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    (CNN)Hours after United States President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden tore strips off each other before a horrified global television audience, a very different exchange played out on the other side of the Pacific. Two women, a combined 50 years younger than the gray-haired men vying for the US presidency, were having a comparatively civil debate about the future leadership of New Zealand. In front of an audience far smaller than the millions that tuned in worldwide for the US debate Tuesday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and opposition leader Judith Collins clashed and argued, but also laughed and complimented each other.As Trump and Biden fought for air time, talking over the top of each other and...
    Laxmmi Bomb, the horror comedy starring Akshay Kumar in the lead, is one of the most-anticipated films of the year. Written and helmed by Raghava Lawrence, marking his directorial debut in Hindi Cinema, this movie is the remake of the Tamil film Muni 2: Kanchana. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the makers had announced that Laxmmi Bomb will skip theatrical release and would instead be releasing on the OTT platform. In India, Laxmmi Bomb is premiering on Disney+ HotstarVIP on November 9, 2020. And here’s a major surprise for all Akkians in abroad. The makers of this film have confirmed that Laxmmi Bomb will have a theatrical release in Australia, New Zealand and UAE on November 9, 2020! Laxmmi Bomb...
    The Akshay Kumar-starrer Laxmmi Bomb has been confirmed for release in Australia, New Zealand and UAE on November 9. Cast member Tusshar Kapoor took to Instagram and shared the poster of the film. “This Diwali, #LaxmmiBomb to release on 9th November in Australia, New Zealand and UAE,” he wrote. He added: “Laxmmi Bomb is premiering in India on @disneyplushotstarvip and on Hotstar in USA, UK and Canada on 9th November.” Laxmmi Bomb on Diwali! Akshay Kumar Confirms His Horror Comedy will Release on November 9 on Disney+ Hotstar The film is a remake of Tamil blockbuster “Muni 2: Kanchana”. Raghava Lawrence, who had helmed the original, also directs the Bollywood remake, co-starring Kiara Advani, Tusshar Kapoor, Sharad Kelkar, and Ashwini...
    The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden may have raised more questions than it answered. While the political opponents battled over the government response to the coronavirus pandemic, economic recovery and civil unrest across the country — often talking over each other and steamrolling over moderator Chris Wallace in the process — viewers turned to search engines like Google GOOG, +0.88% and dictionary sites like Merriam-Webster to help decipher what the candidates were saying. During the first hour of the roughly 90-minute debate, Google’s top trending searches were: 1. K-shaped recovery
 2. Roe v. Wade
 3. How many people have pre existing conditions?
 4. Who is winning the debate?
 5. Affordable Care Act
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    One of New Zealand’s largest telecommunications companies, along with others who took note of an advice to use the country’s original, native name, AutoRova, and promised to use Rio, ம ரி Language, or Method – Ethics – in their daily business activities. Vodafone earlier this week – it has about 2,000 New Zealand Employees – Confirmed that its banner on users’ phones has been changed from “Vodafone NZ” to “VF Aotearoa”. The company made a brief change to those on social media who complained about the change. The move was supported by rival companies. DTP Group AutoRova, a telecommunications company with 250 local employees, has changed its name from DTP Group New Zealand. The change came with efforts to recruit...
    By Praveen Menon WELLINGTON (Reuters) - When recently returned New Zealander Lara Barclay talked to fellow Kiwi expatriates in Australia, it was her country's success in tackling coronavirus that came up again and again and the crisis role of prime minister Jacinda Ardern. Support from New Zealand's million-strong diaspora -- equal to a fifth of the country's resident population -- could prove a surprise boost for Ardern as the Labour Party leader seeks re-election at an Oct. 17 poll. "They thought New Zealand's response was fantastic," said Barclay, a victim support worker. "Every New Zealander I knew in Australia bar one ... were super impressed by New Zealand's response and by Jacinda." Labour is widely expected to retain power next...
    Marine jet crashes after mid-air collision Meet the K-shaped recession, where professional workers are largely fine and everyone else is doing awful New Zealand says Super Rugby must adapt quickly after South Africa bombshell New Zealand's rugby union called for a rapid reaction on Wednesday as South Africa pulled most of its teams out of Super Rugby, effectively ending the once-admired southern hemisphere competition after 25 years. © MICHAEL BRADLEY New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have organised domestic Super Rugby tournaments this year © Marty MELVILLE New Zealand is planning a domestic or trans-Tasman version of Super Rugby next year NZR chief executive Mark Robinson attempted to play down the move, which follows months of turmoil triggered by...
    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Travel between New Zealand and some states of Australia is possible before the end of the year, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. Plans for a travel 'bubble' between Australia and New Zealand has been in discussions for months as both nations slowed the spread of the coronavirus, but they were disrupted after a resurgence of COVID-19 in Melbourne, Australia, followed by a second wave of infections in Auckland. With the virus largely contained in New Zealand, and as cases continue to decline in Australian regions, talks of a travel bubble with some states have been revived. When asked by state broadcaster TVNZ whether New Zealanders would be able to travel to at least...
    Shyamalan reveals title, poster for new movie Extreme isolation: people who live at the end of the earth Wallabies coach backs New Zealand call for early finish Australia coach Dave Rennie sided with New Zealand Sunday over a scheduling row threatening to derail the Rugby Championship, but he held back from saying it would be resolved. © PASCAL GUYOT Dave Rennie, pictured here in 2017, said while Australia supported the All Blacks' request, a change of itinerary 'needs to be unanimous' within SANZAAR The stumbling block is New Zealand's demand that the tournament, which also involves South Africa and Argentina, be over in time for the All Blacks to be home with their families for Christmas after meeting their...
