. As this image from Fox News shows, much of the highway would follow the Trans-Siberian Railway and connect North America to Russia in some sort of bridge (or maybe a tunnel) over the Bering Strait that would end up in a remote Alaskan town. Though the road could cost trillions of dollars, Yakunin argues that potential economic benefits would eventually make the “inter-state, inter-civilization, project" worth the investment. Who wants to go on a road trip? ... Discuss

Investigators are baffled by new evidence that suggests that one of the pilots of Germanwings Flight 9525 became locked out of the plane’s cabin before it crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 on board. According to a report in The New York Times, audio from a cockpit voice recorder revealed a strange turn of events involving the aircraft’s two pilots.

After a series of normal conversation between the two pilots, one left the cockpit for reasons that are not clear. Moments later, he is heard knocking on the door—eventually attempting to break it down—while the plane rapidly descended and eventually crashed. From the NYT report: “A senior French official involved in the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the lack of communication from the pilots during the plane’s descent was disturbing, and that the possibility that their silence was deliberate could not be ruled out."

UPDATE: Investigators now believe that the co-polite deliberately crashed the plane, killing all 150 people on board. Discuss

A shocking new report from the Associated Press has found that some of the seafood sold in American stores like Kroger, Safeway, Wal-Mart and Albertsons may have been caught by workers enslaved by boat captains. For a year, AP reporters spoke to dozens of slave laborers in an Indonesian village, many of whom were trafficked from the impoverished country of Myanmar. Once in the possession of seafood suppliers, the conditions are truly horrific:

They said the captains on their fishing boats forced them to drink unclean water and work 20- to 22-hour shifts with no days off. Almost all said they were kicked, whipped with toxic stingray tails or otherwise beaten if they complained or tried to rest.

Reporters talked to several men who complained about the conditions, and are now confined “in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea.” Because of the complexity of supply chains, the fish is often hard to track, and is mixed in with other seafood at processing plants. The AP says that they contacted many major chains for comment, and all of them “strongly condemned labor abuses,” and said they were working to take measures to prevent buying from suppliers who use slave labor. The report is horrifying to read, and some of the quotes from the workers are devastating: “If Americans and Europeans are eating this fish, they should remember us. There must be a mountain of bones under the sea." The piece also outlines some of the steps being taken to prevent slave labor, and why ending the practice in the seafood industry is so difficult ... Discuss

According to several reports, Boko Haram militants recently kidnapped up to 500 children from the Nigerian town of Damasak. The reports come after regional forces recaptured the town from the radical Islamic group, who controlled the area for months. A trader told Reuters, “They took 506 young women and children (in Damasak). They killed about 50 of them before leaving." The man’s own wife and daughters were among those kidnapped. Details of the abductions are still not clear. According to witness reports to the BBC, “about 500 children aged 11 and under are missing,” though Reuters says the number is “more than 400 women and children.” Mass abductions have become a hallmark of the radical Islamic militant group which recently pledged allegiance to ISIS. Last spring, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 school-girls, many of whom were forced to convert to Islam and sold as sex slaves or made to marry Boko Haram fighters. There is also evidence that they may have used kidnapped children as suicide bombers ... Discuss