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New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque attack

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says regulations around who could hold firearm licenses would also be tightened to 'stop weapons falling into the wrong hands'

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. File photo by David Lintott/AFP

Gilas Youth absorbs heartbreaking loss to Kiwis, settles for 14th

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:25 PM

The breaks of the game didn't go the Philippines' way as the young Filipinos end their U19 World Cup campaign with a painful loss to New Zealand

Photo from FIBA

New Zealand bans single-use plastic bags

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:41 PM

'New Zealanders are proud of our country's clean, green reputation and want to help ensure we live up to it,' says Environment Minister Eugenie Sage

DISPOSABLE. New Zealand has banned single-use plastic bag beginnning July 1, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

New Zealand opens gun buyback after mosque killings

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Licensed firearms owners in New Zealand will have 6 months to surrender weapons that have now been deemed illegal under the new gun laws, with an amnesty ensuring they will not face prosecution during that period

2 Filipinos killed, 3 injured in New Zealand car-train crash

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:17 PM

The Philippine embassy in New Zealand 'stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to the Filipinos and their families'

New Zealander jailed for sharing mosque shooting video

Jun 18, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Philip Arps pleads guilty to two charges of distributing objectionable material for sharing footage that was livestreamed to social media during the attack

Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. - A right-wing extremist has been charged in the horrifying gun attacks on two New Zealand mosques, which left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

Powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes north of New Zealand

Jun 16, 2019 - 8:47 AM

New Zealand's civil defense organization says if a tsunami was generated it would take at least two hours to reach the country

Anger as Christchurch mosque accused pleads not guilty

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian national, is committed to stand trial next year on 51 counts of murder, 40 of attempted murder and engaging in a terrorist act

BRENTON TARRANT. In this picture taken on March 16, 2019, Brenton Tarrant (C), the man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre, stands in the dock during his appearance at the Christchurch District Court. File photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

New Zealand quashes China extradition over torture fears

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:56 PM

The Court of Appeal quashes a ministerial decision to extradite Kyung Kim to China, saying doing so when there is a risk he would be tortured breaches New Zealand's international obligations

Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism – police

May 21, 2019 - 2:00 PM

In addition to the terror charge, Brenton Tarrant also faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder over the March 15 attacks

SECURING JUSTICE. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP

UN chief meets Christchurch shooting victims, decries online hate

May 14, 2019 - 1:29 PM

'There is no room for hate speech – online or offline,' United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says

New Zealand PM targets online hate after mosque attacks

May 13, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Jacinda Arden of New Zealand and France's Emmanuel Macron are the driving force behind the 'Christchurch Call' pledge which wants to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online

NEXT TARGET. File photo of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

New Zealand unveils plan to go carbon neutral by 2050

May 08, 2019 - 3:18 PM

While the government describes its legislation as 'binding,' Greenpeace New Zealand says it did not include any way to enforce the targets, rendering it "toothless'

CARBON-NEUTRAL NEW ZEALAND. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

New Zealand PM Ardern to marry longtime partner

May 03, 2019 - 2:04 PM

A spokesman for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her long-term partner Clarke Gayford says the couple agreed to tie the knot over the Easter break

TO MARRY. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford pose with their baby daugther Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford outside the hospital in Auckland on June 24, 2018. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Police say bomb find not linked to Christchurch attacks

May 01, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Local media name the man as Jay Michael Harding-Reriti and say the charges against him include possession of a handheld improvised explosive device, powergel explosives, and detonator cord

Police in Christchurch find suspected bomb, man arrested

Apr 30, 2019 - 3:49 PM

'Police have located a package containing a suspected explosive device and ammunition at a vacant address on Newcastle Street in Christchurch,' superintendent John Price says

Facebook sues New Zealand company to thwart fake likes

Apr 26, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The company and 3 people targeted in the lawsuit operate a service to raise the profile of Instagram accounts by giving them bogus followers, views, and likes

FIGHTING FAKE LIKES. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram and other social networks on a smartphone in New Delhi. File photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Prince William attends emotional Anzac Day ceremony in New Zealand

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Prince is also scheduled to meet survivors of the March 15 shooting in which 50 people were killed

SOMBER. Britain's Prince William proceeds to lay a wreath during the Anzac Day service at Auckland War Memorial Museum on April 25, 2019. Photo by Fiona Goodall/AFP

New Zealand disarms police as terror threat level lowered

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Police and security agencies reduce the threat level from high to medium, meaning authorities judge that another attack, violent criminal behavior, or violent protest remains 'feasible' rather than 'very likely'

ARMED. A photo taken on March 20, 2019 shows armed police officers patrolling the burial ground where funerals for victims are set to take place in Christchurch. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Mosque massacre video distributors get death threats, court told

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Six people appear in court Monday, charged with possessing or spreading the footage of the March 15 mosque attack