    By Praveen Menon WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A referendum next month on legalising recreational cannabis has divided opinion in New Zealand with ruling party politicians staying clear of the contentious issue ahead of a general election they are likely to win. If passed, New Zealand would be only the third country in the world after Uruguay and Canada to legalise the adult use and sale of cannabis, and the first in the Asia Pacific. The referendum will be held along with the Oct. 17 general election in which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is seeking a second term. Ardern is a strong favourite to win the election but opinion is sharply divided on the referendum - 49.5% of respondents in a nationwide...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A new opinion poll indicates that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is poised to win a second term in office when the nation goes to the polls next month. But Ardern said Tuesday that she’s taking nothing for granted. The 1 News Colmar Brunton Poll put support for Ardern’s liberal Labour Party at 48% while support for the conservative National Party, led by opposition leader Judith Collins, was at 31%. Support for Ardern as preferred prime minister was at 54% compared to 18% for Collins. Under New Zealand’s proportional voting system, larger parties typically form coalitions with smaller parties to govern. Ardern’s popularity has surged since the coronavirus became the defining issue for...
    By Praveen Menon WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's ruling Labour Party has lost some support since July as the coronavirus resurged in Auckland, but it is still set to win the upcoming general election on Oct 17 comfortably, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. The 1News-Colmar Brunton poll showed support for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's party, which is seeking a second term in office, at 48%, down 5 percentage points since the last poll in late July. The opposition National party also lost 1 percentage point taking it to 31%, under newly elected leader Judith Collins. The results mean Labour would get 62 seats, and can govern alone without any coalition. Small parties like the Green Party got 6% support...
    EUREKA, Nev. (AP) — The body of a well known paraglider from New Zealand has been recovered from a mountainous site in a remote part of Nevada, a sheriff said Monday. Sheriff Jesse Watts said a passerby noticed a parachute last Wednesday and searchers on Friday reached the body of James “Kiwi” Johnston in the Fish Creek mountains of Eureka County. “No foul play. Pure accident,” said Watts, who also serves as Eureka County coroner. He said Johnston died of multiple injuries from a high-elevation fall. Johnston disappeared Aug. 23 while about 250 miles (402 kilometers) east of Reno and 200 miles (322 kilometers) north of Las Vegas. He was attempting to fly west-to-east across Nevada. Searchers from several counties...
    New Zealand’s Prime Minister has apologized for taking a selfie without a mask on, calling it a “mistake.” “In that particular photo I made a mistake,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference Monday, according to the New Zealand Herald. “Yes I should have moved further forwards and I should have asked them to step apart as well.” “It is hard,” she added. “I will keep up, as I have, those awkward moments where I refuse to shake hands.” (RELATED: Four New COVID-19 Cases Hurl New Zealand Into Renewed Country-Wide Lockdown) In the photo, Arden was pictured with a group of supporters. Nobody in the photo was wearing a mask or social distancing. David Seymour, leader of the...
    WELLINGTON – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday lifted all coronavirus restrictions across the country, except in second-wave hotspot Auckland, as the number of new infections slowed to a trickle. Some restrictions were also eased in Auckland to allow gatherings of up to 100 people, but the country’s biggest city needed more time before all curbs could be lifted, Ardern said. “Our actions collectively have managed to get the virus under control,” she told reporters in Auckland. “This was the centre of the outbreak and that’s why that caution is needed here.” New Zealand, a nation of five million, appeared to have halted community transmission of COVID-19 earlier this year, but a fresh outbreak in Auckland in August...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday after meeting with top lawmakers. The nation of 5 million people reimposed some restrictions last month after the Auckland outbreak, which now appears to be under control. Under the plan, maximum gathering sizes in Auckland will be increased from 10 to 100 on Wednesday and then caps removed two weeks after that. “Auckland needs more time,” Ardern told reporters in the city. “Whilst we have reasonable confidence we are on the...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday after meeting with top lawmakers. The nation of 5 million people reimposed some restrictions last month after the Auckland outbreak, which now appears to be under control. Under the plan, maximum gathering sizes in Auckland will be increased from 10 to 100 on Wednesday and then caps removed two weeks after that. “Auckland needs more time,” Ardern told reporters in the city. “Whilst we have reasonable confidence we...
    By The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand: All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday after meeting with top lawmakers. The nation of 5 million re-imposed some restrictions last month after an Auckland outbreak which now appears to be under control. Under the plan, maximum gathering sizes in Auckland will be increased from 10 to 100 on Wednesday and then caps removed two weeks after that. “Auckland needs more time,” Ardern told reporters in the city. “Whilst we have reasonable confidence we are on...
    By Praveen Menon WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the coronavirus restrictions in its biggest city Auckland will be eased, while all restrictions will be lifted in the rest of the country. Auckland will move to alert level 2 from Thursday, Ardern said at a news conference on Monday, which will limit gatherings to 100 people. The rest of the country will move to level 1 from midnight on Monday, she said. (Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Christian Schmollinger) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    New Zealand has suspended the export of live cattle after a ship carrying 43 crew members and nearly 6,000 cows capsized off the coast of Japan. On Sept. 2, the ship, the Gulf Livestock 1, left New Zealand for China but reportedly developed engine problems and sank in rough seas caused by Typhoon Maysak. Source: RNZ/Youtube Most of the crew is feared dead as only two crew members have been rescued and hospitalized. Carcasses of at least a dozen cows were seen floating in the water after the ship went down. In light of the incident, New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries announced that it had “temporarily suspended consideration of cattle livestock export applications” as they investigate what...
    A report on New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) revealed on Thursday that the nation has slipped into its first recession in ten years, thanks to economic damage from the Wuhan coronavirus. Radio New Zealand (RNZ) reported the GDP dropped a seasonally adjusted 12.2 percent over the quarter ending in June, following a 1.4 percent drop in the first quarter. The second-quarter figure represented “the biggest fall since the current system of measuring data was introduced in 1987.” The decline was especially acute in the retail, restaurant, hotel, and transportation industries due to travel bans and New Zealand’s strict lockdown policy. Consumer spending was down by over 25 percent, while manufacturing and construction saw double-digit declines. New Zealand is exceptionally...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s economy shrank by a record 12.2% in the second quarter due to a strict coronavirus lockdown, but forecasts indicate activity is bouncing back. Statistics New Zealand released figures Thursday showing GDP had fallen far more than ever previously recorded and signaling the nation of 5 million people is officially in recession for the first time in 11 years. On an annual basis, GDP fell by 2%. Economists said the decline will likely be followed by a record increase in economic activity during the third quarter as many businesses get back to work. And forecasts released by the Treasury this week predict unemployment will peak at 7.8%, lower than earlier predictions of nearly 10%....
