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Melissa Etehad

Reporter Melissa Etehad is an Iranian American who enjoys writing about national and international issues. She received her master's in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in international affairs from UC San Diego and has reported from the Middle East and Europe. She previously worked at Al Jazeera English and the Washington Post's foreign desk, where she covered the intersections of politics, religion and gender. She’s a native Farsi speaker. On her free time, you can probably find Etehad petting dogs and reading the news.
In the chaos of the New Zealand mosque attacks, one hero’s action saved lives

In the chaos of a terrorist attack at a New Zealand mosque, one man took action.“He held the rifle,” Sayed said of the hero, causing the gunman to drop the weapon and flee. “If this guy was not there,” Sayed said of his fellow congregation member, “I don’t think I would be talking to you right now

New Zealand mosque suspect linked to white nationalist internet manifesto

Described as a 28-year-old white nationalist from Australia, the terrorist who went on a shooting rampage at two Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques Friday left behind a vitriolic 74-page manifesto and a litany of internet evidence, authorities said.

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