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New Zealand police make arrest after tourist killed in van

Aug. 17, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with murder on Saturday, bringing relief to a community that was on edge after an Australian tourist was killed in a seemingly random attack on his van that sparked a large manhunt. The suspect made his first court...

Australian tourist killed in New Zealand after attack on van

Aug. 16, 2019 2:06 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A manhunt was underway in New Zealand on Friday after an Australian tourist was killed following what police believe was a random attack on the van that he and his partner were sleeping inside. Police said the couple was parked at a scenic spot near the coastal town of Raglan...

Trial of accused Christchurch mosque shooter may be delayed

Aug. 15, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The trial of the man accused of killing 51 people at two New Zealand mosques could be delayed by several weeks to avoid clashing with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The trial had been scheduled to begin on May 3 in the city of Christchurch, where the Muslim worshippers...

Scientists say monster penguin once swam New Zealand oceans

Aug. 14, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scientists in New Zealand said Wednesday they've found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of an adult human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago. They said the previously undiscovered species is believed to have stood about 1.6...

Alleged Christchurch gunman sends letter from prison cell

Aug. 14, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

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 from Brenton Tarrant was posted this week on the website...

4 UK men arrested in Australian, N. Zealand drug seizures

Aug. 14, 2019 4:05 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police said Wednesday they made a major drug bust linked to an international syndicate, with four British men arrested after the seizure of vast quantities of MDMA powder and ice. The interception of 766 kilograms (1,688 pounds) of MDMA in Queensland state is the third-largest such...

New Zealand officials admit mistake in allowing alleged mosque gunman to send letter from prison posted to 4chan website

Aug. 14, 2019 2:40 AM EDT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand officials admit mistake in allowing alleged mosque gunman to send letter from prison posted to 4chan website.

Judge orders FBI informant to wear a disguise in terror case

Aug. 13, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has ordered an FBI informant to wear a wig or hat, false eyeglasses and fake facial hair when testifying against a man who prosecutors say wanted to avenge the death of Muslims killed in shootings at two New Zealand mosques. The confidential informant, who helps the FBI...

Man accused of killing woman and wounding another in Sydney

Aug. 13, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A knife-wielding man with a history of mental illness is suspected of slaying a woman in a downtown Sydney apartment with a butcher's knife before wounding another woman nearby and attempting to stab other people Tuesday while yelling "Allahu akbar," or "God is great," police and witnesses...

Suspect in Norway mosque attack smirks in court appearance

Aug. 12, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

A Norwegian man suspected of killing his stepsister and then storming an Oslo mosque with guns appeared in court Monday with a smirk on his bruised face as evidence grew that he sought to emulate attacks by white supremacists in the U.S. and New Zealand. Security experts believe Philip Manshaus is the latest...