Canadian Tribe Suicide Emergency, John Kerry Visits Hiroshima Memorial


Canadian Attawapiskat First Nation Suicide Emergency-BBC News

The indigenous community of the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario declared a state of emergency after 11 members of the community attempted suicide on Saturday. The tribe has experienced more than 100 suicide attempts since last September, Canadian media said. Indigenous communities in Canada have high levels of poverty and their life expectancy is below the Canadian average. In response to this crisis, the Weeneebayko Health Authority was flying in nurses and social workers as the First Nation was waiting for Ontario’s minister of health to send aid. “We’ll continue to work to improve living conditions for all indigenous peoples,” Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau said.

Senior North Korean Spy Defects to South-CBS News

A colonel from North Korea’s military spy agency defected from North Korea last year, Seoul officials said. This high-profile defection was announced only a few days after 13 North Koreans defected from a Chinese restaurant to South Korea making it the largest group defection under current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Since the end of the Korean War, more than 290,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea according to South Korean government records. Many North Koreans defect to leave the poverty and harsh political rule found in their former home country.

Kerry Visits Hiroshima Memorial and Underlines U.S.-Japan Alliance-NY Times

Secretary of State John Kerry took part in a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima on Monday to honor the victims of the American atomic bombing 71 years ago. Kerry is the highest-ranking US administration official to visit the Hiroshima memorial. This visit has created speculation if President Obama will travel to Hiroshima during Obama’s planned trip to Japan next month. If Obama visited Hiroshima, he would be the first American President to visit the city during his presidency. Japan has never asked the United States to apologize for the atomic bombings, but Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called Kerry’s visit “a historic day.” “I want to deliver a strong and clear message of peace from Hiroshima to the world,” Kishida said.