Australia and Oceania

New Zealand’s Ardern vows never to speak killer’s name

by Chris FOLEY CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed Tuesday never to utter the name of the twin-mosque gunman as she opened a sombre session of parliament with an evocative “as salaam alaikum” message …

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Death toll rises to 50 as New Zealand mourns victims

  by Jerome Taylor Agence France Presse   New Zealanders flocked to memorial sites to lay flowers and mourn the victims of the twin mosque massacres Sunday, as testimony emerged of epic heroism and harrowing suffering in the gun attack …

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Australia takes precautions after national carries out NZ mosque massacre

  SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — The gunman who killed 40 worshippers in two New Zealand mosques on Friday was a right-wing “terrorist” with Australian citizenship, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. “We stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred …

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New Zealand security threat level raised to ‘high’

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that New Zealand’s threat level had been raised to “high” in response to a deadly terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch. “We have lifted our threat level from low …

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New Zealand mosque gunman was Australian right-wing ‘terrorist’: Australia PM

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — The gunman who killed numerous worshippers in a New Zealand mosque on Friday was a right-wing “terrorist” with Australian citizenship, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. “We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by …

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JUST IN: New Zealand police says four in custody, IEDs found

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) –New Zealand police said they have detained four people in connection with deadly shootings at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday and had secured a number of improvised explosive devices. “Four are in custody, three of …

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UPDATED: ‘Multiple fatalities’ as gunman targets New Zealand mosques

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) — At least one gunman who targeted crowded mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch killed a number of people friday, police said, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing the shooting as “one of New Zealand’s …

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Disgraced Australian Catholic Cardinal Pell behind bars for child sex crimes

  MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Cardinal George Pell was ordered held in custody Wednesday following his historic conviction for child sex crimes, capping an extraordinary fall from grace for one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church. Prosecutors …

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Australian Catholic cardinal tries to post bail after conviction on child sex crimes, met by angry protesters

  By Agence France-Presse MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Angry protesters called Cardinal George Pell a “maggot” and a “monster” Wednesday as he arrived in court, possibly for the last time as a free man, in a last-ditch push for bail …

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Australia admits ‘failing’ to improve Aboriginal lives

  SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — More than a decade after vowing to “close the gap” between indigenous Australians and the rest of the country, the government on Thursday admitted it was still falling far short. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said …

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Australia signs massive sub deal with French firm

by Max Blenkin Agence France-Presse CANBERRA, Australia (AFP) — Australia formally signed a $50 billion “strategic partnership” with France to build 12 state of the art submarines Monday, a signal of Canberra’s willingness to project power across the Pacific. Prime Minister Scott …

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New Zealand wildfire expected to burn for weeks

  WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — A large New Zealand wildfire is expected to burn for weeks longer but has moved away from some inhabited areas, allowing residents of an evacuated village to return home soon, firefighters said Monday. About …

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