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Despite huge volcano blast, Tonga avoids widespread disaster

Jan. 18, 2022 16:41 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The blast from the volcano could be heard in Alaska, and the waves crossed the ocean to cause an oil spill and two drownings in Peru. The startling satellite images resembled a massive nuclear explosion. And yet, despite sitting almost on top of the...

Flights sent to assess Tonga damage after volcanic eruption

Jan. 17, 2022 14:50 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand and Australia were able to send military surveillance flights to Tonga on Monday to assess the damage a huge undersea volcanic eruption left in the Pacific island nation. A towering ash cloud since Saturday's eruption had prevented earlier...

Tsunami threat recedes from huge Pacific volcanic eruption

Jan. 16, 2022 00:43 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The tsunami threat around the Pacific from a huge undersea volcanic eruption began to recede Sunday, while the extent of damage to Tonga remained unclear. Satellite images showed the spectacular eruption that took place Saturday evening, with a plume...

Pacific nation of Tonga issues tsunami warning after undersea volcano erupts

Jan. 15, 2022 01:49 AM EST
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Pacific nation of Tonga issues tsunami warning after undersea volcano erupts.

Djokovic ruling fits with Australia's tough immigration line

Jan. 14, 2022 15:14 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The treatment of tennis star Novak Djokovic by Australian immigration officials might seem harsh to people watching from afar. But Australia has long taken a severe stance on immigration, including warehousing refugees in offshore detention camps and...

American Magic back in America's Cup; Penske steps aside

Jan. 07, 2022 21:57 PM EST

The American Magic sailing team rejoined forces with the New York Yacht Club on Friday to announce a challenge for the America’s Cup, although it will be without auto racing titan Roger Penske as one of its principals. Penske, who owns the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as well as...

US women to face Iceland, New Zealand and Czech Republic

Jan. 05, 2022 14:58 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The United States will play Iceland, New Zealand and the Czech Republic in the SheBelieves Cup tournament next month. The seventh annual event will be played Feb. 17-23 at venues in Carson, California, and Frisco, Texas. The defending World Cup...

California man gets second life term for synagogue attack

Dec. 28, 2021 18:27 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 22-year-old white supremacist was sentenced Tuesday to life in federal prison for killing a woman and injuring three others in a shooting at a Southern California synagogue in 2019, adding to the life term he received three months earlier in state court. John T....

Booker Prize-winning novelist Keri Hulme dead at 74

Dec. 27, 2021 23:18 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Keri Hulme, the New Zealander whose 1984 novel The Bone People won the Man Booker Prize, has died. She was 74. Family members confirmed Hulme died Monday morning at Waimate on New Zealand’s South Island. They did not specify a cause. ...

Timber company returns waterfront property to tribe

Dec. 23, 2021 09:17 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Port Blakely Companies, a family-owned company with timber operations in the U.S. and New Zealand, has returned 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of waterfront and 125 acres (51 hectares) of tidelands on Little Skookum Inlet in Mason County to the Squaxin Island Tribe, at no cost. ...