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Thousands attend vigil in Dunedin for victims of Christchurch attack

Mixed emotions in city where gunman who killed 50 lived for two years WT24 Desk More than 18,000 people have attended a candlelit vigil for victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack in the New Zealand city of Dunedin, where the gunman lived for two years, The Guardian reports. Many of those in attendance at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, which is usually ...

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Italy rattles US and EU with likely support for China’s Belt and Road

Leaders set to endorse Italy’s role in ‘Silk Road’ trade network during Xi Jinping’s visit this week WT24 DeskItaly has signalled its determination to play a central role in China’s grand plan to build a Silk Road-styled global trade network, despite rattling its EU and US allies with its plan, The Guardian reports The country’s populist government is poised to ...

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Angela Merkel will ‘fight until final hour’ to avoid no-deal Brexit

German chancellor and EU leaders baffled and frustrated as they await UK’s next move WT24 Desk The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has said she will fight until the “final hour” of 29 March to avoid a no-deal Brexit, but admitted she cannot second-guess the outcome of an EU summit this week due to the chaos in Westminster, The Guardian reports. Following ...

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Cyclone Idai ‘might be southern hemisphere’s worst such disaster’

UN officials say floods up to six metres deep have caused incredible devastation WT24 Desk Cyclone Idai, the tropical storm ravaging southern Africa, is possibly the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, with 1.7 million people affected in Mozambique and 920,000 in Malawi, UN officials have said, Reuters reports. Storm surge floods up to six metres deep had caused ...

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Whale dies from ‘gastric shock’ after eating 40 kg of plastic in Philippines

In a statement on its Facebook page on Monday, museum officials said they uncovered “40 kilos of plastic bags, including 16 rice sacks, four banana plantation style bags and multiple shopping bags” in the whale’s stomach after conducting an autopsy, IANS reports. WT24 Desk A young whale that washed up in the Philippines had died from “gastric shock” after eating ...

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Facebook removed 1.5m videos of New Zealand terror attack in first 24 hours

Site says it will remove any clip featuring gunman’s footage even if that would not normally break its rules WT24 Desk Facebook removed 1.5m copies of the video of the New Zealand terrorist attack in the first 24 hours after Friday’s shootings, highlighting the enormous challenge involved in keeping violent and offensive material off social networks, The Guardian reports. Fifty people ...

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UNITED IN GRIEF Emotional moment New Zealand’s Prime Minister hugs victims’ families outside mosque after Christchurch terror attack

Jacinda Ardern comforted wailing relatives in a bid to ease their grief at Kilbernie mosque today WT24 Desk EMOTIONS ran high in Christchurch this morning as New Zealand’s Prime Minister hugged mourners outside a mosque, The Sun reports. Wearing a black head scarf, Jacinda Ardern, 38, held on to relatives before listening to them in a bid to ease their ...

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49 Dead In Terror Attack on two Christchurch mosques; Gunman An Australian Citizen

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shooting as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”. The police said they have taken four people in custody after the incident. WT24 Desk A “right-wing extremist” armed with semi-automatic weapons rampaged through two mosques in the quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch during afternoon prayers Friday, killing 49 worshippers and wounding dozens ...

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