Latest New Zealand mosque attacks News

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures as she gives her victory speech to Labour Party members at an event in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand's Ardern wins 2nd term in election landslide

Oct. 17, 2020 6:26 AM EDT

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office Saturday in an election landslide of historic proportions. With most votes counted, Ardern's liberal Labour Party was winning 49% of the vote compared to 27% for its main challenger, the conservative National...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is embraced as she arrives at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Opinion polls indicate Ardern is on track to win a second term as prime minister in an election on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

A popular Ardern poised to win 2nd term in New Zealand vote

Oct. 15, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — In the final days of campaigning before New Zealand holds an election on Saturday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is being greeted like a rock star. Hundreds of students are crammed into a common area at the Victoria University of Wellington to hear her speak, and her message...

In this image made from video released by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Office, Prime Minister Scott Morrison makes a public speech on the need for big tech companies to police their public platforms, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Canberra, Australia. Australian regulators have ruled out prosecuting TikTok over an apparent suicide video under tough new laws prohibiting some forms of violent online images, but the prime minister urged social media companies on Wednesday to take more responsibility for offensive content. (Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Office via AP)

Australian prime minister criticizes TikTok suicide video

Sep. 9, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian regulators have ruled out prosecuting TikTok over an apparent suicide video under tough new laws prohibiting some forms of violent online images, but the prime minister urged social media companies on Wednesday to take more responsibility for offensive content. The...

A marble urn that contains the cremated remains of security guard Luis Zamudio, who died from symptoms related to COVID-19 at the age of 58, sits on a shelf along with his helmet and his face shield at his home in Lima, Peru, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The Latest: Australia adds 53 earlier dead to pandemic toll

Sep. 3, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australian authorities have added 53 deaths at nursing homes from earlier this year to the country’s total of coronavirus deaths. Those deaths plus six that officials reported Friday for the previous 24 hours raises Australia’s toll from the pandemic to 737. Victoria state...

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks over his shoulder as he attends a bush summit in Cooma, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Morrison said he was open to allowing an Australian white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques to serve his life sentence in his homeland but the victims' wishes would be paramount. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Australia open to taking gunman back from New Zealand

Aug. 28, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Friday he was open to allowing an Australian white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques to serve his life sentence in his homeland but the victims’ wishes would be paramount. A transfer would buck...

Mosque shooting survivors from left, Mustafa Boztas, Wassail Daragmih and Temel Atacocugu celebrate as they leave the Christchurch High Court after the sentencing hearing for Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Tarrant, a white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques in March 2019 was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand mosque shooter sentenced to life without parole

Aug. 27, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the first time the maximum available sentence has been imposed in the country. Judge Cameron Mander said the crimes...

Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 29, sits in the dock on day three at the Christchurch High Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. More than 60 survivors and family members will confront the New Zealand mosque gunman this week when he appears in court to be sentenced for his crimes in the worst atrocity in the nation's modern history. (John Kirk-Anderson/Pool Photo via AP)

New Zealand mosque shooter won't speak at court sentencing

Aug. 26, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — On a day when the poetic words of love from a daughter to her murdered father brought many people to tears in a New Zealand courtroom, the white supremacist who killed him and 50 other worshippers at two mosques said he wouldn't speak before he is sentenced. Gunman Brenton...

Mirwais Waziri gestures during the sentencing hearing for Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant at the Christchurch High Court after Tarrant pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. More than 60 survivors and family members will confront the New Zealand mosque gunman this week when he appears in court to be sentenced for his crimes in the worst atrocity in the nation's modern history. (John Kirk-Anderson/Pool Photo via AP)

New Zealand survivor to mosque gunman: 'You are the loser'

Aug. 25, 2020 2:08 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A man who was shot and wounded in the New Zealand mosque attacks had a simple message for the mass-murderer responsible: “You are the loser, and we are the winners.” Mirwais Waziri was among the survivors and family members who spoke on the second day of a...

Twenty-nine-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant stands in the dock at the Christchurch High Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism in Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. More than 60 survivors and family members will confront the New Zealand mosque gunman this week when he appears in court to be sentenced for his crimes in the worst atrocity in the nation's modern history. (John Kirk-Anderson/Pool Photo via AP)

Families confront New Zealand mosque shooter at sentencing

Aug. 24, 2020 6:00 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Families and survivors had their first chance to confront the white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques as his four-day sentencing hearing began Monday. “You killed your own humanity, and I don’t think the...

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, Aya Al-Umari, whose brother Hussein was killed in the Christchurch mosque attacks, poses, holding a photo of herself and her brother, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Al-Umari is one of more than 60 survivors and family members who this week in court will confront the white supremacist who committed the worst atrocity in New Zealand’s modern history, when he slaughtered 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques in March 2019. The four-day sentencing starts on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.(AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)

Survivors will face New Zealand mosque gunman at sentencing

Aug. 22, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When Aya Al-Umari faces her brother's killer in the dock, she intends to tell him that his hatred stole away her best friend, her guardian, her hero. That she still wants to pick up the phone and tell her brother all about her day, because he's the only one who would...