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New Zealand creates unit to target, 'disrupt' online extremism

Wellington - New Zealand will establish a team of investigators dedicated solely to tackling online extremism, as it moves to address failures exposed by the Christchurch mosques massacre, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

16 killed in Burkina Faso mosque attack: security sources

Ouagadougou - Sixteen people died and two were seriously injured in an attack on a mosque in Burkina Faso's volatile north, security sources said Saturday.

New Zealand mosque attack accused drops bid to move trial

Wellington - The man accused of murdering 51 Muslim worshippers in March's New Zealand mosque attacks on Thursday dropped a bid to move his trial from the city where the massacre occurred.

Huge crowds for inauguration of Senegal's mega-mosque

Dakar - Tens of thousands of people from across Senegal converged on the capital Dakar on Friday for the inauguration of a huge mosque, claimed to be the largest in West Africa.

Norway mosque shooter who killed sister had racist motive: police

Oslo - A Norwegian man accused of killing his step-sister before opening fire in a mosque near Oslo in August had racist motives, police said Tuesday, confirming he shot her because of her Chinese origin.

New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque massacre

Wellington - New Zealand unveiled new legislation Friday aimed at ensuring only "fit and proper" people can own guns in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks that killed 51 Muslim worshippers.

Apology over New Zealand mosque accused's 'hateful' letter

Wellington - Officials in New Zealand apologised Thursday after the alleged Christchurch mosque gunman was allowed to send a letter from prison espousing "hateful" views that a supporter then shared online.

Norway mosque shooting suspect 'admits' crimes: police

Oslo - A Norwegian man suspected of killing his step sister and opening fire in a mosque near Oslo last weekend, has admitted to the crimes though he has not officially entered a plea, police said Friday.

Norway mosque suspect rejects murder allegation: lawyer

Oslo - A Norwegian man suspected of killing his stepsister and opening fire at a mosque near Oslo rejects allegations of murder and attempted murder, his lawyer said Monday.

Norway mosque shooting an 'attempted act of terror'

Oslo - Norwegian police said Sunday that a shooting at a mosque near Oslo is being treated as an "attempted act of terror" and that the suspected gunman harbours far-right, anti-immigrant views.

One hurt in Norway mosque shooting, suspect arrested

Oslo - A gunman armed with multiple weapons opened fire in a mosque near Oslo on Saturday, injuring one person before being overpowered by an elderly worshipper and arrested, Norwegian police and witnesses said.

New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque attack

Wellington - New Zealand announced plans for a national firearms register Monday in its second round of gun law reforms following the Christchurch mosque attacks which killed 51 Muslim worshippers.

New Zealanders give up weapons after mosque killings

Christchurch - Dozens of New Zealanders handed in their firearms Saturday as a gun buyback scheme went into operation aimed at ridding the country of semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Gunman wounds two, including imam, in French mosque shooting

Brest - A gunman opened fire outside a mosque in northwestern France on Thursday, wounding the local imam and another person, before fleeing the scene and later being found dead, officials said.

New Zealand opens gun buyback after mosque killings

Wellington - New Zealand opened a gun buyback scheme Thursday aimed at ridding the country of semi-automatic weapons similar to those used in the Christchurch mosque attacks that killed 51 Muslim worshippers.

Anger as Christchurch mosque accused pleads not guilty

Christchurch - The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks in March smiled Friday as his lawyers entered not guilty pleas to multiple murder and terrorism charges.

Christchurch mosque attack defendant pleads not guilty

Christchurch - The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks pleaded not guilty to multiple murder and terrorism charges Friday and was committed to stand trial next year.

Crusaders to keep name, despite backlash after NZ mosque attacks

Wellington - New Zealand rugby bosses have confirmed the Canterbury Crusaders will keep their name for at least another year, despite a backlash following the mosque attacks in the team's hometown of Christchurch in March.

Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism: police

Wellington - The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time on Tuesday, New Zealand police said.

Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism: police

Wellington - The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time on Tuesday, New Zealand police said.

New Zealand PM targets online hate after mosque attacks

Wellington - New Zealand's leader Jacinda Ardern will join other world leaders in launching a "Christchurch call" to curb online extremism at an international meeting in Paris on Wednesday, following the worst mass killing in her country's recent history.

Judicial probe opens into Christchurch mosque shootings

Wellington - A judicial inquiry into whether New Zealand's police and intelligence services could have prevented the Christchurch mosque attacks in which 51 worshippers died began taking evidence on Monday.

Extremism must be defeated, prince tells New Zealand mosque survivors

Christchurch - In an emotional meeting with survivors of the New Zealand mosques massacre, Britain's Prince William appealed Friday for "extremism in all forms" to be defeated.

