Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel on Saturday also

extended her condolences to the victims and their families and people who are affected by the attacks.

“Our thoughts go to the victims and their families and everyone that being affect,” Dalziel said

. She also acknowledged the extraordinary response from the police and first responders.

“An attack on the Muslin community is an attack on us, on Christchurch and on New Zealand,” Dalziel said.

She believed that Christchurch people will go thro

ugh this together by “looking after each other … in many diverse communities in our city.”

Calling the event “an unspeakable tragedy,” the mayor told Xinhua, “We need to make

sure that everyone feels safe, everyone feels welcome and everyone feels a part of the city.”

Major public events during the weekend have all been cancelled across New Zealand a

fter the attacks. Flags were flown at half-mast in government buildings to mourn the victims.

The Chinese Consulate General in Christchurch has confirmed there was no casualty of Chinese citizen in the mosque attacks.

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Major world social media including Facebook, Googl

  and Twitter are working hard to take down posts containing graphic footage of terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch Friday.

  One of the shooters appeared to have live-streamed the attacks on Facebook that pur

portedly showed a gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire on the prayers.

  The account of the shooter has now been removed from Facebook, and many other pos

ts that had originally shared the footage have also disappeared from the platform.

  Mia Garlick of Facebook’s New Zealand office said in a statement to American internet media BuzzFeed journa

list Ryan Mac that the company is working to block the shooting video from spreading in the Facebook community.

  Twitter also pulled down the original video and suspended the account that shared it on

its platform, saying the user had violated its policies banning graphic, hate or terror content.

  YouTube stated on its Twitter account that it was working vigilantly to suspend any violent footage.

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hinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolenc

to New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy on Friday over the deadly shooting incidents earlier Friday in New Zealand’s Christchurch City.

In his message, Xi said he was shocked to learn about the serious shooting incidents which have caused heavy casualties.

On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and in his ow

n name, Xi expressed deep sympathy with and sincere condolences to the New Zealand gov

ernment and the New Zealand people, while expressing grief for the victims and wishing the injured an early recovery.

Also on Friday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a message of condolence to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arder

n, expressing grief for the victims while extending sincere sympathies to the injured and the bereaved families.

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Crews around Platte Valley were rescuing residents from

  Fifteen volunteers were stranded on the lake, eventually rescued themselves with the help of the Nebraska National Guard, which brought in a Black Hawk helicopter, according to CNN affiliate KETV.

  The National Weather Service predicts “much calmer” weather in most areas this we

ekend,. However, flooding will persist throughout the Mississippi and Missouri river.

  ”Anyone with interests along impacted rivers should monitor closely/take action,” the weather service said.

  Ice jams possible north of Hwy 30 this weekend. Generally minor/moderate river flooding i

nto next week on many central Iowa rivers. #iawx pic.twitter.com/m0ydybyPuJ

  Many central Iowa rivers may see moderate flooding into next week from the rain and snowmelt runoff, the weather serv

ice said. A flood warning for northern and parts of central Iowa has been extended through Saturday evening as “l

ocal creeks and streams, as well as the main river branches are running high,” according to the weather service.

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We have to stop this hate and start seeing Muslims as human

  When I woke up Friday morning to the news of the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, I felt sick. But sad

ly, not entirely surprised. I had been dreading this kind of violence happening, although I would have never imag

ined this kind of scale — 49 Muslim men, women and children killed in cold blood with such clinical, methodical precision and filmed for social media.

  Islamophobia is on the rise and has been for some time. Muslims have been demonize

d, dehumanized and scapegoated on an industrial scale by society since 9/11.

  No other group has been punished for the sins of the father in such a systematic and accepted way. Politicians, commen

tators, influencers and the media on the right have waged a war against Muslims that has become normalized.

  The most powerful man on the planet, President Donald Trump, has sought to ban them fro

m entering the United States. British prime minister hopeful and former Foreign Secretary Bori

s Johnson made “jokes” insulting Muslim women, saying they looked like letter boxes. After those comments, Tell Mam

a, an organization that records Muslim hate incidents, reported that attacks on Muslim women went up.

  They often take the form of pulling off a woman’s headscarf, espe

cially when she’s taking her children to and from school. Imagine what that does to a young

frightened and confused Muslim child? We have respected high-profile commentators who say that Islam

ophobia doesn’t exist and imply that “they” have brought it on themselves because of terrorism.

