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Mourning dog pictured at former owner's hospital bed finds new home

Mourning dog pictured at former owner's hospital bed finds new homeMoose, a 3-year-old lab mix, was recently photographed waiting at his former owner's hospital bed, spurring an adoption rush for the dog.



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New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victims

New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victimsAt 1.32pm, exactly a week after a gunman began shooting people at two mosques in Christchurch, the nation of New Zealand observed a two-minute silence to remember the 50 victims.  Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old suspected white supremacist from Australia, had launched the attack to try to repel “invaders” from New Zealand, he wrote in a manifesto.  Yet, the nation came together on Friday to observe the Muslim call to prayer, which was sounded around the country — including on national radio and television — before ceremonies were attended by tens of thousands of people who paid tribute to the dead and heard calls for unity.  Addressing a crowd of thousands standing quietly at Hagley Park, near the Al Noor mosque where 42 people were killed, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, said: “New Zealand mourns with you. We are one.” Jacinda Ardern announced a swift national crackdown on guns Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva Imam Gamal Fouda, from the mosque, told the crowd: “We are broken-hearted, but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us.”  He added:  “To the people of New Zealand, thank you for your peace. Thank you for your haka. Thank you for your flowers. Thank you for your love and compassion.” Many women wore headscarves to demonstrate solidarity with the grieving community. Across New Zealand, small ceremonies and prayers were conducted at mosques, schools, cafes and offices.  New Zealand mosque massacre – In pictures The nation’s The Press newspaper carried a front page simply saying “Salam, peace” in English and Arabic, and The Dominion Post listed the names of the victims, alongside the words: “1.32pm — Today we remember”. Following the ceremony, mourners gathered at a cemetery to attend a burial service for 26 of the victims, including three-year-old Mucaad Ibrahim, the youngest of the dead. Despite Islamic custom requiring speedy burials, the funerals had been delayed due to the painstaking effort by authorities to identify the victims.  The first to be buried on Friday was Naeem Rashid, a 50-year-old who died trying to tackle the gunman near the entrance of the Al Noor mosque. His 21-year-old son Talha Rashid was also killed. His wife, Ambreen Naeem Rashid, 44, told The Courier Mail of the murderer: “I feel really sorry for him. I feel sorry for all the people who hate in their hearts. They can never have satisfaction.” New Zealand’s terror alert level remains high, despite authorities being confident that the attack was conducted by a lone gunman. Fifty people were killed, and dozens were injured in Christchurch Credit: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images Ms Ardern has announced a ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons and on the parts and ammunition used in the attack, ahead of a wider overhaul of gun laws over the coming weeks. She and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison have called for an international effort to force technology firms to prevent the spread of online hate speech. The gunman livestreamed his attack on Facebook, which, along with other sites such as YouTube and Twitter, has struggled to prevent the footage being republished online. About one per cent of New Zealand’s 4.8 million residents are Muslim. Imam Fouda said the attack “did not come overnight” and urged the global community to combat Islamophobia. “[The attack] was the result of the anti-Muslim rhetoric of some political leaders, media agencies and others,” he said. “The rise of white supremacy and right-wing extremism is a great global threat to mankind and this must end now.”



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The Latest: Pakistan to observe mourning day for NZ victims

The Latest: Pakistan to observe mourning day for NZ victimsCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand (all times local):



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No regular mail delivery Wednesday, Dec. 5 on day of mourning for George HW Bush

No regular mail delivery Wednesday, Dec. 5 on day of mourning for George HW BushThe post office is suspending mail delivery on Wednesday as part of the national day of mourning for former president George H.W. Bush.



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Mourning the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack

Mourning the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attackAcross the country, prayer vigils and ecumenical services were held in tribute to the 11 victims of the bloody assault on a Pittsburgh synagogue as words of solace and commiseration poured in from the U.S. Jewish community — the largest outside Israel — but also from the pope and European leaders.



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Mourning John McCain

Mourning John McCainTributes large and small appeared around the country as people paid their respects to the life of the military veteran and senator. Here are some photos.



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Capital Gazette staff 'are like family', says mourning Annapolis community

Capital Gazette staff 'are like family', says mourning Annapolis communityBefore a mass shooting turned the Capital Gazette into a national news story, it was simply “the paper”. Residents of Annapolis, Maryland, used the phrase as shorthand for the local newspaper when they weren’t referring to it by its nickname, “the Capital”. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos – a local man who had a long-standing grudge against the Capital – carried out a “targeted attack” on the paper’s offices, barricading the exits and hunting down victims with a pump-action shotgun.



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Cuba in mourning after deadliest air crash in nearly 30 years

Cuba in mourning after deadliest air crash in nearly 30 yearsCuba observed a weekend of national mourning for victims of its worst crash in nearly three decades that killed 110 passengers and crew. An investigation has been launched into Friday’s crash of the nearly 40-year-old Boeing 737-200 leased to the national carrier Cubana de Aviacion by a Mexican company. The Boeing crashed shortly after taking off from Havana, coming down in a field near the airport and sending a thick column of acrid smoke into the air.



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Mourning victims of deadly van attack in Toronto

Mourning victims of deadly van attack in TorontoA crowd gathered late Tuesday in Toronto's North York community to pay their respects to the van victims at a makeshift memorial of roses, candles and messages of condolence.



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Mourning Barbara Bush

Mourning Barbara BushSeveral former U.S. presidents were among the 1,500 mourners expected to gather at a Houston church on Saturday for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died on Tuesday at the age of 92.



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