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New Zealander jailed for sharing mosque shooting video

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Philip Arps pleads guilty to two charges of distributing objectionable material for sharing footage that was livestreamed to social media during the attack

Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. - A right-wing extremist has been charged in the horrifying gun attacks on two New Zealand mosques, which left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

Anger as Christchurch mosque accused pleads not guilty

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian national, is committed to stand trial next year on 51 counts of murder, 40 of attempted murder and engaging in a terrorist act

BRENTON TARRANT. In this picture taken on March 16, 2019, Brenton Tarrant (C), the man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre, stands in the dock during his appearance at the Christchurch District Court. File photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism – police

May 21, 2019 - 2:00 PM

In addition to the terror charge, Brenton Tarrant also faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder over the March 15 attacks

SECURING JUSTICE. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Tech giants vow to step up fight against online extremism

May 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Executives from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft meet with leaders of France, New Zealand and other countries in Paris to unveil the 'Christchurch Call' of voluntary commitments for online platforms

TECH FOR GOOD. Orange CEO Stephane Richard, right, is watched by Google's Jacquelline Fuller, left, as he speaks during a "Tech For Good" meetup to launch anti-terror 'Christchurch Call' at Hotel Marigny in Paris on May 15, 2019, held to discuss good conduct for technology giants. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP


Film about the Christchurch mosque massacre announced at Cannes

May 16, 2019 - 12:17 PM

'Hello Brother' is co-written by Egyptian producer Moez Masoud, who will also produce the movie

A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. - Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead on March 15, with one gunman -- identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city. (Photo by Tessa BURROWS / AFP)

Facebook tightens live-streaming in crackdown on violence

May 15, 2019 - 12:11 PM

(UPDATED) It's putting $7.5 million into research partnerships with 3 US universities to improve image and video analysis technology

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP


UN chief meets Christchurch shooting victims, decries online hate

May 14, 2019 - 1:29 PM

'There is no room for hate speech – online or offline,' United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says

New Zealand PM targets online hate after mosque attacks

May 13, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Jacinda Arden of New Zealand and France's Emmanuel Macron are the driving force behind the 'Christchurch Call' pledge which wants to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online

NEXT TARGET. File photo of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

Police say bomb find not linked to Christchurch attacks

May 01, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Local media name the man as Jay Michael Harding-Reriti and say the charges against him include possession of a handheld improvised explosive device, powergel explosives, and detonator cord

Police in Christchurch find suspected bomb, man arrested

Apr 30, 2019 - 3:49 PM

'Police have located a package containing a suspected explosive device and ammunition at a vacant address on Newcastle Street in Christchurch,' superintendent John Price says

Probe shows Sri Lanka attacks 'retaliation for Christchurch' – government

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:28 PM

'The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,' says state minister of defense Ruwan Wijewardene

MOURNING. A Sri Lankan mourner holds prayer beads during moments of silence in tribute to bomb blast victims in Colombo on April 23, 2019, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Mosque massacre video distributors get death threats, court told

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Six people appear in court Monday, charged with possessing or spreading the footage of the March 15 mosque attack

DARKEST DAYS. An image grab from TV New Zealand taken on March 15, 2019 shows a victim arriving at a hospital following the mosque shooting in Christchurch. Photo grabbed from TV New Zealand/AFP

LOOK: Thousands of Pakistanis form Christchurch mosque

Apr 13, 2019 - 4:01 PM

'We worked really hard to make this model. It was so pleasant that we were ready to stand like this for the whole day,' says one participant

HUMAN CHAIN. This aerial handout photograph released by Muslim Institute, a non-government organisation on April 12, 2019, shows Pakistani people gathering to form a human image the Christchurch Al Noor mosque in solidarity with the mosque attack victims, in Jhang, in Pakistan's Punjab province. HANDOUT/Muslim Institute/AFP

Stricter New Zealand gun laws formally put into effect

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The new rules are aimed at removing semi-automatic firearms from circulation through a buy-back scheme, prohibition, and harsh prison sentences

AL NOOR. An armed police officer (R) stands guard outside the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques where some 50 people were killed by a self-avowed white supremacist gunman on March 15, in Christchurch on April 5, 2019. File photo by Sanka Vidanagama/AFP

New Zealand privacy tsar accuses Facebook of failing to cooperate

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was 'disingenuous' in saying bad actors were going out of their way to circumvent the site's systems.

