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Death Toll Rises In New Zealand Mosque Attack

(Christchurch – AP) — The death toll from the New Zealand mosque attacks is up to 49. Police Commissioner Mike Bush says the vast majority of the victims were killed at one mosque in Christchurch. One man has already been charged with murder in connection with the shootings. At least 48 other people were injured in the attacks, which happened during Friday prayers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the shootings a terror attack. It’s the biggest massacre in New Zealand in 30 years.

Just before the shootings, one of the alleged attackers posted a link to a manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim ideas. One of the attacks appears to have been live streamed on social media.

Report: Hoover, Who Joined ISIS Wants To Come Home

(AP) — After traveling to Syria and becoming a member of ISIS, an American woman says she wants to come home. Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson isn’t sympathetic and feels Hoda Muthana should face the legal consequences of what she did.

In an interview with The Guardian, Hoda Muthana says she “deeply regrets her decision.” According to the report, Muthana was captured by Kurdish forces and is now in a refugee camp in northern Syria with her 18-month-old son. Muthana joined the extremist group in 2013 after lying to her family and telling them she was leaving on a school trip.

At Least 9 Dead In Indonesian Church Bombings

(Surabaya, Indonesia) – At least 11 people are dead and 40 wounded after suicide bombers targeted three Christian churches in Indonesia Sunday morning. Children were among the attackers in Surabaya, the country’s second largest city.

A spokesman for Indonesia’s intelligence agency said a group inspired by ISIS is suspected to be behind the attacks. No one has yet claimed responsibility.

Paris Knife Attack Leaves Two Dead

(Paris) – French officials are reporting one death and four injuries after a man attacked people with a knife in a suspected terror attack. Police say two of the wounded victims are in serious condition. Officers fatally shot the attacker and witnesses say he allegedly yelled the Arabic phrase, “Allah Akbar,” which means God is great. ISIS is claiming responsibility for the attack. The attacked has been ID’d as a French citizen born in Russia’s Chechnya in 1997.

The attack took place Saturday evening in the Opera district, a place known for vibrant nightlife and popular with tourists. Witnesses say people ran for cover in restaurants and cafes in a panic during the attack. Police tried to stop the attacker with a stun-gun before shooting him dead. Anti-terror police are currently reviewing the incident.

Report: Attackers Dead In Kabul Hotel Attack

(Kabul) – Several people are reported dead after gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. Afghan officials say special forces have killed at all three of the attackers. Initial reports said there were four attackers.

At least five other people were killed and six wounded. Witnesses say the attackers got into the hotel through a kitchen and were shooting at guests.

The attack comes after the U.S. State Department issued a security alert for hotels in Kabul. There’s been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Trump Worries About Muslims But The Top Mass Shooter Profile In America Belongs To Homegrown White Men

(SL) – The Independent reportsIn all the mass shootings that have occurred since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the perpetrator has been more likely to be a white male citizen of the US than a Muslim from a foreign country.

According to a study by the think tank New America, between 2001 and 2015 more Americans have been killed by homegrown right-wing extremists than by terrorists espousing Islamism.

Data compiled by the Gun Violence Archives, since President Trump took office on 20 January 2017, shows that 323 people have died and 1249 people injured in a mass shootings.

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The mass shooting in Las Vegas, resulting in 59 deaths was, according to police, carried out by Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old resident of Reno, Nevada.

Speaking from the podium of the White House on Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said now was ‘not the time’ to discuss stricter gun control.

In January, the President signed an executive order, since revised, that banned citizens of seven Muslim Majority countries from entering the United States, done in part on grounds of security.

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Marilou Danley Arrives Back In U.S. As It’s Revealed She Is A Person Of Interest In Las Vegas Shooting

(SL) – The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock arrived back in the U.S at LAX Tuesday night as authorities confirm that she is in fact a person of interest. In a wheelchair and wearing a hat, she was met by FBI agents.

Danley, who is rumored to have been dating Paddock for the past year was visiting family in the Philippines when he opened fire on attendees at the Route 91 Harvest Festvial in Las Vegas.

In the end 58 people would be dead with another 527 injured.

Family members of the 62-year old claim she knew nothing about Paddock’s plans but admit that he sent her away on September 15th. A week before the shooting he wired $100,000 dollars to an account in the Philippines.

Authorities have confirmed the transaction but have not disclosed the name on the account.

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Police Arrest 12 In Stabbing Spree That Left 7 Dead In Yet Another London Attack

(SL) –  Fox News and the Associated Press report, British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the “evil ideology” behind the London terror attacks that killed seven people and injured dozens more late Saturday night.

May addressed the attacks Sunday after a meeting of the government’s COBRA emergency committee. She called for a tougher stance against extremists and tougher controls on cyberspace to prevent its use by extremists.

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She said the measures were needed because “terrorism breeds terrorism” and attackers copy each other.

Her remarks came as counter terrorism police carried out raids in east London and arrested 12 people in connection with the attacks.

The homes raided included one belonging to one of the three terrorists who carried out the attacks, Sky News reported.

“He’s lived here for about three years,” neighbor Damien Pettit said. “He’s one of our neighbors. I’ve said hello in passing more than 50, 60 occasions. He has two young kids. He was a very nice guy.”

Saturday’s horror began around 10 p.m. local time when a white van veered off the road and barreled into pedestrians on London Bridge. The van’s three occupants then jumped out with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market, police said.

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Elizabeth O’Neill said her son was stabbed in the stomach by a man who approached him and yelled “this is for Islam.”

Daniel O’Neill, 23, suffered a 7-inch knife wound, she said, according to Sky News. He was recovering.

“He had just stepped outside the bar for a second and a man ran up to him and said ‘this is for my family, this is for Islam’ and stuck a knife straight in him,” the mother said.

Gerard Vowles, 47, told local media that he saw the three attackers stabbing a woman at the south end of London Bridge. He said he threw chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them.

“They went ‘this is for Allah’ and then they just started stabbing her multiple times,” he told Sky News.

The Guardian quoted Vowles as saying, “They kept coming to try to stab me. They were stabbing everyone. Evil, evil people.”

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President Obama Addresses The Nation On Keeping America Safe

(The White House) – President Barack Obama reassures the nation from the Oval Office.

On Sunday, December 6, at 8:00 pm ET, President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office about the steps our government is taking to fulfill his highest priority: keeping the American people safe.

He provided an update on the ongoing investigation into the tragic attack in San Bernardino. He also discussed the broader threat of terrorism — including the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it.

The president reiterated his firm conviction that ISIL will be destroyed and that the United States must draw upon our values — our unwavering commitment to justice, equality, and freedom — to prevail over terrorist groups that use violence to advance a destructive ideology.