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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2020, file photo, Argentina's Pablo Matera is tackled by New Zealand's Jack Goodhue, right, during the Tri-Nations rugby test between Argentina and New Zealand at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney, Australia. Matera has been stripped of the captaincy of the Argentina national rugby team and suspended along with two teammates over historic social media posts which have been deemed “discriminatory and xenophobic.” (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Matera loses captaincy, among 3 players suspended by Pumas

Dec. 1, 2020 7:39 AM EST

Pablo Matera was stripped of the Argentina captaincy and suspended with two teammates on Tuesday for historical social media posts deemed to be “discriminatory and xenophobic.” The Argentina Rugby Union said further disciplinary action may be coming. The sanctions were announced a day after...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a media stand-up on her way to Question Time at Parliament, in Wellington, New Zealand Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. New Zealand has joined Australia in denouncing a graphic tweet posted by a Chinese official that shows a fake image of a grinning Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to a child’s throat. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP)

New Zealand joins Australia in denouncing China's tweet

Nov. 30, 2020 9:59 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has joined Australia in denouncing a graphic tweet posted by a Chinese official that shows a fake image of a grinning Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to a child’s throat. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that New Zealand has voiced its...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2020, file photo, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reviews an honor guard during a ceremony ahead of a meeting at Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's official residence in Tokyo. Morrison said Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, a tweet by a Chinese official which shows a fake image of an Australian soldier appearing to slit a child's throat is “truly repugnant.

Australian leader calls China's graphic tweet 'repugnant'

Nov. 30, 2020 4:27 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Monday that a Chinese official’s tweet showing a fake image of an Australian soldier appearing to slit a child’s throat was “truly repugnant” and merits an apology. China said there would be no apology. The...

WorkSafe Chief Executive Phil Parkes talks to media in Wellington, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. New Zealand authorities have filed safety violation charges against 10 organizations and three individuals after a volcanic eruption at White Island last year killed 22 people. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

New Zealand files 13 safety charges after volcano killed 22

Nov. 30, 2020 3:04 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities filed safety violation charges on Monday against 10 organizations and three individuals after a volcanic eruption at White Island last year killed 22 people. The island had been a popular tourist destination before the Dec. 9 eruption. But many people...

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta speaks during an interview in her office Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wellington, New Zealand. Mahutu is the first Indigenous Maori woman to be appointed foreign minister in New Zealand, and promises to bring a new perspective to the role. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

AP Interview: Mahuta hits refresh on New Zealand diplomacy

Nov. 26, 2020 8:07 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Diplomats like to remain neutral but Nanaia Mahuta let the veil slip a little when a winner was declared in the U.S. election by tweeting a smiley-face emoji. Mahuta, the first indigenous Maori woman to be appointed New Zealand's foreign affairs minister, suppresses a...

FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020, file photo, Pakistan players celebrate their win in the third Twenty20 cricket match against England at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Six members of the Pakistan cricket squad in New Zealand have tested positive, Thursday Nov. 26, 2020 for COVID-19 and have been moved from managed isolation into quarantine. (AP Photo/Jon Super, Pool, File)

'Final warning' for Pakistan cricketers in New Zealand

Nov. 26, 2020 12:33 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board has warned players on tour in New Zealand to obey COVID-19 protocols or the whole team risks being sent home. In a WhatsApp voice note sent to Pakistan players on Thursday, Wasim Khan said he was given a “final warning” by...

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, sweeps with a broom near Christmas decoration in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asia Today: SKorea cases jump over 500 amid reimposed rules

Nov. 26, 2020 7:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has recorded more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the first time in about eight months. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Thursday the 583 additional cases in the past 24 hours took the national tally to 32,318 including 515 deaths. South Korea...

FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020, file photo, Pakistan players celebrate their win in the third Twenty20 cricket match against England at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Six members of the Pakistan cricket squad in New Zealand have tested positive, Thursday Nov. 26, 2020 for COVID-19 and have been moved from managed isolation into quarantine. (AP Photo/Jon Super, Pool, File)

6 Pakistan cricketers test positive for COVID-19 in NZ

Nov. 26, 2020 1:14 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Six members of the Pakistan cricket squad in New Zealand have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been moved from managed isolation into quarantine. Two of the cases were described as “historical” and four were new. The Pakistan touring group, including 53...

In this frame grab from Iranian state television video aired Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is seen in Tehran, Iran. Iran has freed Moore-Gilbert, who has been detained in Iran for more than two years, in exchange for three Iranians held abroad, state TV reported Wednesday. (Iranian State Television via AP)

Australian leader thrilled at Iran's release of academic

Nov. 25, 2020 9:34 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's prime minister said he's “thrilled and relieved” after Iran released in a prisoner swap a 33-year-old academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges, but added it would take time for Kylie Moore-Gilbert to process her...

New Zealand soldier faces spying charges in 1st such case

Nov. 25, 2020 12:03 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand soldier has been charged with spying and will face up to 14 years in prison if found guilty. It is the first time somebody from the military has faced such a charge in New Zealand, at least in modern times, the New Zealand Defense Force said Wednesday. The...