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Australian Senator Faces Censure From Fellow Lawmakers For Blaming Muslim Immigration For New Zealand Shootings

New Delhi: An Australian senator had a raw egg cracked over his head and faces censure from his fellow lawmakers after sparking outrage by blaming Muslim immigration for the New Zealand mosque shootings.

Senator Fraser Anning came under blistering criticism over tweets including one that said, “Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?”

“The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place,” he said in a statement.

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A Gunman Broadcasted Live Footage On Facebook Of The Attack On One Mosque At Christchurch

New Delhi:  At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country’s worst ever mass shooting, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism.

A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a “manifesto” in which he denounced immigrants, calling them “invaders”.

New Zealand was placed on its highest security threat level, Ardern said, adding that four people taken into custody held extremist views but had not been on any police watchlists. “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Ardern said, call this “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.

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A New Satellite Network Capable Of Tracking Planes In High Fidelity Captures Flight Path Of Boeing Co 737 Max

New Delhi: According to aviation industry and regulatory officials, the first concrete evidence of a possible link between two deadly Boeing 737 Max crashes came from space. A new satellite network capable of tracking planes in high fidelity across the globe captured the flight path of the Boeing Co. 737 Max that crashed Sunday. The data was critical in persuading the US to join the rest of the world in grounding the jet.

The erratic, six-minute flight of the Ethiopian Airlines plane convinced the Federal Aviation Administration that it was close enough to what preceded the Oct. 29 crash of another Max off the coast of Indonesia to warrant concern.

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United States cautions China that the failure of UNSC move to designate Masood Azhar a terrorist would run counter to shared goal

New Delhi: The United States cautioned China that the failure of the UN Security Council’s (UNSC) move to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) founder Masood Azhar a terrorist, would “run counter” to the shared goal of the two countries of achieving peace and stability in the region.

A sanctions committee of the UNSC will close the mandatory 10-day period on Wednesday for objections to a proposal moved by France, the United States and the United Kingdom to declare Azhar a terrorist, subjecting him to sanctions that require UN member countries to not host, arm and fund him.

If none of the committee’s 15 members posts an objection - a complete block or a “technical hold” - by 3 pm US eastern time (12:30 am, March 14, in India), Azhar would be added to the list, joining his own outfit JeM and a host of Pakistan-based terrorists and their organizations and fronts, such as Hafiz Saeed and the other group he founded, Lashkar-e-Toiba, which carried out the 2008 Mumbai massacre.

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United States Claims, It Had Played An Essential Role In De-Escalating Tensions Between India And Pakistan

New Delhi: The United States said Tuesday it had played an “essential role” in de-escalating tensions on the sub-continent and that it continues to follow “very closely” reports that Pakistan used American-made military hardware — F-16s and missiles — in a retaliatory strike against India.

Phone calls by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Indian and Pakistani leaders last week “played an essential role in de-escalating tensions between the two sides”, state department spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters in response to a question at the daily briefing.

While in Hanoi, Vietnam for the second US-North Korean summit, Pompeo had spoken to India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and NSA Ajit Doval and Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.