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..
March 15, 2019

Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra Zohra visits the UK

Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra Zohra visits the UK Image copyright ANIM Image caption Zohra is led by conductor Negin Khpalwak Five years ago, a unique all-female orchestra was formed in Afghanistan, a nation where only a few years previously music had been outlawed and women barred from education. Now Zohra is visiting the UK for the first time. No-one claims that in Afghanistan, the Taliban influence has been rooted out entirely. Violence continues. But two decades ago, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music would have been unthinkable. ANIM was founded in 2008, with international support, to bring music education to young Afghans. Not long before that, the Afghan capital Kabul had finally been wrenched from the grasp of the fundamentalist Sunni Muslim Taliban. In the Taliban years, music - once a thriving and rich part of Afghan culture, admired around the world - had all but disappeared. Today in Kabul, ANIM teaches music skills to some 250 young people, both ma..
March 15, 2019

Children’s climate strike goes global

Global warming: Children's climate strike spreads worldwide Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionClimate change: Fears about effects of pollution and climate change Thousands of schoolchildren worldwide have abandoned classrooms for a day of protest against climate change. India, South Korea, Australia and France are among the countries where teenagers are already on strike. The day of action is expected to embrace about 100 countries. They are inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who protests weekly outside Sweden's parliament. Scientists say tougher measures are needed to cut global warming. The Paris climate agreement of 2017 committed nearly 200 countries to keeping global temperatures "well below" 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times and to striving for a maximum of 1.5C. What is a climate emergency? What does the Paris climate deal say? Graphics: Where we are now on climate change BBC Newsround - climate protests live page The globally ..
March 15, 2019

North Korea may break talks and resume missile testing, official says

North Korea may break talks and resume missile testing, official says Image copyright EPA Image caption North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, seen here during the Hanoi summit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may break off denuclearisation talks with the US and resume missile and nuclear testing, a senior official says. Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui told foreign diplomats the US threw away "a golden opportunity" at a recent summit between President Trump and Mr Kim. The meeting collapsed after Mr Trump refused to lift sanctions unless North Korea destroyed all its nuclear sites. North Korea had offered to dismantle its main Yongbyon nuclear complex. Mr Kim is set to make an official announcement on his position regarding future talks with the US soon, Ms Choe said in Pyongyang. Yongbyon: Inside Trump and Kim's deal-breaker North Korea's missile and nuclear programme North Korea crisis in 300 words "We have no intention to yield to the US demands in any form, n..
March 15, 2019

PUBG arrests: The Fortnite rival taking India by storm

PUBG arrests: The Fortnite rival taking India by storm Image copyright Getty Images On the face of it, it is just another video game. But PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) - the rival to Fortnite which has taken India by storm - is now getting people arrested as authorities try to crack down on a game they believe is becoming a danger to those who play it. Supreet Aneja looks at why has got so many hooked. "Is he a PUBG player?" India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi quipped when a worried mother raised concerns over her son's obsession with online gaming at a student event organised in the capital Delhi a couple of months ago. His question prompted laughter from the crowd: after all, everyone has heard of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), the online multiplayer game, which has been grabbing headlines across the country in recent months. But some are not laughing. The game has been banned in some Indian cities like Rajkot, where 16 people have been arrested ..
March 14, 2019

‘Shots fired’ near mosque in New Zealand

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand Gunshots have been heard near a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, local media report, as police warn of a "critical incident". Witnesses told local media that several people appeared to be injured inside the mosque. Police have warned people to avoid the area. All schools in Christchurch have been placed on lockdown, police commissioner Mike Bush said. Media reports say that armed police are clearing buildings in the vicinity. The incident is said to have taken place at the Al Noor mosque, located in central Christchurch along Dean Avenue facing Hagley Park. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
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