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- A mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the morning of March 15 left 49 dead and roughly as many injured, The New York Times reports. The attack on Al Noor and Linwood mosques targeted Muslim worshipers during Friday Prayer. In addition to the shooting, which one gunman streamed live on Facebook for 17 minutes, police also found two bombs in a vehicle nearby. As of this morning, police have taken four people into custody and have charged one, described as a man in his 20s, with murder. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called Friday "one of New Zealand’s darkest days," noting that such violence was "unprecedented" in her country.
The Times also reports that the same gunman who streamed the attacked on Facebook appears to have posted an 87-page manifesto online before the shooting, self-identifying as a 28-year-old Australian. In the manifesto, the writer calls himself a fascist and espouses white supremacist rhetoric. He also references the United States, calling President Trump "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”
After what he called a "horrible massacre," Trump took to Twitter to offer condolences and assistance to New Zealand. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also publicly condemned the attack.
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
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- Two days after the Federal Aviation Admission grounded Boeing 737 Max airplanes in the U.S. as a reaction to two recent crashes, the aircraft are still banned from flying in U.S. airspace. NPR reports that between the grounding and extreme weather, more than 2,100 flights were cancelled across the country on Thursday. If your flight is among those cancelled, The New York Times has some travel tips.