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Three of Tonga's smaller islands badly damaged by tsunami

Jan. 19, 2022 15:53 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Three of Tonga's smaller islands suffered serious damage from tsunami waves, officials and the Red Cross said Wednesday, as a wider picture begins to emerge of the destruction caused by the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific archipelago nation. U.N....

Solomon Islands leader wins no-confidence vote after riots

Dec. 06, 2021 02:28 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leader of the Solomon Islands survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Monday following riots in the capital last month. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told lawmakers in a fiery 90-minute speech that he’d done nothing wrong...

New Zealand to send military, police to Solomon Islands

Dec. 01, 2021 03:28 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand will send up to 65 military and police personnel to the Solomon Islands in the coming days after rioting and looting broke out there last week over several issues, including concerns about the country’s increasing links with China. ...

New Zealand's opposition party chooses Chris Luxon as leader

Nov. 29, 2021 23:39 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's conservative opposition party chose former businessman and political novice Christopher Luxon as its new leader on Tuesday, as it tries to rebuild from a huge election loss last year and continued infighting. Luxon is a close...

New Zealand opposition leader Collins ousted by caucus

Nov. 25, 2021 01:16 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A year after suffering a huge election loss, New Zealand's conservative opposition leader Judith Collins was ousted Thursday by her caucus. Collins was in the role for a tumultuous 16 months. She never polled well as leader of the National...

Tonga reports its first COVID-19 case from plane traveler

Oct. 29, 2021 03:37 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The island nation of Tonga on Friday reported its first-ever case of COVID-19 after a traveler from New Zealand tested positive. Tonga is among the few remaining nations in the world that have avoided outbreaks of the virus. Like many of...