5 Things to Know (23rd-27th April)

South Korea Turns Off Propaganda Broadcasts

The country has stopped broadcasting propaganda via loudspeakers along the inter-Korean border or the Demilitarized Zone before the summit meeting which will be held on 27th April with both Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un present for it. The speakers have been playing daily since January 2016 (after they were turned back on again) broadcasting local pop music, weather forecasts, and aspects of everyday life in the Southern part of Korea. South Korea has said that turning them off will help in setting the tone for the talks that are supposed to take place on the 27th. They want to ease military tensions with North Korea in order to develop a peaceful summit atmosphere. This decision would hopefully contribute to a new beginning, according to a South Korean spokesman. North Korea also has its own system of speakers along the border that are inclusive of reports involving Seoul and its allies.

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Former President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized

A day after President George’s wife,  Barbara Bush’s funeral took place, he was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital due to an infection that spread to his blood, according to his family spokesman. According to sources, his infection led to sepsis, a life-threatening condition that occurs due to injuries caused in the tissues and organs of the body. Additionally, his blood pressure kept dropping several times and was in a critical condition, although his condition has become stable now. He also revealed that a couple of years back, he suffered from a form of Parkinson’s disease, a long term degenerative disorder of the nervous system. This has left him unable to walk which is why he usually goes around in a wheelchair or a scooter.

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Iranian President Rejects Trump & Macron’s Proposal

President Donald Trump, along with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, have mutually come up with a decision that there should be a new agreement on the nuclear programme of Iran. Mr. Trump spoke about doing something much bigger after the 2015 Iran accord was declared as “insane” by him. In 2015, the country had agreed to discontinue its nuclear programme in return for an easing of economic sanctions imposed upon them. Mr. Trump claimed that the deal should have also covered Yemen, Syria, and other middle-east countries, referring to the 2015 agreement. He has also threatened European signatories to reject an extension of the Obama-era nuclear pact that was signed between Tehran and the world powers (France, UK, and Germany), by a deadline of 12th May. The French President has suggested that the world powers work together in order to ensure that Iran does not step up its nuclear activity after the expiry of the deal’s clauses in 2025. An Iranian Foreign Minister also said that if Trump withdraws his country’s name from the deal, Iran will “most likely” abandon the deal as well.

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Deadliest Mass Killing in Toronto in Decades

On 23rd April, Monday, a rental van was plowed into pedestrians walking on the sidewalk, which killed 10 people and it has been revealed that  he had left a message on social media before the attack was enforced. The suspect, Alek Minassian, 25, was arrested on the same day after the van had driven two kilometers down Yonge Street in northern Toronto. Within minutes of the attack, his Facebook account was deactivated as he had posted something in favor of a mass murderer in the United States who belonged to the “incel” movement, which is an online community of men united by their inability to convince women to have sex with them. The word “incel” stands for “involuntarily celibate.”Authorities in Canada have claimed that it has not been revealed that the suspect had deliberately targeted women during the attack (because most of the victims were females ranging from 20 to 80 year olds).

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Genealogy websites help track Golden State Killer Suspect

Investigators have compared the DNA of a suspect to the genetic profiles available on genealogy websites in order to confirm whether the suspect is the killer or not. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, a former police officer, was arrested on 28th April and has been accused of 12 murders, and over 45 rapes between 1976 to 1986. The investigators of this case utilized DNA from crime scenes that was stored all this time and plugged into an online database. Distant relatives of DeAngelo were discovered, and later leading to someone of the right age who lived in that area, which was Mr. DeAngelo. The test result also confirmed that he was responsible for more than 10 murders in California, with the result showing “positive.” The Golden State Killer wore a mask, and tormented his victims with sadistic rituals. Some of them were shot and killed with a firearm whereas other people, specifically women, were raped.

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