5 things to know on Friday, April 21, 2017

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In a hurry this morning? We’ve got a cheat sheet to help you catch up on the news before you get to work: Prosecutors are set to announce the latest in the investigation into an attack in Paris that left one cop dead; a U.S. border charity says it’s seeing a spike in asylum seekers looking to enter Canada; the Department of National Defence has announced a change in policy for injured troops; 100 men have been arrested in the York Region for child prostitution; and two studies say they have found a link between soft drinks and changes in your brain.

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1. Attack aftermath in Paris: France is convening its government’s security council today in the wake of an attack in Paris yesterday that left one police officer dead, and three other people injured. French prosecutors are expected to hold a press conference to announce the latest details in the investigation. The attack comes four days before the country heads to the polls for a new president.

2. Helping hand for asylum seekers: A U.S. border charity says it’s seen a spike in the number of asylum seekers looking to cross in to Canada since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected. The charity, called Vive, says they’re fielding as many as 2,000 calls a day.

3. Change in injured troop policy: Ill and injured soldiers will no longer be forced to leave the Canadian Forces until their pension cheques are set, a major policy shift for the Department of National Defence.

4. Major arrests: York Regional Police in Ontario are set to hold a press conference at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the arrest of 100 men charged in relation to child prostitution.

5. Soft drinks, dementia and strokes? Two new studies have found a link between soft drinks – both regular and diet – to brain changes, stroke and dementia. The researchers found that people who frequently drank sugary drinks more likely to have poorer memory and smaller brain volumes.

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