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6 injured after gas explosion destroys New Zealand home

Jul. 19, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Six people were injured and dozens of homes evacuated in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday after a huge gas explosion destroyed one home and damaged others. The explosion was felt far from the neighborhood, with some fearing it might have been an earthquake or a...

New Zealand gun owners turn over their weapons for money

Jul. 13, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Dozens of Christchurch gun owners on Saturday handed over their weapons in exchange for money, in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics. Police said they paid more than 430,000 New...

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,...