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Al Jazeera 26 Aug 2020

New Zealand mosque shooter sentenced to life without parole


The attacker behind New Zealand's worst mass shooting has been sentenced to life in prison, without the chance of parole.
Brenton Tarrant killed 51 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch last year.
In March this year, Tarrant surprised prosecutors by entering a guilty plea, and his sentencing may help provide some closure and healing.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports.

Conservationists were working to save a large pod of whales stranded in shallow water off New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula Saturday.

"Around 40 whales were sighted and sadly 25 have stranded," a spokesman for the conservation group Project Jonah said.

Project Jonah general manager Darren Grover told reporters they were trying to keep the whales cool and healthy, and would try to refloat them during the evening high tide.

Pilot whales, which can grow to more than six meters in length, are prolific stranders and more 376 died in a mass stranding in Australia last month.

That was Australia's largest mass stranding, with around 470 pilot whales stuck in a remote harbor on Tasmania's rugged western seaboard, sparking a major effort to save the animals.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she made a mistake in taking a photo without social distancing.
New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern on Friday urged voters to deliver her a strong mandate at this weekend's general #election, promising to provide a swifter recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Ardern's decisive response to the crisis has left her well-placed for Saturday's vote, although recent polls have suggested her Labour Party may need support from the minor Greens Party to form government. #NZ
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a landslide victory in New Zealand's general election Saturday, leveraging success battling Covid-19 to gain an unprecedented outright majority and the chance to implement her reform agenda.

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