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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. ...

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...

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 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...

Australia and New Zealand commemorate war dead on Anzac Day

Apr. 24, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians and New Zealanders paid tribute to their war dead Sunday as both nations prepared to withdraw from their longest war in Afghanistan. The neighboring countries commemorate Anzac Day every April 25, the date in 1915 when the...

New Zealand says Five Eyes security alliance remains strong

Apr. 22, 2021 02:30 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand said Thursday it continues to have a close and productive relationship with the U.S. and other security allies, despite resisting speaking out in unison with them against China on certain human rights issues. New Zealand...

New Zealand remembers Prince Philip at national service

Apr. 21, 2021 03:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prince Philip was remembered in New Zealand on Wednesday as frank, engaging and willing to meet people from all walks of life during his 14 visits to the country. New Zealand lowered its flags and held a national memorial service for...

New Zealand to consolidate health care into national service

Apr. 21, 2021 01:39 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Wednesday it will consolidate its fragmented health care system into a national service similar to the one revered by many in Britain. New Zealand's government-run system is currently divided into 20 district health...

The Latest: Tweet recalls queen's loving anniversary speech

Apr. 10, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

Events and reaction from around the world to mark the death of Prince Philip at age 99: LONDON — The Twitter account of Britain's royal family has featured a tribute Queen Elizabeth II gave to Prince Philip for the couple's 50th wedding anniversary. ...

Asia Today: Modi gets 2nd vaccine dose as India hits record

Apr. 08, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s prime minister received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the country hit another peak Thursday with 126,789 new cases reported in the past 24 hours. “Vaccination is among the few ways we have to defeat the virus. If you are...