New Zealand offers residency to families of mosque victims

Wellington - New Zealand opened a two-year window Wednesday for people directly affected by the Christchurch terror attacks to apply to stay permanently in the country.

Far-right Australian senator censured over 'ugly' Christchurch comments

Sydney - A far-right Australian senator who said the Christchurch mosque massacre was the result of Muslim immigration into New Zealand was censured for his "ugly and divisive" comments by his parliamentary peers on Wednesday.

Pig's head found at site of planned mosque in southwest France

Bordeaux - Workers building a mosque in southwestern France found a pig's head and animal blood at the entrance to the site on Monday, the latest in a series of attacks on Muslim places of worship over the past decade.

Dubai projects NZ PM's image on iconic skyscraper

Dubai - Dubai has projected the image of New Zealand premier Jacinda Ardern onto its iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper, in thanks for her response to last week's mosque shootings.

'Our duty to our martyrs': preparing NZ dead for burial

Christchurch - For three days and nights the volunteers toiled, diligently washing the bodies of those murdered by a white supremacist in the Christchurch mosque massacres, finally embracing when the last victim was wrapped in a shroud.

New Zealand banned assault weapons. In US, it's more complicated

Washington - New Zealand's swift ban on semi-automatic weapons after the Christchurch massacre showed how political courage can spur change, but in gun-obsessed America, lawmakers and activists desperate to curb firearm violence looked on with both admiration -- an...

Police, tradesmen rush to prepare ravaged mosque for Friday prayers

Christchurch - New Zealand police and tradesmen are working intensively in the hope of readying the Al Noor mosque to hold Friday prayers, just a week after it was the centre of a racist shooting which left 50 dead.
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A mosque in Turkey
A view of the small town and mosque above the seaside Ottoman castle
A view of the small town and mosque above the seaside Ottoman castle
A mosque in Galilee  northern Israel
A mosque in Galilee, northern Israel
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Relatives visit victims  who were injured during a stampede at a religious ceremony in Xiji  Ningxia...
Relatives visit victims, who were injured during a stampede at a religious ceremony in Xiji, Ningxia Hui, northwestern China. As food was being handed out in a mosque 14 people were killed and 10 injured
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The Great Mosque of Djenné is a prime example of using adobe bricks to build structures.
The Great Mosque of Djenné is a prime example of using adobe bricks to build structures.
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Palestinians inspect a destroyed mosque following an overnight Israeli strike on Gaza City  on Augus...
Palestinians inspect a destroyed mosque following an overnight Israeli strike on Gaza City, on August 2, 2014
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Woolwich  suspect  Michael Adebolajo seen speaking at the UAF organised rally in Harrow which turned...
Woolwich 'suspect' Michael Adebolajo seen speaking at the UAF organised rally in Harrow which turned violent.
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This is the interior of a mosque in Shreveport  not unlike the one burned down in Tennessee.
This is the interior of a mosque in Shreveport, not unlike the one burned down in Tennessee.
A mosque in the Pattani province of Thailand.
A mosque in the Pattani province of Thailand.
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A view of the town and mosque above the Ottoman castle
A view of the town and mosque above the Ottoman castle
WORSHIP: Minarets of several mosques are visible in this view of Sanaa  the capital of Yemen  taken ...
WORSHIP: Minarets of several mosques are visible in this view of Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, taken in 2009.
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Minaret of a mosque
Minaret of a mosque
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The construction of an underwater mosque near Tabuk close to the border with Jordan
The construction of an underwater mosque near Tabuk close to the border with Jordan
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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan seeks to establish Islamic law in Turkey  as he sponsors projects lik...
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan seeks to establish Islamic law in Turkey, as he sponsors projects like this new, multi-million-dollar mosque in Istanbul that rises near exclusive residence towers
A security personnel looks back as he walks past a mosque in Xiji  Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region  wh...
A security personnel looks back as he walks past a mosque in Xiji, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, where 14 people were killed and 10 injured during a stampede for food
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Husayn Mosque in Karbala
Husayn Mosque in Karbala
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A mosque in Queens  New York
A mosque in Queens, New York
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Mustafa Pasha Mosque in the Old Bazaar area
Mustafa Pasha Mosque in the Old Bazaar area
Jami Madinah Masjid UK Islamic Mission  Keighley  West Yorkshire
On the junction of Spencer Street (...
Jami Madinah Masjid UK Islamic Mission, Keighley, West Yorkshire On the junction of Spencer Street (left) and Highfield Street (right).
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Inside Ayasofya  Christian mosaics  of Jesus and his disciples adorn the ceiling and archways
Inside Ayasofya, Christian mosaics of Jesus and his disciples adorn the ceiling and archways
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