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US joins global push against violent extremism online

May. 14, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two years after a white supremacist in New Zealand livestreamed the slaughter of 51 Muslim worshippers on Facebook, French President Emmanuel Macron says the internet continues to be be used by terrorists as a weapon to propagate hate. ...

Wealthy nations once lauded as successes lag in vaccinations

May. 13, 2021 00:44 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some wealthy nations that were most praised last year for controlling the coronavirus are now lagging far behind in getting their people vaccinated — and some, especially in Asia, are seeing COVID-19 cases grow. In Japan, South Korea and...

Indigenous New Zealand lawmaker censured for haka protest

May. 12, 2021 05:33 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An Indigenous New Zealand lawmaker was thrown out of Parliament's debating chamber Wednesday for performing a Maori haka in protest at what he said were racist arguments. Rawiri Waititi's stance came after ongoing debate among lawmakers...

Bystanders stop man who stabbed 4 at New Zealand supermarket

May. 10, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Shoppers and staff at a New Zealand supermarket were being praised for their bravery Monday after authorities said they managed to stop a frenzied man from hurting others after he stabbed four people in a random attack, severely wounding three of them. ...

Asia Today: Fiji sequesters hospital staff after COVID death

May. 06, 2021 04:53 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The military and police in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a major hospital amid concerns of a growing virus outbreak. Health authorities say they’re quarantining 400 patients, doctors, nurses and staff within...

New Zealand leader Ardern plans to marry over the summer

May. 05, 2021 01:40 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern plans to marry her longtime partner during the southern summer. In an interview Wednesday on the Coast radio breakfast show, Ardern said she and Clarke Gayford have finally set a date for their...

New Zealander gives up knighthood after guilty pleas

May. 04, 2021 02:34 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A well-known New Zealand businessman who was found with hundreds of child sex abuse images gave up his knighthood Tuesday before it was stripped from him. Ron Brierley last month pleaded guilty to three charges in an Australian court,...

New Zealand leader Ardern takes tougher stance on China

May. 03, 2021 01:30 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took a tougher stance on China's human rights record Monday by saying it was getting harder to reconcile differences as China's role in the world grows. While Ardern's language remained moderate...

Former NZ men's basketball coach Steve McKean dead at 77

May. 02, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Steve McKean, a San Jose State University graduate who was a pioneering professional basketball player in New Zealand and later coach of the New Zealand men’s team, has died. He was 77. McKean’s death as a result of cancer was...

Dixon wins IndyCar at Texas again ahead of rookie McLaughlin

May. 01, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Scott Dixon finished first in a race of two New Zealanders, the veteran six-time IndyCar champion ahead of the series rookie racing in his debut on an oval track. “Definitely the most happy I’ve ever been finishing second,” Scott...