Updated Mar 27, 2019

Austrian white nationalists linked to Christchurch attacks suspect

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Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Wednesday authorities had confirmed a financial link between a white nationalist Austrian group and the New Zealand terrorist attacks suspect.

The details: Kurz said authorities were looking at dissolving the Identitarian Movement of Austria after confirming the connection, according to Reuters.

The backdrop: Austrian police raided the home of the far-right group's leader, Martin Sellner, Monday after he received a "disproportionately high donation" from a person named Tarrant. Sellner confirmed in a video he had received a donation, possibly from the mosque shootings suspect who shares the same name. However, he denied being involved in the attacks.

The latest: New Zealand Police raided the Christchurch home of a 54-year-old man for firearms as part of their investigation into the attacks. He was found to have died in a car afterward of a suspected suicide. Local media identified him as former Russian soldier Troy Dubovskiy.

What's next? Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, was charged with one count of murder over the attacks, which killed 50 people on March 15. More charges were expected to be laid.

Go deeper: New Zealand to hold Royal Commission of Inquiry into mosque attacks

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Biden rolls out new policies in effort to court Sanders supporters

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The Biden campaign announced two new policies on Thursday on health care and student debt that are squarely aimed at appealing to supporters of Bernie Sanders, who ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The policies don't go as far as Sanders' platform, but signal that Biden is serious about incorporating elements of his former rival's agenda in an effort to help unify the Democratic Party and defeat President Trump in the general election.

Reports: Saudi Arabia and Russia reach major deal to cut oil production

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OPEC+, led by mega-producers Saudi Arabia and Russia, reached a tentative agreement Thursday to impose large cuts in oil production as the coronavirus pandemic fuels an unprecedented collapse in demand, per Bloomberg and Reuters.

Why it matters: The revival of OPEC+ collaboration patches up the early March rupture between the countries, which had pushed already depressed prices down much further by threatening to unleash even more new supplies into the saturated market.

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