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New Zealand mourns mass fire; Students from around the world demonstrate in a global climate strike.
Mass shooting kills 49 dead and 48 wounded in New Zealand
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Mass fire in Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, left at least 49 dead and dozens wounded on Friday. A 28-year-old Australian who has claimed responsibility is in detention. Friday is a Muslim holy day. The names of the victims have not yet been published. [Vox / Jennifer Williams, Alex Ward, and Jen Kirby]
The suspect posted a white nationalist manifesto on Twitter and on the 8Chan extremist forum before opening fire in both mosques. He provided a link to his Facebook page, where he broadcasted the live attack. In order to get the images disturbing, the shooter may have worn a helmet camera. Technology companies struggled to respond and delete the 17-minute video, but it proved difficult because it was shared on other accounts. [NYT]
The gunman's statement dealt with the right of the American Second Amendment to bear arms in the manifesto. New Zealand's firearms legislation is stricter than the United States – citizens must be licensed as part of a highly controlled firearms ownership process; even if they get the license, some guns are banned without police endorsement and special rules for storage and inspection are in place, but there are still gaps. Investigators study the type of weapons used and how the attacker got them. [Vox / German Lopez]
Social media sites are struggling to permanently remove 74-page video content and manifesto, which has been republished on news sites and even available for download in some cases. This has raised a whole series of questions about how journalists should report responsibly after an attack. Posting the shooter's content would only give him more power over the story. [Atlantic / Yasmeen Serhan and Krishnadev Calamur]
41 people died at the Al Noor Mosque and seven were killed at the Linwood Mosque, where a devotee grabbed the shooter 's gun, who escaped to the outside. a car. The video footage shows a preview of the shooter's face during the rampage. The attack is the first mass shot in New Zealand since 1997. [WSJ / Rhiannon Hoyle, Rachel Pannett, Adrien Taylor, and Rob Taylor]
One in every 500 New Zealand Muslims was killed or wounded in the shooting. The Muslim population of the country has increased by nearly 28% between 2006 and 2013. At least 48 people are treated in local hospitals. [HuffPost / Marina Fang]
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday called Friday "one of the darkest days in New Zealand", calling the attack a terrorist act. The shooter planned the shooting for two years and said in his manifesto defend the Europeans and whites against immigrants. [NPR / Dalia Mortada and Laurel Wamsley]
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#FridaysForFuture triggers climate demonstrations
Hundreds of students in more than 1,700 locations around the world missed school Friday to demonstrate in the name of action for the climate. United Nations research indicates that there are only two dozen years left to counter the most damaging effects of climate change. [Washington Post / Griff Witte, Luisa Beck, Brady Dennis, and Sarah Kaplan]
How it started: Last August, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg began skipping classes on Friday to protest in front of the Swedish parliament, saying the government was failing to comply with the agreement. Paris on the climate. The news of her protests spread and she began to talk to the climate negotiators. She was nominated this week for a Nobel Peace Prize. [Vox / Umair Irfan]
Thunberg inspired the #FridaysForFuture movement around the world. The global climate strike is an offshoot of this movement that raises the question: If global climate change is our greatest existential threat, why go to school? Students from each country have different requirements. The climate change strike of young people in the United States largely demands the acceptance of the Green New Deal. [CNN / Harmeet Kaur]
Climate change is a hopeless situation. A report published by the United Nations in 2018 gave the world until 2030, the deadline for irreversible conditions to cause dangerous weather and climate conditions for humans, putting the supply at risk in particular. food. Thunburg delivered a damning speech at the United Nations COP24 in December, urging delegates to take further action. [NPR / Jeff Brady and Jennifer Ludden]
Are we finally waking up to climate change? Friday was the biggest climate event of all time – it's hard to say if the change will come from the top, but there is a feeling that something needs to be done. The protesting generation will absorb the impacts of climate change, not the older generations in power. [Time / Ang Li]
Women are frustrated by the media's embrace of the 2020 Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke, saying the candidates would never draw O 'Rourke's attention before entering the race. [Politico / Natasha Korecki]
The president's dinner, a gathering of diplomats three days before Trump's inauguration, costs about $ 8,000 per person. Federal authorities and members of Congress are currently investigating this lavish screen as part of an investigation into the expenses of the inaugural committee. [Washington Post / Michael Kranish, Rosalind S. Helderman, Mary Jordan, and Tom Hamburger]
The Federal Aviation Administration has not had a permanent chief for more than a year – and the agency is under pressure to deal with the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max this week following an accident in Ethiopia . The FAA initially reiterated that planes were allowed to fly, delaying their grounding despite the choice of other countries not to fly the Max 8. Then, they reversed their trajectory. [The Hill / Brett Samuels]
Let's take a festive moment for university admissions: a homeless former student has achieved merit in 17 universities, demonstrating that the acceptance system can work properly. [NYT / Christine Hauser]
China is pursuing a $ 160 billion infrastructure plan for new roads, subways and railroads. However, the provinces of the country do not have the financial means to participate in the project, which leaves gaps between the order of Beijing and the capacities of local governments. [Foreign Policy / Edoardo Campanella]
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