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AP Interview: Adviser says New Zealand used virus luck well

Jun. 16, 2021 06:41 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A scientist who has played a key role in New Zealand's lauded coronavirus response says the nation used its luck well to stamp out the disease and is now eyeing the experiences of other countries to determine when it can reopen its borders. ...

New Zealand apologizes for 1970s raids on Pacific people

Jun. 14, 2021 22:53 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Aupito William Sio recalled the terrifying day during his childhood when police officers holding German shepherd dogs turned up at his family home before dawn and shined flashlights into their faces while his father stood there helpless. ...

Plans for movie on New Zealand mosque attacks draw criticism

Jun. 11, 2021 02:45 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tentative plans for a movie that recounts the response of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to a gunman's slaughter of Muslim worshippers drew criticism in New Zealand on Friday for not focusing on the victims of the attacks. Hollywood news...

Global sting began by creating message service for crooks

Jun. 08, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When the FBI dismantled an encrypted messaging service based in Canada in 2018, agents noticed users moving to other networks. Instead of following their tracks to rivals, investigators decided on a new tactic: creating their own service. ANOM, a...

Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic loses genocide appeal

Jun. 08, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ratko Mladic, the military chief known as the “Butcher of Bosnia” for orchestrating genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Balkan nation’s 1992-95 war, lost his final legal battle Tuesday when U.N. judges rejected his appeals and affirmed...

Asia-Pacific trade ministers mull vaccine access, supply

Jun. 05, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Improved access to coronavirus vaccines and other tools needed to fight the pandemic are vital to crushing the pandemic and hastening a recovery, officials said Saturday in an online meeting of Pacific Rim economies. The unprecedented crisis brought on...

New Zealand's top court allows pathway for China extradition

Jun. 04, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's top court on Friday left open the possibility that a man could be extradited to China to face murder charges in a landmark case that has big diplomatic implications. It remains uncertain whether the extradition of Kyung Yup...

New Zealand latest nation to sign space agreement with NASA

Jun. 01, 2021 05:13 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Tuesday it was the latest country to sign a space agreement with NASA, just as New Zealand's nascent space industry begins to take off. New Zealand became the eleventh signatory to the Artemis Accords, a blueprint for...

Flood recedes in New Zealand, leaving debris, broken bridge

Jun. 01, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Floodwaters in New Zealand receded on Tuesday, leaving behind a big mess on many farms in the Canterbury region and damage to a major bridge. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters the top priority was getting transport links working...

Down Under leaders minimize China spilt, urge virus probe

May. 31, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leaders of New Zealand and Australia downplayed their differences over China and urged more investigation into the origin of the coronavirus Monday after their first face-to-face meeting in more than a year. The two leaders also...