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Source: CTV

Scheer: Criticism for not mentioning Muslims in N.Z. statement 'completely baseless'

Today 15:24 GMT

Andrew Scheer says criticism over his initial failure to mention that Muslims were targeted in the recent mass murder in New Zealand is "completely baseless" and driven by "disgusting" Liberal efforts to score political points from the tragedy.

In answering a question Saturday about how he deals with that criticism, the federal Conservative leader once again initially made no reference to Muslims.

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Source: The Guradian

'The nation is behind us': New Zealand shares pain of Christchurch Muslims

Today 15:24 GMT

It began to drizzle as Hati Mohemmed Daoud Nabi was laid to rest in the freshly dug earth of Memorial park cemetery in Christchurch.

Christchurch City Council’s deputy mayor, Andrew Turner, says his home is still “a city in shock” but there are “some questions that needed to be answered” about racism and intolerance in New Zealand. McCormick says the attack sparked “so many conversations about Kiwi racism”, about pride in Ardern’s compassionate performance as leader, and about gun control, although the latter is just an instant declaration of “totally, 100% support”.

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Source: Global News

How a toxic ‘fight club’ of internet trolls enabled the New Zealand mosque shooting

Today 12:38 GMT

The New Zealand mosque shooting may have played out live on Facebook, but it was born out of 8chan, one of the self-described “darkest reaches” of the internet where uncensored racism, misogyny and conspiracy theories have encouraged multiple mass killers.

While police ultimately arrested the suspected gunman, they may never be able to take down the trans-national network of trolls that enabled him on sites like 8chan.

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Source: Global News

Why New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern has the world’s attention

Today 08:03 GMT

“Rather than pulling all the power into her office to act with this, ‘I’m going to enter the battlefield now with revenge’ approach … she’s placing that power in the community, to make a better community that cares for one another.”

We are one,” Jacinda Ardern said in a short speech to thousands of people who gathered to remember the dozens killed a week earlier. Ardern has been applauded throughout the week for focusing on the victims, encouraging unity and moving swiftly to ban the weapons used in the assault.

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Source: DW

New Zealand reopens mosques targeted in terror attack

Today 08:03 GMT

Muslim worshippers returned to two mosques in Christchurch on Saturday for the first time since a terrorist attack there that left 50 people dead.

The Christchurch mosques where a gunman killed 50 people a week ago have reopened their doors under heightened security. Among those visiting were victims' relatives and a Jordanian prince.

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Source: Global News

Burj Khalifa displays Jacinda Ardern’s face as New Zealand mourns Christchurch shooting victims

Today 06:03 GMT

The world’s tallest building stretched into the sky with the solemn face of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday, the same day that a call to prayer was heard across her country as people gathered to mourn the 50 killed in last week’s mosque shootings in Christchurch.

The image on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai showed Ardern, wearing a headscarf, hugging a woman beneath the word “peace” — the photo had been snapped by Hagen Hopkins, a photographer from the New Zealand capital of Wellington, and it has circulated around the world as the prime minister has drawn global praise for her response to the shootings.

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Source: DW

Opinion: Jacinda Ardern is getting things right in New Zealand

Friday 12:40 GMT

And above all its prime minister, Jacinda Ardern — is an example of how such a terrible, murderous act can be dealt with differently.

Shortly after the attack by the right-wing extremist, Islamophobic perpetrator, Ardern also announced that gun laws would be tightened, and her government has implemented this change swiftly and unbureaucratically.

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Source: The Guradian

New Zealand’s swift change to gun laws highlights 25 years of US inaction

Friday 15:25 GMT

In the US, where conservative politicians have blocked even moderate gun control for 25 years, New Zealand’s swift action was greeted as a powerful inspiration – and a reminder of how far behind the country is.

Rebecca Peters, who helped lead the successful campaign to reform Australia’s gun laws in the 1990s, said she believed New Zealand’s government action was the “fastest response ever” by government officials after a mass shooting.

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Source: Global News

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

Friday 12:40 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: Fox News

Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez use New Zealand semi-automatic weapons ban to call for stricter gun control in US

Friday 15:25 GMT

NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES BAN ON 'MILITARY-STYLE SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS' AFTER MOSQUE. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., were among the crowd of progressive voices who celebrated Ardern’s announcement, and they also used it as an opportunity to call for stricter gun control in the U.S.. “This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand's lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States,” Sanders tweeted.

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Source: Fox News

Ben Shapiro: Democrats now for gun confiscation, 'far out of the mainstream' on late-term abortions

Friday 15:25 GMT

“I’m old enough to remember when Democrats tried to run away from suggesting they were pushing for a gun confiscation now apparently they’re going to full-scale embrace gun confiscation,” Shapiro told “Fox & Friends.” “We have something called the Second Amendment in this country and it is deeply embedded in American culture and rightly so.”

Two recent stances taken by 2020 hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Beto O'Rourke reveal the "radicalism" inside the Democratic party, according to conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.

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Source: The Guradian

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

Friday 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: DW

New Zealand minister in Turkey to confront Erdogan

Saturday 05:09 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: BBC

New Zealand to ban military style weapons

Friday 02:25 GMT

"Now, six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military-style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand," the prime minister said. "Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines."

Once the amnesty period ends, anyone in possession of a banned weapon will face a fine of up to $4,000 and three years in jail.

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Source: Global News

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

Friday 18:10 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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