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Top judge named to head Christchurch massacre inquiry

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:11 PM

The Royal Commission probe will be led by Supreme Court Judge William Young and report its findings by December 10, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says

BEGINNING INQUIRY. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice Precinct in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. Photo by Marty Melville/Ardern's office/AFP

UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Under the proposals, a new regulator will have the power to force platforms and others to publish annual transparency reports

MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP


Judge orders psychiatric test for Christchurch shooting suspect

Apr 05, 2019 - 9:55 AM

Survivors and relatives of those killed in the March 15 attacks pack into a Christchurch courtroom as the alleged gunman appeared via audio-visual link from a maximum-security prison in Auckland

A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. - Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead on March 15, with one gunman -- identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city. (Photo by Tessa BURROWS / AFP)

No plans to delay Facebook livestreams despite New Zealand massacre – Zuckerberg

Apr 04, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Mark Zuckerberg, in an interview with ABC's 'Good Morning America' on April 4, also says he had confidence in measures put in place by Facebook to prevent interference in next year's US presidential election

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on before to deliver his speech during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris, on May 24, 2018. File photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Christchurch accused to face 50 murder charges

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:20 PM

'The man arrested in relation to the Christchurch terror attacks will face 50 murder and 39 attempted murder charges when he appears in the High Court in Christchurch on Friday,' police say in a brief statement

CHRISTCHURCH. A photo taken on March 20, 2019 shows armed police officers patroling at the burial ground where funerals for victims are set to take place in Christchurch, 5 days after the mass shooting attacks at two mosques that killed 50 Muslim worshippers in the city. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Australia targets social media firms in new extremist footage laws

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Platforms like Facebook and YouTube may face fines approaching billions of dollars for failing to remove extremist material quickly

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP


Australia threatens social media execs with jail over terror images

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Australia considers new laws in the wake of the New Zealand massacre

TERROR ATTACK. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP


French Muslim group sues internet giants over New Zealand massacre video

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The French Council of the Muslim Faith is suing Facebook and YouTube for 'broadcasting a message with violent content abetting terrorism, or of a nature likely to seriously violate human dignity and liable to be seen by a minor'

CHRISTCHURCH REMEMBRANCE. Young students attend a vigil on March 18, 2019, four days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosques attacks, the worst on Muslims in a Western country. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

New Zealand orders top-level inquiry into mosque massacres

Mar 25, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) 'It is important that no stone is left unturned to get to how this act of terrorism occurred and how we could have stopped it,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. - A right-wing extremist has been charged in the horrifying gun attacks on two New Zealand mosques, which left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

More than $7.4 million donated to help families in New Zealand shooting

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:07 AM

The donations came from over 130,000 donors from New Zealand and all over the world

REMEMBRANCE. The floral tributes near Al Noor mosque in Christchurch on March 18, 2019, four days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosques attacks. Photo by David Moir/AFP

Emotional Muslims return to Christchurch mosque as New Zealand works to move on

Mar 23, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Among the first to enter the Al Noor mosque is massacre survivor Vohra Mohammad Huzef who managed to live only by hiding under bodies

The week in photos: March 16-22, 2019

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:36 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Kiwi women don headscarves in solidarity with Muslim victims

Mar 23, 2019 - 9:20 AM

After the Christchurch attack, women in New Zealand wear makeshift hijabs in a statement of peace and solidarity with their Muslim countrymen

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures as she departs following a gathering for congregational Friday prayers and two minutes of silence for victims of the twin mosque massacre, at Hagley Park in Christchurch on March 22, 2109. Thousands of New Zealanders gathered in Christchurch on March 22 to honour the 50 Muslim worshippers killed one week ago by a white supremacist, with a call to prayer broadcast around the country and a two-minute silence.  Marty MELVILLE / AFP

Muslim nations call for measures vs Islamophobia after New Zealand attack

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Violence driven by Islamophobia requires 'genuine, comprehensive and systematic measures to address this affliction,' ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation say in a statement

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand Muslims will be 'safe' after mosque attack – foreign minister

Mar 22, 2019 - 4:17 PM

'Ensuring Muslim communities in New Zealand feel safe and secure is a particular focus,' New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters tells an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul

KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters speak to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by Dave Lintott/AFP

New Zealand prays, falls silent, a week after mosque massacres

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:58 AM

As the call was broadcast around the country, thousands of people – including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern – stood silently in a park opposite the mosque where the killing began, as the country of 4.5 million came to a standstill

MOURNING. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures as she departs following a gathering for congregational Friday prayers and two minutes of silence for victims of the twin mosque massacre, at Hagley Park in Christchurch on March 22, 2109.  Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Thousands stage silent New Zealand march for shooting victims

Mar 21, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Hundreds of mourners also turn out in Christchurch for a second straight day for the funerals of those killed

TOGETHER. Mourners help to carry a casket containing the body of Haji Mohammed Daoud Nabi, 71, a victim of the Al Noor Mosque massacre, during his funeral in Christchurch on March 21, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

New Zealand bans assault weapons within days of massacre

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:41 AM

(4th UPDATE) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons were now banned with immediate effect

ALERT. A policewoman patrols past a memorial wall outside the Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 21, 2019, six days after the twin mosque shooting massacre that claimed the lives of fifty people. Photo by William West/AFP

Second man charged with sharing livestream of Christchurch massacre

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Philip Arps is charged with two counts of distributing objectionable material under the Films Act

REMEMBERING THE DEAD. A picture of New Zealand futsal player Atta Elayyan, victim of the Christchurch mosque attacks, is seen at a floral tributes near Al Noor mosque in Christchurch on March 18, 2019, 4 days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosques attacks. File photo by David Moir/AFP

