This Week in the News | 23/03/18

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10 people died and 15 more were injured after a van hit a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto. The suspect was arrested near the scene of the attack in a stand-off with the police shortly after. No shots were fired despite the suspect falsely announcing that he carried a gun. Police said that the attack was deliberate and the suspect would not have associations with a terror group. Neighbours and former classmates said he was not a social person and struggled with mental illness.

North Korea has suspended its nuclear bomb tests and announced that a test site will be shut down. Leader Kim Jong-un deemed further tests unnecessary and said the country’s nuclear capabilities had been “verified”. The announcement comes before the first summit between North and South Korea in over a decade.

DJ Avicii has died aged 28. The Swede, whose real name was Tim Bergling, had struggled with health issues for years, said to be due to excessive drinking. Avicii retired from touring in 2016.

'The Simpsons' voice actor Hank Azaria said he was “willing to step aside” from voicing character Apu. This comes in light of a recent documentary that argues the Indian character was based on racial stereotypes. Mr Azaria said he did not mean to cause offence and that his “eyes have been opened”. He asked for a better representation of South Asians in the show that has been running since 1990.

Danish inventor Peter Madsen was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Ms Wall was working on a story and planned to interview Madsen on his self-built submarine between Copenhagen and Malmö last August. When she did not return from the submarine trip, her boyfriend alarmed the police. Her mutilated torso was found on a beach ten days later. Madsen said that he would appeal against the conviction.

The last surviving person born in the 19th century has died. Nabi Tajima from Kikai, Japan was born on 4 August 1900, and died last Saturday aged 117. She is the third oldest person validated ever and is said to have more than 160 descendants. She stated her long life was due to eating delicious food and sleeping soundly.

Arsenal FC Manager Arsene Wenger has announced to step down from his job at the end of the season. The Frenchman has been in charge for 22 years, winning three Premier League and seven FA Cup titles.

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