After killing at least 40 people in their latest series of raids on villages in northern Nigeria this week, Boko Haram militants appear to have Maiduguri and it’s 2 million residents surrounded. From CBC News: “In Maiduguri, some 200 kilometers north of Michika, people fleeing militant attacks in neighboring Borno state say that Boko Haram fighters warned they are preparing ‘a big grave’ for them in Maiduguri and that ‘there will be no mercy.’” Though Nigerian military forces were able to fight off Boko Haram militants this weekend in Maiduguri, there are reports that the city is now surrounded and several roads in have been taken over Boko Haram. Authorities fear that the terrorist group my be planning a massive attack soon ... Discuss

According to reports from the region, more than 200 individuals were killed in the latest face-off between the Nigerian military and Boko Haram militants in the northern part of the country. The battle comes as Secretary of State John Kerry visited the capital city, urging officials to ensure that the nation’s upcoming elections will be peaceful and fair. Kerry visited with both candidates and told the leaders that the U.S. would offer more help in the fight against the brutal terrorist group if the democratic elections remained “credible, transparent and accountable.” Though many of the deaths in the latest attacks were Boko Haram fighters, according to The Guardian, the militants specifically targeted innocent civilians: “Survivors reported that the rebels rampaged through villages slitting throats of residents, looting and burning homes and abducting dozens of trapped women and children” ... Discuss

A major story is developing in Yemen, where the president and his entire government have suddenly resigned. With no one officially in charge, the opportunity now exists for Houthi rebels to formalize a takeover. The move comes after President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi met with the rebel group’s representatives in meetings hosted by the U.N. envoy to the country. As The New York Times reports, Armed Houthi fighters recently took over the capital city of Sana and several large regions in the northern part of Yemen. The meetings were seen as an effort to prevent a full military take over by Houthi, but with the mass-resignations, it appears that the agreements between the two sides have broken down. Gunmen from the rebel group are still holding a presidential aid hostage and have not with drawn from the capital ... Discuss

Authorities have arrested a 23-year-old Palestinian man for allegedly stabbing nine people on a bus in Tel Aviv. Five of the victims sustained serious injuries. Police say it was an act of terrorism. The alleged perpetrator was shot by police and wounded while attempting to flee. In a statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Palestinian Authority is responsible for inciting the knife attack on civilians. He told Haaretz, “We will continue to act with force against terrorism that has tried to hit us since the establishment of the state, and we will make sure that it does not achieve its goals” ... Discuss

New studies from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have found that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on planet earth. Temperature records were broken across the world, including in parts Alaska, North Africa, Europe, Eastern Russia and South America. The director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies said the findings clearly suggest man-made climate change is a reality we must deal with. “The data shows quite clearly that it's the greenhouse gas trends that are responsible for the majority of the trends.” The new studies underscore concerns from the U.N. that increasing extreme weather could effect how much of the world is able to access food and clean water ... Discuss

According to a new report from Oxfam, global wealth inequality is set to hit a shocking milestone by next year. The anti-poverty organization says that the richest 1 percent of people in the world will possess more than half of the world’s wealth by 2016. On average, those in the category of the richest 1 percent had a wealth of $2.7 million. When it comes to the super rich, the stats become even more staggering. The richest 85 individuals in the world have the same amount of money as the poorest 3.5 billion combined. The director of Oxfam told The Guardian that “one in nine people do not have enough to eat and more than a billion people still live on less than $1.25 a day.” Their “Wealth: Having It All and Wanting More” report comes ahead of the upcoming World Economic Forum, where politicians from around the world will gather to discuss financial policies ... Discuss