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

Mar 20, 2019 - 11:59 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Hundreds of mostly Muslim mourners gather at a cemetery in the southern city of Christchurch to lay to rest Khalid Mustafa and his 15-year-old son Hamza

LAID TO REST. Mourners offer funeral prayers for Khalid Mustafa and his son Hamza Mustafa, slain by an Australian white supremacist gunman who shot down 50 Muslims at two mosques, at the Memorial Park cemetery in Christchurch on March 20, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

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

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemns 'reckless' and 'highly offensive' comments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in the wake of the Christchurch massacre

MAD. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpours have flooded highways, towns and turned roads into rivers. Saeed KHAN / AFP

U.S. lawmakers ask tech leaders to explain viral Christchurch video

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

The House Committee on Homeland Security ask for a briefing by tech executives regarding the online proliferation of the 'horrific' Christchurch video

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP


New Zealand returns first shooting dead after delay angers families

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Police say that all 50 autopsies have been concluded but only '12 victims have been identified to the satisfaction of the Coroner'

IN MEMORY OF. A student pays respect at a memorial site for the victims of mosque attacks in Christchurch on March 19, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

New Zealand premier Ardern vows mosque gunman will face 'full force of law'

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:52 AM

'He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern adds

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Lintott/AFP JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

Facebook scrubs 1.5 million Christchurch attack videos but criticism goes viral

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Mia Garlick from Facebook New Zealand says the firm is 'working around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people'

VIGIL. Young students attend a vigil on March 18, 2019, 4 days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosque attacks, the worst on Muslims in a Western country. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Accused mosque gunman 'rational,' will represent himself – ex-lawyer

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Duty lawyer Richard Peters, who represented the alleged shooter during the preliminary court hearing, says he 'indicated he does not want a lawyer'

CHRISTCHURCH. A picture of New Zealand futsal player Atta Elayyan, victim of the Christchurch mosque attacks, is seen at a floral tributes near Al Noor mosque in Christchurch on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Moir/AFP

New Zealand teenager charged with distributing mosque rampage livestream

Mar 18, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The teenager is also charged with publishing a photograph of the mosque with the message 'target acquired,' and for inciting violence

Messages written in chalk are seen on a pavement in Christchurch on March 18, 2019, after 50 worshippers were killed last week in two mosque attacks. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she would be looking for answers from Facebook and other social media firms about how an attack that killed 50 mosque-goers was livestreamed on their platforms. DAVID MOIR / AFP

Dealer who sold arms to mosque killer rejects responsibility

Mar 18, 2019 - 12:35 PM

David Tipple, the managing director of Gun City, confirms selling the alleged gunman 4 firearms and ammunition

GUN CITY'S OWNER. Gun City store owner David Tipple speaks to the media during a press conference at the Piano Event Centre in Christchurch on March 18th, 2019, after 50 worshippers were killed last week in two mosque attacks, the worst on Muslims in a Western country. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Hero refugee chased gunman away from New Zealand mosque

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Afghan refugee Abdul Aziz hurls a hand-held credit card machine at the gunman and then ducks between several cars, as the self-confessed fascist unleashes a barrage of shots at him

HERO. Afghan refugee and local resident Abdul Aziz, 48, poses during an interview with AFP in Christchurch on March 17, 2019, two days after he chased a gunman during a shooting incident at the Linwood Mosque in the city. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

'Horror and anger' in Christchurch hospital as medics battle to save lives

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Doctors, surgeons, and nurses have been working around the clock at Christchurch Hospital, frantically trying to stem bleeding, patch up shattered bodies and save lives

TREATING VICTIMS. Visitors leave the hospital in Christchurch on March 17, 2019, two days after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

New Zealand wants answers from tech giants after mosque attack livestream

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:26 PM

The 17 minute livestream was shared repeatedly on YouTube and Twitter, with internet platforms scrambling to remove videos being reposted of the gruesome scenes

ANSWERS NEEDED. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice Precinct in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. Photo by Marty Melville/Ardern's office/AFP

Mosque massacre families set to reclaim their dead

Mar 17, 2019 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) The mosque attacks have shaken this usually peaceful country, which prides itself on welcoming refugees fleeing violence or persecution

IN MEMORIAM. Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch at the Masjid Umar mosque in Auckland on March 17, 2019. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

New Zealand Prime Minister received gunman's 'manifesto' minutes before attack

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'I was one of more than 30 recipients of the manifesto that was mailed out 9 minutes before the attack took place,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice Precinct in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. - A right-wing extremist who filmed himself rampaging through two mosques in the quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch killing 49 worshippers appeared in court on a murder charge on March 16, 2019. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / OFFICE OF PRIME MINITER NEW ZEALAND / AFP)

Death toll rises to 50 as New Zealand mourns victims

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The fatality from Christchurch mosque attacks rises as the world mourns with New Zealand

ONE MORE DEATH. The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP