Category Archives: Far East, South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Areas

New Zealand bans assault rifles, semi-automatic guns in wake of mosque shootings

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced an immediate ban on the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatics Thursday in a muscular response to the Christchurch terror attack that killed 50 people.

New Zealand to ban assault weapons in wake of mosque shootings

New Zealand is banning the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons with immediate effect, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday, rapidly making good on a pledge to tighten the country’s gun laws.

Kazakhstan renames capital as new president takes office

Kazakhstan’s new interim president was sworn in Wednesday following the shock resignation of the country’s long-time ruler and in his first official act renamed the capital after his predecessor.

Kazakhstan’s Senate chair takes over as interim president

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev assumed the post of Kazakhstan’s president on Wednesday following the surprise resignation of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev after three decades in power.

First funerals held for New Zealand mosque attack victims

A Syrian refugee and his son were buried in New Zealand on Wednesday in the first funerals of those killed in the twin mosque massacre as Kiwis braced for days of emotional farewells following the mass slayings.

Christchurch sees outpouring of inter-faith solidarity after mosque attack

New Zealanders are rallying behind the country’s Muslim community in the wake of the terrorist attack that killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday. Crowdfunding initiatives and other gestures of support abound.

Kazakhstan leader Nazarbayev steps down after three decades in power

Nursultan Nazarbayev unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday after three decades in power, saying his oil-rich Central Asian nation now needed “a new generation of leaders”.

Ardern vows to deny mosque shooter ‘notoriety’ as she leads tributes to victims

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday praised the bravery and courage by worshippers as a lone gunman massacred their friends and family, saying the nation stood with its grieving Muslim community in this “darkest of days”.

New Zealand’s Ardern leads tributes to mosque attack victims as burial preparations begin

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday praised the bravery and courage by worshippers as a lone gunman massacred their friends and family, saying the nation stood with its grieving Muslim community in this “darkest of days”.

Who were the victims of the New Zealand terror attack?

Fifty people were killed in a terror attack targeting two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday prayers last week. FRANCE 24 takes a look at some of the victims identified so far.

‘I have forgiven him’: A look at some of the victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks

Fifty people were killed in a terror attack targeting two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayers last week. FRANCE 24 takes a look at some of the victims identified so far.

New Zealand to tighten gun laws after Christchurch mosque massacre

New Zealand’s gun laws are under intense scrutiny in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacres, with the arms dealer who supplied guns to the killer saying he feels no responsibility for the tragedy. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her government had agreed in principle to introducing tougher gun laws.

New Zealand to toughen gun laws: ‘It should’ve happened a long time ago’

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. FRANCE 24’s Richelle Harrison-Plesse spoke to local residents about tightening gun legislation.

Philippines quits International Criminal Court over inquiry into Duterte’s drug war

The Philippines officially quit the International Criminal Court on Sunday, though the beleaguered UN-backed tribunal has pledged to pursue its examination of alleged extrajudicial killings in the government’s controversial drug war.

Australia police raid homes linked to New Zealand shooting

Australian police have searched two homes in towns on the New South Wales (NSW) mid-north coast linked to the investigation into Friday’s mass shootings at mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.