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China ties shape cautious reaction to Hong Kong protests

Aug. 21, 2019 5:42 AM 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...

New Zealand government plans to ease abortion restrictions

Aug. 5, 2019 3:23 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government announced Monday that it plans changes to the country's abortion laws that would treat the procedure as a health issue rather than a crime. While abortions have been available in New Zealand for decades, the procedure is still regulated under the...

The Latest: New Zealand set to talk free trade with Johnson

Jul. 23, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Boris Johnson's victory in the race to become Britain's next prime minister (all times local): 2:25 a.m. New Zealand says it's ready to begin negotiating a free-trade agreement with Britain when Britain is ready. Boris Johnson is due to take office as British prime minister on...

Proposed New Zealand law says owning guns is not a right

Jul. 22, 2019 3:42 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government is planning further restrictions to gun ownership in a law proposed Monday that emphasizes owning guns is a privilege and not a right. The new law would ban the sale of guns to overseas visitors, create a register to track all guns in the country, and...

New Zealand leader says US lacks interest in Asia-Pacific

Jul. 19, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The United States is losing interest in the Asia-Pacific region, New Zealand's prime minister said on Friday, as concerns grow about China's expanding influence. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke in Melbourne where she met with her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to...

China's largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation

Jul. 10, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The days unfold at a leisurely pace in Tonga, a South Pacific archipelago with no traffic lights or fast-food chains. Snuffling pigs roam dusty roads that wind through villages dotted with churches. Yet even in this far-flung island kingdom there are signs that a battle for power...

China's largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation

Jul. 10, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The days unfold at a leisurely pace in Tonga, a South Pacific archipelago with no traffic lights or fast-food chains, and where snuffling pigs roam dusty roads. Yet even in this far-flung island kingdom, there are signs a battle for power and influence is heating up among much...