New Zealand Terrorist Attacks

16-03-2019 05:03

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by Korva Coleman and Jill Hudson
First Up
Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. Multiple people are in custody after shootings at two mosques there.
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Here’s what we’re following today.

Forty-nine people are dead and at least 20 are seriously injured in a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. A man in his late 20s has been charged with murdering the worshippers, who were shot during Friday afternoon prayers. There are reports that the attack was livestreamed.

Brexit has convulsed Britain like no other political event in decades. At the end of a week in which Parliament held key votes, things look considerably different than they did on Monday. Here’s what you need to know.

Congress has voted to reject President Trump’s national emergency declaration to build the border wall. The resolution likely sets up Trump’s first veto since he took office.

A federal appeals court in Michigan has ruled that police can’t pull you over for giving an officer the finger. “Fits of rudeness or lack of gratitude may violate the Golden Rule,” wrote Judge Jeffrey Sutton. “But that doesn’t make them illegal or for that matter punishable.”

Saudi Arabia has rejected calls for an independent investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s killing. The kingdom’s leading human rights leader said the accused killers were being brought to justice.

The Daily Good
After 10 months, a sweet reunion for a Honduran father and daughter.
Jose Eduardo hugs his 15-year-old daughter Yaimy, 10 months after they were separated at the U.S. border.
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Jose Eduardo was separated from his daughter Yaimy after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border last spring. He was deported, but his daughter remained in U.S. custody. The desperate father trekked 2,000 miles from Honduras to Texas to reunite with his daughter.

Today’s Listen
Modern white nationalist rhetoric echoes America a century ago.
An undated photo shows a Ku Klux Klansman and Neo-Nazi demonstrator holding symbolic shields at a march in Palm Beach, Fla. In Bring the War Home, author Kathleen Belew argues that America's disparate racists groups came together after the Vietnam War.
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White nationalism in the U.S. is becoming more visible and more deadly, from a march in Charlottesville, Va., to a gunman at a Pittsburgh synagogue. In the latest issue of The Atlantic, Adam Serwer looks at the roots of this movement and says what is considered extremist today was once the consensus of a powerful cadre of the American elite. (Listening time, 4:58)

History Lesson
How Austin got weird.
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As the annual South By Southwest festival rears its end on Friday, we look at how the Texas city, one that has such palpable personality and spirit, become what it is. Joe Nick Patoski’s recent book, Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers & Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas, traces the people and places that explain the creative, contrarian history of the state’s capital.

Before You Go
Calculating more than 31 trillion digits of pi took months for Emma Haruka Iwao and her team, who beat the previous record for the most accurate value of pi by trillions of digits.
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Russ Roberts

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