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Air New Zealand blames profit dip on engine issues, fuel

Aug. 21, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's national carrier said Thursday that increased fuel costs and engine problems were the main reasons why its annual profit dropped by more than 30%. Air New Zealand on Thursday reported a pre-tax profit of 374 million New Zealand dollars ($239 million) for the...

Ties to China shape cautious reaction to Hong Kong protests

Aug. 21, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

For Canada and the European Union, they are a "situation." For President Donald Trump, a potential stumbling block in ongoing trade disputes. And for South Korea, an issue to be monitored. With the notable exception of Taiwan, cautious comments from the few governments willing to speak out on the ongoing protests...

Serena Williams set to begin 2020 season in Auckland

Aug. 19, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Serena Williams is set to begin her 2020 season at the WTA's ASB Classic in Auckland in January. Organizers of the ASB Classic announced the entry of the 23-time major winner on Tuesday. The 37-year-old Williams has played the hard court tournament once before, losing in the...

New Zealand police make arrest after tourist killed in van

Aug. 17, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with murder on Saturday, bringing relief to a community that was on edge after an Australian tourist was killed in a seemingly random attack on his van that sparked a large manhunt. The suspect made his first court...

Australian tourist killed in New Zealand after attack on van

Aug. 16, 2019 2:06 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A manhunt was underway in New Zealand on Friday after an Australian tourist was killed following what police believe was a random attack on the van that he and his partner were sleeping inside. Police said the couple was parked at a scenic spot near the coastal town of Raglan...

Trial of accused Christchurch mosque shooter may be delayed

Aug. 15, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The trial of the man accused of killing 51 people at two New Zealand mosques could be delayed by several weeks to avoid clashing with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The trial had been scheduled to begin on May 3 in the city of Christchurch, where the Muslim worshippers...

Scientists say monster penguin once swam New Zealand oceans

Aug. 14, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scientists in New Zealand said Wednesday they've found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of an adult human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago. They said the previously undiscovered species is believed to have stood about 1.6...

Alleged Christchurch gunman sends letter from prison cell

Aug. 14, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand officials admitted Wednesday that they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. The six-page letter from Brenton Tarrant was posted this week on the website...

4 UK men arrested in Australian, N. Zealand drug seizures

Aug. 14, 2019 4:05 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police said Wednesday they made a major drug bust linked to an international syndicate, with four British men arrested after the seizure of vast quantities of MDMA powder and ice. The interception of 766 kilograms (1,688 pounds) of MDMA in Queensland state is the third-largest such...

New Zealand officials admit mistake in allowing alleged mosque gunman to send letter from prison posted to 4chan website

Aug. 14, 2019 2:40 AM EDT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand officials admit mistake in allowing alleged mosque gunman to send letter from prison posted to 4chan website.