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After 6 years, refugee writer tastes freedom in New Zealand

Nov. 20, 2019 12:36 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For the first time in six years, Behrouz Boochani feels like a free man. When he arrived in New Zealand last week, he simply wanted to smoke a cigarette and take a long walk down the street. Instead of feeling like he is always running, a new feeling has overtaken him:...

Britain’s Prince Charles meets New Zealand leader, public

Nov. 18, 2019 10:56 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prince Charles met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday and later joined wife Camilla to greet people along the Auckland waterfront. The heir apparent to the British throne and the Duchess of Cornwall were on the third day of a weeklong trip to New...

Twins prospect Ryan Costello found dead in New Zealand hotel

Nov. 18, 2019 11:27 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello was found dead in his New Zealand hotel room Monday, days after joining his team in the Australian Baseball League. The 23-year-old third baseman died in his sleep, the Auckland Tuatara said. No cause was given. Concerns were raised when...

Samoa shuts schools, declares emergency as measles kills 6

Nov. 18, 2019 3:02 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa has closed all its schools, banned children from public gatherings and mandated that everybody get vaccinated after declaring an emergency due to a measles outbreak that has so far killed six people. For the past three weeks, the Pacific island nation of 200,000 people...

Glen Rice Jr. to face court Wednesday after arrest

Nov. 18, 2019 3:00 AM EST

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Former Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. will appear in an Auckland court Wednesday to face charges stemming from his arrest days after joining the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian National Basketball League. The New Zealand Breakers have placed Rice on indefinite...

Rice Jr. ordered not to play by Australia’s NBL after arrest

Nov. 17, 2019 9:14 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's National Basketball League has ordered the New Zealand Breakers not to play former Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. after his arrest Thursday morning over an altercation in an Auckland bar. Rice traveled with the Breakers to Perth for their league match...

Prince Charles and Camilla begin weeklong New Zealand trip

Nov. 16, 2019 9:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in New Zealand on Sunday for a weeklong trip, during which they plan to visit the city of Christchurch and the historic treaty grounds at Waitangi, where the nation’s founding document was signed. It is the...

Glen Rice Jr. arrested after NZ bar incident

Nov. 16, 2019 2:53 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. has been arrested in Auckland after an altercation in a bar, 10 days after joining the New Zealand Breakers in Australia's National Basketball League. Breakers chief executive Matt Walsh confirmed Walsh was arrested Thursday...

New Zealand lawmakers pass euthanasia bill, referendum next

Nov. 13, 2019 4:26 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill to legalize euthanasia, a watershed moment that ended a contentious two-year debate. But the final decision will rest with voters, who will need to approve the bill in a referendum next year for it to go into effect....

Man linked to neo-Nazi group pleads guilty to gun charges

Nov. 12, 2019 4:45 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who has been linked by the FBI to a violent neo-Nazi group pleaded guilty on Tuesday to gun charges, one of several recent criminal cases against members of the same far-right extremist group. Andrew Thomasberg, 21, of McLean, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison...