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New Zealand police suspend volcano body search

Wellington - New Zealand police on Tuesday called off the search for two people missing after the White Island volcanic eruption.There were 47 people, mainly Australian tourists, on the island when it erupted on December 9, and 25 remain in hospital.

NZealand to close gun buyback sparked by mosque shootings

Wellington - A firearms buyback scheme launched in New Zealand after the Christchurch mosque shootings ends on Friday, with gun control groups hailing its success despite opposition from some firearms owners.

New Zealand police scale back volcano bodies search

Wellington - New Zealand police said Wednesday that the search for two bodies still missing after the White Island volcanic eruption will be reduced in the coming days as the remains had likely been washed out to sea.

Last of New Zealand volcano dead identified

Wellington - All victims of the White Island volcanic eruption have now been identified, New Zealand police said Tuesday, as they formally named two Australians and an American among the deceased.

New Zealand observes silence as PM warns of long volcano probe

Wellington - New Zealand marked one week since the deadly White Island eruption with a minute's silence Monday, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned grieving families they face a lengthy wait for answers.

New Zealand eruption death toll rises to 18

Wellington - The death toll from New Zealand's White Island volcano eruption rose to 18 Sunday, including two people whose bodies have not been recovered, police said.

Divers search for remaining bodies from NZ volcanic eruption

Wellington - Divers searched seas around New Zealand's volatile White Island Saturday for two people still missing five days after the volcano erupted, as the death toll rose to 17.

Volcano disaster puts spotlight on NZ adventure tourism

Wellington - Adventure tourism is a key part of New Zealand's international appeal but the White Island volcano eruption is a tragic reminder that such activities carry genuine risk that must be better explained to travellers, experts say.

Frustration grows for families of New Zealand volcano victims

Whakatane - The brother of a tour guide who died in the White Island volcano disaster said Thursday stalled efforts to recover victims' bodies showed "leadership had failed".

NZ troops complete daring volcano mission to retrieve bodies

Whakatane - A team of elite New Zealand soldiers succeeded in retrieving six bodies from the volatile White Island volcano on Friday, in a mission carried out under the ever-present threat of another eruption.

Heartbreak and disbelief as volcano victims named

Sydney - The families and friends of Australian victims of the White Island volcano tragedy paid tribute to "wonderful" lost loved ones Wednesday and expressed doubt they were made aware of the risks of visiting the island.

Eruption fears halt plans to get bodies off New Zealand volcano

Whakatane - Fears of another eruption at the New Zealand volcano believed to have killed 15 people made it too dangerous for emergency teams to recover bodies, police said Wednesday, as doctors fought to save survivors who suffered horrific burns.

New Zealand police hoping to get bodies off volcano

Whakatane - New Zealand authorities said they hoped clear weather Wednesday would allow the recovery of bodies from the White Island volcano but they would not be rushed into landing on the still-smouldering disaster zone.

Families face painful wait as volcano rescue stalls

Sydney - More than 24 hours after New Zealand's White Island volcano erupted, families around the world are still waiting for answers about their loved ones, with the island deemed too dangerous to search.

Eight still missing in NZealand volcano eruption: police

Whakatane - Eight people were still missing after a volcanic eruption in New Zealand, with no indications they survived the explosion that has already left five dead, police said Tuesday.

Heroism, devastation after deadly N. Zealand volcano eruption

Whakatane - Tales of heroism, devastation and horrifying injuries emerged Tuesday after New Zealand's smouldering White Island volcano exploded, killing an estimated 14 people and turning what should have been an intrepid day trip into a nightmare.

No more survivors on New Zealand island after volcano eruption

Wellington - New Zealand police have said no more survivors were expected to be rescued from an island volcano that erupted suddenly on Monday, suggesting as many as two dozen people could have died.

Injuries feared as popular New Zealand volcano erupts

Wellington - New Zealand's White Island volcano erupted suddenly on Monday, prompting fears for a group of visitors seen walking on the crater floor moments before.

WHO warns measles resurgent as Samoa deaths rise

Wellington - The World Health Organisation warned of a "slide back" in global efforts to eliminate measles Tuesday, as the death toll from an outbreak that has killed dozens of children in Samoa continued to climb.

New Zealand to ban big foreign political donations

Wellington - New Zealand moved to ban large foreign political donations and misleading social media advertisements Tuesday amid concerns about offshore interference in next year's general election.

Government shutdown in Samoa amid 'cruel' measles outbreak

Wellington - Samoa ordered a government shutdown to help combat a devastating measles outbreak Monday, as five more children succumbed to the virus, lifting the death toll in the tiny Pacific nation to 53.

New Zealander found guilty of British tourist's 'Tinder murder'

Wellington - A New Zealand man was found guilty Friday of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane in Auckland last year after a jury rejected his defence that she was accidentally choked in a sex game gone wrong.

It's Colbert karaoke as New Zealand PM hosts US comedian

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has turned tour guide for US talk show host Stephen Colbert, driving him from Auckland airport to a barbeque at her home in a stunt hailed as a coup for the Kiwi travel industry.

New Zealand's euthanasia bill passes, referendum to be held

Wellington - New Zealand lawmakers voted Wednesday in favour of making euthanasia legal, paving the way for the issue to be put to voters in a referendum next year.

New Zealand makes 'zero carbon' target law

Wellington - New Zealand's plan to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 became law on Thursday, when it cleared its final hurdle in parliament.

'OK, boomer': New Zealand MP hits out at parliament age gap

Wellington - With the quickfire putdown "OK, boomer", a 25-year-old New Zealand politician dismissed a heckler during a speech about climate change -- highlighting the generation gap between herself and other MPs in a clip that has gone viral.

New Zealand parliament backs euthanasia referendum

Wellington - New Zealand lawmakers narrowly backed a plan Wednesday to hold a referendum on legalising euthanasia alongside next year's general election.The proposal to put the issue to a public vote passed 63-57 during a heated late-night debate in parliament.

Venue fire casts pall over New Zealand's APEC plans

Wellington - A massive fire at the Auckland venue being built to host the 2021 APEC forum raged for a second day on Wednesday, as New Zealand officials insisted the event would go ahead.

Auckland blaze blankets city in black smoke

Wellington - A huge fire at a construction site sent clouds of acrid black smoke billowing over Auckland on Tuesday, forcing large parts of the downtown area to be cordoned off as firefighters battled the blaze.

Iraqi charged in Australia over deadly trafficking ring

Sydney - An Iraqi man has been charged in Australia with people trafficking in connection with the drowning deaths of more than 350 asylum seekers in 2001, police said Saturday.
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