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Greta: Grown-ups mock children because world view threatened

Sep. 27, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg said Friday she doesn't understand why grown-ups and world leaders would mock children and teens for acting on science, responding to attacks on her campaign as students conducted a second wave of global protests demanding action on climate change. When asked...

New Zealand minister calls for investigation in dorm death

Sep. 25, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's education minister called Wednesday for an investigation after reports that a student's body lay undiscovered in a university dorm room for nearly eight weeks. Authorities have released few details of the incident at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch....

The Latest: New Zealand says climate crisis has no borders

Sep. 24, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — 10:40 p.m. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that the ability of terrorism and climate change to reach across borders proves the need for leaders to respond with global solutions. Ardern's remarks Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly gathering appeared to be an...

New independent watchdog to keep extremists off internet

Sep. 24, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The leaders of New Zealand and France are backing a watchdog organization aimed at keeping internet platforms from being used by extremists — and preparing speedy responses to future attacks. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the Global Forum to Counter...

Tonga in national holiday to bid farewell to leader Pohiva

Sep. 19, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Hundreds of mourners packed a church service on Thursday and children stood vigil on downtown streets as Tonga took a national holiday to bid farewell to Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva at a state funeral. During a political career that began more than three decades ago,...

New Zealand plans further restrictions to gun ownership

Sep. 13, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Six months after a gunman killed 51 people at two Christchurch mosques, New Zealand's government is planning further restrictions to gun ownership. A bill introduced to Parliament on Friday would create a register to track all the guns in the country and require gun owners to...

Tonga's prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78

Sep. 12, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, who helped wrest power from the royal family and bring greater democracy to the small Pacific island nation, died Thursday. He was 78. Pohiva died at the Auckland City Hospital at about 9 a.m. after being medically evacuated to New...

Sexual assault claim against party tests New Zealand leader

Sep. 11, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was facing a difficult test of her leadership Wednesday after her party president resigned over the party's handling of a sexual assault complaint. Labour Party President Nigel Haworth's resignation came after a 19-year-old party...

UK's reputation takes global hit with Parliament shutdown

Sep. 1, 2019 3:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It's long been known that Britain's Parliament building must be vacated for urgent repairs that will take years and cost billions, but the problem now goes beyond the water leaks and vermin infestation to Britain's global reputation as a model of democracy-in-action. In parts of the world...

New Zealand parliament speaker soothes baby as debate rages

Aug. 23, 2019 1:36 AM EDT

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 prices. Speaker Trevor Mallard held baby Tutanekai for about...