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Solomon Islands leader wins no-confidence vote after riots

Dec. 06, 2021 02:28 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leader of the Solomon Islands survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Monday following riots in the capital last month. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told lawmakers in a fiery 90-minute speech that he’d done nothing wrong...

Leader of Solomon Islands survives no-confidence vote in Parliament following riots in capital last month

Dec. 06, 2021 01:36 AM EST
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Leader of Solomon Islands survives no-confidence vote in Parliament following riots in capital last month.

Auckland reopens as New Zealand tries new virus approach

Dec. 03, 2021 07:03 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Bars, restaurants and gyms reopened in Auckland on Friday as the last major parts of a lockdown that lasted more than 100 days ended. New Zealand has begun a new phase in its coronavirus response in which there won’t be lockdowns but...

Solomon Islands politician wants diplomatic ties with Taiwan

Dec. 03, 2021 02:13 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The head of the most populous province in the Solomon Islands said the country would likely switch diplomatic ties back to Taiwan if the prime minister is ousted from his post following next week's no-confidence vote, after looting and violent protests shook the...

Australian opposition promises deeper emission reductions

Dec. 02, 2021 23:54 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia would set a more ambitious target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by the end of the decade if the government changes hands in elections early next year, the opposition leader said on Friday. Center-left Labor Party...

New US ambassador to New Zealand seeks to work with China

Dec. 01, 2021 22:28 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tom Udall, the new U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, says he wants to find areas of common ground with China in a region where tensions often run high. Udall, a former U.S. senator from New Mexico, held his first press conference in his new...

Australia, NZ split group games equally at Women's World Cup

Dec. 01, 2021 19:24 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will each stage 24 games in the group stage when the countries host the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 2023. FIFA released further details of the schedule Wednesday after previously announcing that Auckland will stage...

New Zealand to send military, police to Solomon Islands

Dec. 01, 2021 03:28 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand will send up to 65 military and police personnel to the Solomon Islands in the coming days after rioting and looting broke out there last week over several issues, including concerns about the country’s increasing links with China. ...

Fiji welcomes back tourists despite omicron threat

Dec. 01, 2021 01:13 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji welcomed back its first tourists in more than 600 days on Wednesday after pushing ahead with reopening plans despite the threat posed by the newly detected omicron variant of the coronavirus. The Pacific nation is famed for its...

European prospects eye Australian springboard to NBA

Nov. 30, 2021 10:29 AM EST

There's a new stopover for European prospects who hope their journeys lead to the NBA draft: Australia. The Next Stars program of the National Basketball League has groomed the likes of LaMelo Ball and Josh Giddey and has now added young European players to its ranks for...