DARKEST DAYS. An image grab from TV New Zealand taken on March 15, 2019 shows a victim arriving at a hospital following the mosque shooting in Christchurch. Photo grabbed from TV New Zealand/AFP

Special forces in search for New Zealand nurse held hostage by ISIS

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Details of the kidnapping had been kept under wraps until the International Committee of the Red Cross appealed for news about Louisa Akavi and two Syrian drivers kidnapped with her in October 2013

KIDNAPPED. This combination of undated handout photographs released by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and created in Geneva Switzerland on April 14, 2019, shows (from): Syria's Alaa Rajab, New Zealand's Louisa Akavi and Syria's Nabil Bakdoune at undisclosed locations. (Handout/ICRC/AFP)

LOOK: Thousands of Pakistanis form Christchurch mosque

Apr 13, 2019 - 4:01 PM

'We worked really hard to make this model. It was so pleasant that we were ready to stand like this for the whole day,' says one participant

HUMAN CHAIN. This aerial handout photograph released by Muslim Institute, a non-government organisation on April 12, 2019, shows Pakistani people gathering to form a human image the Christchurch Al Noor mosque in solidarity with the mosque attack victims, in Jhang, in Pakistan's Punjab province. HANDOUT/Muslim Institute/AFP

Stricter New Zealand gun laws formally put into effect

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The new rules are aimed at removing semi-automatic firearms from circulation through a buy-back scheme, prohibition, and harsh prison sentences

AL NOOR. An armed police officer (R) stands guard outside the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques where some 50 people were killed by a self-avowed white supremacist gunman on March 15, in Christchurch on April 5, 2019. File photo by Sanka Vidanagama/AFP

New Zealand lawmakers give final okay to tougher gun laws

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Lawmakers pass the legislation on final reading, less than a month after a gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch killing 50 people

NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. New Zealand's Parliament House (middle and right) and the Beehive (rear left) in Wellington. Photo by Midnighttonight/Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand privacy tsar accuses Facebook of failing to cooperate

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was 'disingenuous' in saying bad actors were going out of their way to circumvent the site's systems.

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Top judge named to head Christchurch massacre inquiry

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:11 PM

The Royal Commission probe will be led by Supreme Court Judge William Young and report its findings by December 10, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says

BEGINNING INQUIRY. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice Precinct in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. Photo by Marty Melville/Ardern's office/AFP

UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Under the proposals, a new regulator will have the power to force platforms and others to publish annual transparency reports

MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP


Judge orders psychiatric test for Christchurch shooting suspect

Apr 05, 2019 - 9:55 AM

Survivors and relatives of those killed in the March 15 attacks pack into a Christchurch courtroom as the alleged gunman appeared via audio-visual link from a maximum-security prison in Auckland

A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. - Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead on March 15, with one gunman -- identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city. (Photo by Tessa BURROWS / AFP)

Christchurch accused to face 50 murder charges

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:20 PM

'The man arrested in relation to the Christchurch terror attacks will face 50 murder and 39 attempted murder charges when he appears in the High Court in Christchurch on Friday,' police say in a brief statement

CHRISTCHURCH. A photo taken on March 20, 2019 shows armed police officers patroling at the burial ground where funerals for victims are set to take place in Christchurch, 5 days after the mass shooting attacks at two mosques that killed 50 Muslim worshippers in the city. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

New Zealand's prime minister helps out a fellow mother

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Jacinda Ardern, reluctant to discuss the incident revealed on social media, swiftly wrapped up a media appearance by replying only, 'because she was a mom'

FELLOW MOM. File photo of New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Tough New Zealand gun laws easily pass first hurdle

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Lawmakers vote 119-1 in favor of the bill, which bans military-style semi-automatic rifles like those used in the Christchurch mosque shootings which claimed 50 lives

NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. New Zealand's Parliament House (middle and right) and the Beehive (rear left) in Wellington. Photo by Midnighttonight/Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand PM touts 'important' China ties amid Huawei spat

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Ardern says her visit to Beijing aims to 'underline the importance' she placed on ties with China – New Zealand's largest trading partner

ARDERN AND KEQIANG. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) listens to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) during a signing ceremony after their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 1, 2019. Photo by Laurent Fievet and Naohiko Hatta/AFP)

New Zealand PM says Facebook curbs not enough

Mar 28, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Jacinda Ardern makes it clear she believes the curbs are a direct response to the criticism levelled at Facebook, which a gunman used to livestream an attack on two mosques in New Zealand

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

New Zealand orders top-level inquiry into mosque massacres

Mar 25, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) 'It is important that no stone is left unturned to get to how this act of terrorism occurred and how we could have stopped it,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. - A right-wing extremist has been charged in the horrifying gun attacks on two New Zealand mosques, which left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

More than $7.4 million donated to help families in New Zealand shooting

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:07 AM

The donations came from over 130,000 donors from New Zealand and all over the world

