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US abortion ruling sparks global debate, polarizes activists

Jun. 24, 2022 23:44 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The end of constitutional protections for abortions in the United States on Friday emboldened abortion opponents around the world, while advocates for abortion rights worried it could threaten recent moves toward legalization in their countries. The U.S....

4 people wounded by man on stabbing rampage in New Zealand

Jun. 22, 2022 23:55 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A man wounded four people in a stabbing rampage stopped by bystanders who brought him to the ground in a New Zealand city neighborhood Thursday, police said. Police District Commander Naila Hassan said the attack in Auckland was random and the...

To avoid US extradition, Megaupload pair plead guilty in NZ

Jun. 22, 2022 02:26 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — As part of a deal they struck to avoid extradition to the United States, two men pleaded guilty Wednesday in New Zealand to their involvement in running the once wildly popular pirating website Megaupload. The pleas by Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der...

Jovic, Dieng highlight international prospects in NBA draft

Jun. 21, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ousmane Dieng of France moved to Australia for a season to hone his skills. Nikola Jovic stayed home in Serbia. Both are expected to end up in the NBA, though, since they are among the top international prospects in Thursday night's draft. Both are...

Slingsby steers 'Flying Roo' to 5th straight SailGP victory

Jun. 19, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

Tom Slingsby and his mates have perfected the routine by now. They pose with the Australian flag as their catamaran bobs gently in the swells and then spray each other with Champagne after another victory. Slingsby and Team Australia did it again Sunday on Lake Michigan off the...

Wind blows Canada's way in SailGP Chicago while US struggles

Jun. 18, 2022 19:53 PM EDT

Phil Robertson’s Team Canada bounced back from a capsize earlier in the week to win two of three fleet races Saturday and take the lead in the United States Sail Grand Prix Chicago on Lake Michigan. While the first-year Canadian team surprised the nine-boat fleet, Jimmy...

Australian minister visits New Zealand during Pacific trip

Jun. 16, 2022 22:25 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's new foreign minister on Thursday made New Zealand the first stop on her third Pacific trip in a month as Canberra steps up efforts to counter China’s growing influence in the region. Foreign Minister Penny Wong is promoting her...

Australia, New Zealand unite on China's Pacific threat

Jun. 10, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Friday after a meeting with his New Zealand counterpart that the two nations are in lockstep in their policies toward the Pacific islands, where China's influence is growing. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...

US wins case to seize Russian superyacht in Fiji, sails away

Jun. 07, 2022 20:14 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The United States won a legal battle on Tuesday to seize a Russian-owned superyacht in Fiji and wasted no time in taking command of the $325 million vessel and sailing it away from the South Pacific nation. The court ruling represented a significant...

New Zealand PM to visit Australian counterpart in Sydney

Jun. 07, 2022 05:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has held face-to-face meetings with the leaders of the United States, India, Japan and Indonesia during his hectic two weeks in office, but he will receive a world leader for the first time when New Zealand Prime...