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New Zealand plunges into recession as economy shrinks record 12%

Wellington - New Zealand's economy plunged into recession for the first time in a decade on Thursday, posting a record contraction in the June quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern heads into next month's general election.

New Zealand's PM restarts campaign with holiday pledge

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern resumed campaigning in New Zealand's virus-delayed general election Monday with an attention-grabbing promise to make the Maori New Year a public holiday.

New Zealand records first Covid-19 death in over three months

Wellington - New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 death in more than three months on Friday when a man in his 50s succumbed to the virus.

Spies called in as cyberattacks again halt NZ stock exchange

Wellington - Cyberattacks forced New Zealand's stock exchange to halt trading for a fourth straight day Friday, with the country's spy agency called in to help combat the ongoing security breaches.

Cheers, flowers as New Zealand mosque gunman jailed for life

Christchurch - Muslims and non-Muslims cheered and sang together outside a New Zealand court Thursday as the white supremacist who unleashed carnage at two mosques was jailed for life, with one survivor saying he will be able to sleep at night again.

'Wicked' New Zealand mosque gunman sentenced to life without parole

Christchurch - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for the massacre of 51 Muslim worshippers, with a judge calling his actions "wicked" and "inhuman".

'Poisoned' New Zealand mosque gunman's road to extremism

Christchurch - There were no obvious warning signs when the Christchurch mosques gunman moved to New Zealand from Australia in 2017 -- he had no criminal history and was not on any security watch list.

Unprecedented sentence demanded for Christchurch mosque gunman

Christchurch - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant will be sentenced Thursday over the attacks that killed 51 Muslim worshippers last year, with survivors demanding he remain behind bars "until his last gasp".

Christchurch mosque gunman waives right to speak at sentencing

Christchurch - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant waived his right to speak at his sentencing hearing in Christchurch on Wednesday, in a dramatic twist after the court heard more than 90 horrific victim statements.

Victims vent fury at 'devil' New Zealand mosque shooter

Christchurch - Two survivors of the New Zealand mosque massacre abandoned prepared statements to vent their anger directly at gunman Brenton Tarrant in a Christchurch court on Tuesday, drawing applause from fellow victims as they called him a terrorist who deserved t...

Defiant New Zealand mosque shooting survivors face gunman

Christchurch - Some survivors raged, others chanted prayers, and many wept for lost loved ones -- but all of those who lived through New Zealand's mosque shootings had a message of defiance Monday as they stood before the gunman.

New Zealand mosque gunman unmoved as survivors recount ordeal

Christchurch - The white supremacist who murdered 51 Muslims in last year's New Zealand mosques shooting showed no emotion Monday as distraught survivors confronted him in court with harrowing accounts of the atrocity.

New Zealand mosque shooter to face survivors at sentencing

Wellington - The Australian white supremacist who murdered 51 Muslim worshippers in last year's New Zealand mosque shootings will face survivors of his rampage during a sentencing hearing next week that is likely to see him jailed for life.

New Zealand PM hits back at Trump's 'patently wrong' virus claims

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday slapped down Donald Trump's talk of an out-of-control coronavirus "surge" in New Zealand as "patently wrong".

Virus forces New Zealand election delay as Europe tightens curbs

Wellington - New Zealand on Monday postponed its election to focus on fighting a second wave of the coronavirus as Europe tightened restrictions to curb fresh outbreaks of the disease.

Virus forces New Zealand election delay as Japan economy sinks

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday postponed the nation's election to focus on fighting a coronavirus second wave, as data showed Japan's economy had endured a historic contraction.With more than 21.

New Zealand PM delays election after virus return

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday delayed New Zealand's looming election by four weeks to October 17 after a renewed coronavirus outbreak hampered campaigning.

New Zealand extends city lockdown amid hunt for mystery source

Auckland - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern extended a lockdown in New Zealand's largest city Friday, giving health authorities more time to trace and contain a strain of coronavirus previously unseen in the country.

New Zealand races to track outbreak's origin as cases jump

Wellington - New Zealand rushed to track the source of a sudden return of the coronavirus Thursday as the number of new cases in its biggest city rose to 17 and officials warned more infections were inevitable.

New Zealand election date in doubt as virus returns

Auckland - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern weighed delaying New Zealand's upcoming election Wednesday, as experts investigated whether the coronavirus could have re-entered the country through freight shipments.
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