Alahednews Alahednews Maldives Parliament Repeals Law Allowing Foreign Land Ownership The Maldives has canceled a 2015 law that allowed foreigners to own land in the tropical islands. Schools Evacuated, Subway Services Halted As Quake Rocks Taiwan A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s coastal city of Hualien. Indonesia Votes In Its Biggest-Ever Election Indonesia kicked off one of the world’s biggest one-day elections. Indonesia President Leads in Polls, As Ballot Tampering Accusations Probed Indonesian President Joko Widodo retains a double-digit lead over his challenger. New Zealand Votes to Amend Gun Laws after Mosque Attack Lawmakers in New Zealand voted almost unanimously to change gun laws. Japanese Military Found F-35 Debris, Pilot Still Missing Debris from F-35A stealth fighter belonging to the JASDF fleet that went missing has been located. US Envoy Wraps Up Afghan Visit, Vows Inclusive Talks Zalmay Khalilzad met with officials in Pakistan on Friday, after telling leaders and various groups in Afghanistan they would be included in future ta New Zealand Mosque Murderer Due in Court Friday The man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attacks will be facing 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges. Nepal Storm: Dozens Killed As Storm Hits South 25 people and hundreds more injured as a rainstorm hits southern Nepal. New Zealand Initiates Bill to Ban Guns Used in Mosque Attack New Zealand introduced a bill that would ban the types of weapons used in the mosque attack. Bangladesh: At Least Five Killed in Fire at High-Rise, 60 Injured, Many Trapped A fire broke out at a 22-storey building in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka on Thursday, killing at least five people. New Zealand Orders Top-Level Inquiry into Shooting New Zealand PM announces top-level inquiry into bloody mosque shooting. NZ Minister: Muslims in New Zealand Will be Safe After Mosque Terror Attack New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters minister vowed that New Zealand Muslims will be ’safe’ after mosque attack. NZ Adopts Strict Gun Control Measures following Christchurch Massacre New Zealand rolled out a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles following last week’s massacre in Christchurch. Australia Clears Iron Ore Ports, Miners Brace As Cyclones Approach Australia’s key iron ore exporting ports will be cleared as a severe tropical cyclone heads towards the northwestern coast. New Zealand Terror Suspect Planned Third Attack – Police Chief The suspect accused of carrying out Friday’s terror attack in Christchurch was likely on his way to carry out a third shooting. Indonesia Floods: Death Toll Tops 100, Dozens Still Missing The death toll from flash floods and landslides that tore through Indonesia’s Papua region topped 100. Bangladesh: 7 Killed In Election-Related Attack Bangladeshi police said at least seven people lost their lives and 15 others were wounded. Indonesia Flash Floods: Death Toll Hits 77 Flash floods in Indonesia’s eastern Papua province have so far claimed the lives of at least 77 people. New Zealand PM Says Cabinet Agrees Gun Reform ’In Principle’ Ardern said the cabinet is “completely unified” in reforming gun legislation in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack. Australia Boosts Security for Mosques, Places of Worship Australia announced more funding to defend religious establishments against potential attacks. NZ Massacre Suspect Fires Lawyer, Wants ‘To Represent Himself in Court’ Brenton Tarrant fired his court-appointed lawyer and wants to defend himself. Sports Canceled as Traumatized New Zealand Mourns Shooting Victims A horse racing meeting, a top class rugby union match, a cricket test, and string of netball games were all scratched from the schedules in the wake o Extremist behind New Zealand Mosque Massacre Charged With Murder The extremist who filmed himself on New Zealand shooting rampage appeared in court Saturday charged with murder. New Zealand’s Massacre: PM Vows Gun Reforms after Mosque Attack The gunman and two suspected associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies