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New Zealand Broadcasts Islamic Call to Prayer Nationwide, PM Dons Hijab

New Zealand is commemorating the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings by broadcasting the Islamic call to prayer nationwide during a minutes’ silence, with the Prime Minister and many other non-Muslims donning veils for the occasion. 

JACK MONTGOMERY
New Zealand

Watch: Chinese Pesticide Plant Explosion Kills 47, President Xi Orders Investigation

A massive explosion at a pesticide plant in Yangcheng, China killed 47 people and injured 640 others on Thursday, with more fatalities expected as rescue workers comb through the rubble. Sensitive to growing public outrage over a series of industrial accidents, Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered an investigation of the accident on Friday. Several employees of the plant were immediately detained by police.

JOHN HAYWARD
This photo taken on March 21, 2019 shows fire and smoke rising at an explosion site in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province. - The death toll from a huge explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China surged to 47 on Friday, making it one of the country's worst …

Russia Irked as Trump Deploys Nuclear-Capable B-52 Bombers to Europe

The U.S. Air Force, in a likely response to Russian aggression, announced that it deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe last week for “theater integration and flying training” exercises with NATO allies and partners, a move that has irked the Kremlin.

EDWIN MORA
In this Jan. 10, 2016, file photo, a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The Air Force says the venerable B-52 bomber, which gained lasting fame in Vietnam as an aerial terror, is now likely to outlive its younger, far snazzier brother …

Chief Secretary to Treasury: ‘No Deal Better than Long Extension, I Don’t Believe the Plague of Locusts Stuff’

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Lizz Truss MP has backed a No Deal Brexit over a long extension to the Article 50 negotiations with the European Union — pushing Brexit day far into the future, and possibly preparing the way for its ultimate cancellation — indicating she does not believe the more lurid scare stories peddled by Project Fear. 

JACK MONTGOMERY
Brexit

France: 89 Percent of Jewish Students Experience Antisemitism

A poll has revealed that 89 per cent of Jewish students in France have experienced some form of antisemitism, while nearly half (45 per cent) of non-Jewish students say they have witnessed an antisemitic act.

VICTORIA FRIEDMAN
A man wears an Israeli flag as he takes part in a rally against antisemitism, in Lille, on February 19, 2019, on a day of nationwide actions against a rise in anti-Semitic attacks in France. - A flare-up of anti-Semitic acts culminated in a violent tirade against a prominent writer …

French Cinema Legend Brigitte Bardot to Be Charged with Hate Speech

The French star of classic cinema faces charges of hate speech and inciting racial hatred following comments she had previously made about islanders on the French-ruled island of Réunion. The charges came after Ms Bardot labelled the natives on Réunion, “aboriginals

CHRIS TOMLINSON
French actress Brigitte Bardot in Rome, Italy, circa 1962. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Netanyahu: Trump’s Golan Heights Statement ‘A Purim Miracle’

Israel’s leaders on Thursday welcomed US President Donald Trump’s announcement that the time had come for the United States to “fully recognize” Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, while the Palestinians warned the move would further destabilize the region and lead to bloodshed.

BREITBART JERUSALEM
A picture taken on July 24, 2018 at the Tal Saki hill in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows Israelis looking across the border onto Syria during air strikes backing a Syrian-government-led offensive in the southwestern province of Daraa. (Photo by JALAA MAREY / AFP) (Photo credit should read JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty …

Iran’s Khamenei Rips E.U. Leaders as ‘Suit-Wearing Savages’

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday dismissed a much-hyped new trade mechanism launched by European countries to bypass renewed U.S. sanctions as a “bitter joke” driven by “suit-wearing savages” disguised as E.U. leaders.

SIMON KENT
In this picture released by the office of the Iranian supreme leader on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to his supporters during his visit to Mashhad, 900 km (540 miles) east of Tehran, Iran. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Report: Final Islamic State Stronghold in Syria Falls

Fox News reported on Thursday that the final Islamic State stronghold in Syria, the village of Baghouz, has been liberated by the Kurdish-led, U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces. The report has not been officially confirmed as of Thursday evening, but if Fox’s information is solid, the ISIS “caliphate” has been destroyed.

JOHN HAYWARD
US-backed forces press offensive against IS Syria enclave

Democrat 2020 Candidates Skip AIPAC Policy Conference

None of the declared candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for president will attend the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) this year.

JOEL B. POLLAK
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Pakistani Lawmakers Denounce ‘Un-Islamic’ Women’s Marches

Politicians in northwestern Pakistan have denounced the women’s marches that took place around the country earlier this month as “anti-Islamic,” after people took to the streets to celebrate International Women’s Day.

BEN KEW
The Associated Press