Comments by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the wake of the massacre of Muslims in New Zealand were taken "out of context," a senior official of the Turkish presidency says, after Australia and New Zealand voiced anger over the remarks.
The New Zealand terrorist's manifesto is filled with references to Turkey. Experts see it as an indicator that Turkey is synonymous with Islam in the eyes of Western ultra-nationalists.
"We must establish that there is absolutely no difference between the murderer who killed innocent people in New Zealand and those who have carried out terrorist acts" in Turkey, Europe, elsewhere - President Erdogan writing in The Washington Post.
The investigation into the crash, which killed all 189 people on board in October, has taken on new relevance as the US Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators grounded the model last week after a second deadly accident in Ethiopia.
Nursultan Nazarbayev, 78, resigned late on Tuesday in what appeared to be the first step in a choreographed political transition that will see him retain considerable sway.
The highly militarised region has seen a spike in confrontation between locals and Indian forces, which are accused of human rights violations.
After the Christchurch terror attack left 50 Muslim worshippers dead and several dozen wounded, New Zealand has decided to come up with strict gun laws.
"I have taken the decision to refuse the mandate of the presidency," Nazarbayev said in a televised address announcing his decision to step down as Kazak president after three decades in office.
Diplomatic sources said that US cut relations with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s national security adviser after he launched a blistering public attack on the chief US negotiator, Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad.
Australian white supremacist senator William Fraser Anning’s ancestors were British colonisers of Australia in the mid-19th Century, grabbing the land of native Aboriginal people.
New Zealand's 37-year-old prime minister is being hailed for displaying compassion toward Muslim families after a terrorist slaughtered 50 people, mostly worshippers, at two Christchurch mosques two days ago.
Naeem Rashid was killed while trying to tackle terrorist Brenton Tarrant in one of the Christchurch mosques. Islamabad says the award will be given on March 23, Pakistan Day.
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