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

New Zealand moves to tighten gun laws as Australian police probe links to shooting

Australian police searched two homes in New South Wales thought to be linked to Friday’s shootings at Christchurch mosques as New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her government had agreed in principle to introducing tougher gun laws.

Afghanistan forces suffer heavy loss against Taliban in northwest battle

A Taliban assault on checkpoints killed 22 troops, officials said Sunday, as at least 50 Afghan security forces surrendered to the militants and around 100 tried to flee to neighbouring Turkmenistan after heavy fighting in Afghanistan’s northwest.

1.5 million videos of Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand removed by Facebook

Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos globally of the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand in the first 24 hours after the attack.

Suspect in New Zealand mosque shooting charged with murder

A 28-year-old Australian suspected white supremacist was charged with murder on Saturday after 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

What we know so far about the Christchurch mosque attack suspect

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the suspect in an attack that left 49 dead and 40 wounded at two Christchurch mosques on Friday is an Australian national who travelled around the world and was not a long-term resident in New Zealand.

Dozens killed in shootings targeting New Zealand mosques

New Zealand was put on “high” security alert on Friday after 49 people were killed in a terrorist attack targeting two mosques in Christchurch. Forty-eight people were wounded in the shootings, carried out during Friday prayers. Police said that a man in his late 20s had been charged with murder, and that two other people were in custody. A number of explosive devices were found attached to vehicles and defused. An Australian man claiming responsibility for the attack posted a manifesto and a 17-minute video online apparently showing live footage of the rampage. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the shootings as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence” and placed the country on high security alert. World leaders joined Ardern in condemning the attack, expressing their condolences to the victims and their families.

Climate change forces Mongolia’s herders to move to the city

In Mongolia, nomadic herders are seen as the proud heirs of Genghis Khan and are nicknamed “the emperors of the plains”. But in recent years, global warming has had dramatic consequences for their way of life. The “dzuds” in particular – harsh winters, which follow scorching summers – have done terrible damage. In the steppes, weakened by the cold and lack of food, animals die out one after the other. Nomads have seen their herds of livestock decimated – already a meagre source of income.

Dozens killed in attack on Christchurch mosques in New Zealand

New Zealand was put on “high” security alert on Friday after 49 people were killed in a terrorist attack targeting two mosques in Christchurch. Follow the day’s events as they happened on FRANCE 24’s live blog.

New Zealand on high alert after terror attack at two mosques

At least forty-nine people were killed in a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as an “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence”.

Students around the world skip class to demand action on climate

Tens of thousands of students across the world skipped school on Friday to take to the streets in protest at their governments’ failure to take sufficient action against global warming.

‘Multiple fatalities’ in shooting at New Zealand mosques

An attack on two crowded mosques during Friday prayers left multiple people dead, police said, on what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.

Once more, Bollywood is caught up in a Kashmir crisis

Following the recent escalation of tensions over Kashmir, Pakistan has banned Indian films – which are very popular in the country – in a familiar reaction to a crisis that has pitched the two countries into conventional and cultural wars.