    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Large crowds of people rallied in Auckland on Saturday against the government's social distancing restrictions imposed on the country's largest city after an outbreak of the novel coronavirus last month. Local television footage showed tightly packed crowds, with many people not wearing masks, with estimates of the attendance varying in reports between a thousand and a few thousand people. "We are all here today because we believe we need to stand up for our rights," the public Television New Zealand cited Jami-Lee Ross, the leader of the Advance New Zealand party, one of the organisers of the protest, as saying. "We're all here today because we believe it's time to stand up and say, 'We need to...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia is set to host the Rugby Championship in November and December after a late change of mind by governing body SANZAAR. The tournament had been expected to be staged in New Zealand between Nov. 7 and Dec. 12 because of New Zealand’s success in containing the coronavirus pandemic. But SANZAAR decided Friday after a conference call among members from Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to move the event because of Australia’s more relaxed quarantine requirements. The decision has been criticized by New Zealand’s Prime Minister. SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos said organizers were delighted to “put an end to the continued speculation about the tournament’s format and location.” “SANZAAR ultimately determined...
    LONDON (AP) — England will play New Zealand in a friendly at Wembley Stadium as part of a triple header in November. Gareth Southgate’s side will host New Zealand on Nov. 12 ahead of the final two UEFA Nations League group fixtures away to Belgium on Nov. 15 and at home against Iceland three days later. In keeping with current coronavirus pandemic guidelines, the games in London are scheduled to be played without fans. But the English Football Association said it was “committed to working with the government to get supporters back in stadiums as soon as possible.” England also has three games in October after being unable to play for 10 months until over the last week. England beat...
    By Praveen Menon WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Jacinda Ardern's ruling Labour Party said it would raise taxes for top income earners if it is returned to power in the polls next month, as the government looks to pay off debt accumulated due to its COVID-19 pandemic response. Ardern's Labour Party, comfortably ahead in the election contest according to opinion polls, said it plans a new higher tax rate of 39% for people earning over NZ$180,000 ($118,908), which would only affect 2% of New Zealanders. “Our plan strikes a balance as we recover from COVID-19," Finance Minister Grant Robertson said in Wellington. The new policy is forecast to generate annual revenue of NZ$550 million, he said. But it still puts New Zealand...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that her government will create a new public holiday to celebrate the Maori New Year if it is reelected next month. Ardern, who leads the liberal Labour Party, began her election campaign by saying she’d heard people throughout the country calling for the holiday. “Its time has come,” she said. New Zealand currently marks 10 national public holidays plus one more for each region and hasn’t added any new holidays for nearly 50 years. Many people have argued that marking the day would help recognize the nation’s indigenous people. The date of the mid-winter holiday would vary each year to coincide with the reappearance of Matariki,...
    Pro-Trump Boat Parades Over Labor Day Weekend to Feature Thousands of Boats Amid COVID-19 Pandemic This Popular Grocery Store Just Made a Major Change to Its Aisles Mounga stands out in New Zealand inter-Island match WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Richie Mo’unga won a contest with fellow All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett in a North Island vs. South Island match, dredged from history to become a centerpiece in New Zealand’s pandemic-affected rugby season. © Provided by Associated Press Reiko Ioane runs in to score a try during the North vs South rugby game in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. The All Blacks which will be named Sunday, Sept 6. (Elias Rodriguez/Photosport via AP) Mo’unga created a try...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Joe Williams may have been 85 years old, but when the coronavirus struck this year, the Auckland doctor worked extra hard to warn his Pacific Island patients of its dangers. His friend suggested he take a vacation, but Williams was having none of it. “That’s the trouble with young people — they’re always thinking about time off,” Williams jokingly told Dr. Api Talemaitoga, the 60-year-old recalled. “I’ll be all right, don’t worry about me.” But Williams ended up catching the virus last month and died from it Friday night, friends and family said. Known to many affectionately as Papa Joe, Williams was a medical leader who served a brief stint as prime minister of...
    Trump to award Medal of Honor to Army Ranger for Iraq hostage rescue Rampant Azarenka downs compatriot Sabalenka to reach third round Taika Waititi Spending 2 Weeks of Mandatory Quarantine in New Zealand Hotel Room with His 2 Daughters Taika Waititi might need some quarantine help. © Provided by People Taika Waititi/instagram. Inset: Getty Images The Thor: Ragnarok director, 45, shared a hilarious photo of his hotel room in New Zealand looking a little worse for wear as his two daughters look at the camera. "Day 7 of 14 day hotel quarantine in NZ," Waititi wrote in the caption. "One dad, two kids, everything going great.... until they found the 'explode suitcases and trash everything' button." He added, "Looks like...
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Friday that New Zealand would keep its current coronavirus restrictions in place until at least mid-September as a precaution. Authorities had earlier lifted a lockdown in the city of Auckland following an outbreak there that began last month, but they continue to limit gathering sizes across the country and mandate that people wear masks on public transport. “As with last time, a cautious approach is the best long-term strategy to get our economy open and freedoms back faster in the long term,” Ardern said. New Zealand reported five new virus cases Friday, two among returning travelers already in quarantine and three connected to the Auckland outbreak. Ardern also said she’d recently...
