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American Hunter Armstrong gets 2 more medals on final day of swim worlds. Israeli swimmer is jeered

Feb. 18, 2024 15:20 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — American swimmer Hunter Armstrong helped himself to two more medals on the closing day of the World Aquatics Championships in Qatar on Sunday, winning the men's 4x100 medley relay with the United States team after taking the silver in the men’s 50 backstroke. ...

Tensions run high in New Zealand ahead of national day over government's relationship with Maori

Feb. 04, 2024 23:18 PM EST

WAITANGI, New Zealand (AP) — In a fiery exchange at the birthplace of modern New Zealand, Indigenous leaders on Monday strongly criticized the government's approach to Maori, ahead of the country’s national day. The holiday, known as Waitangi Day, is held on Feb. 6 to mark the...

Papua separatist rebels appeal to New Zealand pilot's captor to let him go after a year

Feb. 03, 2024 02:19 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Separatist rebels asked for the immediate release Saturday of the New Zealand pilot who's been held hostage for almost a year in Indonesia’s restive Papua region. Egianus Kogoya, a regional commander in the Free Papua Movement, took Philip Mark...

New Zealand police are investigating abuse and death threats against Rugby World Cup officials

Feb. 02, 2024 00:27 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police are investigating alleged death threats made against referees involved the Rugby World Cup in France last year. The acting director of the National Criminal Investigations Group, Detective Inspector Stuart Mills, confirmed Friday...

New Zealand says it will contemplate sharing military tech with U.S. and Britain

Feb. 01, 2024 04:40 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — New Zealand said Thursday it will contemplate sharing advanced military technologies with the United States and Britain as it pursues closer defense ties with Australia amid worries over an increasingly assertive China. The defense and foreign ministers of Australia...

Canadian man accused of selling deadly substances to plead not guilty: lawyer

Jan. 26, 2024 13:48 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — The lawyer for a Canadian man accused of selling lethal substances on the internet to people at risk of self harm said he will be pleading not guilty to upgraded murder charges. Kenneth Law was charged in December with 14 counts of second-degree murder, and his...

Inflation slows in New Zealand to its lowest rate since 2021

Jan. 23, 2024 23:14 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Inflation in New Zealand has slowed to its lowest rate in two and a half years, the country's official statistics agency announced on Wednesday. Stats NZ revealed the latest consumers price index (CPI) data had slowed to 4.7% across 2023, a...

Lydia Ko gets a new year off to the right start by winning LPGA Tour opener

Jan. 21, 2024 19:00 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It took only four rounds for Lydia Ko to put a dismal 2023 LPGA Tour season completely behind her. Ko rediscovered her winning touch Sunday in the season-opening Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, closing with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot victory...

Olympic champion Hector beats Shiffrin in eventful GS in Slovakia. Vlhova out for season with injury

Jan. 20, 2024 11:11 AM EST

JASNA, Slovakia (AP) — In a race overshadowed by a season-ending knee injury for home favorite Petra Vlhova following a crash, Olympic champion Sara Hector dominated an eventful women’s World Cup giant slalom Saturday for her first win in nearly two years. Hector posted the...

New Zealand's first refugee lawmaker charged after resigning over claims of shoplifting

Jan. 17, 2024 02:54 AM EST

WELLINGTON (AP) — New Zealand’s first refugee lawmaker was charged by police a day after resigning amid allegations she had shoplifted several times at local high-end boutiques. New Zealand Police said Golriz Ghahraman, a former member of New Zealand’s Green Party, had been...