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Alleged Christchurch shooter pleads not guilty

Armed forces outside of a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand following attacks
Armed police officers stand guard outside the Al Noor mosque during Friday prayers in Christchurch on May 3, 2019, ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. Photo: Sanka Vidanagama/AFP/Getty Images

During a court appearance on Thursday, the suspected shooter in the Christchurch, New Zealand massacre denied his role in the March attack on 2 mosques that resulted in 51 people dead, reports the New Zealand Herald.

Details: His trial is set to take place in May 2020, and is expected to last 6 weeks, per the New Zealand Herald. The court declared the alleged attacker mentally fit to plea. Victims and family members of the victims were in court when the Australian suspect pleaded not guilty, according to the Herald.

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Sri Lanka's Muslims face persecution in wake of terror attacks

Muslims arrive for prayers at the Grand Mosque in the capital, Colombo. Photo: Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority is facing increased persecution in the wake of an Easter Sunday terror attack which left 258 dead.

The latest: President Maithripala Sirisena lamented growing religious and ethnic divisions yesterday, saying, "If we divide and fall apart, the whole country will stand to lose. Another war will break out.”