REMEMBRANCE. The floral tributes near Al Noor mosque in Christchurch on March 18, 2019, four days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosques attacks. Photo by David Moir/AFP

Emotional Muslims return to Christchurch mosque as New Zealand works to move on

Mar 23, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Among the first to enter the Al Noor mosque is massacre survivor Vohra Mohammad Huzef who managed to live only by hiding under bodies

Kiwi women don headscarves in solidarity with Muslim victims

Mar 23, 2019 - 9:20 AM

After the Christchurch attack, women in New Zealand wear makeshift hijabs in a statement of peace and solidarity with their Muslim countrymen

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures as she departs following a gathering for congregational Friday prayers and two minutes of silence for victims of the twin mosque massacre, at Hagley Park in Christchurch on March 22, 2109. Thousands of New Zealanders gathered in Christchurch on March 22 to honour the 50 Muslim worshippers killed one week ago by a white supremacist, with a call to prayer broadcast around the country and a two-minute silence.  Marty MELVILLE / AFP

Muslim nations call for measures vs Islamophobia after New Zealand attack

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Violence driven by Islamophobia requires 'genuine, comprehensive and systematic measures to address this affliction,' ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation say in a statement

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand Muslims will be 'safe' after mosque attack – foreign minister

Mar 22, 2019 - 4:17 PM

'Ensuring Muslim communities in New Zealand feel safe and secure is a particular focus,' New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters tells an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul

KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters speak to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by Dave Lintott/AFP

New Zealand prays, falls silent, a week after mosque massacres

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:58 AM

As the call was broadcast around the country, thousands of people – including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern – stood silently in a park opposite the mosque where the killing began, as the country of 4.5 million came to a standstill

MOURNING. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures as she departs following a gathering for congregational Friday prayers and two minutes of silence for victims of the twin mosque massacre, at Hagley Park in Christchurch on March 22, 2109.  Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Thousands stage silent New Zealand march for shooting victims

Mar 21, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Hundreds of mourners also turn out in Christchurch for a second straight day for the funerals of those killed

TOGETHER. Mourners help to carry a casket containing the body of Haji Mohammed Daoud Nabi, 71, a victim of the Al Noor Mosque massacre, during his funeral in Christchurch on March 21, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

New Zealand bans assault weapons within days of massacre

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:41 AM

(4th UPDATE) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons were now banned with immediate effect

ALERT. A policewoman patrols past a memorial wall outside the Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 21, 2019, six days after the twin mosque shooting massacre that claimed the lives of fifty people. Photo by William West/AFP

Second man charged with sharing livestream of Christchurch massacre

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Philip Arps is charged with two counts of distributing objectionable material under the Films Act

REMEMBERING THE DEAD. A picture of New Zealand futsal player Atta Elayyan, victim of the Christchurch mosque attacks, is seen at a floral tributes near Al Noor mosque in Christchurch on March 18, 2019, 4 days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosques attacks. File photo by David Moir/AFP

Syrian refugee father and son laid to rest as New Zealand burials start

Mar 20, 2019 - 11:59 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Hundreds of mostly Muslim mourners gather at a cemetery in the southern city of Christchurch to lay to rest Khalid Mustafa and his 15-year-old son Hamza

LAID TO REST. Mourners offer funeral prayers for Khalid Mustafa and his son Hamza Mustafa, slain by an Australian white supremacist gunman who shot down 50 Muslims at two mosques, at the Memorial Park cemetery in Christchurch on March 20, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.S. lawmakers ask tech leaders to explain viral Christchurch video

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

The House Committee on Homeland Security ask for a briefing by tech executives regarding the online proliferation of the 'horrific' Christchurch video

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP


New Zealand returns first shooting dead after delay angers families

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Police say that all 50 autopsies have been concluded but only '12 victims have been identified to the satisfaction of the Coroner'

IN MEMORY OF. A student pays respect at a memorial site for the victims of mosque attacks in Christchurch on March 19, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

New Zealand premier Ardern vows mosque gunman will face 'full force of law'

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:52 AM

'He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern adds

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Lintott/AFP JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

New Zealand police launch probe into bomb hoax that closed Dunedin airport

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

A New Zealand Defense Force ordinance team is brought in to neutralize the object, but the airfield didn't reopen until Monday morning

Facebook scrubs 1.5 million Christchurch attack videos but criticism goes viral

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Mia Garlick from Facebook New Zealand says the firm is 'working around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people'

VIGIL. Young students attend a vigil on March 18, 2019, 4 days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosque attacks, the worst on Muslims in a Western country. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

New Zealand pledges gun control as mosque 'gunman' sacks lawyer

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says details of the measures would be rolled out before a cabinet meeting next Monday, saying 'the time to act is now'

JACINDA ARDERN. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice Precinct in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. Photo by Marty Melville/Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand/AFP