    A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has rattled New Zealand's South Island.  The tremor struck about 10km west of St Arnaud at 10.13pm on Thursday night in the Nelson Lakes Region. About 25,000 people across the country felt the jolt, including those living as far away as Auckland and Dunedin.  The tremor struck about 10 kilometres west of St Arnaud at 10.13pm on Thursday night in the Nelson Lakes Region but it was felt by residents right across the country The quake comes a day before the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Darfield earthquake, which caused widespread damage to the city of Christchurch. Thursday night's tremor was initially recorded as magnitude 4.4 but was upgraded to a 'strong' even.  The earthquake...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s justice minister says the nation is confronting cyber attacks on an unprecedented scale, targeting everything from the stock market to the weather service. Andrew Little said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that tracking down the perpetrators of the attacks in recent weeks would be extremely difficult, as the distributed denial of service attacks are being routed through thousands of computers. One line of investigation is the emails sent to people in some of the targeted organizations demanding a ransom in exchange for stopping the attacks, Little said. The official advice is to never, ever pay a ransom. Little said he’s been told that the sheer volume of data...
    The Making of an "It" Girl: Inside Zendayas Euphoric Rise to the Top Covid 19 US Canada border: It has shut down travel longer than expected Australia, New Zealand rugby Sevens cancelled over coronavirus The Australian and New Zealand legs of the 2021 sevens rugby world series were cancelled over the coronavirus on Tuesday as the sport's problems deepened less than a year from the postponed Tokyo Olympics. © PETER PARKS The Sydney sevens was due to take place in late January The demise of the two tournaments, slated for January 23-24 and 30-31 respectively, means the first four events of the upcoming season have been axed after Dubai and Cape Town went in July. The sevens circuit was...
    A THREE-year-old British girl has died after a playground accident in New Zealand. Amberlie Pennington-Foley - whose family moved to the country to start a mew life - was fatally injured at the play area in Upper Hutt. 1Amberlie Pennington-Foley was fatally injured at a play area Her family had moved from the UK nine years ago, and are now trying to arrange for grieving relatives to fly over for support. Mum Emma Pennington-Foley told Stuff : “The whole Upper Hutt community is grieving the loss of our baby right here with us and it’s clear to see that Amberlie has brought our already strong community closer together. "She has really touched the lives of so many. Most read in News'I CANNOT...
    That’s a lot of green. DAD BREAKS RECORD FOR LARGEST TOMATO GROWN WITH HELP OF SHEER TIGHTS A New Zealand buyer spent $5,291 for a plant, reportedly setting a record on an auction website for most expensive plant purchased. The nearly $5,300 price tag was for an extremely rare variegated Rhaphidophora tetrasperma, which is native to Southeast Asia, Vice reported. The nearly $5,300 price tag was for a Rhaphidophora tetrasperma, similar to the one pictured above (iStock) The website, Trade Me, reported the seriously expensive purchase last week. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER The plant is reminiscent to the Monstera plant, which has seen a large spike in searches during coronavirus, according to Trade Me. The plant...
    It takes a lot of green to satisfy these green thumbs. A buyer in New Zealand set a new local record for the priciest plant, coming in at around $5,300. The proud new plant parent acquired an “extremely rare variegated Rhaphidophora tetrasperma,” also called a “mini Monstera” for its resemblance to the eponymous and unrelated species. The plant, native to Southeast Asia, boasts just four leaves, Vice reported. For anyone counting, that breaks down to about $1,325 per leaf. The hefty price tag comes down to the species’ rarity and desirability. The New Zealand-based auction website Trade Me reported a spike in search interest for Monstera plants: Between the end of May and beginning of June, they saw more...
    It takes a lot of green to satisfy these green thumbs. A buyer in New Zealand set a new local record for the priciest plant, coming in at around $5,300. The proud new plant parent acquired an “extremely rare variegated Rhaphidophora tetrasperma,” also called a “mini Monstera” for its resemblance to the eponymous and unrelated species. The plant, native to Southeast Asia, boasts just four leaves, Vice reported. For anyone counting, that breaks down to about $1,325 per leaf. The hefty price tag comes down to the species’ rarity and desirability. The New Zealand-based auction website Trade Me reported a spike in search interest for Monstera plants: Between the end of May and beginning of June, they saw more than...
    Auckland's tough Stage Three lockdown will come to an end tonight after several extensions, but life won't yet return to a pre-COVID normal. From 11.59pm on Sunday, restrictions in New Zealand's most populous city will be eased after two-and-a-half weeks to a Stage Two warning, like the rest of the nation. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement on Sunday afternoon as she confirmed a further two coronavirus cases linked to the Auckland cluster. But the eased restrictions won't look exactly the same as they do for the rest of the nation.
    Blake asks: Whyd they shoot me so many times? Looking for solution to winter outdoor dining, Chicago launches contest with $5K prize After New Zealand, Global Stock Exchanges Face Reminder of Cyberattack Risks © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. The world has geopolitical risks at all times, and the global financial system not being immune to cyberattacks is a risk. A cyberattack on a stock market or a central bank probably sounds like something out of a futuristic spy novel. It's not. It's already happening. The world financial markets should be on guard about the most recent cyberattack in New Zealand that caused no trading for three days this week, and a fourth day saw intermittent trading. New Zealand's stock...
