Australian-born Brenton Tarrant will go on trial next year, charged with 51 counts of murder, 40 of attempted murder and engaging in a terrorist act [Reuters]

An inquiry into whether the deadly mosque attacks in New Zealand could have been prevented has been extended by five months, the government said on Wednesday, with investigators overwhelmed with submissions.

The royal commission – the most powerful judicial inquiry available under New Zealand law – was supposed to report back on December 10 but after receiving more than 1,100 submissions, this has been extended to April 30.

The inquiry is investigating whether New Zealand’s police and intelligence services could have prevented the March 15 attacks in which a lone gunman opened fire on two mosques in

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