5 things to know for March 15: New Zealand attacks, North Korea, Brexit, climate protests

At least 49 people were killed in Christchurch after gunmen opened fire on two mosques. Dozens more are injured, many of them seriously, and the death toll should increase. Three men and a woman were arrested, with a man, 28, charged with murder. Witnesses say that the man entered and opened fire on innocent worshipers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was a well-coordinated attack and called this "one of the darkest days in New Zealand".

2. North Korea

North Korea could suspend nuclear talks with the United States. The vice foreign minister of the North states that the country has "no intention of giving in to US demands" or continuing negotiations. He said that Pyongyang was disappointed by the break-up of negotiations during last month's Vietnam summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump and blamed the US delegation, saying Americans were inflexible and too demanding . The United States has not yet commented on the minister's comments.

3. University admission scandal

Investigators who discovered what has been called the biggest admission to the university, the cheating scandal were never even looking for him. They were investigating a completely separate case when they received a suggestion. It came from a financial executive who had been investigated by the Feds in a fraud case. This executive, in an attempt to save his own skin, told them that a football coach had accepted bribes to help the executive's daughter enter Yale, according to the Wall Street Journal. Investigators took it from there.

4. Brexit

The UK should leave the European Union two weeks from now. But it is not clear now whether this timeline will remain. Yes, the parliamentarians voted yesterday to delay Brexit (and rejected an appeal for a second referendum), but now the ball is in the hands of the leaders of the EU. They will have to agree to give the UK more time, and there is no guarantee that this will happen. The EU wants the UK to have a withdrawal agreement before accepting the delay. But the British Parliament has already broken down such an agreement twice, with wide margins. So the pressure is once again on Prime Minister Theresa May to come up with a withdrawal agreement that UK lawmakers will accept.

5. Climate change strikes

Tens of thousands of students around the world are coming out of class today and are walking the streets protesting the government's action on climate change. The Global Climate Strike takes place in over 100 countries. Strikes began in Australia and New Zealand, with students marching in front of government buildings, songs and signs that read "Changing politics, not climate". There will also be strikes today in almost all of the United States. You can meet some of the participating kids and keep up with the latest guys here.



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