    BEN Stokes’ dad has revealed he has cancer after the England legend flew back to New Zealand to be with him.  The cricket star travelled home to join his family, and is in self-isolation. 3Ben Stokes and his dad, Ged, who has confirmed he has been diagnosed with brain cancer 3Stokes in action during England v Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford on August 7 His father, Ged, tragically confirmed he had several tumours on his brain, after falling ill in December in South Africa. He told the Weekend Herald: "They had to assess how I travelled and from that they discovered I had a couple of tumors on my brain as well. "So, basically brain cancer. "How that came about...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — United States Ambassador Scott Brown’s diplomatic status has allowed him and his wife to avoid going into quarantine at New Zealand’s border after the couple returned from a trip to their home country this week. Just about everybody who arrives in New Zealand is required to spend 14 days isolated in a government-run hotel that is guarded by the military as the country spends billions of dollars on its efforts to eliminate the coronavirus. But the Browns said Friday they’re isolating themselves at home. New Zealand has stamped out most community transmission of the virus and is focusing much of its efforts on keeping the border safe. The Ministry of Health says that...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government and its foreign spy agency are getting involved after cyber attacks disrupted trading on the nation’s stock market several times this week. The attacks have affected the private company NZX which hosts the market, halting trading for up to several hours at a time. Finance Minister Grant Robertson said Friday that ministers had asked the Government Communications Security Bureau intelligence agency to help stop the attacks. “We as a government are treating this very seriously,” he said, adding that security concerns prevented him from saying much more. Neither the NZX nor Robertson said if the attackers sought a ransom, as some have speculated. The security bureau declined...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — United States Ambassador Scott Brown’s diplomatic status has allowed him and his wife to avoid going into quarantine at New Zealand’s border after the couple returned from a trip to their home country this week. Just about everybody who arrives in New Zealand is required to spend 14 days isolated in a government-run hotel that is guarded by the military as the country spends billions of dollars on its efforts to eliminate the coronavirus. But the Browns said Friday they’re isolating themselves at home. New Zealand has stamped out most community transmission of the virus and is focusing much of its efforts on keeping the border safe. The Ministry of Health says that...
    Jacob Blake is handcuffed to his hospital bed, family says This Beloved Restaurant Chain Is Quietly Closing Some Locations New Zealands stock exchange resumes trading after facing disruption for fourth day in a row New Zealand's stock exchange resumed trading Friday after experiencing network connectivity issues related to multiple cyber attacks earlier this week.  Earlier, trading on the NZX Main Board, NZX Debt Market and Fonterra Shareholders' Market was halted. Bourse operator New Zealand's Exchange previously said the stock exchange would reopen following measures implemented to maintain system connectivity. New Zealand Finance Minister Grant Robertson said at a press conference that the government is aware of the situation and that it has directed the Government Communications Security Bureau...
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Friday he was open to allowing an Australian who slaughtered 51 worshipers at two New Zealand mosques to serve his life sentence in his homeland, but the victims’ wishes were paramount in any decision. Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 29, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to the Christchurch massacre in March last year. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said while no official request had been made by New Zealand authorities for Australia to take Tarrant back, the Australian government was open to such a proposal. “I’m pleased that that terrorist will never be released anywhere ever again,” Morrison said. “We’ll have an open discussion and look at the...
    By Nick Perry | Associated Press CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the first time the maximum available sentence has been imposed in the country. Judge Cameron Mander said the crimes committed by 29-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant were so wicked that a lifetime in jail could not begin to atone for them. He said they had caused enormous loss and hurt and stemmed from a warped and malignant ideology. “Your actions were inhuman,” Mander said. “You deliberately killed a 3-year-old infant by shooting him in the head as he clung to the leg of his father.”...
    New Zealand’s Exchange (NZX) stated in a statement Thursday that it was doing work with cybersecurity authorities and hoped to resume “usual trading” on Friday. The exchange mentioned it halted inventory buying and selling at about 4 p.m. nearby time (12 a.m. ET) on Tuesday following it seasoned a dispersed denial of services (DDoS) assault from exterior the state. That was followed by even further attacks on Wednesday and Thursday, and the exchange stopped investing in credit card debt and fairness marketplaces for most of just about every day when the concern was investigated. The derivatives current market was also shut from 4 p.m. on Thursday.DDoS assaults goal to disrupt provider by flooding a community with large volumes of net...
    The man who killed more than 50 people when he opened fire in two New Zealand mosques was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge Cameron Mander levied the maximum available sentence to Australian gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 29, on Thursday, according to Politico. He had pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder, and one charge of terrorism. “Your actions were inhuman,” the judge said. “You deliberately killed a 3-year-old infant as he clung to the leg of his father.” On March 15, 2019, Tarrant entered a mosque in New Zealand while heavily armed after Jumu'ah, a significant Islamic prayer during the week. Over the course of a few minutes,...
    London (CNN Business)Cybercriminals have disrupted trading on New Zealand's financial markets for three consecutive days.New Zealand's Exchange (NZX) said in a statement Thursday that it was working with cybersecurity experts and hoped to resume "normal trading" on Friday.The exchange said it halted stock trading at about 4 p.m. local time (12 a.m. ET) on Tuesday after it experienced a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack from outside the country. That was followed by further attacks on Wednesday and Thursday, which prevented trading in debt and equity markets for most of the day. The derivatives market was also closed from 4 p.m. on Thursday.DDoS attacks aim to disrupt service by flooding a network with large volumes of internet traffic. A widespread...
    The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The judge imposed the maximum available sentence on 29-year-old Australian gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the first time the sentence has been imposed in New Zealand. Judge Cameron Mander said Tarrant's crimes were so wicked that a lifetime in jail could not begin to atone for them. He said they had caused enormous loss and hurt and stemmed from a warped and malignant ideology. "Your actions were inhuman," Mander said. "You deliberately killed a 3-year-old infant as he clung to the leg of his father." The March 2019 attacks targeting people praying at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques shocked...
    (CNN)A hurricane, nationwide demonstrations, a major political event ... there's a lot going on, so let's jump right in. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Police violenceA 17-year-old from Illinois has been arrested and charged with homicide in a fatal shooting that left two dead during protests Tuesday night in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The police chief there said the teen "was involved in the use of firearms to resolve whatever conflict was in place." Nationwide, the unrest stemming from the police shooting of a Black father, Jacob Blake, over the weekend has...
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks on while wearing a face mask during a visit to the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research at Victoria University on August 27, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday the country would be investing hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure the country got access to a vaccine as soon as it's available, according to the NZ Herald. The exact sum could not be revealed due to commercial sensitivity, according to Stuff.co.nz. Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Megan Woods said the government's latest move was to make sure the country didn't get "left out" of...
