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Source: Reuters

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

Today 08:05 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: Reuters

New Zealand bans military type semi-automatic weapons used in...

Today 08:04 GMT

New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in its worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.

Australia banned semi-automatic weapons and launched a gun buy-back after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 in which 35 people were killed. Ardern said that similar to Australia, the law would allow for strictly enforced exemptions for farmers for pest control and animal welfare.

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Source: Reuters

Shaken by mosque massacre, New Zealand gun owners prepare to hand...

Today 08:04 GMT

Ardern was applauded by many, but there was uncertainty about how the rural community that make up most of the country’s quarter of a million gun owners, would react.

Mike Salvesen was working on his farm in the foothills of New Zealand’s Southern Alps last Friday when his phone began pinging with news of a tragedy unfolding about 110 km (70 miles) away in Christchurch.

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Source: Reuters

Special Report - Shattered sanctuary: In Christchurch, an imam...

Today 08:04 GMT

Ibrahim Abdelhalim was at his mosque last week in the Linwood neighborhood of Christchurch, New Zealand, delivering a prayer as he usually does on Friday afternoons.

Many victims in Christchurch had sought just that – leaving Somalia, Pakistan, Syria or Afghanistan for a better life, often with little in their pockets.

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Source: DW

Opinion: After New Zealand, non-Muslims should show support

Today 08:05 GMT

Members of the Jewish Tree of Life synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh, where an anti-Semite killed 11 people in October, have collected $30,000 (€26,000) for the relatives of the victims in faraway New Zealand.

Leaders across the world expressed solidarity with the victims and their families, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn outside New Zealand House in London. Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed solidarity against "racist hatred," and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called it an "attack on all of us."

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Source: Global News

New Zealand’s new gun rules — what changes, and what stays the same

Today 08:04 GMT

Associated Press writers Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, and Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul contributed to this report.

One of New Zealand’s largest gun retailers, Hunting & Fishing New Zealand, said it supports “any government measure to permanently ban such weapons.” The ban is widely supported and puts New Zealand “almost exactly in line” with Australia, the United Kingdom and “somewhat with Canada,” according to Professor Kevin Clements, chairman of Peace and Conflicts studies at the University of Otago and a firearms expert.

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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: 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: The Guradian

New Zealand attack: Al Noor mosque imam tells world leaders to fight hate speech

Today 07:00 GMT

An imam who survived the terror attack at Al Noor mosque has declared New Zealand “unbreakable” in a sermon attended by thousands in Christchurch on Friday and called on world leaders eliminate hate speech, saying the massacre “did not come overnight”.

Speaking from a temporary stage set up in Hagley Park opposite the mosque, which is still surrounded by police tape a week after the attack, Imam Gamil Fouda said that in attempting to spread hate, the gunman who killed 50 people and injured 42 had instead sparked love and compassion.

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Source: Global News

New Zealand PM announces ban on semi-automatic and assault rifles after mosque shooting

Today 02:25 GMT

New Zealand will ban military style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in the country’s worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.

Some New Zealanders voluntarily surrender guns in wake of mosque shooting. A lone gunman armed with semi-automatic rifles including an AR-15, last Friday killed 50 people in two mosque attacks in Christchurch.

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Source: BBC

UK survivor 'cradled woman' in NZ shooting

Thursday 18:11 GMT

A British survivor of the Christchurch shootings has described how he cradled the body of a young woman killed amid the gunfire.

Nathan Smith, who converted to Islam after moving to New Zealand 13 years ago, found the woman after he escaped over a wall at the Al Noor mosque. The father of three, originally from Poole in Dorset, said he wants to find her husband to know that he survived.

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Source: Global News

‘Highly reckless’: Turkey’s Erdogan sparks diplomatic spat over N.Z. mosque attack comments

Thursday 16:21 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, campaigning for votes in local elections this month, has sparked a diplomatic spat with New Zealand and Australia by portraying the Christchurch mosque shooting and a World War I battle as targeting Islam.

Turkey’s President Erdogan criticized for showing New Zealand shooting video at political rallies. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison summoned Turkey’s ambassador on Wednesday and demanded that Erdogan take back comments suggesting that Australians and New Zealanders had sent troops to fight Turkey in the WWI Gallipoli campaign motivated by an opposition to Islam.

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Source: Fox News

Australian teen who cracked raw egg over lawmaker's head donating GoFundMe money to mosque massacre victims

Tuesday 16:20 GMT

An Australian teenager who gained notoriety for cracking an egg on the head of a senator from his homeland who disparaged Muslims after the massacre at two New Zealand mosques Friday said he is donating most of the more than $50,000 in his GoFundMe page to victims of the tragedy, according to published reports.

Will Connolly, who is 17, made global headlines after he broke the raw egg on the head of Australian Senator Fraser Anning, who blamed the mass killing by Australian suspect Brenton Harrison Tarrant on New Zealand's immigration policies.

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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: Global News

Some New Zealanders voluntarily surrender guns in wake of mosque shooting

Wednesday 20:01 GMT

Daughter of crack shot food hunting parents, I have used guns from the age of 9. Today I requested that those guns be handed in for destruction.

While gun owners do need permits to possess the weapons, Alpers said that New Zealand does not track ownership of long guns, like shotguns and rifles, which make up 96 per cent of the country’s firearms. This means that citizens are not allowed to possess “handguns, military-style semi-automatic weapons or fully automatic firearms” without a permit to purchase and a relevant firearm licence.


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