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Thailand and New Zealand vow to strengthen economic ties as they set lofty new trade goals

Apr. 17, 2024 06:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand and New Zealand on Wednesday vowed to boost economic cooperation with an aim to triple two-way trade by 2045, as the New Zealand leader visited Thailand for the first time in 11 years. New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon arrived in Bangkok on...

New Zealand joins the US and the UK in alleging it was targeted by China-backed cyberespionage

Mar. 26, 2024 06:11 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Hackers linked to the Chinese government launched a state-sponsored operation that targeted New Zealand's Parliament in 2021, the country's security minister said Tuesday. New Zealand's allegation comes a day after American and British authorities...

Endangered dolphins on course prevent racing at SailGP New Zealand in Christchurch

Mar. 23, 2024 03:25 AM EDT

The presence of an endangered species of dolphins on the race course prevented sailing on the first day of the New Zealand leg of the SailGP series on Saturday. The race venue on Lyttelton Harbour near Christchurch on the South Island is home to around 1,000 of the remaining 10,000...

NASCAR brings out the ringers as Cup Series stages first road course race of the season at COTA

Mar. 22, 2024 18:08 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NASCAR’s return to the road courses always brings out the ringers. Sunday's race at the Circuit of the Americas will be first of five this season on road or street courses, and will be the 2024 Cup Series debut for last season’s New Zealand debutant Shane...

New Zealand slips into its second recession in 18 months as economy contracts

Mar. 20, 2024 23:06 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has entered its second recession in 18 months after the latest round of GDP figures confirmed its economy contracted in the last quarter of 2023. The country's economy shrank by 0.1% in the quarter to December, and 0.7% in per capita...

New Zealand will ban disposable e-cigarettes in a bid to prevent minors from taking up the habit

Mar. 20, 2024 02:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand said Wednesday it will ban disposable e-cigarettes, or vapes, and raise financial penalties for those who sell such products to minors. The move comes less than a month after the government repealed a unique law enacted by the previous...

Officials in Thailand say New Zealanders accused of a roadside brawl with police have visas revoked

Mar. 18, 2024 08:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s immigration authorities have revoked the visas of two New Zealand tourists accused of assaulting a traffic police officer on a popular resort island in an incident widely shared online, police said Monday. Brothers Hamish Day and Oscar Mattson Day were...

China's foreign minister meets New Zealand counterpart, beginning trip that also includes Australia

Mar. 18, 2024 07:40 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday that his country is ready to work with New Zealand to deepen trade and economic ties and address climate change. Wang met his New Zealand counterpart, Winston Peters, at the start of a tour that will also...

FIFA gives president Infantino 33% raise in pay deal worth $4.6 million in Women's World Cup year

Mar. 16, 2024 08:16 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA raised president Gianni Infantino's base salary 33% last year to lift his total pay package to more than 4.13 million Swiss francs ($4.67 million), soccer’s governing body said in its financial report. Infantino was re-elected unopposed in 2023 to extend his...

Boeing tells airlines to check pilot seats after report that an accidental shift led plane to plunge

Mar. 15, 2024 16:20 PM EDT

Boeing is telling airlines to inspect switches on pilots' seats in its 787 Dreamliner jets after a published report said an accidental cockpit seat movement likely caused the sudden plunge of a LATAM Airlines plane flying to New Zealand. Boeing said Friday it recommended that...