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British sailor to mark 50th anniversary of circumnavigation

Apr. 19, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In the spring of 1969, three months before the moon landing, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston of Britain achieved the nautical equivalent of climbing Mount Everest when he became the first man to sail alone around the world nonstop. With GPS still in the future, the merchant seaman made his way...

New Zealand officer guilty of planting camera in embassy

Apr. 18, 2019 12:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A naval commodore who served as New Zealand's senior military attache to the United States was found guilty Thursday of planting a hidden camera in a bathroom at the embassy in Washington. A jury in the Auckland District Court deliberated for 4 1/2 hours before finding...

Iraqi war games: Army trains in desert, defeats 'militants'

Apr. 17, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

TAJI BASE, Iraq (AP) — The "militants" were holding on stubbornly to their position in the scabrous desert outside Baghdad, blocking the Iraqi troops' advance when an infantry unit sprung out of the right flank, forcing the enemy into a hasty retreat. At first glance, it looked real, but the scenario...

Timeline of police response to New Zealand mosque attacks

Apr. 17, 2019 1:26 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police on Wednesday released a detailed timeline of their response to the March 15 shootings that left 50 dead at two Christchurch mosques, confirming they arrested the suspected shooter 18 minutes after receiving the first emergency call. Commissioner Mike Bush...

New Zealand, Red Cross at odds over naming captive nurse

Apr. 16, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government did not approve an aid agency's decision to release the name of a New Zealand nurse held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. Foreign Minister Winston Peters said an International Committee of the...

Red Cross, New Zealand hope for info on nurse held in Syria

Apr. 15, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's foreign minister confirmed Monday that a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years, information long kept secret for fear her life might be at risk. The status of nurse and midwife Louisa Akavi, now 62, is...

6 appear in court on charges they sent mosque attack images

Apr. 15, 2019 2:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Six people appeared in a New Zealand court Monday on charges they illegally redistributed the video a gunman livestreamed as he shot worshippers at two mosques last month. Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O'Driscoll denied bail to businessman Philip Arps and an...

New Zealand's new gun laws get final assent to take effect

Apr. 11, 2019 3:57 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's governor general on Thursday formally signed into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military style weapons, less than a month after a man used such guns to kill 50 people and wound dozens at two mosques in Christchurch. Governor General Patsy Reddy signed the...

New Zealand Parliament passes sweeping gun restrictions

Apr. 10, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Parliament on Wednesday passed sweeping gun laws that outlaw military style weapons, less than a month after the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch where 50 people were killed and dozens were wounded. A bill outlawing most automatic and semi-automatic...

Mormon president to make trip to Pacific countries

Apr. 10, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will make another global trip next month to Australia, New Zealand and several other countries. The Utah-based faith announced Wednesday that Russell M. Nelson will travel with his wife and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles...