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Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US: NZ court

Wellington - New Zealand's High Court ruled Monday that Kim Dotcom was eligible for extradition to the United States over online piracy allegations linked to his now-defunct Megaupload web empire.

Op-Ed: Snow in Australia's hottest ever summer? It’s happening

Sydney - Typical. Last week New South Wales was the hottest place on Earth. We had the usual heat, floods, fire and more. Now, we have snow. Australian weather doesn’t like to be boring, or predictable.

New Zealand is part of a newly discovered continent

All school children are taught there are seven continents on the planet, but there may soon be an eighth continent, Zealandia. A new study suggests that a mostly submerged landmass in the southwest Pacific should be classified as a continent.

Fears of exploding whales as New Zealand clears carcasses

Wellington - The grim task of clearing hundreds of washed-up whale carcasses was under way in New Zealand Tuesday, with the beach closed over fears the bodies will fill with gas and explode as they decompose.

About 200 beached whales refloat themselves in N. Zealand

Christchurch - Most of the more than 200 whales who became stranded on New Zealand's notorious Farewell Spit on the weekend have been able to refloat themselves, conservation officials said Sunday.

Fresh whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach

Christchurch - Another 200 whales were stranded on a New Zealand coastline late Saturday, frustrating rescuers who had battled through the day and even defied a shark threat to try and keep them at sea.

Hundreds of whales wash up dead on New Zealand beach

Wellington - More than 400 whales were stranded on a New Zealand beach Friday, with most of them dying quickly as frustrated volunteers desperately raced to save the survivors.

New Zealand to quash historic gay sex convictions

Wellington - New Zealand announced plans Thursday to erase historic convictions for engaging in gay sex, apologising to those branded criminals under old laws.

Rich? Scared about the Trumpocalypse? Try New Zealand

Wellington - The elevation of an unpredictable billionaire to the helm of nuclear-armed America has given fresh impetus to the idea of remote New Zealand as a bulwark for civilisation in the event of a global catastrophe.

New Zealand passport row after PayPal's Thiel given citizenship

Wellington - New Zealand passports are not for sale, Prime Minister Bill English said Thursday, after it emerged US tech titan Peter Thiel gained citizenship in the South Pacific nation despite not meeting official criteria.

Joseph Parker's first title defense may be against David Price

David Price was contacted about possibly fighting Joseph Parker. Price said he is waiting to find out whether or not he will challenge Parker for the WBO heavyweight title.

New Zealand PM announces cabinet reshuffle

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English unveiled a new-look cabinet on Sunday, marking his first major move since taking over the country's top job six days ago.

Bill English elected to replace New Zealand PM Key

Wellington - New Zealand's ruling National Party appointed the experienced Bill English as the country's new prime minister on Monday following last week's shock resignation of his popular predecessor John Key.

Buzz Aldrin discharged from New Zealand hospital

Christchurch - US moonwalker Buzz Aldrin was discharged from a New Zealand hospital Friday, a week after he was evacuated from the South Pole after a health scare."Bye bye New Zealand!

Buzz Aldrin pays tribute to 'world icon' John Glenn

Wellington - Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin paid tribute Friday to pioneer astronaut John Glenn, describing the first American to orbit the Earth as a world icon.

Popular New Zealand Prime Minister John Key calls it quits

Wellington - Popular New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced his shock resignation Monday, saying he was never a career politician and it was the right time to go after eight years in the job.

Buzz Aldrin recovering after polar evacuation, can't go home

Christchurch - Retired US astronaut and the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, was recovering after his medical evacuation from Antarctica but is not yet able to return home, his manager Christina Korp said Sunday.

Relieved tourists escape New Zealand quake town

Christchurch - Rescuers in New Zealand on Wednesday completed a mass evacuation of tourists stranded after a devastating earthquake, as officials in the capital Wellington sealed off dozens of potentially dangerous office blocks.

International warships to help New Zealand quake relief

Christchurch - Warships from the United States, Canada and Australia have been drafted in to help earthquake relief efforts in New Zealand after a 7.8 tremor devastated parts of the South Island, officials said Wednesday.

Earthquakes in New Zealand: Some questions

Christchurch - A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed two people and caused massive infrastructure damage in New Zealand on Monday. Here are some facts about the seismically active nation known as the Shaky Isles:Why so few casualties?
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