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Rescue Teams Rush To Save Hundreds Trapped By Mozambique Cyclone

Aid workers scrambled to save hundreds trapped by floods around the Mozambican port city of Beira on Wednesday, after a powerful cyclone killed hundreds of people and left a trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa. Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique’s port city of Beira with winds of up to 170 kph (105 mph) last Thursday, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and putting the lives of millions at risk. At least 200 people have died in Mozambique and 98 in Zimbabwe, but the death toll is…

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New Zealand Begins Burial Of Mosques Attack Victims

The bodies of two victims from New Zealand’s mosques mass shooting were carried in open caskets on the shoulders of mourners into a large tent at Christchurch’s Memorial Park Cemetery on Wednesday – the first burials of the 50 victims. Wrapped in white cloth, the bodies were laid to face Mecca, and after jenazah (funeral) prayers, were carried towards their freshly dug graves. “Seeing the body lowered down, it was a very emotional time for me,” said Gulshad Ali, who had travelled from Auckland to attend the funeral. Several mounds…

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Nigerian Who Survived New Zealand Mosques Attack Recounts Ordeal

As the bullets tore into worshippers during Friday prayers at Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, a Nigerian, Alabi Lateef, a survivor of the massacre at Linwood Masjid, the second mosque attacked by white terrorist Brenton Tarrant, recounted his ordeals. Lateef narrated how a worshipper at the mosque seized an empty rifle discarded by Tarrant and then used it to chase him away. Lateef said he was praying with others when he heard the sound of gunfire. “Straight away I stopped my prayer, I peek through the window and…

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Death Toll In New Zealand Mosques Shooting Hits 50

The death toll in the New Zealand mosque shootings rose to 50 on Sunday after police found another victim at one of the mosques, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said bodies of those killed would begin to be released to families for burial. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges. Friday’s attack, which Ardern labelled as terrorism, was…

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49 Dead In Terrorist Attacks On New Zealand Mosques

A gunman carrying military-style weapons opened fire on two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, killing 49 people, authorities said, the deadliest mass shooting incident in the nation’s history. “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” she said. A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-migrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his motives. He said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and…

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Snr Catholic Priest, Cardinal Pell, Bags 6yrs Jail For Child Sex Abuse

…….in Australia Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in jail on Wednesday for sexually abusing two choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s, and will be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life. County Court of Victoria Chief Judge Peter Kidd, who handed down the sentence in a live television broadcast, said there was a real possibility that at age 77, Pell could spend the rest of his life in prison. Pell, a former top adviser to Pope Francis, is the most senior Catholic to…

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More Trouble For Boeing 737 MAX As US Pilots Report Problems

As United States authorities continued to resist pressure Wednesday to ground the Boeing 737 MAX following the latest deadly crash, reports from American pilots surfaced who reported issues with the plane late last year. At least four pilots made reports following the October crash of a Lion Air flight in Indonesia shortly after takeoff, all complaining that the aircraft suddenly pitched downward, according to documents reviewed on a flight safety database. The incidents seem to involve the flight stabilization system designed to prevent the aircraft from stalling, the “MCAS,” which…

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Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors Plan To Integrate

Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co and Mitsubishi Motors Corp plan to set up a joint board meeting structure to discuss issues related to their alliance in a step toward integration of operations, according to reports from Tokyo on Sunday. Citing multiple sources involved in the matter, the report said the heads of the three automakers – Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa, Mitsubishi Motors Chairman Osamu Masuko, and Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard – are preparing to announce the plan for the joint meeting soon. If approved at Nissan’s scheduled board meeting…

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UN Mourns Staff, Other Victims Of Ethiopian Plane Crash

…….Outrage Over Two Nigerians Confirmed Dead The United Nations migration agency says the U.N. and its agencies on Monday will fly flags at half-staff after early indications show 19 employees of U.N.-affiliated organizations died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash. A statement says the organizations include World Bank, International Telecommunications Union, the U.N. Environment Program and others. The statement also says one of the migration agency’s staffers died. Anne-Katrin Feigl was a German national who was en route to a training course in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and the plane’s…

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Condemnation Trails British Govt Over Death Of IS Bride Baby

A decision by Britain to strip a teenage girl of her citizenship after she joined Islamic State in Syria was described as a “stain on the conscience” of the government on Saturday after her three-week old baby died. Shamima Begum was stripped of her citizenship on security grounds last month, leaving her in a detention camp in Syria where her baby died, the third of the 19-year-old’s infant children to die since she traveled to Syria in 2015. The opposition Labour party said the move to leave an innocent child…

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