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Imam says New Zealand is broken-hearted but not broken

Mar. 21, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — In a day without precedent, people across New Zealand observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday as the nation reflected on the moment one week ago when 50 people were slaughtered at two mosques. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and thousands of others congregated in leafy...

The Latest: Australia ups its scrutiny of white supremacists

Mar. 21, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 3 p.m. An Australian national security official says security agencies are increasing their "scrutiny and pressure" on white supremacists after the New Zealand mosque attack. Home Affairs Department chief...

New Zealand to observe Muslim prayer after mosque attacks

Mar. 21, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — In a day without precedent, people across New Zealand were planning to observe the Muslim call to prayer Friday as the nation reflected on the moment one week ago when 50 people were slaughtered at two mosques. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and thousands of others planned...

The Latest: New Zealanders to observe Muslim call to prayer

Mar. 21, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 10:30 a.m. People across New Zealand will listen to the Muslim call to prayer on Friday as the nation marks one week since a gunman attacked two mosques and killed 50 people. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...

Bombs target Afghan Shiites marking new year, killing 6

Mar. 21, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A string of bombs exploded near a Shiite shrine and cemetery in the Afghan capital on Thursday as people gathered to mark Nowruz, the Persian new year, leaving six people dead and as many as 20 wounded, Afghan officials said. The police's initial investigation indicated that three...

Erdogan airs mosque gunman video ahead visit by NZ minister

Mar. 21, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has again screened clips of a video taken by the Christchurch mosque gunman, a day before the foreign minister of New Zealand, which is trying to stop its use, is due to visit Turkey. Erdogan broadcast the video at an election rally Thursday in Eskisehir, central...

The Latest: NZ imam preparing for emotional Friday prayer

Mar. 20, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 11:30 a.m. An imam says he's expecting thousands of people at an emotional Friday prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand, a week after a gunman killed 42 people at his mosque and 50 people in all. Gamal Fouda...

The Latest: Views of Bosnia war crimes case vary within govt

Mar. 20, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on a U.N. court's decision on the conviction and sentencing of ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The Muslim member of Bosnia's multi-ethnic presidency says former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic "got the punishment he...

Turkey's Erdogan sparks spat with Australia, New Zealand

Mar. 20, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has sparked an acute diplomatic spat with far-off New Zealand and Australia, referring to a key World War I campaign and the more recent Christchurch mosque shooting as targeting Islam. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been campaigning for local elections due at the...

New Zealand police: Mosque gunman had planned a 3rd attack

Mar. 20, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse....