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Christchurch mosque attacks: Suspect charged with terrorism

An art tribute of a Mauri woman with headscarf designed with New Zealand's national flag, outside the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch on May 3, 2019.
An art tribute of a Māori woman in a headscarf featuring New Zealand's national flag in Christchurch on May 3. Photo: Sanka Vidanagama/AFP/Getty Images

The Australian man accused of killing 51 people in 2 New Zealand mosques faces fresh charges including engaging in a Terrorist Act, Christchurch police said in a statement Tuesday.

Details: Police said they also filed another murder charge and 2 additional attempted murder offenses against Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, — bringing the total number of murder and attempted murder charges to 51 and 40, respectively. The death toll from the Christchurch shootings rose to 51 after a Turkish national died of his injuries this month.

"High risk" tornado outbreak and flooding underway in Plains states

Cloud to ground lightning strikes during a supercell thunderstorm in Texas.
Cloud to ground lightning strikes during a supercell thunderstorm, May 9, 2017, in Lamb County, Texas. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A dangerous and potentially deadly severe weather outbreak is underway and forecast to last through Tuesday morning across the southern Plains, particularly in northern Texas and across Oklahoma, as a rare and especially volatile mix of tornado and flash flood-producing ingredients combine.

The big picture: The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has designated a region stretching from the Texas Panhandle to western Oklahoma as having a "high risk" of severe weather, the top rating on their scale. Forecasters have warned of "significant threat to life and property" from this severe weather event, both from tornadoes and flash flooding.