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This Week In World: Kyoto Fire, El Chapo, and More

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Kyoto Fire; Arsonists Kill 33 At Anime Studio

There are 33 confirmed dead and numerous more injured after a fire at an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan. The Kyoto fire, set by a 41-year-old suspect, started Thursday morning. Police say the suspect broke into the studio in the morning, sprayed gasoline, and ignited it. Police then soon detained him and took him to the hospital to treat his minor injuries.

KyoAni, the name of the studio, produces films and graphic novels. In addition, many citizens hold the studio in high regard. Currently, the suspect’s relation to the studio is unknown. Police reports say they had heard the man say “drop dead” shortly after lighting the fire.

Mexico President Says El Chapo’s Treatment Is Inhumane

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called the treatment of jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman inhumane on Thursday. At the same time, he vowed to bring down violence caused by drug trafficking in order to create a society less obsessed with material wealth. A judge sentenced Guzman to life plus 30 years in prison, after an 11-week-long trial that ended in February.

However, Obrador, in his daily morning conference, said that sentences like the one Guzman received “made life no longer worth living.” When asked if he expected violence to increase due to the sentencing, Obrador responded, “No, on the contrary. We think that bit by bit the number of criminal incidents will decline.”

US Removes Turkey From F-35

The United States announced that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program on Wednesday. This is due to Turkey accepting the delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system. Because of this, the US and the other nations involved in F-35 began the process to remove Turkey from the program.

“The U.S. and other F-35 partners are aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey from the program and initiate the process to formally remove Turkey from the program,” Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said.

Iran Seizes “Fuel Smuggling” Tanker

Iran announced that it had seized a fuel tanker and its 12-man crew on Sunday. for smuggling fuel into the Gulf. They said that the vessel smuggled nearly 220,000 gallons of fuel. Because of this, Iranian speedboats surrounded the Panamanian tanker.

3 Moroccans Receive Death Penalty For Murdering Hikers

A judge sentenced three Moroccan Islamic Group supporters to death for the murders of two Scandinavian hikers. The men, who recorded the murders on their phone, will be the first people in Morocco to be executed since 1993. The verdict also follows an 11-week trial, where the mother of one of the girls gave a statement. “The most just thing would be to give these beasts the death penalty they deserve,” she said.