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US wins latest legal battle to seize Russian yacht in Fiji

May. 27, 2022 01:14 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The United States on Friday won the latest round of a legal battle to seize a $325-million Russian-owned superyacht in Fiji, with the case now appearing headed for the Pacific nation's top court. The case has highlighted the thorny legal ground the...

China's FM visits Kiribati, where fishing ground is at stake

May. 27, 2022 00:44 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's foreign minister on Friday arrived on the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, where the future of a vast fishing ground is at stake. The planned four-hour visit by Wang Yi was his second stop on an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing...

New Zealand PM warns of disinformation during Harvard speech

May. 26, 2022 14:05 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The flood of disinformation that is spread and amplified on social media represents a threat to fragile democracies, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during the keynote speech at Harvard University's commencement on Thursday, exhorting graduates to do their...

China's foreign minister starts Pacific tour in the Solomons

May. 26, 2022 06:55 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and a 20-strong delegation arrived in the Solomon Islands Thursday at the start of an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing concerns about Beijing’s military and financial ambitions in the South Pacific region. ...

China wants 10 Pacific nations to endorse sweeping agreement

May. 25, 2022 20:54 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a “game-changing” bid by Beijing to wrest control of the region. A draft of the agreement obtained by...

Back home again: McLaughlin family reunites after 31 months

May. 24, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The first thing Wayne McLaughlin noticed when he saw his son for the first time in 31 months was how much weight he had lost. Scott McLaughlin had moved to the United States in late 2020 to become an IndyCar driver, and pandemic restrictions in Australia and...

New Zealand plane finds 7 missing aboard 2 boats in Pacific

May. 24, 2022 04:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Seven people on two small boats that drifted for days in the Pacific have been rescued after a New Zealand plane spotted them near the remote island nation of Kiribati. New Zealand’s military said Tuesday that the crew aboard an Orion plane had...

U.S., other APEC delegates walk out on Russian speaker

May. 21, 2022 06:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Delegates from the United States and four other nations staged a walkout Saturday when a representative from Russia began his opening remarks at a meeting of trade ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group in the Thai capital, officials said. A...

Court considers whether US can seize a Russian yacht in Fiji

May. 19, 2022 04:10 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — At Lautoka harbor in the heart of Fiji's sugar cane region, five U.S. federal agents boarded the Russian-owned Amadea, a luxurious superyacht the length of a football field. “They want to take 20 crew and sail east!” the ship's captain wrote in a...

New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight 'inflation storm'

May. 19, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government said Thursday it will hand out an extra few hundred dollars to more than 2 million lower-income adults to help them navigate what it describes as “the peak of the global inflation storm.” The payments are part of a...