UN refugee chief sees more ‘poison’ focused against migrants

World 04/09/19, 22:48

The U.N. refugee chief said Tuesday he has never seen "such toxicity, such poison" in politics, the media, social media and every day conversation focused on refugees, migrants and foreigners.U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said the March 15 attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed ...

Facebook, Google face House hearing on white nationalism

Business 04/09/19, 09:16

Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress Tuesday to answer questions about their role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. Neil Potts, Facebook's director of public policy and Alexandria Walden, counsel for free expression and human rights at Google, will speak ...

New Zealand official calls Facebook ‘morally bankrupt’

Tech 04/08/19, 04:49

New Zealand's official privacy watchdog on Monday described Facebook as "morally bankrupt" and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia's lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings.Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has been critical of Facebook's response to a gunman using the ...

Ardern names judge to head royal inquiry into mosque attack

World 04/08/19, 01:07

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has named a sitting Supreme Court justice to head New Zealand's top level investigation into the actions of security agencies and other issues related to the mosque shootings last month in which 50 people were killed.The Royal Commission of Inquiry will look into the gunman's activities ...

South African teams experience highs, lows in Super Rugby

World 04/07/19, 21:04

The Sharks' 42-5 win over the Lions in the weekend's eighth round of Super Rugby threw light on a South African conference in which switchback changes of form have been the norm this season.The Lions started the round atop the conference table, with the Sharks in third place. But after ...

Feds: Man who discussed US attack arrested at gun range

U.S. 04/04/19, 20:15

An Albanian national who talked about joining ISIS and attacking random people to avenge a shooting at a New Zealand mosque was arrested at a gun range in Montana, authorities said Thursday.Fabjan Alameti, 21, appeared before a U.S magistrate judge Thursday on charges of possession of a firearm by an ...

Judge orders mental health tests for accused mosque shooter

Health 04/04/19, 19:14

A New Zealand judge on Friday 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 hearing in which 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared ...

Germany: Mosque attack suspect sent money to French group

World 04/04/19, 16:20

The suspected New Zealand mosque gunman sent money to a French far-right group and once bought a ticket to Bavaria's "fairytale castle," German police said Thursday.The Federal Criminal Police Office confirmed that it briefed German lawmakers Wednesday on its investigation into ties the alleged Christchurch mosque attacker had to Germany.The ...

Explains: How tough new Australian social media law works

Tech 04/04/19, 08:04

Australia hopes its new laws that threaten prison and major fines for social media executives who fail to quickly remove violent livestreaming from their platforms will become a model for other countries.The government has described its response to the March 15 gun massacre in which an Australian allegedly killed 50 ...

Australia could jail social media execs for showing violence

World 04/03/19, 22:56

Australia's Parliament passed legislation on Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream violent images such as the New Zealand mosque shootings.Critics warn that some of the most restrictive laws about online communication in the democratic world could have unforeseen consequences, including media censorship and reduced investment ...

Update: 50 murder counts filed on mosque attack suspect

World 04/03/19, 22:30

The Latest on the man charged in the New Zealand mosque attacks (all times local):4:15 p.m.Police say the man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges at his court appearance on Friday.FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, ambulance ...

Man accused of murder in mosque attacks due in court Friday

World 04/03/19, 22:19

The man authorities believe carried out the Christchurch mosque attacks is due to make his second court appearance via video link on Friday, although media photographs won't be allowed and reporting on the proceedings will be severely restricted by New Zealand law.Fifty people died in the March 15 attacks on ...

Lions lock in coach ahead of South African Super Rugby derby

World 04/03/19, 19:21

Having secured an important part of their long-term future, the Johannesburg-based Lions can focus on a more immediate challenge when they face the Durban-based Sharks in Super Rugby on Friday.The Lions this week announced they have re-signed head coach Swys de Bruin for the next two seasons.Initially as an assistant ...

Police: Man who died backed New Zealand mosque killings

World 04/03/19, 17:33

A man who apparently killed himself during a standoff with New Zealand police had posed a "significant threat" to the community and supported the actions of the man who killed 50 Muslims at two mosques last month, authorities said Wednesday.Police said 54-year-old Artemiy Dubovskiy, also known as Troy, did not ...

Australian senator censured for blaming Muslim victims

World 04/02/19, 20:55

An Australian senator has been censured by his colleagues for seeking to blame the victims of last month's mosque shootings and vilify Muslims.Sen. Fraser Anning was the target of widespread condemnation for blaming the attack in New Zealand on immigration policies. He faced more criticism later for physically striking a ...

Keeper Blundell the surprise selection in NZ World Cup squad

Sports 04/02/19, 20:42

Wicketkeeper Tim Blundell, who made a century on his test debut but has yet to play a one-day international, has been included in New Zealand's 15-man squad for the cricket World Cup.The 28-year-old Blundell was the major surprise in the squad announced Wednesday by coach Gary Stead and selector Gavin ...

New Zealand lawmakers pass initial vote for new gun controls

World 04/02/19, 01:09

New Zealand lawmakers on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of new gun restrictions during the first stage of a bill they hope to rush into law by the end of next week.The bill would ban the types of weapons a gunman used to kill 50 people at two mosques last ...

New Zealand initiates bill to ban guns used in mosque attack

World 04/01/19, 01:36

New Zealand's government on Monday introduced a bill it plans to rush into law that would ban the types of weapons a gunman used to kill 50 people at two mosques.Police Minister Stuart Nash said that if lawmakers pass the bill as expected, the new law will take effect April ...

China’s premier meets New Zealand’s leader amid 5G dispute

World 03/31/19, 23:49

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has urged New Zealand to provide a "fair, transparent, convenient" investment environment in a meeting with the country's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, that comes amid a dispute over use of Chinese telecoms equipment.Relations between the two countries have been strained since New Zealand's spy agency in ...

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