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New Zealand to accept alleged Islamic State militant, 2 kids

Jul. 26, 2021 01:54 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Monday agreed to repatriate an alleged Islamic State militant and her two young children, who have been detained in Turkey since February. The decision follows a bitter dispute with Australia over which country needed to...

Pacific Rim leaders discuss economic way out of pandemic

Jul. 16, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden, his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among Pacific Rim leaders gathering virtually to discuss strategies to help economies rebound from a resurgent COVID-19...

Parts of Sydney going into lockdown as virus outbreak grows

Jun. 25, 2021 02:37 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Parts of Sydney will go into lockdown late Friday as a coronavirus outbreak in Australia’s largest city continued to grow. Health authorities reported an additional 22 locally transmitted cases and imposed a weeklong lockdown in four...

Plans for movie on New Zealand mosque attacks draw criticism

Jun. 11, 2021 02:45 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tentative plans for a movie that recounts the response of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to a gunman's slaughter of Muslim worshippers drew criticism in New Zealand on Friday for not focusing on the victims of the attacks. Hollywood news...

Asia-Pacific trade ministers mull vaccine access, supply

Jun. 05, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Improved access to coronavirus vaccines and other tools needed to fight the pandemic are vital to crushing the pandemic and hastening a recovery, officials said Saturday in an online meeting of Pacific Rim economies. The unprecedented crisis brought on...

New Zealand's top court allows pathway for China extradition

Jun. 04, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's top court on Friday left open the possibility that a man could be extradited to China to face murder charges in a landmark case that has big diplomatic implications. It remains uncertain whether the extradition of Kyung Yup...

Down Under leaders minimize China spilt, urge virus probe

May. 31, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leaders of New Zealand and Australia downplayed their differences over China and urged more investigation into the origin of the coronavirus Monday after their first face-to-face meeting in more than a year. The two leaders also...

New Zealand hosts Australia PM in 1st meeting since outbreak

May. 30, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Growing friction with China and how to reopen borders after the pandemic will likely be among the topics discussed by the leaders of Australia and New Zealand in their first face-to-face meeting since the coronavirus outbreak prompted both countries to close...

Samoa in crisis as elected leader locked out of Parliament

May. 24, 2021 04:45 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa was plunged into a constitutional crisis Monday when the woman who won an election last month was locked out of Parliament and the previous leader claimed he remained in charge. The fast-moving events marked the latest twist in a...

New Zealand spending plan includes rebuilding Antarctic base

May. 20, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand plans to rebuild its Antarctic base and spend billions more on welfare payments as part of a spending program aimed at lifting the economy out of a coronavirus slump. The government on Thursday unveiled its annual budget, which...