March 18, 2019

Christchurch shootings: Australian homes raided over NZ mosque attacks

Christchurch shootings: Australian homes raided over NZ mosque attacks Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A policeman stands guard outside Al Noor mosque after the attacks Police have raided two homes in Australia as part of the investigation into the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Fifty people died and dozens were injured in the twin shootings on Friday. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder. He is believed to have acted alone in carrying out the attacks. The suspect came from Grafton, 600km (370 miles) north of Sydney. Authorities in New South Wales searched unidentified properties in the nearby suburbs of Sandy Beach and Lawrence on Monday morning. Who are the victims? How attacks unfolded More about the suspect "The primary aim of the activity is to formally obtain material that may assist New Zealand Police in their ongoing investigation," said New South Wales police. Australian media reported that one of the homes belongs t..
March 17, 2019

Mobile data: Why India has the world’s cheapest

Mobile data: Why India has the world's cheapest Image copyright Getty Images India's plummeting data prices have hit a new low. In fact, according to a recent BBC report, the country has the cheapest mobile broadband prices in the world. Technology writer Prasanto K Roy explains how this happened. The BBC report, citing a UK-based price comparison site, said that 1 gigabyte (GB) of mobile data cost $0.26 in India (£0.20), compared with $12.37 in the US, $6.66 in the UK, and a global average of $8.53. But many Indian users said they were actually paying less than $0.10 a GB. Customers in the US and UK too said they were paying less than what the survey reported. Whatever the true cost, what is clear is that mobile data in India is many times cheaper than elsewhere. But it might not last: some said India's low prices were a transient phase as big operators fought for new customers. India net neutrality rules could be world's strongest Hands on with India's £3 ..
March 17, 2019

Bangladesh Fifa official held for ‘defaming’ PM Hasina

Bangladesh Fifa official held for 'defaming' PM Hasina Image copyright FIFA via Getty Images Image caption Mahfuza Akhter Kiron has been a Fifa Council member since 2017 Bangladeshi authorities have arrested a senior member of football's world governing body Fifa for allegedly defaming the country's prime minister. Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, a Fifa Council member, was detained after she had said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was neglecting football. A defamation claim was then filed by a local sport official, alleging that the comments embarrassed the entire nation. On Saturday, Ms Kiron was denied bail and sent to jail, her lawyer said. "We sought bail for her after she was taken to the court. But our prayer was rejected," her lawyer Liakat Hossain said. The government of Sheikh Hasina has been accused by human rights groups of using tough media laws to stifle dissent in the country. Last August, renowned Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam was jai..
March 17, 2019

Indonesia floods: Dozens dead in Papua province

Indonesia floods: Dozens dead in Papua province Image copyright EPA Image caption The town of Sentani was one of the worst affected areas At least 58 people have been killed in flash floods in the eastern Indonesian province of Papua. Rescue workers are struggling to reach remote parts of the province, and there are fears the number of dead may rise. Roads have been blocked by landslides and fallen trees, and floodwaters have damaged two bridges and more than 100 houses. More than 4,000 people have been forced from their homes, and some are sheltering in government offices. Local residents said torrential rain began on Saturday evening and continued into the night, triggering mudslides and flash floods. Image copyright AFP Image caption Soldiers pulled a five-month-old baby from the rubble "Our house was flooded with thick mud... we immediately grabbed our valuables and ran to a neighbour's [two-storey] house to seek refuge," said mother-of-two Lili Puji Hastuti, quoted by Agence..
March 17, 2019

Christchurch shootings: Stories of heroism emerge from attacks

Christchurch shootings: Stories of heroism emerge from attacks Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChristchurch shootings: Flowers and Haka in tribute Stories of heroism have emerged from the attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 50 people dead. A 48-year-old Afghan man says he confronted the gunman and threw a credit card machine at him. Two rural police officers, one of them armed only with a handgun, chased and arrested Brenton Tarrant, 28. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the gunman, who had explosives in his car, was planning more attacks that day. She had earlier called the killings "an act of terror". Tributes have been paid for the victims while authorities say all bodies should be returned to relatives for burial by Wednesday. About 34 people remain in hospital, including a four-year-old girl who is in a critical condition. Who are the victims? How attacks unfolded More about the suspect Abdul Aziz, who left Kabul for New Zeala..
March 17, 2019

Christchurch shootings: Mosque attacks leave city in shock

Christchurch shootings: Mosque attacks leave city in shock Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A policeman stands guard outside Al Noor mosque two days after the attack Nasir Uddin gazes through the trees in the park towards the exterior wall and golden roof of the Al Noor mosque across the road. With a police perimeter still in place, it's as near as he can get. He looks at the building with tear-filled eyes. "Now we are very sad," he says shakily as he stands in Christchurch's Hagley Park. A migrant from Bangladesh, Mr Uddin, 37, moved to this picturesque city on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island more than five years ago. An Al Noor regular, he would have been at the mosque on Friday if he hadn't had to work. The peace of Christchurch's largest mosque was shattered that day by a gunman who burst in and opened fire with semi-automatic weapons just after worshippers had gathered for congregational prayer. The shocking act of violence here and..
March 16, 2019

Christchurch shootings: Attacker was ‘lone gunman’

Christchurch shootings: Attacker was 'lone gunman' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brenton Tarrant, 28, appeared in court on Saturday charged with murder The man charged over Friday's twin mosque attacks in the New Zealand city of Christchurch is believed to have acted alone, police say. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, live-streamed the attack on Facebook. Four people arrested afterwards are not believed to have been involved, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. He added, however, he could not be conclusive. Fifty people were killed and 50 injured in what is New Zealand's worst attack. Two remain in a critical condition. How attacks unfoldedThe victims and missingCommissioner Bush said authorities were working as fast as they could to finish identifying the victims of the attacks at Al Noor mosque and Linwood mosque. Who was involved?On Saturday, the main suspect appeared in court in a white prison shirt and handcuffs, smi..
March 16, 2019

Christchurch shootings: Brother and uncle of victims speaks out

Christchurch shootings: Brother and uncle of victims speaks out Image caption Father and son were among six Pakistanis killed The brother of a Pakistani man who was killed during Friday's mosque attacks in New Zealand has told the BBC he has no words to describe the pain. "It's like cutting your limb off," Khursheed Alam said. His brother and nephew were among six Pakistanis who died. Forty-nine people were killed at the two mosques in Christchurch. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, has been charged with one count of murder. He appeared in court in a white prison shirt and handcuffs, smiling for the cameras. Further charges are expected to be made against him. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Mr Tarrant had a firearms licence and owned five guns, adding: "Our gun laws will change." How attacks unfolded The victims and missing He has been remanded in custody without a plea and is due to appear in court again on 5 April. Image copyright R..
March 15, 2019

Christchurch shootings: New Zealand in shock after mosque attacks

Christchurch shootings: New Zealand in shock after mosque attacks Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChristchurch was put into lockdown as events unfolded New Zealand is in mourning after 49 people were killed at two mosques in the country's deadliest-ever shooting. PM Jacinda Ardern described Friday's shooting in the city of Christchurch as one of New Zealand's "darkest days". Flowers have been left outside mosques across the country as worried families wait for news of missing loved ones. A gunman believed to be a white supremacist live-streamed the rampage. A man in his late 20s has been arrested and is due to appear in court. Two other people are in custody. No names have been made public. Follow our live updates Mosque attacks mapped What is known about the suspects? A total of 48 people were wounded in the shootings. The identities of the dead and wounded have not been released. Bangladesh, India and Indonesia all say some of their citize..
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