NATIONAL NEWS: US and China fight North Korean nuclear tests, Chicago mayor appoints interim police superintendent, Mississippi woman pleads guilty to terror charges


US and China fight North Korean nuclear tests

President Obama announced March 31 that the United States and China will work together to stop North Korea from carrying out future missile tests. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at a nuclear summit in Washington, D.C., to discuss ways to “discourage action like nuclear missile tests,” said Obama. Hours after this meeting, a South Korean news agency reported that North Korea had test-fired another missile. This is in addition to two other sanction violations this year. After these violations, the U.N. and U.S. imposed more sanctions with China’s support. These new regulations dictate that North Korean ships that arrive in China “must be inspected for contraband and imports halted if there is proof profits from those exchanges go towards the North’s nuclear programme,” according to the BBC. Obama also plans to work together with two other allies, South Korea and Japan, on the issue.

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Chicago mayor appoints interim police superintendent

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Eddie Johnson as interim police superintendent March 28 in an effort to bring stability to the city that battles violent crime. Johnson has worked for the Chicago Police Department since 1988 when he started as a beat cop, eventually working his way up to chief of patrol, stated CNN. Emanuel says that Johnson will be able to build support for the police both within the department and in the community. Although many people in the community support Johnson, the mayor’s pick was surprising because Johnson was not one of the three people recommended by the Chicago Police Board. Johnson has a long road ahead of him, facing homicide rates that have earned Chicago the name “murder city.”

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Mississippi woman pleads guilty to terror charges

Jaelyn Young, who was formerly a chemistry major at Mississippi State University, “pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday (March 29) to one count of conspiring to provide material support to ISIS,” according to Fox News. Young converted to Islam in March 2015 and began to express disapproval of the United States government as well as to show support for Shariah law’s implementation in the U. S. Both she and her fiancé, Muhammad Dakhlalla, planned on moving to Syria where Young would become an ISIS medic. Young and Dakhlalla were arrested Aug. 8 before boarding a flight to Istanbul. Earlier the two had contacted undercover federal agents about traveling to Syria, causing authorities to begin tracking them.

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