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Air New Zealand boss Luxon resigns, could pursue politics

Jun. 19, 2019 3:59 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Air New Zealand Chief Executive Christopher Luxon said Wednesday he's resigning after seven years in the top job at the national carrier. Many people have speculated that Luxon has political ambitions, and that he would be a natural fit with the conservative National Party...

Sharer of New Zealand mosque shooting video gets 21 months

Jun. 17, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison. Philip Arps had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing the video, which was livestreamed on Facebook by a...

Search warrant cites synagogue shooter's hatred of Judaism

Jun. 17, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The sole gunman in a Southern California synagogue shooting in which a woman was killed told an investigator he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack, according to a federal search warrant. John T. Earnest, 19, also told a San Diego Sheriff's detective that he was...

Strong quake hits island chain off New Zealand; no tsunami

Jun. 15, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck an arc of islands off New Zealand on Sunday, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it may cause only minor sea level changes in some coastal areas. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake hit a spot about 873 kilometers (541...

Canada advances with 2-0 victory over New Zealand

Jun. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

GRENOBLE, France (AP) — Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince each had second-half goals and Canada advanced to the knockout round at the Women's World Cup with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand on Saturday night. Fleming took a well-placed pass from Prince and scored in the 48th minute to break up a scoreless...

Canada inspired in World Cup by Toronto Raptors NBA title

Jun. 14, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Inspired by Canada's first NBA title, the country's national women's soccer team is aiming to emulate the Toronto Raptors' magical run. The fifth-ranked Canadians were fast asleep in France when the Raptors won early Friday morning. But the players copped to immediately checking the results...

Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty

Jun. 14, 2019 8:52 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge who set his trial for next May. The courtroom was filled with 80 survivors and family members of the 51...

Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of killing 51 people at 2 New Zealand mosques, has pleaded not guilty to all charges

Jun. 13, 2019 6:00 PM EDT
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of killing 51 people at 2 New Zealand mosques, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Australian opposition calls for review of press freedom

Jun. 12, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's opposition on Wednesday called for a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom after police raids on a media organization's Sydney headquarters and a journalist's Canberra home seeking to uncover the source of government leaks. The government, meanwhile, was defending...

Netherlands bests New Zealand 1-0 on stoppage time goal

Jun. 11, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

LE HAVRE, France (AP) — Jill Roord came off the bench and scored in stoppage time to give the Netherlands a 1-0 victory over New Zealand in the Women's World Cup group opener for both teams Tuesday. The Netherlands, ranked No. 8 in the world, controlled possession throughout the game but couldn't get by...