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Apology over New Zealand mosque accused's 'hateful' letter

Wellington - Officials in New Zealand apologised Thursday after the alleged Christchurch mosque gunman was allowed to send a letter from prison espousing "hateful" views that a supporter then shared online.

Ardern backs Pacific on climate, puts heat on Australia

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday backed Pacific leaders' calls for urgent action on climate change, ramping up pressure on Australia to overhaul its stance on global warming.

200 hit by New Zealand massacre take part in hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - Two hundred survivors and relatives of victims of March's massacres at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, are undertaking the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia to "pray for the martyrs".

New Zealand cocaine haul believed drifted 2,100 km from Australia

Wellington - A multi-million dollar haul of cocaine washed up on a New Zealand beach this week is believed to have drifted more than 2,100 kilometres (1,300 miles) across the Tasman Sea from Australia, police said Friday.

High tide: cocaine haul washes up on New Zealand beach

Wellington - Cocaine worth millions of dollars has washed up on a New Zealand beach with police urging the public Thursday to hand in any more packages that may turn up.

Proposed New Zealand abortion law to give women right to choose

Wellington - The New Zealand government released long-awaited plans Monday to overhaul its abortion laws, so that a termination is treated as a health issue and a woman's choice rather than a crime.

Chinese envoy in NZ lauds students in anti-HK scuffle

Wellington - China's consulate general in Auckland on Thursday praised the "spontaneous patriotism" of pro-Beijing students who reportedly manhandled a Hong Kong-supporting protester on a university campus in New Zealand's largest city.

New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque attack

Wellington - New Zealand announced plans for a national firearms register Monday in its second round of gun law reforms following the Christchurch mosque attacks which killed 51 Muslim worshippers.

Canberra dismisses NZ concern over deported convicts

Melbourne - Australia on Friday defended a hardline policy of deporting Kiwi convicts, despite warnings from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that the issue is damaging trans-Tasman relations.

Some reef islands resilient to climate change: study

Wellington - The Pacific's low-lying reef islands are likely to change shape in response to climate change, rather than simply sinking beneath rising seas and becoming uninhabitable as previously assumed, new research has found.

New Zealand PM 'utterly' disagrees with Trump tweets

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday joined international condemnation of US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen.

New Zealanders give up weapons after mosque killings

Christchurch - Dozens of New Zealanders handed in their firearms Saturday as a gun buyback scheme went into operation aimed at ridding the country of semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

New Zealand slams Google over murder case gaffe

Wellington - Google was accused of "giving the middle finger" by New Zealand's Justice Minister Thursday, after the US tech giant refused to tighten publication standards after breaching court suppression orders in a high-profile murder case.

New Zealand opens gun buyback after mosque killings

Wellington - New Zealand opened a gun buyback scheme Thursday aimed at ridding the country of semi-automatic weapons similar to those used in the Christchurch mosque attacks that killed 51 Muslim worshippers.

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.
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