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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...

New Zealand could ban some criminals from being near guns

Nov. 11, 2019 12:16 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government on Monday proposed legislation to ban certain criminals from being anywhere near guns even if they don't own them, a measure that politicians acknowledge has significant human rights implications. The proposed law would make it illegal for some...

Fire burning for 2nd day disrupts center of New Zealand city

Oct. 23, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A fire burning for a second day at a convention center under construction in New Zealand's largest city was causing more disruption Wednesday and casting doubt on whether the building would be ready to host a meeting of world leaders in 2021. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...

Greta: Grown-ups mock children because world view threatened

Sep. 27, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg said Friday she doesn't understand why grown-ups and world leaders would mock children and teens for acting on science, responding to attacks on her campaign as students conducted a second wave of global protests demanding action on climate change. When asked...

New Zealand minister calls for investigation in dorm death

Sep. 25, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's education minister called Wednesday for an investigation after reports that a student's body lay undiscovered in a university dorm room for nearly eight weeks. Authorities have released few details of the incident at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch....

The Latest: New Zealand says climate crisis has no borders

Sep. 24, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — 10:40 p.m. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that the ability of terrorism and climate change to reach across borders proves the need for leaders to respond with global solutions. Ardern's remarks Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly gathering appeared to be an...

New independent watchdog to keep extremists off internet

Sep. 24, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The leaders of New Zealand and France are backing a watchdog organization aimed at keeping internet platforms from being used by extremists — and preparing speedy responses to future attacks. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the Global Forum to Counter...