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Five things you should know for March 15: attacks in New Zealand, North Korea, Brexit, climate protests

At least 49 people were killed in Christchurch after gunmen opened fire on two mosques. Dozens more have been injured, many seriously, and the death toll is expected to increase. Three men and one woman were arrested, a 28-year-old man charged with murder. Witnesses say that the man has run in and opened fire on innocent worshipers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was a well-coordinated attack, calling it "one of New Zealand's darkest days."

2. North Korea

North Korea could suspend nuclear talks with the US. The Deputy Foreign Minister of the North says the country has "no intention of giving in to US demands" or to continue the negotiations. She said Pyongyang was disappointed when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's and US President Donald Trump's talks failed in Vietnam last month. She accused the US delegation that the Americans were too inflexible and demanding. The US has not yet commented on the minister's comments.

3rd college admission scandal

Investigators who found out what was considered the university's biggest scam scandal did not even look for it. They investigated a completely different case when they got a tip. It came from a financial officer who was investigated in a fraud case by the government. In an effort to save his own skin, the executive said a football coach had accepted bribes to help the executive's daughter reach Yale, the Wall Street Journal reported. The investigators took it from there.

4th Brexit

The United Kingdom should leave the European Union in two weeks. However, it is now unclear whether this timeline applies. Yes, the legislator yesterday voted to postpone Brexit (and rejected a call for a second referendum), but now the ball is in the hands of EU leaders. You have to agree to give Britain more time and there is no guarantee that this will happen. The EU wants the UK to have a withdrawal agreement before agreeing to the delay. But the British Parliament has already beaten such a deal twice with large margins. The pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May is therefore again to conclude a withdrawal agreement, which the UK legislator will accept.

5. Climate change strikes

Tens of thousands of students around the world today are leaving class and taking to the streets to protest lax government action against climate change. Global climate change takes place in more than 100 countries. The strikes began in Australia and New Zealand, students marched in front of government buildings, singing and raising signs saying, "Change politics, not the climate." Today, there will be strikes in almost every US state. You can meet some of the participating teens and stay up to date here.



President Trump tweeted after the Senate to block his national emergency declaration


Last days

Netflix canceled the restart of "One Day at a Time," and social media was not happy about that.

Brains + courage

He was almost homeless in his young life, but this amazing 17-year-old from New Jersey was admitted to 17 colleges.

Act of kindness

She has to travel two hours by train every day to see her premature daughter. Thanks to the Zugschaffners, however, they can make the journey for free.

Happy (campaign) ways

The democratic field of 2020 lost a qualified bachelor. Actress and activist Rosario Dawson confirms that she and Senator Cory Booker are together.

Best ace ever

The pin on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass is on the infamous Island Green. But all that water did not bother Ryan Moore, who landed a hole-in-one.


Quiz time

This carmaker is working on a vehicle that can drive over the lunar surface.

A. Tesla


C. Toyota

D. Porsche

Play Total Recall, CNN's weekly news quiz, to see if your answer is right.



The number of new businesses that Dollar General will open this year is planned



puppy love

There is no better way to say goodbye to a challenging week than with an armful of sweet puppies. (Click to show.)


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