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International News
Mourners pay tribute to victims of New Zealand shootings
 
Christchurch: A steady stream of mourners paid tribute Sunday at a makeshift memorial to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims'' bodies. Hundreds of flowers were piled up amid candles, balloons and notes of grief and love outside the Al Noor mosque. As a light rain fell, people clutched each other and wept quietly. "We wish we knew your name to write upon your heart. We wish we knew your favourite song, what makes you smile, what makes you cry," read one of the tributes, which contained cut-out paper hearts under a nearby tree.

"We made a heart for you. 50 hearts for 50 lives." Two days after Friday''s attack, New Zealand''s deadliest shooting in modern history, relatives were still waiting for authorities to release the bodies. Islamic law calls for bodies to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible after death, usually within 24 hours. Supporters arrived from across the country to help with the burials in Christchurch and authorities sent in backhoes to dig graves in a site that was newly fenced off and blocked from view with white netting. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said authorities hoped to release all the bodies by Wednesday, and Police Commissioner Mike Bush said authorities were working with pathologists and coroners to complete the task as soon as they could.

"We have to be absolutely clear on the cause of death and confirm their identity before that can happen," Bush said. "But we are so aware of the cultural and religious needs. So we are doing that as quickly and as sensitively as possible." Police said they had released a preliminary list of the victims to families, which has helped give closure to some who were waiting for any news. The suspect in the shootings, 28-year-old white supremacist Brenton Harrison Tarrant, appeared in court Saturday amid strict security, shackled and wearing all-white prison garb, and showed no emotion when the judge read one murder charge and said more would likely follow.

Tarrant had posted a jumbled 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto online before the attacks and apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live video of the slaughter. Ardern said the gunman had sent the manifesto to her office email about nine minutes before the attacks, although she hadn''t gotten the email directly herself. She said her office was one of about 30 recipients and had forwarded the email to parliamentary security within a couple of minutes of receiving it. Bush said at a news conference that another body had been found at Al Noor mosque as they finished removing the victims, bringing the number of people killed there to 42.

Another seven people were killed at Linwood mosque and one more person died later at Christchurch Hospital. Thirty-four wounded remained at the hospital, where officials said 12 were in critical condition. A 4-year-old girl at a children''s hospital in Auckland was also listed as critical. Dozens of Muslim supporters gathered at a center set up for victims, families and friends across the road from the hospital, where many had flown in from around New Zealand to offer support. About two dozen men received instructions on their duties Sunday, which included Muslim burial customs. Abdul Hakim, 56, of Auckland, was among many who had flown in to help. "As soon as people die, we must bury them as soon as possible," Hakim said.

"We are all here to help them in washing the body, putting them in the grave." Javed Dadabhai, who flew from Auckland after learning about the death of his 35-year-old cousin, Junaid Mortara, said the Muslim community was being patient. "The family understands that it''s a crime scene. It''s going to be a criminal charge against the guy who''s done this, so they need to be pretty thorough," he said. Still, it was hard, he said, because the grieving process wouldn''t really begin until he could bury his cousin. People across the country were still trying to come to terms with the massacre that Ardern described as "one of New Zealand''s darkest days." At the Vatican, Pope Francis offered prayers for "our Muslim brothers" killed in the attack.

At his traditional Sunday prayer, Francis renewed "an invitation to unite in prayer and gestures of peace to oppose hatred and violence." The gunman livestreamed 17 minutes of the rampage at the Al Noor mosque, where he sprayed worshippers with bullets. Facebook, Twitter and Google scrambled to take down the video, which was widely available on social media for hours after the bloodbath. The second attack took place at the Linwood mosque about 5 kilometers (3 miles) away. Ardern has said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who legally bought the five guns he used. At a news conference, the prime minister reiterated her promise that there will be changes to the country''s gun laws.

She said her Cabinet will discuss the policy details Monday. Arden used some of her strongest language yet about gun control, saying that laws need to change and "they will change." Neighbouring Australia has virtually banned semi-automatic rifles from private ownership since a lone gunman killed 35 people with assault rifles in 1996. Before Friday''s attack, New Zealand''s deadliest shooting in modern history took place in 1990 in the small town of Aramoana, where a gunman killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbour.


Sri Lanka serial blasts : Seven arrested over multiple blasts
Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives in Iran
US confirms deaths of several Americans in Sri Lanka blasts
French Police detain over 120 people amid Yellow Vest rallies in Paris
Gunmen kill 2 in north Nigeria
Pak's Fin Min Asad Umar quits ahead of IMF deal
Americans await bombshell Mueller report
Four killed, five injured in Mogadishu car bombing
Peru ex-president Garcia dies after shooting himself
49 killed, 176 injured in heavy rains, hailstorms in Pakistan
Notre-Dame blaze being treated as accident, not arson: prosecutor
Global tribunal to hear Ukraine, Russia sea dispute
Fear of army action as Sudan protesters toughen stand
More than 120 killed as Libya''s rivals battle for Tripoli
Nepal: Plane hits helicopters while taking off; 3 killed
Sudanese opposition alliance demands involvement of civilians in joint presidential council
Pope Francis kisses feet of South Sudan leaders
Deadly explosion rips through Quetta market; 20 dead
Assange aide arrested trying to leave Ecuador: official
Hundreds of thousands gather near sudanese army HQ to protest decisions of military
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Jennifer Lawrence returns to acting
 Los Angeles: Jennifer Lawrence is back to acting a year after she took a work hiatus and has signed  
Action has never troubled me: Sunny Deol
Fox cancels Marvel drama 'The Gifted'
John Cena in talks for 'Suicide Squad' sequel
KERALA NEWS
Kerala CM condemns terrorist attack in Sri Lanka
 Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday strongly condemned that terrori
Sexist remark: Electoral Officer warns ruling LDF leader
CPI-M-led LDF holds road show in Wayanad
Toddler in coma after being beaten up; Mother arrested
NATIONAL NEWS
Rahul liar of first order; should apologise to country: BJP on Cong chief''s affidavit in SC
 New Delhi: The BJP demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi on Monday after the Congress president expr
Shiv Sena asks govt to take over Jet Airways
Congress releases list of six candidates for Delhi Lok Sabha seats
SP-BSP-RLD, an alliance of hearts rather than parties: Akhilesh
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