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Gillian Millane, mother of murdered British backpacker Grace, holds up a photo during her victim impact statement via video link from England, at the sentencing of the man found guilty of her murder at the Auckland High Court in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. The killer, who has name suppression, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years. (Dean Purcel/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand killer of British backpacker sentenced to life

Feb. 21, 2020 3:00 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for murdering a young British backpacker, whose mother told the court the stealing of her daughter's life had ripped a hole in her heart. Grace Millane was strangled to death on her 22nd birthday in December 2018 by a...

People place candles and flowers at a monument on the market place during a mourning for the victims of the shooting in Hanau, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. A 43-year-old German man shot and killed nine people at several locations in a Frankfurt suburb overnight in attacks that appear to have been motivated by far-right beliefs, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Paranoia, racism: German killer drew on conspiracy tropes

Feb. 20, 2020 9:35 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — He mixed extreme paranoia about secret state surveillance with far-right conspiracy tropes, misogyny and racist vitriol. The gunman who killed nine people in the Frankfurt suburb of Hanau left behind a 24-page rambling screed calling for the “complete extermination” of races...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, New Zealand's former lawmaker Jami-Lee Ross talks to reporters outside Wellington Central Police Station in Wellington, New Zealand. A New Zealand lawmaker and three political donors face fraud charges over an alleged scheme to hide campaign donations. Lawmaker Jami-Lee Ross on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, was named along with three other men in the case. If found guilty, Ross faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison on each of two charges. (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)

New Zealand lawmaker faces fraud charges over donations

Feb. 19, 2020 12:47 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand lawmaker and three political donors face fraud charges over an alleged scheme to hide campaign donations. Lawmaker Jami-Lee Ross on Wednesday was named along with three other men in the case. If found guilty, Ross faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2020 file photo, Elton John arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. An emotional John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday, Feb. 16 after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage.  John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium early.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Elton John cancels New Zealand shows as he battles pneumonia

Feb. 18, 2020 5:50 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Elton John canceled his two remaining New Zealand shows late Tuesday as he continued to suffer from a bout of pneumonia. The shows have been rescheduled for next year. Earlier this week, John needed to cut short a performance in Auckland after he lost his voice and needed...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2017, file photo, Wei Jianjun, chairman of Great Wall Motors Ltd., gestures as he speaks during an event celebrating it sales passing the one million mark, at the Great Wall headquarters in Baoding in north China's Hebei province. General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments raised dismay Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 from officials concerned over job losses.  The words behind reads

GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

Feb. 17, 2020 7:29 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments raised dismay Monday from officials concerned over job losses. The company said in a statement Sunday that it plans to wind...

Elton John, from left, David Furnish, and Bernie Taupin celebrate Elton John and Bernie Taupin winning an Academy Award as they arrive at the 2020 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

He's still standing: Elton John to finish Down Under tour

Feb. 16, 2020 11:53 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Elton John intends to play his remaining shows in New Zealand and Australia, his tour promoters said Monday, a day after illness caused the singer to lose his voice and cut short a performance. Video clips posted online by fans at Sunday night's performance showed John...

General Motors says it's pulling out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

Feb. 16, 2020 9:29 PM EST
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it's pulling out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.
FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2020 file photo, Elton John arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. An emotional John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday, Feb. 16 after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage.  John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium early.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Elton John, sick with pneumonia, cuts New Zealand show short

Feb. 16, 2020 3:09 PM EST

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — An emotional Elton John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage. John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland's Mt Smart...

A resident inspects sea foam brought by waves approaching on beach front houses after heavy rain and storms at Collaroy in Sydney's Northern Beaches, Monday, February 10, 2020. Drought, wildfires and now flooding have given Australia's weather an almost Biblical feel this year. The good news is that a deluge in eastern parts of the country over recent days has helped dampen deadly fires and ease a crippling drought. (Joel Carrett, AAP Image via AP)

Deluge in Australia drenches fires and eases 3-year drought

Feb. 10, 2020 12:33 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Drought, wildfires and now flooding have given Australia's weather an almost Biblical feel this year. The good news is that a recent deluge in eastern parts of the country has drenched deadly fires and helped ease a crippling drought. But experts say it will take some time...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, tourists watch a presentation projected on a snow sculpture during the Sapporo Snow Festival at Odori Park in Sapporo, Japan, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Asian nations have profited handsomely from the impressive growth in tourists from China over the past decade, but the specter of a rapidly spreading virus has raised concerns over industry prospects. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Flow of Chinese tourists becomes a worrying trickle for Asia

Feb. 7, 2020 3:48 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian nations have profited handsomely from the impressive growth in tourists from China over the past decade, but the specter of a rapidly spreading virus has raised concerns over industry prospects. Some 150 million Chinese tourists traveled abroad in 2018, a stunning leap from China's...