Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

World 03/29/19, 01:48

Thailand's recent general elections, its first since a 2014 military coup, set off jubilation among party loyalists and efforts by various party leaders to build a governing coalition even though the official results aren't required until May.In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, a fire in an office ...

At memorial, mosque survivor says he forgives attacker

World 03/28/19, 19:35

A man who survived the mosque attacks told a crowd of about 20,000 that he forgives the terrorist who killed his wife and 49 other people.Farid Ahmed was speaking at a national remembrance service held Friday in Christchurch to commemorate those who died in the attacks two weeks ago.It was ...

‘It doesn’t open’: Mosque survivors describe terror at door

World 03/27/19, 20:20

When the gunman began to attack the Al Noor mosque, Ahmed Alayedy scrambled to get to the nearest emergency exit. He was the first one there."I tried to open the door," he said. "But it doesn't open."Alayedy and other survivors of the March 15 mosque attacks in New Zealand have ...

‘Shadows’ sucks comedy from the everyday lives of vampires

Entertainment 03/25/19, 13:17

Think your roommates are a pain? Try living in a house full of vampires.They're up all night, every night. The leftovers they never bother to throw out are partly blood-sucked bodies. House meetings turn into flying bat-fights. And it all goes on for centuries.Such are the woes of the housemates ...

New Zealand attack note left at fire at California mosque

U.S. 03/24/19, 23:58

A note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a Southern California mosque, police said Sunday.Nobody was hurt, and members of the Islamic Center of Escondido were able to extinguish the small blaze before firefighters around 3:15 a.m., ...

New Zealand to probe role of spies, guns in mosque attacks

World 03/24/19, 23:10

New Zealand will hold a top-level inquiry into the massacre of 50 people at two Christchurch mosques that will look into what roles semi-automatic guns, social media and intelligence agencies had preceding the attacks.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday it would hold a Royal Commission of Inquiry, the country's highest ...

New Zealand mosque killings spark debate over free speech

World 03/24/19, 07:16

New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned a 74-page manifesto written by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.The ban, issued Saturday, means anybody caught with the document on their computer could face up to ...

Is it terrorism? Post NZ attack, Muslims see double standard

World 03/24/19, 07:05

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been hailed on social media by Muslims around the world for her response to two mosque shootings by a white nationalist who killed 50 worshippers. She wore a headscarf at the funerals in line with Islamic custom and swiftly reformed gun laws. An image ...

Thousands attend New Zealand vigil to honor 50 mosque dead

World 03/24/19, 01:11

Thousands of people have gathered in the New Zealand city of Christchurch to listen to prayers, songs and speeches at a vigil to remember the 50 people killed in a terrorist attack on two mosques.One of those watching from a wheelchair was 21-year-old Mustafa Boztas, who was shot in the ...

Pakistan showcases military even as tensions with India ease

World 03/23/19, 08:51

Pakistan celebrated its national day on Saturday with a military parade showcasing its missiles, tanks and aircraft, even as the prime minister and his Indian counterpart exchanged goodwill messages in a sign of easing tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered "best wishes" to his counterpart Imran ...

Family of slain boy visits Christchurch mosque as it reopens

World 03/22/19, 22:47

The family of a slain 3-year-old boy and a Jordanian prince are among those visiting a New Zealand mosque as it reopens for the first time since a terrorist killed 42 people there.Hundreds of people stopped at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch on Saturday to lay flowers or pray ...

‘My heart fell’ says New Zealand surgeon who treated girl, 4

World 03/22/19, 22:11

As soon as vascular surgeon Adib Khanafer received the call March 15, he started running toward the operating theater at Christchurch Hospital. At that point, he had no idea a white supremacist had slaughtered 50 people. But he could hear an urgency in the request for help."When I walked in, ...

UN chief visits mosque, stresses sanctity of religious sites

New York 03/22/19, 18:07

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers."Speaking a week after the terrorist attacks on two mosques ...

‘Rise up!’ NZ students heal with haka after mosque attacks

World 03/22/19, 04:54

Their voices have thundered across this heartsick city, in parks and at flower memorials and schools. Day after day, the students of Christchurch have gathered, feet smashing the ground in unison as they chant the words of their nation's indigenous people in an outpouring of grief and love and support.In ...

Update: Mass funeral held to bury 26 slain in N. Zealand

World 03/22/19, 02:33

The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local):5 p.m.Thousands of people have gathered for a mass funeral to bury 26 of the victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.Muslims pray during Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 22, 2019. ...

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