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Source: Reuters

New Zealand marks one week since mosque attack with prayers, scarves

Today 08:59 GMT

New Zealanders prepared for nationwide prayers on Friday to mark one week since a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch killed 50 worshippers.

Candlelight vigils continued until late on Thursday across the country, while government officials worked through the night to prepare the mosque and the bodies of the deceased for a mass burial that expected after the prayers. Police said there would be a “heightened presence” on Friday to reassure those attending weekly prayers.

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Source: DW

Turkey's Erdogan shows Christchurch mosque shooting video again despite protest from New Zealand

Today 07:00 GMT

Turkey's Erdogan continues to show footage from the Christchurch mosque shooting to drum up support ahead of local elections.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday again showed a video from the Christchurch mosque massacre at a campaign rally despite sharp criticism from New Zealand. Speaking to a crowd in Kutahya ahead of the March 31 local election, Erdogan showed footage of the shooting and told his conservative supporters that the killings were part of an attack on Turkey and Islam.

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Source: The Guradian

Facebook could have moved faster on Christchurch video 'if it were suicide'

Today 08:59 GMT

Facebook has released more details of its response to the Christchurch terrorist attack, including the extraordinary admission that it did not deal with the attacker’s live stream as quickly as it could have, because it was not reported to the social network as a video of “suicide”. The company has a system called “accelerated review” when a complaint is raised over a live stream or video which flags it as an urgent priority.

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Source: Global News

‘New Zealand mourns with you. We are one,’ PM tells Christchurch Muslims near shooting site

Today 07:00 GMT

New Zealand shooting — Prime Minister tells Christchurch Muslims that country is ‘united in grief’. Residents of Christchurch are still recovering from a devastating earthquake that hit in 2011, killing 185 and injured thousands.

The Muslim call to prayer rang out over Christchurch and around New Zealand on Friday, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people killed by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago.

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Source: BBC

'Bad actors' spread Christchurch videos

Today 08:59 GMT

Facebook said the automatic systems it uses to spot propaganda or terrorist output were caught out in two ways with the Christchurch videos.

The information comes as ISPs in Australia and New Zealand reveal they have blocked dozens of sites that shared videos of the attacks. No reports about the graphic content in the live stream were made until 12 minutes after it ended, said Facebook.

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Source: Global News

‘What leadership looks like’: New Zealand PM’s gun reform earns praise from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Today 08:59 GMT

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is praising New Zealand’s prime minister for her swift action on gun control in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

In wake of New Zealand attack, experts say mass shootings can spur stricter gun control. Twenty children and six educators were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting on Dec. 12, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, a massacre that has become a flashpoint for gun control advocates in the United States.

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Source: DW

New Zealand minister in Turkey to confront Erdogan

Today 09:00 GMT

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters landed in Istanbul on Friday to challenge Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about why he has repeatedly shown alleged footage of a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch that left 50 people dead.

Erdogan's other contentious comments: The president has also vowed to make the shooter pay if New Zealand fails to do so and send anti-Muslim Australians "back in coffins" like their grandfathers who had fought against Turkish Ottoman forces in World War I.. Australia's anger subsides: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison summoned the Turkish ambassador to protest Erdogan's comments, but has since welcomed a "moderation of the president's views."

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Source: The Guradian

New Zealand brings in sweeping gun-law changes in wake of Christchurch attacks

Today 02:25 GMT

Assault rifles and military-style semi-automatics have been banned in New Zealand after Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, announced sweeping and immediate changes to gun laws following the Christchurch mosque shootings.

Given the urgency of the legislation, Ardern said there would be a shortened select-committee process for the legislation and that she expects the amendments to the Arms Act to be passed within the next session of parliament on Monday.

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Source: BBC

Ardern vows never to say gunman's name

Wednesday 01:30 GMT

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to never speak the name of the gunman in the Christchurch attacks.

Police say the killer used military-style assault weapons modified to make them more deadly - which is not illegal under current legislation.

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Source: The Guradian

New Zealand shooting: Ardern says she will never speak suspect's name

Wednesday 01:30 GMT

Jacinda Ardern has said she will render the person accused over the Christchurch terrorist attack “nameless” and urged the public to speak the victims’ names instead. Addressing parliament for the first time since Friday’s attack, the New Zealand prime minister said the accused would face “the full force of the law in New Zealand” but that she would never speak his name.

She warned social media companies over their role in spreading video of the attack, saying “they are the publisher, not just the postman”.

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Source: BBC

Christchurch and the new threat of alt-right violence

Tuesday 19:05 GMT

Shortly after the attack, on the nearly-anything-goes message boards 8chan and 4chan, there were a few scattered thoughts of condolence for the victims.

One question raised in the aftermath of the attack is: Why aren't the authorities doing more to monitor sites like 4chan and 8chan to pick up on potential extremist activity? Setting aside the difficulty of tracing people who use the completely anonymous message boards, even constant monitoring might not be effective.

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Source: Global News

‘You won’t hear me speak his name’: New Zealand PM determined to deny gunman notoriety

Wednesday 01:30 GMT

The white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare Tuesday that she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his racist views.

“I agree that it is absolutely something that we need to acknowledge, and do what we can to prevent the notoriety that this individual seeks,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters.

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Source: DW

Christchurch: The myth of the lone wolf attacker

Tuesday 22:44 GMT

"Europe is becoming increasingly familiar with attacks by extremists, but Breivik's actions made him the deadliest lone wolf attacker in the continent's history," Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad wrote in Newsweek in April 2016.

The alleged perpetrator in Christchurch, who was initially described as a lone wolf only a few hours after the terrorist attack on two mosques, deeply worshipped Breivik.

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Source: Reuters

'I still love you': Christchurch survivor forgives his wife's killer

Tuesday 22:44 GMT

A wheelchair-using worshipper who survived the slaughter at Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque, but whose wife was killed, has offered an olive branch to the gunman, saying he would like to meet him and telling him “I still love you.”

“I want to give the message to the person who did this, or if he has any friends who also think like this: I still love you,” Farhid Ahmed, 59, told Reuters in an interview at his house, as mourners arrived to offer condolences for his wife, Husna.

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Source: The Guradian

Why was I asked to condemn Islamist violence days after Christchurch?

Tuesday 17:14 GMT

Less than two days after the horror of the massacre of 50 Muslims in two mosques in New Zealand, I was asked in an interview on the BBC news channel whether or not I think Muslim communities in the UK do enough to condemn Islamist extremism.

“There’s a straightforward problem here, isn’t there – one of the reasons that some of this language has become common is bluntly because of the Islamist violence and the Islamist extremism that has happened – one of the criticisms we hear in this country has been that there isn’t enough criticism of those people by the mainstream Islamic community – what do you say to that?”. Ordinarily, I would not be surprised by this question.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte