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Mass shootings transform how America talks, prays, prepares

Health
Pardeep Singh Kaleka has surveyed the landscape of an America scarred by mass shootings. Seven years ago, a white supremacist invaded a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and killed six worshippers — among them Kaleka's father, who died clutching a butter knife he'd grabbed in a desperate attempt to stop the shooter. Now, whenever another gunman bloodies another town, Kaleka posts a supportive message on social media. Then later, either by invitation or on his own initiative, he'll journey to the community to shore up others who share his pain. He's been to Newtown, Connecticut. Charleston, South Carolina. Pittsburgh. "We've become kind of a family," Kaleka says. It's true. The unending litany of mass shootings in recent years — the latest, on Friday, leaving 12 dead in Virginia Beach, Virginia — h

Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device New Zealand will ban all types of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles following the Christchurch attacks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.The announcement comes less than a week after 50 people were killed at two mosques, allegedly by a lone gunman. Ms Ardern said she expected new legislation to be in place by 11 April, saying: "Our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too."All of the dead have now been formally identified, police have confirmed. Australian Brenton Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, has been charged with one murder and was expected to face further charges.However, police said on Thursday that the person he was formally accused of killing had been wrongly declared dead. ...
Christchurch shootings: Jacinda Ardern calls for global anti-racism fight

Christchurch shootings: Jacinda Ardern calls for global anti-racism fight

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called for a global fight to root out racist right-wing ideology following last week's deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch.In one of her first interviews since then, she told the BBC that she rejected the idea that a rise in immigration was fuelling racism.Fifty people were killed and dozens more wounded in Friday's gun attacks.The first funerals, of a father and son from Syria, took place on Wednesday.Hundreds of mourners gathered at a cemetery near the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, one of two places of worship targeted.Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder. Fifty people died in the attack.What did Ardern say?Asked about the...
Christchurch shootings: Social media races to stop attack footage

Christchurch shootings: Social media races to stop attack footage

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device A gunman opened fire in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and injuring 50 more. As he did so, he filmed the entire crime and live-streamed it directly to Facebook.What ensued was an exhausting race for social media pages to take the footage down, as it was replicated seemingly endlessly and shared widely in the wake of the attack.And through social media, it found its way onto the front pages of some of the world's biggest news websites in the form of still images, gifs, and even the full video.This series of events has, once again, shone a spotlight on how sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Reddit try - and fail - to address far-right extremism on their platforms. Atta...
Christchurch shootings: Sajid Javid warns tech giants over footage

Christchurch shootings: Sajid Javid warns tech giants over footage

Technology
Social media companies have been told to "clean up their platforms" or be prepared to face the "force of the law" by Home Secretary Sajid Javid. The warning comes after a gunman who killed 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand filmed the attack and live-streamed it directly to Facebook.Writing in the Daily Express, Mr Javid said: "Tech companies must do more to stop his messages being broadcast."The live-stream of the attack on Facebook lasted for 17 minutes.Despite the original video being taken down, it was quickly replicated and shared widely on other platforms, including YouTube and Twitter.Mr Javid urged people to stop viewing and sharing the "sick material" online, adding: "It is wrong and it is illegal."Online platforms have a responsibility not ...