We know you’re busy so we’re breaking down the what’s happenings in the world. Powered by Pressed News, here is your round up of what you need to know about this past week.
1. DEM DEBATES
This week, Democratic presidential hopefuls kicked off another round of debates.
It’s a crowded field of 20 Dems hoping to go up against President Trump in 2020. Here’s the full roster: Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Tim Ryan, Marianne Williamson, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, Andrew Yang, Bill de Blasio, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Most people expected Senators Sanders and Warren, two of the most recognizable names in the game, to battle it out against each other. Instead, they sided with each other on major issues, i.e. they both agreed that families arriving at the U.S. border looking for refuge shouldn’t be criminalized. Warren had the line of the debate and Biden was criticized for greeting Harris by saying “go easy on me, kid.”
While businessman Andrew Yang had the least amount of airtime, he made well-articulated points, like setting the record straight that more workers are replaced by robots than immigrants. Other surprises included Senator Booker and Congressman Castro, who used their closing statements to call for Trump’s impeachment. Here’s more info on where candidates stand on certain issues.
2. CAPITAL FAIL
In yet another data breach – one of the largest ever – 6 million people in Canada and 100 million people in the U.S. had their information stolen from a hacker. Capital One said the hack happened in March and was discovered on July 19th. Stolen data included personal info like names, addresses, and phone numbers, but also consisted of financial info like credit scores and payment history. About 1 million Canadian social insurance numbers and 140,000 American social security numbers were also stolen. Fortunately, login info and credit card numbers were not compromised.
Who did it?
The suspected hacker, Paige Thompson, was arrested over the breach. The former software engineer got caught posting on GitHub about stealing info from Capital One’s servers. If found guilty, Thompson could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank said he is “deeply sorry for what has happened.” The credit company will offer free credit monitoring and identity protection to anyone affected.
3. FLYING SOLO
To no one’s surprise, North Korea (NK) is launching missiles again. Early Wednesday morning, NK shot two short-range missiles from the Wonsan area that flew 250km before landing in the Sea of Japan. NK said the launch was a warning to South Korea over its military drills with the U.S. Those drills – which NK sees as preparation for war – are scheduled to take place in August.
But aren’t relations getting better?
It’s complicated. President Trump and NK leader Kim Jong-un have been on and off for years. Most recently, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea when Kim invited him to cross the line over to NK at the DMZ – a neutral area between the two Koreas. At the time, the leaders agreed to restart renegotiations over the denuclearization of North Korea. But this is the second time in a week that NK has launched missiles off its coast.
4. TEEN SEARCH
Canada’s most wanted teens are still on the run, but it looks like the police are scaling back their search. It’s been over a week since Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19 were declared suspects in a triple murder. Reminder: on July 15th, a young couple on a road trip to Alaska was found shot dead on the Alaska highway. A few days later, 64-year-old Leonard Dyck of Vancouver was found dead near the Dease Lake, B.C. area. The last place the teens were spotted was in the Gillam, Manitoba area, where their burnt-out Toyota was found. Police have since searched more than 500 homes and buildings and looked into over 250 public tips. But, no luck. The military has been called off and the RCMP in Manitoba will slowly be scaling back officers. Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy said the search is not over, however. Officers will continue to follow up on tips and be strategic about their search.
5. GOOD NEWS
Volunteers in Ethiopia just planted 350 million trees in 12 hours. In addition to doing good for the environment, the feat nabbed the country a world record. Called the “Green Legacy” initiative, the aim is to re-tree areas of Ethiopia’s land damaged by deforestation. Started by the country’s PM, Abiy Ahmed, the program’s end goal is to plant 4 billion trees by the end of October, and according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, 2.6 billion are already in the ground. Keep it up!
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