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Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is led into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch district court on Saturday. POOL-Reuters

Brenton Tarrant the ordinary white man turned terrorist

Brenton Tarrant, the gunman behind the massacre of 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Thursday, in a short self-profile, described himself as an “ordinary white man”.
Mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

Gunmen kill 40 people in mosques in New Zealand

Forty people have been killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.
This picture from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on February 28, 2019 and released on March 1, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) meeting with US President Donald Trump at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi. – The United States and North Korea on March 1 put forward starkly different accounts over the breakdown of a high-stakes summit in Hanoi but offered guarded hope that they could meet again. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT

North Korea may suspend nuclear talks with US

North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, news reports quoted a senior diplomat as saying.
Chris Griffiths and Lorraine Jones were two of the plaintiffs who brought the case to court [Northern Land Council]

Australia Aboriginals win right to sue for colonial land loss

The High Court has handed down the biggest "native title" ruling affecting Aboriginal ownership of the land in decades, amid claims that billions of dollars in compensation will need to be paid by governments to indigenous groups.
Francesco “Frank” Cali

Mafia boss shot, killed outside New York home

The reputed boss of New York’s Gambino crime family was left riddled with bullets outside his home on Staten Island, an old-school hit akin to the storied executions of 20th-century mafia dons.
Masood Azhar

India ‘disappointed’ as China foils bid to blacklist JeM chief

India said it was "disappointed" by China's move to once again stall its bid to blacklist Masood Azhar, the leader of a Pakistan-based armed group that claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in Kashmir last month.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman visit Israeli-occupied Golan Heights [Ronen Zvulun-Reuters]

US drops ‘Israeli-occupied’ designation from Golan Heights

The United States no longer refers to the Golan Heights as an "Israeli-occupied" territory in its latest annual human rights report, published on Wednesday, though the State Department insists the wording change doesn't mean a policy change.
Handout picture taken on January 29, 2019 and released by the Venezuelan Presidency on January 30 shows Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaking at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he was prepared to hold negotiations with the US-backed opposition and added he would support early parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday. (Photo by Francisco BATISTA / Venezuelan Presidency / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO – Venezuelan Presidency / Francisco BATISTA” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

President Maduro gives US diplomats 72 hours to leave Venezuela

Venezuelan authority has ordered American diplomats to leeave the country within 72 hours after President Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. counterpart Donald Trump of cyber “sabotage” that plunged the OPEC nation into its worst blackout on record.
Doan Thi Huong leaves the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday [Lai Seng Sin-Reuters]

Release bid fails for Vietnamese woman in Kim Jong Nam murder

The attorney general is pushing ahead with the trial of Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong in the murder of Kim Jong Nam despite the unexpected decision this week to free her co-accused.
K-pop stars cultivate clean-cut images and are actively promoted by the South Korean government as a key cultural export [Chung Sung-Jun-Getty Images]

South Korean singer quits as K-pop sex scandal widens

A burgeoning K-pop sex scandal claimed a second scalp as a singer who rose to fame after coming second in one of South Korea's top talent shows admitted secretly filming himself having sex and sharing the footage.
South Korea's air quality was the worst among its peers in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development as of 2017 [Kim Hong-Ji-Reuters]

South Korea steps up fight against pollution

South Korea on Wednesday ramped up its firepower as its battle pollution, passing a set of bills that designate the problem a 'social disaster' and which could unlock emergency funds to tackle the issue.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street in London on November 14, 2018, after holding a cabinet meeting where ministers were expected to either back the draft bexit deal or quit. - British Prime Minister Theresa May defended her anguished draft divorce deal with the European Union on Wednesday before rowdy lawmakers and a splintered cabinet that threatens to fall apart. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

British premier suffers blow ahead of big Brexit vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffered a major blow ahead of a historic vote on Tuesday when her chief attorney ruled that risks from its most contentious points remained “unchanged”.

Convicted Australia cardinal sentence to be broadcast live

Disgraced Australian Cardinal George Pell, convicted over child sex crimes, will get a second chance to clear his name this June, a court official said Wednesday, if a judge grants his appeal.
This video grab from footage taken and released on November 14, 2018 by French television channel TF1 shows French President Emmanuel Macron speaking during a televised interview with the channel aboard the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, off the coast of Toulon, southern France. (Photo by Handout / TF1 / AFP) /

Emmanuel Macron calls for ‘reasonable’ transition period in Algeria

France’s Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to abandon his quest for a fifth term in power opened a new chapter in the country’s history.

Two pilots die in Chinese fighter jet crash

A Chinese navy fighter jet crashed during training on the southern island province of Hainan on Tuesday, killing two pilots, the defence ministry said.
Ethiopian Airlines

Number of UN officials killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash rises to 21

The number of UN officials killed in the Ethiopian Airlines that crashed on Sunday has risen to 21 from the initial 19 reported by the global intergovernmental organisation.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 25, 2018 EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at a special meeting of the European Council to endorse the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement and to approve the draft political declaration on future EU-UK relations in Brussels. – As a EU Brexit negociator, Barnier gained prestige in the European Union, AFP reported on March 10, 2019. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)

Michel Barnier: Brexit talks now in hands of Britain

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told AFP on Monday that negotiations to break a deadlock on a deal to leave the bloc are now between British Prime Minister Theresa May and members of her parliament.
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UN family in Ethiopia pay last respects to personnel killed in airline crash

United Nations staff in Ethiopia gathered today at the UN Conference Centre for a minute of silence and a flag lowering ceremony in memory of the 19 United Nations personnel killed in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 Sunday. The solemn gathering was led by the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Aeneas Chuma.

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