New Zealand considers expanding police powers

May 25, 2021

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Police keep watch outside the Christchurch High Court ahead of day two of the sentencing hearing of Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, in Christchurch, New Zealand, August 25, 2020.


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In New Zealand, activists managed to stop plans to increase police powers that harm Maori communities. A year later, the government wants to expand police powers again. And in France, a group of generals recently published an open letter in a far-right magazine warning that the country could be headed toward civil war. Also, for the first time in nearly four months, Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar's ousted government, was seen in person. Her lawyer sees little chance of a fair trial.

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