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The Latest: Mosque attacks to get top-level inquiry

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 25th - 12:39am

The Latest on the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand (all times local):

New Zealand to probe role of spies, guns in mosque attacks

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 10:42pm

New Zealand will hold a top-level inquiry into the massacre of 50 people at two Christchurch mosques that will look into what roles semi-automatic guns, social media and intelligence agencies had preceding the attacks.

Harris sends message to old-guard: Every era has its end

Hunter Woodall and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 3:29pm

California Sen. Kamala Harris sent a subtle signal to the old-guard of Democratic politics that every era has its end.

Slain teen's mother joins supporters at vigil

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 2:48pm

The mother of a black teenager fatally shot by a white police officer outside Pittsburgh told supporters at a vigil that she was glad to see her son's life celebrated at a place that meant so much to him.

Pope Francis prays for Nicaragua, victims in African attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 7:01am

Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for the victims of attacks in Nigeria and Mali, and for the success of talks underway in Nicaragua aimed at solving a yearlong political crisis in the country.

Banning of manifesto raises free speech debate in N. Zealand

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 6:13am

New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned the 74-page manifesto written and released by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

Is it terrorism? Post NZ attack, Muslims see double standard

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 4:03am

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been hailed on social media by Muslims around the world for her response to two mosque shootings by a white nationalist who killed 50 worshippers. She wore a headscarf at the funerals in line with Islamic custom and swiftly reformed gun laws.

Thousands attend New Zealand vigil to honor 50 mosque dead

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 12:13am

Thousands of people gathered in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday to listen to prayers, songs and speeches at a vigil to remember the 50 people killed in a terrorist attack on two mosques.

IS loses all territory but its shadowy leader still at large

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 7:27am

The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader and self-proclaimed "caliph" is still at large.

Pope replaces Santiago bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

Nicole Winfield and Patricia Luna, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 5:45am

Pope Francis on Saturday replaced Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati as archbishop of Santiago, Chile, after he was placed under criminal investigation in the country's spiraling church sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announces change to seminary program

KSL TV  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 10:30pm

Beginning in January, students in seminary will study the same topic as they do in Sunday classes at church and home — a change welcomed by local seminary instructors.

Family of slain boy visits Christchurch mosque as it reopens

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 9:49pm

A Jordanian prince and the family of a slain 3-year-old boy and were among those who visited a New Zealand mosque Saturday when it reopened for the first time since a terrorist killed dozens of people there.

'My heart fell' says New Zealand surgeon who treated girl, 4

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 9:09pm

As soon as vascular surgeon Adib Khanafer received the call March 15, he started running toward the operating theater at Christchurch Hospital. At that point, he had no idea a white supremacist had slaughtered 50 people. But he could hear an urgency in the request for help.

UN chief visits mosque, stresses sanctity of religious sites

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 1:59pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers."

Pompeo says Trump is like biblical queen who saved Jews

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 9:47am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Christian broadcast network that it's "possible" that President Donald Trump is like Queen Esther, who saved Jews in the Old Testament.

Vietnam orders monks to stop profiting from karma rituals

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 9:16am

Vietnamese authorities have ordered monks at a popular Buddhist pagoda to stop "soul summoning" and "bad karma eviction" ceremonies after an investigation found the rituals were a scam.

New Mexico archbishop again denounces 'Santa Muerte'

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 8:36am

A New Mexico archbishop is renewing his call for Catholics to stop worshipping the skeleton folk saint known as La Santa Muerte, or "Our Lady of Holy Death."

Clashes among government-aligned forces in Yemen's kill 6

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 10:21am

Yemeni officials say heavy street battles among armed Islamist factions aligned with the exiled government have left at least six people dead and families displaced.

Somalia police: At least 5 people, including deputy labor minister, killed in attack by Islamic extremists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 6:09am

Somalia police: At least 5 people, including deputy labor minister, killed in attack by Islamic extremists.