    An electronic screen displays international currency rates and the NZ markets on the side of a building on February 7, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.Phil Walter | Getty Images News | Getty Images Trading was halted on New Zealand's stock exchange on Thursday for a third day in a row following a cyber attack earlier in the week.  "NZX is currently experiencing network connectivity issues. The NZX Main Board, NZX Debt Market and Fonterra Shareholders Market are currently halted. Further information will be provided soon," bourse operator New Zealand's Exchange said on its website.  Trading stopped around 11:10 a.m. local time.  NZX said on Tuesday it experienced a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack from overseas through its network service provider, disrupting the...
    Clippers aim to finish off Mavs in Game 6 The Best Cheap Portable Generators New Zealands stock exchange halts trading for third day in a row Trading was halted on New Zealand's stock exchange on Thursday for a third day in a row following a cyber attack earlier in the week. Trading stopped around 11:10 a.m. local time on Thursday.  New Zealand's Exchange said it experienced a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack from overseas through its network service provider on Tuesday. A day later, it reportedly faced a similar attack, which halted trading at 11:24 a.m. local time until 3 p.m.  © Provided by CNBC An electronic screen displays international currency rates and the NZ markets on...
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The judge imposed the maximum available sentence on 29-year-old Australian gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the first time the sentence has been imposed in New Zealand. Judge Cameron Mander said Tarrant's crimes were so wicked that a life time in jail could not begin to atone for them. He said they had caused enormous loss and hurt and stemmed from a warped and malignant ideology.NEW ZEALAND PM ARDERN SEEKS TO PREVENT CHRISTCHURCH TRIAL FROM BEING PLATFORM FOR HATE “Your actions were inhuman,” Mander said. “You deliberately killed a 3-year-old infant as he clung to...
    The white supremacist who gunned down 51 people during Friday prayer at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has been sentenced to life in prison without a chance for parole. Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 29, received the maximum sentence for his horrific act of terror — marking the first time the sentence has been handed out in the country. “Your actions were inhuman,” Judge Cameron Mander said at his Thursday sentencing. “You deliberately killed a 3-year-old infant as he clung to the leg of his father.” The Australian terrorist carefully planned his massacre at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques. He spent years buying firearms and flew a drone over Al Noor to case out its exits. He intentionally picked...
    The white supremacist who gunned down 51 people during Friday prayer at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has been sentenced to life in prison without a chance for parole. Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 29, received the maximum sentence for his horrific act of terror — marking the first time the sentence has been handed out in the country. “Your actions were inhuman,” Judge Cameron Mander said at his Thursday sentencing. “You deliberately killed a 3-year-old infant as he clung to the leg of his father.” The Australian terrorist carefully planned his massacre at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques. He spent years buying firearms and flew a drone over Al Noor to case out its exits. He intentionally picked a...
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The judge imposed the maximum available sentence on 29-year-old Australian gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the first time the sentence has been imposed in New Zealand. Judge Cameron Mander said Tarrant’s crimes were so wicked that a life time in jail could not begin to atone for them. He said they had caused enormous loss and hurt and stemmed from a warped and malignant ideology. “Your actions were inhuman,” Mander said. “You deliberately killed a 3-year-old infant as he clung to the leg of his father.” The March 2019 attacks targeting people...
    THE white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday. Australian gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 29, received the maximum available sentence – the first time it has been imposted on New Zealand. 4 Australian gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 29, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of paroleCredit: AFP 4 Tarrant slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques – their family members speaking during his four-day hearingCredit: AFP According to Judge Cameron Mander, Tarrant's crimes in Christchurch were so wicked that a life time in jail could not begin to atone for them. He said they had caused enormous loss and hurt and...
    Christchurch, New Zealand (CNN)A far-right terrorist who killed 51 Muslim worshipers in New Zealand's worst mass shooting in modern history will spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole, the first time such a sentence has been handed down in the country's courts.Brenton Tarrant, 29, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty earlier this year to murdering 51 men, women and children at two Christchurch mosques on March 15, 2019. The youngest victim was just three years old. The Australian citizen also pleaded guilty to 40 counts of attempted murder and one charge of terrorism -- he is the first person in New Zealand to be convicted of that crime.Tarrant, who represented himself at the hearing...
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Ahad Nabi, the son of Haji Mohemmed Daoud Nabi, who was killed during the 2019 New Zealand mosque shooting, flipped off white-supremacist gunman Brenton Tarrant in Hight Court at Christchurch this week — calling him a “maggot” and a” gutless character of a person.” Survivors and family members of victims appeared in court this week for a four-day sentence hearing. The 29-year-old Australian terrorist is being sentenced on 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder, and a terror charge for his attack on Al Noor Mosque. Haji Mohemmed Daoud Nabi opened the door to the gunman, greeting him with the words “hello, brother,” before he was shot and killed moments later. His last words have since become...
    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The gunman in the New Zealand mosque shootings, 29-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, will not speak in court on Thursday before his sentencing, court officials said on Wednesday. Tarrant, who has pleaded guilty to murdering and injuring dozens of people at two Christchurch mosques in March 2019, had elected to defend himself but advised the court that he would not make a submission in court personally. He has directed a standby counsel appointed by the court to make a brief statement. (Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Jacqueline Wong) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Mass shooter Brenton Tarrant tells judge he won’t speak in his own defense at sentencing hearing in New Zealand court. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The poetic words of love from a daughter to her murdered father brought many people to tears in a New Zealand courtroom Wednesday during the sentencing hearing for the white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers at two mosques. Sara Qasem said she wonders if, in his last moments, her father was frightened or in pain, and wishes she could have been there to hold his hand. She told the gunman to remember her dad’s name, Abdelfattah Qasem. “All a daughter ever wants is her dad. I want to go on more road trips with him. I want to smell his garden-sourced cooking. His cologne,” she said. “I want to hear him tell me more about...
