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New Zealand designates Proud Boys a terrorist organization

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government has declared that American far-right groups the Proud Boys and The Base are terrorist organizations. The two groups join 18 others including Islamic State that have been given an official...

 

Nice try but no potato for New Zealand couple's giant find

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When is a potato not a potato? When it's a tuber of a gourd, according to Guinness World Records. A New Zealand couple who believed they had dug up the world's largest potato in the garden of their small farm near...

 

Volcano erupts in Pacific, West Coast under tsunami advisory

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion Saturday near the Pacific nation of Tonga, sending tsunami waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. The eruption cut the internet to Tonga...

 

NZ police answer 4-year-old's call, confirm toys are cool

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An emergency call made by a 4-year-old New Zealand boy asking for police to come over and check out his toys prompted a real-life callout and confirmation from an officer that the toys were, indeed, pretty cool. Polic...

 

Global sting began by creating message service for crooks

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When the FBI dismantled an encrypted messaging service based in Canada in 2018, agents noticed users moving to other networks. Instead of following their tracks to rivals, investigators decided on a new tactic: creating their own...

 

A paper cowboy rides out his quarantine in Australian hotel

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — By Day 3 of being confined to his Australian hotel room for quarantine, David Marriott was getting bored. He'd watched a few seasons of "The Sopranos" and his eyes were getting tired from reading. Then his lunch...

 

Serbia eyes restrictions; virus spreads in US, Brazil, India

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The European nation of Serbia mulled how to curb accelerating coronavirus infections following two nights of clashes involving anti-lockdown demonstrators, while the virus showed no sign of slowing Thursday in the countries...

 

New Zealand mosque gunman pleads guilty to murder, terrorism

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The man who committed the worst atrocity in New Zealand's modern history when he slaughtered 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques unexpectedly pleaded guilty to all charges Thursday. The attacks targeting...

 

Wuhan reports no new virus cases, offering hope to world

BEIJING (AP) — Last month, Wuhan was overwhelmed with thousands of new cases of coronavirus each day, but in a dramatic development that underscores just how much the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States, Chinese authorities...

 

Shot 9 times during mosque massacre, survivor overcomes fear

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — When the gunman walked into the Al Noor mosque, Temel Atacocugu was kneeling for Friday prayers. He looked up into the man's face, thinking he was a police officer because of his paramilitary outfit. Time slowed. At...

 

Man burned as huge wildfire forms during Australia crisis

BURRAGATE, Australia (AP) — Two wildfires have merged to form a massive inferno in southeast Australia, and man suffered serious burns protecting a home during a night of treacherous conditions during the nation's unprecedented fire crisis....

 

AP Interview: New Zealand PM aims to limit spread of hate

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's prime minister said she will do all she can to stop a man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers from spreading his message of hate at his trial, while she hopes artificial intelligence will one day...

 

Dog spooked by sealion is rescued from remote Pacific island

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Things first started to go wrong for Flint the rat-sniffing dog when a sealion charged at him. It emerged from the scrub, lurching and bellowing, full of aggression. Spooked, he ran from his handler and no amount of...

 

British tourist met killer on Tinder, New Zealand court told

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — British backpacker Grace Millane met her killer on the dating app Tinder and he calmly went on a date with another woman while Millane's body was stuffed in a suitcase at his hotel apartment, prosecutors at the New...

 

New Zealand gun buyback exposes emotions, possibly hustlers

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some New Zealand gun owners are upset they're being compelled to hand over their assault weapons for money. Others believe a government-imposed ban on certain semi-automatics following a March shooting massacre is...

 

New Zealand parliament speaker soothes baby as debate rages

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The man who presides over New Zealand's parliament has been called a baby whisperer. He was in action again this week, gently rocking, bottle feeding and burping a colleague's infant as a lawmaker ranted about gas...

 

Alleged Christchurch gunman sends letter from prison cell

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand officials admitted Wednesday that they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. The six-page letter...

 

Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques on Friday pleaded not guilty to all the charges filed against him. Brenton Tarrant smirked as his lawyer, Shane Tait, entered the not guilty pleas,...

 

New Zealand introduces climate bill to become carbon neutral

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government on Wednesday introduced an ambitious climate change bill that aims to make the nation mostly carbon neutral by 2050 while giving some leeway to farmers. However, some farming industry groups...

 

Man who stood up to mosque gunman probably saved lives

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — When the gunman advanced toward the mosque, killing those in his path, Abdul Aziz didn't hide. Instead, he picked up the first thing he could find, a credit card machine, and ran outside screaming "Come here!"...

 

Out of line: New Zealand girl gets sexist road signs changed

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Seven-year-old Zoe Carew knew it wasn't right when she saw people working on power lines near the road and a warning sign that read "LINEMEN." Her dad was driving Zoe and her brother to their grandparents' place in a...

 

New Zealand to kill 150,000 cows to end bacterial disease

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd. Politicians and industry leaders announced the ambitious plan on Monday. They...

 

Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland's Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths. But now the legend of "Nessie" may have no...

 

Marshall Islands creates its own virtual money to pay bills

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AP) — The tiny Marshall Islands is creating its own digital currency in order to raise some hard cash to pay bills and boost the economy. The Pacific island nation said it became the first country in the world to...

 

Disco nights? Rocket Lab launches glinting sphere into orbit

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Look into the night sky at the right time and you might see what amounts to a giant disco ball shimmering and glinting back. The founder of the company that this week launched the first rocket into orbit from New...

 

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