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New Zealand plans to withdraw all Iraq troops by next June

Jun. 10, 2019 3:51 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Monday that it will withdraw all of its troops from Iraq by next June. New Zealand has a small contingent of 95 so-called noncombat personnel deployed at the Taji Military Complex northwest of Baghdad, where they are tasked with training Iraqi security...

New Zealand's 1st 'well-being budget' targets mental health

May. 30, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government announced Thursday it will spend billions of dollars more on mental health services and combatting child poverty as part of a new approach to its finances. The liberal-led government unveiled the country's first so-called well-being budget. It aims to...

Singapore PM says call to curb online violence 'effective'

May. 17, 2019 3:53 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Friday that a global call to curb the spread of hate and extremism on internet platforms was an "effective" response to the New Zealand mosque attacks, but stopped short of endorsing it. The "Christchurch Call" set of guidelines for world...

New Zealand introduces climate bill to become carbon neutral

May. 7, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government on Wednesday introduced an ambitious climate change bill that aims to make the nation mostly carbon neutral by 2050 while giving some leeway to farmers. However, some farming industry groups say the measures remain too onerous and threaten the future...

The Latest: New Zealand leader congratulates royals on baby

May. 6, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the newest royal baby in Britain (all times local): 1:20 a.m. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Prince Harry and Meghan on having their baby son, saying a birth is an "incredibly exciting time." Ardern last year became just the second elected leader in...

Intimate proposal: New Zealand leader, partner, police, dog

May. 6, 2019 3:26 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday joked that her partner's marriage proposal was an intimate moment with just the two of them, a police protection officer, a couple of locals and a dog that tried to eat chocolate her partner had brought with him. Ardern...

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern and partner get engaged

May. 3, 2019 2:58 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her longtime partner Clarke Gayford have gotten engaged. A spokesman for Ardern said on Friday the pair got engaged over the Easter break in the town of Mahia, but said any further details would be for Ardern to discuss when she...

Turkish man shot in Christchurch attack dies, toll now 51

May. 2, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Turkish man wounded in the Christchurch mosque shootings seven weeks ago died late Thursday in Christchurch Hospital, raising the death toll to 51, authorities in New Zealand and Turkey confirmed. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday the sad news would be...

Australia leader plays down terror threat at Gallipoli event

Apr. 25, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister played down Thursday any potential link between the arrest of a suspected Islamic State group member in Turkey and a World War I battle commemoration in Gallipoli attended by hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders. Prime Minister Scott Morrison was...

Prince William meets New Zealand mosque attack responders

Apr. 25, 2019 3:10 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Britain's Prince William on Thursday met with some of the police officers and medics who were the first to respond to last month's mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Duke of Cambridge arrived in Christchurch in the afternoon after earlier attending an Anzac Day...