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New Zealand orders highest-level inquiry into mosque attack
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday ordered an independent judicial inquiry into whether police and intelligence services could have prevented the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15.

Junta-ruled Thailand heads to the polls
On Sunday March 24, Thai citizens will head to the polls for general elections - the first vote in the kingdom in eight years. While these elections are a step towards democracy, the military, which took power in a 2014 coup, still has a firm grip on power. Whatever the results, the new constitution automatically grants it control over a third of parliament. Nevertheless, politicians calling for the end of military rule are speaking out in relative freedom. Our correspondents report.

Compassion, grit takes 'Jacindamania' to new heights after mosque attack
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has earned new respect for her response to New Zealand's worst-ever terror attack, with praise for her compassionate-but-tough leadership style taking “Jacindamania” to new heights.

New Zealand to ban assault weapons in wake of mosque shootings
New Zealand is banning the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons with immediate effect, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday, rapidly making good on a pledge to tighten the country's gun laws.

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