New Zealand mosque shootings

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Letter From Alleged Mosque Gunman Appears on 4Chan

'This cannot happen again,' prison minister says

(Newser) - New Zealand officials admitted Wednesday that they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. The six-page letter from Brenton Tarrant was posted this week on the website 4chan, which has become notorious... More »

More Than 10K Guns Have Been Turned Over in New Zealand Buyback

Program was approved after mosque shootings

(Newser) - New Zealand has bought back more than 10,000 guns in the first month of a government program approved after the shootings at two mosques in March. The country now prohibits ownership of most semi-automatic weapons. Another 1,269 firearms have been turned in under an amnesty provision, per the... More »

Suspected Mosque Shooter Allegedly Killed Stepsister

Philip Manshaus was seen bruised and smirking in court

(Newser) - A Norwegian man suspected of killing his stepsister and then storming an Oslo-area mosque with guns appeared in court Monday with a smirk on his bruised face. Security experts believe Philip Manshaus is the latest example of an extremist who was radicalized by far-right conspiracy theories spread online, particularly the... More »

Man Who Shared Mosque Shooting Video Gets 21 Months

Judge accused him glorifying massacre

(Newser) - A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison. Philip Arps had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing the video, which was livestreamed on Facebook by a gunman on March 15 as... More »

NZ Mosque Suspect Smirks, Doesn't Speak, During Hearing

Brenton Tarrant's lawyer enters not guilty pleas

(Newser) - The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder, and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge who set his trial for next May. The courtroom was filled with 80 survivors and family members of the 51 who were... More »

'Egg Boy' Donates $70K to Mosque Shooting Survivors

'It wasn't mine to keep,' writes kid who egged Australian politician who blamed immigration

(Newser) - After "Egg Boy" Will Connolly cracked an egg on the head of far-right Australian Sen. Fraser Anning in March, supporters raised almost $100,000 Australian dollars to pay his legal fees—and "buy more eggs." The teenager says he isn't keeping a penny. The 17-year-old, who... More »

7 Weeks After Christchurch Massacre, a New Death Toll

51st victim dies after surgery

(Newser) - A Turkish man wounded in the Christchurch mosque shootings seven weeks ago died late Thursday in Christchurch Hospital, raising the death toll to 51, authorities in New Zealand and Turkey confirmed. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday the sad news would be felt across both countries, the AP... More »

ISIS Names 7 Suicide Bombers in 'Infidel Holiday' Attack

Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings

(Newser) - Authorities in Sri Lanka have implicated a small extremist group called National Thowfeek Jamaath for the Easter weekend bombings . But how could a small group pull off a coordinated attack of such sophistication? The answer might have arrived via the Islamic State's Amaq news agency, reports the New York ... More »

New Zealand's Strict New Gun Laws Take Effect

They passed by a 119-1 vote

(Newser) - New Zealand's governor general on Thursday formally signed into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military-style weapons, less than a month after a man used such guns to kill 50 people and wound dozens at two mosques in Christchurch. Governor General Patsy Reddy signed the bill as police said a... More »

Jacinda Ardern: My Actions Were 'Intuitive'

New Zealand prime minister reflects on her handling of mosque shootings

(Newser) - New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has been praised for her handling of the aftermath of the mosque massacres in her nation. The Dalai Lama, for instance, called her "wonderful" because "she really tried to tackle this problem through nonviolence, through compassion and through mutual respect," per... More »

NZ Shooting Suspect 'Has No Emotion' During Hearing

Man charged in mosque shootings ordered to undergo mental health check

(Newser) - A New Zealand judge has ordered that the man accused of killing 50 people at two Christchurch mosques undergo two mental health assessments to determine if he's fit to stand trial. High Court judge Cameron Mander made the order during a Friday hearing in which 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison... More »

Tight Restrictions Surround Mosque Shooting Suspect

Brenton Tarrant will make 2nd court appearance Friday

(Newser) - Police say the man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges at his second court appearance on Friday. Australian citizen Brenton Harrison Tarrant was charged with one representative count of murder after his arrest the day of the March 15 massacre,... More »

Muslim Group Sues Facebook, YouTube Over Shooting Videos

French Muslims beat NZ group to the punch

(Newser) - A group representing Muslims in France is suing Facebook and YouTube over footage of the mosque shootings in New Zealand. The French Council of the Muslim Faith accuses the platforms, which raced to delete a livestream and copies that sprung up in the aftermath, of "broadcasting a message with... More »

Cops: Note Found After Calif. Mosque Arson Cited NZ

'We won't stop praying,' Islamic spokesman in Escondido says

(Newser) - But for one person who wasn't sleeping, a frightening and dangerous incident over the weekend at a California mosque could have turned tragic. Seven people were inside the Islamic Center of Escondido early Sunday when, shortly after 3am, the lone person not snoozing noticed flames and woke the others,... More »

New Zealand Falls Silent for Muslim Call to Prayer

'New Zealand mourns with you. We are one'

(Newser) - New Zealanders observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday in reflecting on the moment one week ago when 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques were slain —an act that an imam told the crowd of thousands had left the country broken-hearted but not broken. In a day without precedent,... More »

'Our History Changed Forever. Now, Our Laws Will Too'

New Zealand introduces sweeping changes to country's gun laws

(Newser) - New Zealand has brought in stronger gun laws less than a week after the worst mass shooting in the country's history. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced sweeping changes to the country's gun laws Thursday, including a ban on military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles like the one used in... More »

Half Hour Passed Before Shooter's Livestream Was Flagged

More than 1.5 million copies sprung up in aftermath

(Newser) - Few people watched the live broadcast of helmet cam footage showing the Friday shooting at one of two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, according to Facebook. The 17-minute livestream had fewer than 200 views at its end, and no one reported it during that time. Facebook says the first user... More »

New Zealand Leader Makes a Vow After Massacres

Jacinda Ardern says she will never utter the name of the accused gunman

(Newser) - New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern spoke to parliament Tuesday and made a promise: She will never utter the name of the man accused of the mosque massacres . "He sought many things from his act of terror but one was notoriety, that is why you will never hear me mention... More »

2 Separate Massacres, 2 Acts of Kindness Out of Pittsburgh

Jewish group fundraises for NZ mosque victims after Muslims did the same for Tree of Life victims

(Newser) - When the Tree of Life synagogue shooting took place last October, killing 11, Muslims in the Pittsburgh area rallied to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the victims and their families. Now, in the wake of the massacre at two Muslim mosques in New Zealand that has taken the... More »

NZ Mass Shooting Suspect 'Doesn't Want a Lawyer'

Homes of Tarrant's mother, sister searched

(Newser) - The Australian man accused of massacring 50 people in two New Zealand mosques has decided to represent himself, according to the duty lawyer he was assigned after his arrest. Richard Peters, the New Zealand system's equivalent of a public defender, tells the New Zealand Herald that Brenton Tarrant seemed... More »

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