    By NICK PERRY, Associated Press CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The poetic words of love from a daughter to her murdered father brought many people to tears in a New Zealand courtroom Wednesday during the sentencing hearing for the white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers at two mosques. Sara Qasem said she wonders if, in his last moments, her father was frightened or in pain, and wishes she could have been there to hold his hand. She told the gunman to remember her dad's name, Abdelfattah Qasem. “All a daughter ever wants is her dad. I want to go on more road trips with him. I want to smell his garden-sourced cooking. His cologne," she said. “I want to hear...
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Relatives and survivors from a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques described in court on Tuesday how more than a year later, they are still having trouble sleeping, enjoying life and providing for their families. It was the second day of a four-day sentencing hearing for white supremacist Brenton Harrison Tarrant, who slaughtered 51 worshippers and injured dozens more during the March 2019 attacks. The 29-year-old Australian gunman in March pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder, and terrorism, reversing an earlier not guilty plea. He could become the first person in New Zealand to be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, the toughest sentence available. The hearing has given many a...
    By NICK PERRY, Associated Press CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Relatives and survivors from a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques described in court on Tuesday how more than a year later, they are still having trouble sleeping, enjoying life and providing for their families. It was the second day of a four-day sentencing hearing for white supremacist Brenton Harrison Tarrant, who slaughtered 51 worshippers and injured dozens more during the March 2019 attacks. The 29-year-old Australian gunman in March pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder, and terrorism, reversing an earlier not guilty plea. He could become the first person in New Zealand to be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, the toughest sentence available. The...
    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The gunman who killed 51 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand's worst mass shooting faces a life prison term, possibly without parole, with multi-day sentencing hearings taking place this week. Brenton Tarrant, an Australian, has pleaded guilty to 51 murder charges, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of committing a terrorist act. High Court judge Cameron Mander will hear about 66 victim impact statements, according to the court. Below are quotes from Tuesday's court proceedings: AMBREEN NAEEM - WIFE OF NAEEM RASHID, WHO WAS KILLED AT AL NOOR MOSQUE TRYING TO STOP TARRANT; MOTHER OF TALHA NAEEM, ALSO KILLED "Naeem died trying to save others and his act of bravery is something his sons will always...
    Survivors and the loved ones of slain worshipers in the 2019 New Zealand mosque attacks confronted terrorist Brenton Harrison Tarrant in court Monday, during a hearing ahead of his sentencing. “I can’t forgive you,” said Maysoon Salama whose son Ata Elayyan was killed by the Australian, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. “You gave yourself the authority to take the souls of 51 people. Our only crime in your eyes is that we are Muslims.” “You killed your own humanity and I don’t think the world will forgive you for your horrible crime. May you get the severest punishment for your evil act in this life, and hereafter,” Salama continued. Her husband, Mohammad Atta Ahmad Alayan, sobbed as he...
    Survivors and the family members of slain worshipers within the 2019 New Zealand mosque assaults confronted terrorist Brenton Harrison Tarrant in courtroom Monday, throughout a listening to forward of his sentencing. “I can’t forgive you,” mentioned Maysoon Salama whose son Ata Elayyan was killed by the Australian, in response to the Sydney Morning Herald. “You gave your self the authority to take the souls of 51 folks. Our solely crime in your eyes is that we’re Muslims.” “You killed your individual humanity and I don’t suppose the world will forgive you on your horrible crime. Might you get the severest punishment on your evil act on this life, and hereafter,” Salama continued. Her husband, Mohammad Atta Ahmad Alayan, sobbed...
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced Monday that town of Auckland will stay below lockdown for an additional 4 days so as to efficiently handle the reemergence of COVID-19. The 2-week lockdown of the nation’s largest metropolis was as a consequence of finish Aug. 26 however will now proceed till 11:59 pm on Aug 30, Ardern stated throughout a press briefing. At that time, town will “step its means into stage 2,” Arden stated. In accordance with authorities officers, Alert Degree 2 means the illness is contained however there’s nonetheless a threat of group transmission. “These further 4 days are believed crucial to permit us to maneuver down a stage in Auckland and keep down,” Ardern stated. “We...
    (CNN)It looks like Louisiana will be spared back-to-back hurricanes this week as Marco weakens, but the state is still in the path of another storm that's growing stronger. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On With Your Day.(You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Republican National ConventionThe Republican National Convention gets underway tonight, and viewers can expect to see a lot of President Donald Trump. The President will show up on each night of the convention, not just on the last night as is traditional. And compared to the Democrats' mostly pre-recorded, virtual convention, Trump has ordered up a more spontaneous...
    By The Associated Press CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — New Zealand's prime minister says the lockdown of Auckland will last an extra four days as authorities try to stamp out an outbreak of the coronavirus. The two-week lockdown of the country’s largest city was due to end Wednesday but will now continue through Sunday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that authorities need to be sure they have found the perimeter of the outbreak and they’re not seeing too many cases crop up that they haven’t found through contact tracing. New Zealand went 102 days without any community transmission of the virus before the cluster of cases was found in Auckland this month. Ardern said the rest of the country would...
    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand prosecutors told a court on Monday that Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant had meticulously planned his March 15, 2019 attacks, which claimed 51 lives. Below are some of the key events presented in their prosecution: *Tarrant, an Australian, arrived in the New Zealand city of Dunedin in 2017 and applied for, and received, a firearms licence. *Between late 2017 and early 2019, he purchased a collection of high-powered firearms with military specification sighting systems and telescopic sights. He practiced at various rifle clubs. *He accumulated in excess of 7,000 rounds of ammunition and purchased military-style ballistic armour and tactical vests. *Two months before the attack, on Jan. 8, 2019 Tarrant travelled from Dunedin to Christchurch...
    The white supremacist who killed 51 Muslim worshipers in New Zealand in 2019 remained impassive on Monday as survivors and the prosecutor recounted in the courtroom the horror that was experienced in the two attacked Christchurch mosques. The trial of the 29-year-old Australian, who was convicted of 51 murders and 40 assassination attempts and one terrorism charge, entered its final phase on Monday. The Christchurch court is expected to announce the conviction on Thursday. While the aggressor had participated by videoconference in the previous hearings from the high security prison in Auckland, this Monday he was present in court. Thus, it was the first time that he had come face to face with the survivors and their families since the...
