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

Today 14:30 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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Burj Khalifa displays Jacinda Ardern’s face as New Zealand mourns Christchurch shooting victims

Today 18:09 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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‘New Zealand mourns with you. We are one,’ PM tells Christchurch Muslims near shooting site

Today 02:24 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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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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New Zealand PM announces ban on semi-automatic and assault rifles after mosque shooting

Friday 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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‘It’s OK to grieve’: New Zealand PM to schoolmates of teens killed in mosque shooting

Thursday 03:19 GMT

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had a simple but strong message for Christchurch high schoolers who lost two of their schoolmates in Friday’s mosque shooting: remember the victims, celebrate their stories — and don’t dwell on the person who took their lives.

WATCH: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern lays wreath at mosque, embraces mourners of Christchurch. Some New Zealanders voluntarily surrender guns in wake of mosque shooting. Ardern also reiterated previous remarks in which she urged New Zealanders to deny the suspected gunman the notoriety he sought from his act.

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‘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.


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