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He fled Afghanistan to escape violence, only to watch a man

  When Ahmed Khan moved to New Zealand as a refugee from Afghanistan 12 years ago, he thought he had left violence and death behind.

  But on Friday, as he was praying at Linwood mosque in Christchurch, an armed man started shooting indiscrim

inately at worshipers — first outside the mosque, then through the windows as women and children huddled inside, screaming.

  Khan said he pulled one injured child out of danger and was holding a man who’d been shot in the arm when the gunman returned.

  ”(The wounded man) was asking for some water. I said to him, ‘calm down, the police are here now’ and stuff. And the g

unman came through the window again while I was holding him and shot him in the head. And he was dead,” Khan told CNN.

  Many people in the diverse city have ties to the community that stretch back generat

ions. Former refugees and migrants have told CNN they chose to make it their home because it was safe.

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New Zealanders have rallied around their fellow citizens in the

  wake of the Christchurch tragedy, laying flowers and messages of support on the side of Hagley Park, close to the Al Noor mosque.

  A makeshift memorial grew in the center of the main street, below traffic lights that flashed orange to indicate roads leading to the mosque were closed.

  No one was allowed to approach the building, not even local home owner Sue Harrison, whose c

ar was still parked in the driveway of her property behind the Deans Avenue mosque.

  Christchurch resident Sue Harrison heard the gunshots from her house, near to the Al

Noor mosque, and called the police. Her son Zin (right) called her to check she was alright.

  She remembers listening to the soothing chant of afternoo

n prayers when it was broken by gunshots. Harrison called the police and hid inside her

house as the gunman worked his way through the mosque, shooting as many people as he could.

  ”The time the shots were happening, it was terrifying, absolutely terrifying,” Har

rison said. “There was almost an immediate feeling that they’re being targeted.”

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minutes that explain the Trump presidency, a bad defeat

  For President Donald Trump, a bad defeat is simply a spark for a future fight.

  The President reacted with characteristic defiance to Congress’ repudiation of the national emergency declared in the cause of funding his border wall.

  ”VETO!” he tweeted, promising to crush the insubordination of lawmakers who had tri

ed, where many others had failed, to rein in his quest for power and contempt for constitutional norms.

  Trump’s crisis management reveals defining attributes of this most unique of political care

ers: The irrepressible energy of a force of nature personality, a refusal to accept a loss and an instinctive reflex to seek a new opening.

  But it also showcases less positive traits, including his willingne

ss to trample the truth for his own benefit, a selfish streak for which friendly foreign lead

ers sometimes pay the price and even a shockingly casual way of talking about political violence.

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His full political arsenal was on display in a Trumpian mastercl

  class of a photo-op in the Oval Office Thursday with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

  A historian 100 years hence could pull the tape of the 16-minute tour de force and learn everything they needed to know about the Trump presidency.

  Trump’s behavior on Thursday offered pointers to how he will attempt to ride out political crosswinds using the uni

que political tools that made his late-in-life transition from business to Washington so successful.

  Thursday’s rebuke from Congress came amid a spell that wo

uld have been disastrous for any conventional politician, as legal and congressional probe

s suggest tough challenges ahead as special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report looms. Unusually, it also included a

slap from some Republicans who have been loath to challenge their leader in the first two years of his presidency.

  Trump’s refusal to show weakness or humility in defeat allied with a brazen, relentless

temperament and an indifference to shame helps explain why he is so hard to bring down.

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Then Trump claimed — wrongly — that the EU was unwillin

  g to “negotiate with the Obama administration” about trade. In fact, the prev

ious administration sought to conclude a Transatlantic Trade and Investm

ent Partnership — or TTIP — with Europe, though was unable to get the deal across the line. Trump’s own talks on t

rade with Europe have been inconclusive, after he threatened to spark a trade war.

  Trump vs. his global counterparts

  Trump’s comments on Brexit also illustrated the tendency of a Pre

sident who admires dictators to throw allied leaders under the bus.

  He criticized Prime Minister Theresa May, whose credibility has been shredded by parliamentary defeats.

  ”She didn’t listen to that and that’s fine, I mean, she’s got to do what she’s got to do,” said Trump, who was forced into

a rare apology last year after hammering May’s Brexit strategy on the eve of meeting her in the UK.

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