Apr 5, 2019

Mental health test ordered for New Zealand mosque massacre suspect

The Australian man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attacks that killed 50 worshippers and injured dozens last month, was ordered on Friday (local time) by a New Zealand High Court judge to undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine his fitness to stand trial, Reuters reports.

The backdrop: Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a self-proclaimed white supremacist is facing 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges. He will remanded in custody until his next court appearance on June 14.

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Updated 12 mins ago - Politics & Policy

The latest: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Protests taking place in New York City for a fifth have been largely peaceful, but there have been reports of vandalism and looting in Manhattan ahead of an 11 p.m. curfew, per the New York Times.

2 hours ago - World

The world watches America burn

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The world is watching the grief and anger, violence and pain in America's streets.

The big picture: The U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of the world's deaths from COVID-19. The killing of a black man, George Floyd, by police has sparked days of protest and nights of chaos in America's major cities.

Trump walks to historic St. John's Church outside White House as protests rage

President Trump walked to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, located just steps away from the White House across Lafayette Park, on Monday night as protests linked to the murder of George Floyd raged across the capital and cities around the country.

What we're seeing: Military police and park rangers used physical force and tear gas on peaceful protestors to clear the area so that Trump could "pay respects" to the church that was damaged by a fire on Sunday.