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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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President Trump's gaffe touts 'abolition of civil rights' at National Prayer Breakfast

President Trump's gaffe touts 'abolition of civil rights' at National Prayer Breakfast"Many of our greatest strides … have been led by people of faith," Trump said.



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Trump credits people of faith for 'abolition of civil rights' at National Prayer Breakfast

Trump credits people of faith for 'abolition of civil rights' at National Prayer BreakfastSpeaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Thursday, President Trump stumbled while crediting America’s God-fearing citizens for the country’s historic achievements.



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Supreme Court's actions on transgender troops, gun rights, public prayer signal conservative trend

Supreme Court's actions on transgender troops, gun rights, public prayer signal conservative trendThe Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to implement its partial ban against transgender troops in the military in one of several actions.



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Michael Cohen Takes A Shot At Trump With A Prayer For Michelle Obama

Michael Cohen Takes A Shot At Trump With A Prayer For Michelle ObamaMichael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Donald Trump who has



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Rabbi cites Jesus in prayer for synagogue victims with Pence

Rabbi cites Jesus in prayer for synagogue victims with PenceWASHINGTON (AP) — A rabbi invited to pray at a Michigan campaign stop with Vice President Mike Pence for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre referenced "Jesus the Messiah" at the event.



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Pope's remedy to those seeking scandal: prayer and silence

Pope's remedy to those seeking scandal: prayer and silenceVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday recommended silence and prayer to counter those who "only seek scandal," division and destruction in what appeared to be an indirect response to allegations that he had covered up for a U.S. cardinal embroiled in sex abuse scandals.



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Right-wing Patriot Prayer rally and counter-protest in Portland, Ore.

Right-wing Patriot Prayer rally and counter-protest in Portland, Ore.A right-wing group and self-described anti-fascist counter-protesters rallied in Portland, Oregon, Saturday as police tried to prevent the gatherings from turning violent as they have before. Two previous events ended in bloody fistfights and riots, and one counter-protester was sent to the hospital with a skull fracture.



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Portland's Patriot Prayer Rally Could Be Most Violent Since Charlottesville, Activists Say

Portland's Patriot Prayer Rally Could Be Most Violent Since Charlottesville, Activists SayArmed, proto-fascist gangs are set to rally in Portland, Oregon, this weekend,



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PHOTOS: Anti-U.S. protesters demonstrate after Friday prayer in Tehran, Iran

PHOTOS: Anti-U.S. protesters demonstrate after Friday prayer in Tehran, IranThousands of Iranians took to the streets in Tehran and cities across the country to protest President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. (AP)



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