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Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty

Jun. 14, 2019 8:52 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge who set his trial for next May. The courtroom was filled with 80 survivors and family members of the 51...

Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of killing 51 people at 2 New Zealand mosques, has pleaded not guilty to all charges

Jun. 13, 2019 6:00 PM EDT
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of killing 51 people at 2 New Zealand mosques, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

YouTube updates hate speech guidelines to prohibit videos

Jun. 5, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube updated its hate speech policies Wednesday to prohibit videos with white supremacy and neo-Nazi viewpoints. The video streaming company says it has already made it more difficult to find and promote such videos, but it's now removing them outright. YouTube will also prohibit...

Australian 'Egg Boy' donates $70,000 to Christchurch victims

May. 29, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian teenager who cracked an egg on the head of a politician for his remarks about the New Zealand mosque massacre has donated almost $70,000 to people affected by the killings. Will Connolly, 17, became known worldwide as "Egg Boy" for assaulting right-wing federal Sen. Fraser...

UN Assembly remembers victims of violence against religion

May. 28, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has adopted a resolution designating Aug. 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. The 193-member world body adopted the resolution by consensus Tuesday. It was co-sponsored by Brazil, Canada,...

Accused New Zealand mosque shooter charged with terrorism

May. 21, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police on Tuesday filed a terrorism charge against the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques. Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, was already facing murder and attempted murder charges from the March 15 shootings. The new charge comes...

Australia's leader vows to get back to work after shock win

May. 19, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A jubilant Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed Sunday to get straight back to work after a shock election victory by his conservative government that has left bewildered voters wondering how they were taken by surprise. The opposition Labor Party, meanwhile, began another...

The Latest: Trump congratulates Morrison, reaffirms alliance

May. 18, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Australia's general election (all times local): 11:05 a.m. President Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia to congratulate him on his conservative coalition's surprise election victory. According to the White House, the two...

Australia's conservative coalition wins surprise 3rd term

May. 18, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country's general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders. "I have...

Taboos fall away as far-right EU candidates breach red line

May. 16, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

PLIEUX, France (AP) — Europe's taboos are falling away. Virulent language castigating immigration and Islam is creeping from extremist fringe groups on social media and the dark web into politics, and getting new visibility in the final thrust of campaigning for this month's European Parliament elections ....