Australia and Oceania

First exit polls indicate Labor win in Australian election

  SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — The first exit polls from Australia’s climate-dominated election Saturday showed a victory for the opposition Labor party. A Nine-Galaxy poll showed Labor beating the governing Liberal coalition 52-48, which would signal a clear parliamentary majority. …

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Judge orders psychiatric test for Christchurch shooting suspect

  by Chris Foley Agence France Presse CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) — The man accused of shooting dead 50 Muslim worshippers in a Christchurch mosque sat impassively Friday as a New Zealand judge ordered him to undergo tests to determine …

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PM Jacinda Ardern’s address to national ceremony for mosque attack victims

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) — Herewith the text of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s address to a national remembrance ceremony Friday for the 50 Muslims slain by a white supremacist in two Christchurch mosques on March 15: “We gather …

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New Zealand bans assault weapons, triggering similar calls in US

  by Yelim Lee Agence France Presse WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — New Zealand imposed an immediate ban on assault weapons on Thursday, taking swift action in response to the Christchurch massacre and triggering renewed calls from leading American politicians …

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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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