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Cockpit recording of doomed Lion Air jet depicts pilots’ frantic search for fix before crash: sources

March 20, 2019

The pilots of a doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 scoured a handbook as they struggled to understand why the jet was lurching downwards, but ran out of time before it hit the water, three people with knowledge of the cockpit voice recorder contents said. The investigation into the crash, which killed all 189 […]

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Police ‘strongly believe’ suspected Christchurch gunman planned to attack 3rd mosque

March 20, 2019

As the first funerals were held for some of the 50 victims in the Christchurch mosque attacks, New Zealand police announced that they believed the accused shooter was on his way to attack a third target when his vehicle was rammed by police officers and he was arrested. “We strongly believe we stopped him on the […]

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The case for denying mass killers fame in order to fight the deadly ‘contagion effect’

March 20, 2019

The gunman in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre idolized the Columbine High School killers who became household names in 1999. The murderer who opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in 2008 had studied the Virginia Tech and Columbine killings. The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter “obsessed” over Columbine, analyzed the Aurora, Colo., movie theatre shooting, and […]

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Unpacking the alleged New Zealand mosque killer’s bizarre fascination with medieval Balkan fighters

March 20, 2019

Experts say it’s part of the globalization of the extremist far-right: an alleged Australian white supremacist gunning down worshippers in New Zealand mosques to the soundtrack of Serbian nationalist music glorifying the exploits of a convicted war criminal.  Brenton Tarrant, 28, accused of killing 50 people in two Christchurch mosques on Friday, had allegedly written the names of […]

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Theresa May asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30

March 20, 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she asked the European Union on Wednesday to delay the country’s divorce from the bloc by 3½ months, until June 30. “As prime minister, I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than the 30th of June,” May told a rowdy session of Parliament. “I have therefore this morning […]

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Father and son who fled Syria buried in New Zealand after mosque shooting

March 20, 2019

A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for “the safest country in the world” were buried before hundreds of mourners on Wednesday local time, the first two funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse. The funerals of […]

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‘Go down. Go down’: Imam recalls horror of New Zealand mosque shooting as burying the dead set to begin

March 19, 2019

An imam at one of the two Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques targeted by a gunman remains haunted by what he saw and the lives lost as burial ceremonies are set to proceed for some of the 50 victims Tuesday. Alabi Lateef Zirullah, an imam at the Linwood mosque, says his eyes reveal his exhaustion: “I sleep, I wake […]

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Note found after Utrecht tram shooting fuels suspicion of terror motive

March 19, 2019

Dutch prosecutors say they are taking seriously the possibility a man suspected of killing three people and seriously wounding three in a shooting on a tram in Utrecht had a terrorist motive. In a statement Tuesday, prosecutors say the nature of the attack and a note found in a getaway car give them reasons to […]

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Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees

March 19, 2019

Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. About 320 kilometres of levees were compromised — either breached or overtopped — in four states, the U.S. Army […]

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Despite Trump’s view, white nationalism is a growing threat, data shows

March 19, 2019

The phone call included condolences, a pledge of solidarity, and a question from the U.S. president. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s nation was still aching with grief after a white-nationalist gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch. As she spoke on Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump, her American counterpart asked what he […]

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