March 21, 2019

Christchurch attacks: NZ police admit error in naming murder charge victim

Christchurch attacks: NZ police admit error in naming murder charge victim Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The suspect flashed a hand sign as he appeared in court on Saturday charged with murder New Zealand police have admitted that the person named on a charge sheet as the murder victim of the alleged Christchurch mosques attacker is actually alive. They said the naming on the document for the first court appearance of Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, was an administrative error. The attacks left 50 dead but only one charge of murder was initially brought. The error would not affect the legal case, police said. Police Minister Stuart Nash told New Zealand's RNZ: "It was an administrative error, it will have no impact whatsoever on the court process, I understand it's been rectified. Let's bring this guy to justice." Christchurch shootings: How the attacks unfolded 'A leader with love on full display' Christchurch and the new threat of far-right viol..
March 21, 2019

Mount Everest: Melting glaciers expose dead bodies

Mount Everest: Melting glaciers expose dead bodies Image copyright Frank Bienewald Image caption Most of the dead bodies of mountaineers have appeared on the Khumbu Glacier Expedition operators are concerned at the number of climbers' bodies that are becoming exposed on Mount Everest as its glaciers melt. Nearly 300 mountaineers have died on the peak since the first ascent attempt and two-thirds of bodies are thought still to be buried in the snow and ice. Bodies are being removed on the Chinese side of the mountain, to the north, as the spring climbing season starts. More than 4,800 climbers have scaled the highest peak on Earth. "Because of global warming, the ice sheet and glaciers are fast melting and the dead bodies that remained buried all these years are now becoming exposed," said Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association. "We have brought down dead bodies of some mountaineers who died in recent years, but the old ones that remained buried..
March 20, 2019

Christchurch shootings: UK survivor ‘cradled young woman’ killed at mosque

Christchurch shootings: UK survivor 'cradled young woman' killed at mosque Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe British man who survived the NZ mosque attack: "The best ones are not coming home" A British survivor of the Christchurch shootings has described how he cradled the body of a young woman killed amid the gunfire. Nathan Smith, who converted to Islam after moving to New Zealand 13 years ago, found the woman after he escaped over a wall at the Al Noor mosque. The father of three, originally from Poole in Dorset, said he wants to find her husband to know that he survived. Fifty people died and dozens were hurt in the attack at two mosques on Friday. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder. Image copyright EPA Image caption Floral tributes have been left outside the Al Noor Mosque Mr Smith, who has two daughters in New Zealand and a son who lives in the UK, described how the horror unfolded. At first, he thought he heard "f..
March 20, 2019

Christchurch shootings: New Zealand will ban all military style weapons, says PM

Christchurch shootings: New Zealand will ban all military style weapons, says PM Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Zealand's PM said she hoped the ban would be in place by 11 April New Zealand will ban all types of semi-automatic weapons used in the Christchurch attacks, PM Jacinda Ardern has said. The country's gun laws have been in the spotlight since a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques last Friday. Ms Ardern said she expected new legislation to be in place by 11 April. She said a buy-back scheme would be set up for banned weapons, and that measures would be imposed to prevent a run on buying before the law comes in. "Now, six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand," the prime minister said. "Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines." Victims of the Christchurch shootings The child, the father, ..
March 20, 2019

Chinese imports ‘driving fishermen to despair’

Chinese imports 'driving fishermen to despair' Image copyright Jeroen van Loon Image caption Kenya's fishermen are increasingly struggling to make a living As the frozen fish defrosts under the hot Kenyan sun, fishmonger Mechak Juma prefers not to tell his customers that it has come all the way from China. We are at the largest fish market in the city of Kisumu, on the eastern shores of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. A scene of hustle and bustle, business is booming for the traders, but very little of that money now goes to the local fishermen. As fish stocks in Lake Victoria have plunged over the past two decades, and prices have risen sharply as a result, cheap farmed Chinese imports are increasingly filling the gap. "People don't want to buy Chinese fish because they don't trust the [farmed] production process, but we don't have much of a choice," says Mechak, standing next to a big wicker basket of whole Chinese tilapia fish. The trampled ..
March 20, 2019

Giant sunfish washes up on beach in South Australia

Giant sunfish washes up on beach in South Australia Image copyright JACOB JONES Image caption A group of fishermen found the odd creature washed up on the beach Pictures of a giant, odd-looking fish have gone viral after it washed up on a beach in South Australia. Identified as an ocean sunfish by experts, the 1.8m (6ft)-long specimen was first spotted by a group of fishermen driving along the sand. At first, they mistook it for a large piece of driftwood, said Linette Grzelak who posted pictures of her partner's find on Facebook. "I didn't think it was real until I Googled sunfish," she told the BBC. Her partner, Steven Jones has worked as a fisherman for years so "he knew what it was but had never seen one in real life", she said. "Hence why they took the photos. He said it was extremely heavy and the skin was rough and leathery like a rhinoceros." Skip Facebook post by National Parks South Australia Our Park of the Month at Coorong National Park served up an unusual surp..
March 20, 2019

Christchurch shootings: Why Turkey’s Erdogan uses attack video

Christchurch shootings: Why Turkey's Erdogan uses attack video Image copyright EPA Image caption Footage of the Christchurch attacks has been shown at at least eight election rallies recently It begins with dramatic music, edited in for effect. Then stills of the manifesto posted by the gunman in New Zealand before his terror attack, highlighting and translating the sections targeting Turkey. The video streamed live by the attacker comes next, shooting his way into a Christchurch mosque, before blurred images with the sound of automatic gunfire. And then a cut to Turkey's opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, talking of "terrorism rooted in the Islamic world". The crowd boos wildly, galvanised by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has now shown the footage during at least eight election rallies. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The first funerals took place for the 50 victims of the Christchurch shootings on Wednesday "Mr Kemal is hand-in-hand with terrorists!",..
March 20, 2019

Italy takes a shine to China’s New Silk Road

Italy takes a shine to China's New Silk Road Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China has bought up a majority stake in the Greek port of Piraeus - and Italy might be next China's president lands in Rome on Thursday, where he is expected to sign a landmark infrastructure deal that has raised eyebrows and suspicions among Italy's Western allies. Xi Jinping's project is a New Silk Road which, just like the ancient trade route, aims to link China to Europe. The upside for Italy is a potential flood of investment and greater access to Chinese markets and raw materials. But amid China's growing influence and questions over its intentions, Italy's Western allies in the European Union and United States have concerns. By land and by seaThe New Silk Road has another name - the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) - and it involves a wave of Chinese funding for major infrastructure projects around the world, in a bid to speed Chinese goods to markets further afiel..
March 20, 2019

Jacinda Ardern: ‘A leader with love on full display’

Jacinda Ardern: 'A leader with love on full display' Image copyright EPA Image caption Jacinda Ardern met with victims, and other members of the community, in Christchurch the day after the attack On a calm Friday lunchtime, people gathered for prayers at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Minutes later, a young man walked up to the door brandishing an assault rifle. Despite having his weapon on aggressively clear display, he was greeted by one of the worshippers - an elderly Afghan man - with the words "Welcome, brother". Then the gunman opened fire. The pain of the massacre reverberated not just across New Zealand, but also around the world. It seemed to signal that, almost everywhere, something had changed. And because of the ubiquity of social media, people were able to view live footage of a self-proclaimed white supremacist murdering 50 people in a place of worship. The main suspect is Australian, and the victims were from a number of different countries including ..
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