1. People around the world are praising New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her compassionate response to the Christchurch mosque shootings. Ardern flew to Christchurch to meet with Muslim leaders the day after the attack and she wore a headscarf as a sign of respect. Thousands of other New Zealanders paid tributes to the victims in makeshift memorials around the country. Ardern has said New Zealand will have a concrete proposal for new gun control laws within 10 days.
2. Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old Australian suspected of killing 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand last week, has fired his lawyer. He will represent himself in court.
3. Prime minister Scott Morrison wants the tech giants to stop live-streaming. He’s condemned big technology companies such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for failing to stop the spread of video footage of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Christchurch.
4. Apple announced major updates to the iPad Air and the iPad Mini. Both devices are getting upgraded internals and support for Apple’s stylus, the Apple Pencil.
5. Negative equity. According to new analysis, almost half of all new units in Sydney and Melbourne that settled in February were worth less than what they were originally purchased for.
6. UK Prime Minister Theresa May is not allowed to hold a third vote on her Brexit deal until there are significant changes to it, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said on Monday. Bercow said that parliamentary precedent barred the government from holding repeated votes on the main motion.
7. PewDiePie, the YouTube star whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, was briefly dethroned on Monday as the owner of the YouTube channel with the most subscribers. He lost his lead to T-Series, a Bollywood production company known for releasing lavish music videos, for about two hours.
8. Myspace announced that it has lost all photos, videos, and music its users uploaded between 2003 and 2015. Those who were worried about what may have been lurking on their now-dormant MySpace profile can now breathe easily.
9. Iron ore prices are sharply higher. Concerns over supply disruptions in Brazil have seen some grades jump to fresh multi-month or multi-year highs.
10. A whale washed up dead in the Philippines with 40kg of rubbish in its stomach including plastic shopping bags and rice sacks. Scientists say the beaked whale died of “gastric shock.”
BONUS: What better way to pay tribute.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) 18 March 2019
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