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New Zealand says Five Eyes security alliance remains strong

Apr. 22, 2021 02:30 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand said Thursday it continues to have a close and productive relationship with the U.S. and other security allies, despite resisting speaking out in unison with them against China on certain human rights issues. New Zealand...

New Zealand remembers Prince Philip at national service

Apr. 21, 2021 03:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prince Philip was remembered in New Zealand on Wednesday as frank, engaging and willing to meet people from all walks of life during his 14 visits to the country. New Zealand lowered its flags and held a national memorial service for...

New Zealand to consolidate health care into national service

Apr. 21, 2021 01:39 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Wednesday it will consolidate its fragmented health care system into a national service similar to the one revered by many in Britain. New Zealand's government-run system is currently divided into 20 district health...

The Latest: Tweet recalls queen's loving anniversary speech

Apr. 10, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

Events and reaction from around the world to mark the death of Prince Philip at age 99: LONDON — The Twitter account of Britain's royal family has featured a tribute Queen Elizabeth II gave to Prince Philip for the couple's 50th wedding anniversary. ...

Asia Today: Modi gets 2nd vaccine dose as India hits record

Apr. 08, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s prime minister received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the country hit another peak Thursday with 126,789 new cases reported in the past 24 hours. “Vaccination is among the few ways we have to defeat the virus. If you are...

New Zealand to open travel bubble with Australia on April 19

Apr. 06, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Tuesday it will open a long-anticipated travel bubble with Australia on April 19 now that both countries have been successful in stamping out the spread of the coronavirus. The start of quarantine-free travel between...

Australia to build guided missiles to boost defense capacity

Mar. 30, 2021 23:49 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia announced Wednesday it would begin building its own guided missiles in close collaboration with the U.S. as it seeks to boost its defense capabilities. The news comes amid growing unease in the Pacific region about China's...

China summons foreign diplomats in protest over sanctions

Mar. 23, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday said it summoned foreign diplomats in protest after the United States, the European Union, Canada and Britain jointly imposed sanctions on senior Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses in China’s far western Xinjiang region. ...

The Latest: UK talk show host quits show over Meghan remarks

Mar. 09, 2021 14:05 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The latest on Oprah Winfrey's interview with Meghan and Harry, their first since stepping away from royal life, and Buckingham Palace's statement saying racism accusations were “concerning." ___ LONDON — British talk show host...

The Latest: New Zealand opens 1st big vaccination clinic

Mar. 08, 2021 23:09 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has opened its first large vaccination clinic as it scales up efforts to protect people from the coronavirus. The clinic in south Auckland will initially target household members of border workers. New Zealand has stamped out...