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49 killed in attacks on N.Z. mosques

FORTY-NINE people were killed and dozens more wounded in a shootings at mosques in New Zealand on Friday (Shutterstock).

A 28-year-old white nationalist has been arrested in the shooting deaths Friday of at least 41 people in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The gunman, whose name was not at first released by authorities, left a 74-page “manifesto” under the name Brenton Harrison Tarrant outlining his hatred and grievances against immigrants and Muslims.

At least 49 people were killed and dozens more injured in attacks on two mosques. Authorities say it’s initially not certain if this man was involved in both attacks.

In the manifesto, he refers to himself as a fascist and an environmentalist and as an admirer of China.

Two other armed suspects were also taken into custody.

Published reports indicated that the suspect had purchased the firearms used in the shooting legally.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called for a change in that nation’s gun laws, which allow citizens as young as 16 to own a rifle if they pass a background check. In New Zealand, there is one legally-owned firearm for every three citizens.

Trump issues veto of emergency block

President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed the action by the Congress to block his declaration of a national emergency to fund his requests for the construction of a wall or barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate voted to reject the declaration by the president, many members arguing that it represented a breach of the separation of powers.

“This situation on our border cannot be described as anything other than a national emergency,” said Trump in a message after signing the veto.

Trump’s veto – the first of his presidency – can be overridden by a two-thirds majority of both houses of Congress, but that’s considered unlikely. However, legal battles may delay implementation as several states and some organizations have filed lawsuits against the declaration.

 

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