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  • CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, March 18- As a heavily-armed man entered Christchurch's al Noor mosque and began gunning down worshippers, Sardar Faisal happened to be in the bathroom, Sheikh Fahad ran and Amir Daud was just pulling up with his wife in their car, moments late for Friday prayers. They were among the fortunate survivors of New Zealand's worst...

  • CHRISTCHURCH/ WELLINGTON, March 17- As New Zealanders struggled to cope with the deadly mayhem in Christchurch, stories of heroism have emerged from the tragedy, including a worshiper who chased away the gunman armed only with a credit card machine. Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder in relation to the killings, and police have said he will face...

  • CHRISTCHURCH/ WELLINGTON, March 17- As New Zealanders struggled to cope with the deadly mayhem in Christchurch, stories of heroism have emerged from the tragedy, including a worshiper who chased away the gunman armed only with a credit card machine. Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder in relation to the killings, and police have said he will face...

  • CHRISTCHURCH/ WELLINGTON, March 17- As New Zealanders struggled to cope with the deadly mayhem in Christchurch, stories of heroism have emerged from the tragedy, including a worshiper who chased away the gunman armed only with a credit card machine. Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder in relation to the killings, and police have said he will face...

  • CHRISTCHURCH/ WELLINGTON, March 17- As New Zealanders struggled to cope with the deadly mayhem in Christchurch, stories of heroism have emerged from the tragedy, including a worshiper who chased away the gunman armed only with a credit card machine. Fifty people were killed on Friday and dozens more injured. But the police and eyewitnesses say a second attack by...

  • SYDNEY, March 16- "Just a ordinary White man, 28 years old," was how Brenton Harrison Tarrant, accused of killing 49 people and injuring more at two mosques in New Zealand, introduced himself to the world in a manifesto circulating online. Grafton High School did not return a Reuters phone call seeking comment. He also became a committed member of his local gym, Big River...

  • WELLINGTON, March 16- New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the suspect in the Christchurch shooting travelled around the world and was not a long-term resident in the country. Ardern told a news conference in the capital Wellington that the man was an Australian citizen "who travelled sporadically to New Zealand and stayed for varied amount of...

  • WELLINGTON, March 16- New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the suspect in the Christchurch shooting traveled around the world and was not a long-term resident in the country. Ardern told a news conference in the capital Wellington that the man was an Australian citizen "who traveled sporadically to New Zealand and stayed for varied amount of time."

  • Regarded by Pakistan as its most reliable friend, China has repeatedly thwarted efforts to implement U.N. sanctions against Masood Azhar, the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the group that claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 40 paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir. The Confederation of All India Traders, which represents 70...

  • Indian protesters hold a scratched photo of Jaish-e-Mohammed group chief, Masood Azhar, as they shout slogans against Pakistan during a protest in Mumbai on Feb. 15, 2019.

    After Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based militant group, claimed credit for Feb. 14's suicide bombing that escalated tensions between India and Pakistan, the UN is set to vote on whether to designate the group's leader as a terrorist.

  • *Pakistan to hold onshore, offshore, and shale gas auctions. ISLAMABAD, March 12- Pakistan plans to offers dozens of gas field concessions in the coming year to fill in a fuel shortage, a senior official said, with Islamabad hoping a sharp drop in militant violence and changes to exploration policy will attract foreign investors. Italy's ENI and U.S. oil major Exxon...

  • *China c.bank pledges support for economy, reverses stock falls. *China lending, money supply data miss forecasts. European shares were seen rising, with spread-betters expecting Britain's FTSE to rise 0.7 percent, France's CAC 0.6 percent and Germany's DAX 0.5 percent.

  • PEMDARA, India, March 8- Bleeding support in the countryside because of falling farm incomes, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi could still persuade just enough rural voters to give him a second term after ordering an air strike inside Pakistan last month. How rural India votes will be crucial to the outcome of a general election that must be held by May.

  • March 7- Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had removed 137 fake pages, groups and Instagram accounts in the United Kingdom and a further 31 in Romania for engaging in hate speech and making divisive comments. Some of the most popular pages that were taken down defended the role of migrants and Muslims in Britain, and highlighted hostile content related to Tommy...

  • March 7- Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had removed 137 fake pages, groups and Instagram accounts in the United Kingdom and a further 31 in Romania for engaging in hate speech and making divisive comments. Some of the most popular pages that were taken down defended the role of migrants and Muslims in Britain, and highlighted hostile content related to Tommy...

  • March 7- Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had removed 137 pages, groups and Instagram accounts in the United Kingdom and a further 31 in Romania for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior. The individuals behind these accounts represented themselves as far-right and anti-far-right activists and operated fake accounts to engage in hate speech and...

  • Pakistani soldiers (R) patrol on a street next to welcoming posters of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Islamabad on February 17, 2019.

    Pakistan may become the latest arena for Saudi Arabia and Iran's rivalry as it accepts billions of dollars in aid and investment from Riyadh.

  • NEW DELHI/ SINGAPORE, March 6- High-resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters show that a religious school run by Jaish-e-Mohammad in northeastern Pakistan appears to be still standing days after India claimed its warplanes had hit the Islamist group's training camp on the site and killed a large number of militants. The images produced by Planet Labs...

  • HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 04: Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the G20 Summit on September 4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China.

    Riyadh is strengthening and diversifying its international relationships based on both economic and geopolitical interests.

  • *European buying slows, China may need less palm oil this year. KUALA LUMPUR, March 4- World palm oil demand may suffer its first contraction in two decades during the 2019/ 20 crop year due to rising domestic oilseed supplies in top buyer India and slowing demand in Europe and China, industry participants told Reuters. In the European Union, the world's...