Updated Apr 4, 2019

Christchurch mosque attacks suspect charged with 50 murders

A memorial at the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch to the victims of the mosque attacks. Photo: William West/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand police said Thursday they had charged the Australian man accused of being the Christchurch mosque attacks terrorist with 50 counts of murder.

Details: Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, initially faced a single murder charge following the March 15 attacks. Police said in a statement they had also filed 39 attempted murder charges. "Other charges are still under consideration," they said. Tarrant is due to appear in New Zealand's High Court in Christchurch on Friday.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They're talking about health care, Russian interference in the election, the economy and race.

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Sanders to Putin: You won't interfere in any more elections if I'm president

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

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