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Taiwan loses biggest Pacific ally as Solomons embraces China

Sep. 17, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Taiwan has lost its largest ally in the Pacific after the Solomon Islands confirmed Tuesday that it is switching diplomatic allegiance to China, and observers say other Pacific nations may soon follow. The switch has geopolitical significance that will be felt as far away as...

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...

Grand jury indicts man on capital murder for El Paso attack

Sep. 12, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A man accused of gunning down people at a busy Walmart in El Paso last month was indicted Thursday for capital murder, prosecutors announced. Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was indicted on one count in connection with the Aug. 3 mass shooting that left 22 dead in the border...

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...

As 1st Asian host, Japan aiming higher at Rugby World Cup

Sep. 12, 2019 1:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When Jamie Joseph took on the challenge of coaching Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the ex-All Blacks forward knew there was much more at stake than results on the field. For Joseph and his players, Japan being the host nation at rugby's showpiece tournament starting next week offers a...

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...

Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit' finds a mixed response in Toronto

Sep. 9, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — It's just a few hours before "Jojo Rabbit" will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and writer-director Taika Waititi is still figuring out how to talk about it. "I'm still learning, really, how to describe it," Waititi says. It's no easy task. But, then...

Norway warns of right-wing terror attack in coming year

Sep. 6, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's domestic security agency warned Friday about the possibility of a terror attack from right-wing extremists "in the coming year." In a statement, the PST agency said it "now considers it possible that Norwegian right-wing extremists will try to carry out terrorist acts in...

New Zealand officials find half ton of meth hidden in motors

Sep. 6, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities said Friday they found more than a half ton of methamphetamine hidden inside a shipment of 60 electric motors from Thailand. Customs Investigations Manager Bruce Berry told The Associated Press they believe a sophisticated Canadian drug cartel is...

Greece beats New Zealand for final spot in 2nd round of WCup

Sep. 5, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

Greece is headed to the second round of the World Cup after beating New Zealand 103-97 on Thursday in a showdown between teams that both had a shot at advancing. Greece (2-1) was the last team to make the 16-team field for the second round. New Zealand (1-2) has to settle for the consolation bracket and will be...