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Jacinda Ardern’s speech at Christchurch memorial – full transcript

New Zealand PM addressed a crowd of thousands who had gathered for a memorial service at Hagley Park two weeks after the mosque attacks WT24 Desk “E rau rangatira mā, e ngā reo, e ngā mana. Tēnā koutou katoa. (I acknowledge amongst us today our distinguished leaders, speakers and those who bear authority.) Ngāi Tahu Whānui, tēnā koutou. (My greetings ...

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Govt betrayed martyrs

Says Dr Kamal WT24 Desk Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Wednesday alleged that the government has betrayed the martyrs of the Liberation War by “capturing power” without people’s mandate, Agencies report. “There’s no scope to exercise people’s right to franchise in the country…evil forces are active to turn lies into truths. The voting was held on the night ...

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Xinjiang crackdown must continue, top China leader says

Treatment of Uighur minority has been heavily criticised in the west but Wang Yang says ‘high pressure’ must be maintained WT24 DeskXinjiang needs to “perfect” stability maintenance measures and crack down on religious extremism, the ruling Communist party’s fourth-ranked leader has said on a tour of the region where China is running a controversial deradicalisation programme, Reuters reports. Critics say China is ...

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Nation marks Genocide Day

Observes one-minute ‘blackout WT24 Desk For the third successive year, the nation observed a one-minute ‘blackout’ programme on Monday night, marking the ‘Genocide Day’, Agencies report. The ‘blackout’ programme was observed from 9pm. Lights were switched off for one minute. However, establishments of emergency services remained out of the purview of the programme. In 2017, the government officially declared March ...

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Brexiters pile on pressure as May’s deal drifts away

High-stakes Chequers summit breaks up without agreement WT24 Desk Theresa May’s prospects of getting her Brexit deal through parliament this week dramatically receded on Sunday night after a high-stakes summit with Boris Johnson and other leading hard-Brexiters at her country retreat broke up without agreement, The Guardian reports. Tory rebels present said that the prime minister repeated “all the same lines” ...

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Viking Sky reaches port with 900 still onboard after dramatic rescues

Norwegian cruise ship was reportedly 100 metres from rocks after rough seas struck WT24 Desk A stricken luxury cruise liner that had hundreds of its passengers airlifted to safety over the weekend has been towed to port in Norway as it emerged it narrowly escaped running aground and a major disaster, The Guardian reports. About 900 passengers and crew were still ...

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MPs call for May to go as Brexit deal faces third defeat

Amid calls to ‘fall on her sword’, PM writes to Tory MPs saying deal will return if there is sufficient support WT24 Desk Pressure on Theresa May has reached new heights as ministers backed attempts to let parliament take control of the next stage of the Brexit process and MPs openly speculated that her time in office could end within weeks, ...

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Erdoğan praises New Zealand PM after row over mosque attacks

Turkish leader softens tone after screening of Christchurch shootings footage at rallies WT24 Desk The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has tried to smooth over his diplomatic row with New Zealand by saying Jacinda Ardern’s empathy after the deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch was an example to the world, The Guardian reports. Erdoğan has been accused of exploiting the attack in his local ...

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Third Brexit vote likely next week, MPs told

Meaningful vote on May’s deal will probably take place on Tuesday or Wednesday WT24 Desk The government has conceded it is likely to hold the third meaningful vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal next week, following intense pressure from MPs for more clarity on the next steps after the extension of the departure date, The Guardian reports. In an often difficult ...

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Petition to revoke article 50 exceeds 1m signatures amid site crashes

Petition posted in February was getting 1,500 signatures a minute WT24 Desk More than a million people have signed a plea for article 50 to be revoked. The list of names grew so rapidly on Thursday that the parliamentary petition website crashed several times, The Guardian reports. The petition began gaining signatures on Wednesday evening after Theresa May criticised MPs for not approving her ...

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