    Jacinda Ardern has extended New Zealand's coronavirus lockdown by four days as the country continues to battle its second wave of infection.  Aucklanders were expecting tough level three restrictions to be eased at midnight on Wednesday but the prime minister pushed that back to 11.59pm on Sunday. From next week the city will be placed under level two restriction, along with the rest of the nation, meaning cafes and restaurants can reopen but there is still a limit on gatherings.  Residents must also continue to adhere to social distancing rules. The alert level will be reviewed on September 6 and may be dropped to level one, meaning all restrictions are eased expect for international travel. Ms Ardern said the government...
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — New Zealand’s prime minister says the lockdown of Auckland will last an extra four days as authorities try to stamp out an outbreak of the coronavirus. The two-week lockdown of the country’s largest city was due to end Wednesday but will now continue through Sunday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that authorities need to be sure they have found the perimeter of the outbreak and they’re not seeing too many cases crop up that they haven’t found through contact tracing. New Zealand went 102 days without any community transmission of the virus before the cluster of cases was found in Auckland this month. Ardern said the rest of the country would continue...
    (Reuters) - New Zealand will extend the current coronavirus restrictions in its largest city of Auckland until Sunday night, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. An abrupt resurgence of COVID-19 about two weeks ago in Auckland prompted Ardern to put the city's 1.7 million residents in a lockdown, forcing businesses to close and schools to shut. The lockdown was due to expire on Wednesday. Ardern said everyone using public transport under level two restrictions or above will be required to wear masks or any face covering to contain the spread of the virus. (Reporting by Renju Jose in Sydney; Editing by Tom Hogue) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By NICK PERRY, Associated Press CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques had intended to burn down the mosques afterward, a prosecutor said in court Monday, while describing two of those praying as making heroic efforts to stop the mass shooting. New details about the March 2019 attacks were outlined during the first day of a four-day sentencing hearing at the Christchurch High Court. The hearing gave some families and survivors their first chance to confront the gunman. “You killed your own humanity, and I don’t think the world will forgive you for your horrible crime,” said a tearful Maysoon Salama, the mother of 33-year-old Atta Elayyan, who was killed...
    By Nick Perry | Associated Press CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques had intended to burn down the mosques afterward, a prosecutor said in court Monday, while describing two of those praying as making heroic efforts to stop the mass shooting. New details about the March 2019 attacks were outlined during the first day of a four-day sentencing hearing at the Christchurch High Court. The hearing gave some families and survivors their first chance to confront the gunman. “You killed your own humanity, and I don’t think the world will forgive you for your horrible crime,” said a tearful Maysoon Salama, the mother of 33-year-old Atta Elayyan, who was killed...
    (CNN)In the days and weeks after a right-wing terrorist live-streamed the massacre of 51 people at two Christchurch mosques, New Zealand's leaders promised the country would change."I don't have all of the answers now, but we must collectively find them. And we must act," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, after the worst mass shooting in the country's modern history on March 15, 2019.Within 24 hours of the shooting, she announced that gun laws would change. Within days, she put on a hijab for an emotional meeting with members of the Muslim community. Within four weeks, the gun reforms passed through Parliament almost unanimously. And within two months, Ardern launched a global campaign to stop terrorism spreading on social media. ...
    The sentencing hearing for the gunman who admitted to killing 51 worshippers in two Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques last year will begin Monday, as survivors and the families of the victims will address a socially distant courtroom over the course of the next four days.  The gunman himself will also have an opportunity to address the court before he is sentenced, raising fears he could try to use the occasion as a platform to promote his White supremacist views. Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 29, from Australia, pleaded guilty in March to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism — the first terrorism conviction in New Zealand’s history. AUSTRALIAN GUNMAN WHO ADMITTED...
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - The suspected white supremacist who killed 51 Muslim worshippers last year, a massacre that prompted a global campaign to stamp out online hate, arrived in Christchurch on Sunday ahead of sentencing hearings. Brenton Tarrant disembarked a New Zealand air force plane at Christchurch Airport on Sunday afternoon, wearing a protective vest and helmet and escorted by armed officers, before being directed into the back of a white van, television footage showed. He has pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of committing a terrorist act. Tarrant was transported to Christchurch, the city where the shootings occurred, from Auckland Prison at Paremoremo, the New Zealand Herald reported. A court in...
    By NICK PERRY, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When Aya Al-Umari faces her brother's killer in the dock, she intends to tell him that his hatred stole away her best friend, her guardian, her hero. That she still wants to pick up the phone and tell her brother all about her day, because he's the only one who would understand. Al-Umari is one of more than 60 survivors and family members who this week in court will confront the white supremacist who committed the worst atrocity in New Zealand’s modern history, when he slaughtered 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques in March 2019. The gunman, 29-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, pleaded guilty in March to 51 counts of...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When Aya Al-Umari faces her brother’s killer in the dock, she intends to tell him that his hatred stole away her best friend, her guardian, her hero. That she still wants to pick up the phone and tell her brother all about her day, because he’s the only one who would understand. Al-Umari is one of more than 60 survivors and family members who this week in court will confront the white supremacist who committed the worst atrocity in New Zealand’s modern history, when he slaughtered 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques in March 2019. The gunman, 29-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, pleaded guilty in March to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted...
    Customers enjoy a drink on June 29, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. Restaurants, pubs, cafes and hairdressers were among the businesses that can open across Ireland today provided they can observe social distancing rules to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. (Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty.) DUBLIN — Do as I say, not as I do. That appears to be the message from some senior government figures in Ireland who have told the public not to congregate in crowds, especially indoors, and to avoid traveling abroad for purposes other than emergencies or essential work reasons. Minister for Agriculture Dara Calleary and deputy chairperson of the Senate Jerry Buttimer resigned Friday morning after their attendance at an 80-person golf-society dinner, which directly contravened...