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'An inspiration': Tributes to UK's late queen at UN meeting

Sep. 26, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — This year's U.N. General Assembly meeting of world leaders came on the heels of another event that reverberated internationally — the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, followed by both an outpouring of tributes and sometimes bitter reflection on the colonialist empire...

New Zealand marks queen's death with holiday, church service

Sep. 25, 2022 23:56 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Monday marked the death of Queen Elizabeth II with a public holiday, a moment of silence and an official memorial service. The South Pacific nation is among 14 outside of the United Kingdom that continue to recognize the British...

US, UK join Pacific allies in Fijian military exercise

Sep. 21, 2022 07:38 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A military exercise in Fiji involving the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand ends this week as the traditional allies counter China’s growing influence in the region. The 11-day Exercise Cartwheel in Fiji began Sept. 12 and ends Friday,...

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral | Live updates

Sep. 19, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

WINDSOR, England — Queen Elizabeth II has been interred together with her late husband, Prince Philip, at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, officials said. The royal family’s official website said the Dean of Windsor conducted a private burial ceremony late Monday at the...

Live updates: Biden arrives in London for queen's funeral

Sep. 17, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

LONDON — U.S. President Joe Biden has arrived in London to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. The president was expected to sign the official condolence book and attend a reception Sunday at Buckingham Palace hosted by King Charles III before attending the queen's funeral at...

Live updates: Japan emperor, empress head to UK for funeral

Sep. 17, 2022 00:07 AM EDT

TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako left for Britain on Saturday to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral to pay respects to her and the British royal family who considered as a model for Japan’s monarchy in modern history. The decision for the emperor and...

New Zealand republic debate complicated by Māori treaty

Sep. 16, 2022 02:15 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The death of Queen Elizabeth II last week has reignited debate in New Zealand about whether it should continue recognizing Britain's monarch as its symbolic head of state or take the final step toward independence by becoming a republic. But there...

Woman arrested in S. Korea after bodies found in New Zealand

Sep. 15, 2022 03:16 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A woman was arrested in South Korea on Thursday on two murder charges from New Zealand, where the bodies of two long-dead children were found last month in abandoned suitcases, authorities said. Authorities didn't immediately say if the 42-year-old...

Live updates: King and siblings stand vigil to honor queen

Sep. 12, 2022 22:24 PM EDT

EDINBURGH, Scotland — King Charles III and his siblings have stood in silent vigil around their mother Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward lowered their heads as they stood at four sides of the...

New Zealand PM says no republic plan following queen's death

Sep. 12, 2022 05:14 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that her government will not pursue any moves to change the country into a republic following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Ardern said she thought New Zealand will eventually become a republic,...