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New Zealander jailed for sharing mosque shooting video

Wellington - A New Zealand man was jailed for 21 months on Tuesday for distributing gruesome livestream video of the Christchurch mosque attacks that killed 51 Muslim worshippers, local media reported.

Livestock rustlers face jail time as New Zealand tightens laws

Ashburton - When livestock rustlers came for sheepbreeder Daniel Wheeler's prize ewes in the dead of night, they didn't take the animals alive -- they slaughtered them on his New Zealand farm and took the meat to sell on, leaving just blood and guts behind.

Anger as Christchurch mosque accused pleads not guilty

Christchurch - The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks in March smiled Friday as his lawyers entered not guilty pleas to multiple murder and terrorism charges.

Christchurch mosque attack defendant pleads not guilty

Christchurch - The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks pleaded not guilty to multiple murder and terrorism charges Friday and was committed to stand trial next year.

New Zealand quashes China extradition over torture fears

Wellington - A New Zealand court on Tuesday stopped a murder suspect from being extradited to China, saying it could not send him to a country where torture was "widespread" and "systemic".

New Zealand calls time on non-combat mission in Iraq

Wellington - New Zealand will begin scaling back its non-combat mission in Iraq next month and bring home the last of its troops by mid-2020, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

Crusaders to keep name, despite backlash after NZ mosque attacks

Wellington - New Zealand rugby bosses have confirmed the Canterbury Crusaders will keep their name for at least another year, despite a backlash following the mosque attacks in the team's hometown of Christchurch in March.

Ardern's 'wellbeing' budget spreads good vibes in New Zealand

Wellington - New Zealand unveiled its inaugural "wellbeing" budget Thursday in a move set to cement Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's reputation for compassionate leadership in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacre.

Australian teen who egged senator donates to Christchurch victims

Sydney - An Australian teen who egged a far-right senator over his offensive comments about the Christchurch mosque attacks says he has donated almost Aus$100,000 (US$69,000) raised for his legal defence to the victims of the shootings.

Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism: police

Wellington - The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time on Tuesday, New Zealand police said.

Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism: police

Wellington - The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time on Tuesday, New Zealand police said.

Film about the Christchurch mosque massacre announced at Cannes

Cannes - The New Zealand mosque massacre in which a white supremacist slaughtered 51 people is to be turned into a movie called "Hello Brother", its producer told media at Cannes on Wednesday.

Austria far-right figure admits e-mails with NZ attack suspect

Vienna - The leader of an Austrian far-right group has confirmed a media report that he had more extensive contact with the suspect behind deadly mosque attacks in New Zealand than previously admitted.

Facebook to curb livestreaming amid pressure over Christchurch massacre

Paris - Facebook announced Wednesday it would tighten access to its livestreaming feature as New Zealand's premier Jacinda Ardern and French leader Emmanuel Macron prepared to launch the global "Christchurch Call" initiative to tackle the spread of extremism o...

Macron, Ardern host Paris summit against online extremism

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand's premier Jacinda Ardern will Wednesday host other world leaders and leading tech chiefs to launch an ambitious new initiative aimed at curbing extremism online.

Facebook tightens live-streaming in crackdown on violence

San Francisco - Facebook announced Wednesday it is tightening access to livestreaming to prevent the rampant sharing of graphic video as took place with the Christchurch massacre.

UN chief meets N.Z. mosque victims, decries online hate

Christchurch - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned hate speech was spreading online "like wildfire" at a meeting with victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings Tuesday, vowing the world body will lead efforts to extinguish the problem.

New Zealand PM targets online hate after mosque attacks

Wellington - New Zealand's leader Jacinda Ardern will join other world leaders in launching a "Christchurch call" to curb online extremism at an international meeting in Paris on Wednesday, following the worst mass killing in her country's recent history.

Judicial probe opens into Christchurch mosque shootings

Wellington - A judicial inquiry into whether New Zealand's police and intelligence services could have prevented the Christchurch mosque attacks in which 51 worshippers died began taking evidence on Monday.

New Zealand unveils plan to go carbon neutral by 2050

Wellington - New Zealand introduced legislation Wednesday to make the South Pacific nation carbon neutral by 2050, although greenhouse gas emissions from the economically vital agricultural sector will not have to meet the commitment.

NZ PM Ardern to marry long-time partner

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her long-term partner Clarke Gayford have become engaged to be married, her office said Friday.

Christchurch mosque toll rises to 51 after man dies

Wellington - The death toll from the Christchurch mosque attacks has risen to 51 after a 46-year-old Turkish man succumbed to injuries sustained in the March 15 shootings, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday.

Police say bomb find not linked to Christchurch attacks

Wellington - New Zealand police on Wednesday ruled out any link between a bomb found in Christchurch and mosque shootings in March which killed 50 Muslim worshippers.

Police in Christchurch find suspected bomb, man arrested

Wellington - New Zealand police found a suspected bomb and ammunition Tuesday in a vacant lot in Christchurch, the scene of last month's mosque shootings which killed 50 Muslim worshippers.

Extremism must be defeated, prince tells New Zealand mosque survivors

Christchurch - In an emotional meeting with survivors of the New Zealand mosques massacre, Britain's Prince William appealed Friday for "extremism in all forms" to be defeated.

Prince William attends emotional Anzac Day ceremony in New Zealand

Wellington - Britain's Prince William paid tribute to Australian and New Zealand troops on Thursday at an emotional Anzac Day ceremony, six weeks after the Christchurch mosques massacre.

NZealand deputy PM lays wreath at memorial for Breivik victims

Oslo - Six weeks after the Christchurch mosque attacks, New Zealand's deputy prime minister paid his respects Wednesday to the victims of Norway's 2011 attacks by Anders Behring Breivik, from whom the mosque attacker claimed inspiration.

New Zealand offers residency to families of mosque victims

Wellington - New Zealand opened a two-year window Wednesday for people directly affected by the Christchurch terror attacks to apply to stay permanently in the country.

NZealand, France announce bid to end violent extremism online

Wellington - New Zealand and France will bring together global leaders at a Paris summit next month aimed at stopping social media being used to organise and promote terrorism, the countries' leaders announced Wednesday.

Kakapow! Rare world's fattest parrot has record breeding season

Wellington - The world's fattest parrot, the critically endangered kakapo, has enjoyed a record breaking breeding season, New Zealand scientists said Thursday, with climate change possibly aiding the species' unique mating spree.
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