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New Zealand mosque shooting suspect visited Israel in 2016

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People pay their respects at a memorial for the Christchurch mosque shootings. Photo: Sanka Vidanagama/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Brenton Tarrant, the alleged perpetrator of the Christchurch mosques massacre, visited Israel on October 25, 2016, and left 9 days later, two Israeli officials told me.

Why it matters: It's unclear what brought Tarrant to Israel, and officials told me he didn't raise any suspicions when he entered the country. He arrived as part of a trip in the region that also included Turkey. The Israeli security services will have to investigate what Tarrant did in Israel and who he met before further details are released.

The world's white supremacy problem

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The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast. Photo: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

49 people are dead in New Zealand, a month after an American Coast Guard lieutenant was arrested for plotting a domestic terror attack and 5 months after 11 were killed by a Neo-Nazi in Pittsburgh.

Why it matters: The world has a white supremacy problem, radicalized online and fueled by tech platforms that have proved unable to prevent themselves from being used as hosts for first-person shooter videos and manifestos.

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