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'Wicked' New Zealand mosque gunman sentenced to life without parole

Christchurch - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for the massacre of 51 Muslim worshippers, with a judge calling his actions "wicked" and "inhuman".

'Poisoned' New Zealand mosque gunman's road to extremism

Christchurch - There were no obvious warning signs when the Christchurch mosques gunman moved to New Zealand from Australia in 2017 -- he had no criminal history and was not on any security watch list.

Unprecedented sentence demanded for Christchurch mosque gunman

Christchurch - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant will be sentenced Thursday over the attacks that killed 51 Muslim worshippers last year, with survivors demanding he remain behind bars "until his last gasp".

Christchurch mosque gunman waives right to speak at sentencing

Christchurch - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant waived his right to speak at his sentencing hearing in Christchurch on Wednesday, in a dramatic twist after the court heard more than 90 horrific victim statements.

Victims vent fury at 'devil' New Zealand mosque shooter

Christchurch - Two survivors of the New Zealand mosque massacre abandoned prepared statements to vent their anger directly at gunman Brenton Tarrant in a Christchurch court on Tuesday, drawing applause from fellow victims as they called him a terrorist who deserved t...

Eyeing US, New Zealand drops plans for armed police patrols

Wellington - New Zealand police on Tuesday scrapped plans for armed patrols prompted by last year's Christchurch mosque shootings, after criticism the change would lead to a US-style militarisation of the force.

New Zealand mosque shooter changes plea to guilty

Wellington - An Australian far-right extremist charged with murdering 51 Muslim worshippers in last year's mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques unexpectedly flipped his plea to guilty on Thursday.

New Zealand mosque shooter pleads guilty to all charges

Wellington - The Australian accused of murdering 51 Muslim worshippers in last year's mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques pleaded guilty to all charges Thursday in an unexpected reversal.

Ardern faces election struggle, despite global praise

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won global acclaim for her response to the Christchurch mosque shootings -- but 12 months on, her political future hangs in the balance and there are signs "Jacinda-mania" has peaked.

Christchurch mosque toll rises to 51 after man dies

Wellington - The death toll from the Christchurch mosque attacks has risen to 51 after a 46-year-old Turkish man succumbed to injuries sustained in the March 15 shootings, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday.

Sri Lanka's Muslims hold subdued prayers amid tight security

Colombo - Armed police and sniffer dogs guarded mosques in Sri Lanka as Muslims trickled to Friday prayers, with many staying away over fears of revenge attacks after the island's Easter suicide blasts.

New Zealand disarms police as terror threat level lowered

Wellington - New Zealand police on Wednesday ended the routine arming of frontline officers as the terrorism threat level was lowered a month after the Christchurch mosques massacre.

'Scared' Muslims avoid Christchurch mosques a month after attacks

Christchurch - Four weeks on from the New Zealand mosques massacre, the Christchurch Muslim community was struggling to get worshippers to overcome their fears and return to Friday prayers.

Kiwi women don headscarves in solidarity with Muslim victims

Christchurch - Women in Christchurch wore makeshift hijabs as a statement of peace and solidarity on Friday, a week after a white supremacist killed 50 Muslims at two mosques in the southern New Zealand city.

Australian PM blasts Erdogan for 'reckless', 'vile' Christchurch comments

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday condemned "reckless" and "highly offensive" comments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the wake of the Christchurch massacre, warning he would consider "all options" in reviewing ties.

Erdogan remarks on N. Zealand massacre taken 'out of context': presidency 

Istanbul - Comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the massacre in New Zealand that sparked protest by Australia were taken "out of context", a senior aide said on Wednesday, after Canberra summoned Turkey's envoy over the remarks.

Syrian refugee father and son laid to rest as New Zealand burials start

Christchurch - A Syrian refugee and his son who fled the chaos of their homeland only to meet tragedy in New Zealand were buried on Wednesday in the first funerals of those killed in the mosque massacres.

Australian PM pillories Erdogan for 'reckless', 'vile' Christchurch comments

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned "reckless" and "highly offensive" comments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the wake of the Christchurch massacre, warning he would consider "all options" in reviewing ties.

NZ returns first shooting dead after delay angers families

Christchurch - The bodies of six of the Christchurch massacre victims have been released to their families, New Zealand police said Tuesday, but they warned only a fraction of the 50 people killed had been fully identified, with the delay angering anguished relatives...

New Zealanders give up guns after massacre, but some face blowback

Christchurch - New Zealanders have begun handing in weapons in response to government appeals following the Christchurch massacre, but the gesture has put some squarely in the social media firing line.

German Muslim groups ask for support after mosque attacks

Berlin - Islamic groups in Germany Thursday criticised a lack of solidarity and support over a spate of attacks on Muslims and mosques carried out by right-wing extremists and "terrorist" groups.

Hundreds of French mosques open their doors to the public

Paris - Hundreds of mosques across France are participating in a major open-house event this weekend, offering visitors the opportunity to come in for tea and a chat about Islam in a country shaken by jihadist attacks.

France closes 'radical' mosque after huge police raid

Conches - Police shut down a suspected radical mosque east of Paris in a huge security operation Wednesday, the third to be closed since France declared a state of emergency after last month's Paris attacks.

Trump says would consider closing some U.S. mosques

Washington - Billionaire Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said Monday that the United States should "strongly consider" shuttering some mosques as part of its efforts to prevent extremist attacks in the country.

French Muslim leader calls for doubling of mosques

Le Bourget - One of France's top Muslim leaders has called for the number of mosques to double over the next two years to remedy a shortage of places of worship for the country's millions of faithful.

Several attacks on French Muslim targets after magazine killings

Paris - Muslim places of worship in two French towns were fired upon overnight, leaving no casualties, prosecutors said on Thursday.Three blank grenades were thrown at a mosque shortly after midnight in the city of Le Mans, west of Paris.

Kenya police seize weapons in fresh mosque raids

Mombasa - Kenyan security forces on Wednesday carried out fresh raids on a mosque in the port city of Mombasa searching for weapons and supporters of Somalia's Shebab militants, police said.

One dead, 200 arrested as Kenya police raid radical mosques

Mombasa - One man was killed Monday as Kenyan security forces arrested over 200 people and seized weapons in raids on mosques accused of links with Somalia's Al-Qaeda affiliated Shebab militants, police said.

New York police label mosques 'terrorism organizations'

New York - In a move angering countless Muslims and civil rights activists, the New York Police Department has labeled mosques as "terrorism organizations," allowing informants to spy on imams and anyone attending prayer services.

Op-Ed: Credulous America — The deception of Islam

Radical Islam making good on their promise to infiltrate America. However, very few are willing to speak out. This is the first of many articles geared to bring to light the tactics and intentions of the Jihad and the radical Islamic moment in America.
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