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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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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 mosque attack suspect charged with murder

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) The 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant is charged after killing 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand

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)

New Zealand mosque attacks: What we know

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Here is what we know so far about the attacks

The Deans Street mosque where worshipers were gunned down in Christchurch on March 17, 2019. - The death toll from horrifying shootings at two mosques in New Zealand rose to 50, police said Sunday, as Christchurch residents flocked to memorial sites and churches across the city Sunday to lay flowers and mourn the victims. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

New Zealand mosque killings spark global horror

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a summary of the main international reactions so far

GLOBAL REACTIONS. 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

New Zealand mosque gunman livestreamed shooting, published manifesto

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) The New Zealand government says it could be illegal to share the video, which shows the gunman repeatedly shooting at worshippers from close range

AFTERMATH. A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. Photo by Tessa Burrows/AFP

49 murdered in terror attack on New Zealand mosques

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:14 AM

(4th UPDATE) The attack, thought to be the deadliest against Muslims in the West in modern times, is immediately dubbed terrorism by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

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