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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

Accused mosque gunman 'rational,' will represent himself – ex-lawyer

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Duty lawyer Richard Peters, who represented the alleged shooter during the preliminary court hearing, says he 'indicated he does not want a lawyer'

CHRISTCHURCH. 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. Photo by David Moir/AFP

New Zealand teenager charged with distributing mosque rampage livestream

Mar 18, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The teenager is also charged with publishing a photograph of the mosque with the message 'target acquired,' and for inciting violence

Messages written in chalk are seen on a pavement in Christchurch on March 18, 2019, after 50 worshippers were killed last week in two mosque attacks. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she would be looking for answers from Facebook and other social media firms about how an attack that killed 50 mosque-goers was livestreamed on their platforms. DAVID MOIR / AFP

Dealer who sold arms to mosque killer rejects responsibility

Mar 18, 2019 - 12:35 PM

David Tipple, the managing director of Gun City, confirms selling the alleged gunman 4 firearms and ammunition

GUN CITY'S OWNER. Gun City store owner David Tipple speaks to the media during a press conference at the Piano Event Centre in Christchurch on March 18th, 2019, after 50 worshippers were killed last week in two mosque attacks, the worst on Muslims in a Western country. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Hero refugee chased gunman away from New Zealand mosque

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Afghan refugee Abdul Aziz hurls a hand-held credit card machine at the gunman and then ducks between several cars, as the self-confessed fascist unleashes a barrage of shots at him

HERO. Afghan refugee and local resident Abdul Aziz, 48, poses during an interview with AFP in Christchurch on March 17, 2019, two days after he chased a gunman during a shooting incident at the Linwood Mosque in the city. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

'Horror and anger' in Christchurch hospital as medics battle to save lives

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Doctors, surgeons, and nurses have been working around the clock at Christchurch Hospital, frantically trying to stem bleeding, patch up shattered bodies and save lives

TREATING VICTIMS. Visitors leave the hospital in Christchurch on March 17, 2019, two days after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

New Zealand wants answers from tech giants after mosque attack livestream

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:26 PM

The 17 minute livestream was shared repeatedly on YouTube and Twitter, with internet platforms scrambling to remove videos being reposted of the gruesome scenes

ANSWERS NEEDED. 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

Mosque massacre families set to reclaim their dead

Mar 17, 2019 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) The mosque attacks have shaken this usually peaceful country, which prides itself on welcoming refugees fleeing violence or persecution

IN MEMORIAM. Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch at the Masjid Umar mosque in Auckland on March 17, 2019. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

New Zealand Prime Minister received gunman's 'manifesto' minutes before attack

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'I was one of more than 30 recipients of the manifesto that was mailed out 9 minutes before the attack took place,' says New Zealand Prime Minister 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. - A right-wing extremist who filmed himself rampaging through two mosques in the quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch killing 49 worshippers appeared in court on a murder charge on March 16, 2019. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / OFFICE OF PRIME MINITER NEW ZEALAND / AFP)

Death toll rises to 50 as New Zealand mourns victims

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The fatality from Christchurch mosque attacks rises as the world mourns with New Zealand

ONE MORE DEATH. The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Mosque attack suspect in court as New Zealand readies to bury dead

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:16 PM

Christchurch residents struggle to deal with the aftermath of what is thought to be the worst act of terror against Muslims in the West

MEMORIAL. People pay their respects in front of floral tributes for victims of the March 15 mosque attacks, in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. Photo by David Moir/AFP

Social media platforms attempt to moderate spread of New Zealand shooting video

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The incident has once again called into question major social media platforms’ ability to police harmful content

HALF-MAST. The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP


New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) The 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant is charged after killing 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand

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)

New Zealand mosque attacks: What we know

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Here is what we know so far about the attacks

The Deans Street mosque where worshipers were gunned down in Christchurch on March 17, 2019. - The death toll from horrifying shootings at two mosques in New Zealand rose to 50, police said Sunday, as Christchurch residents flocked to memorial sites and churches across the city Sunday to lay flowers and mourn the victims. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

New Zealand mosque killings spark global horror

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a summary of the main international reactions so far

GLOBAL REACTIONS. The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand mosque gunman livestreamed shooting, published manifesto

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) The New Zealand government says it could be illegal to share the video, which shows the gunman repeatedly shooting at worshippers from close range

AFTERMATH. A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. Photo by Tessa Burrows/AFP

49 murdered in terror attack on New Zealand mosques

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:14 AM

(4th UPDATE) The attack, thought to be the deadliest against Muslims in the West in modern times, is immediately dubbed terrorism by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

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

Vote on Micronesia state breakaway postponed

Feb 22, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Eliesa Tuiloma, chief legal counsel for the Chuuk state legislature, says the vote, originally meant to take place in March 2015, had been put off again until a date yet to be determined

MICRONESIA'S STATUS. Micronesia's President Peter Christian attends a press conference after the Small Island States meeting in Aiwo on September 3, 2018, ahead of the start of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Photo by Mike Leyral/AFP

New Zealand warns Google over naming murder accused

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:56 AM

The internet giant breaks a court order suppressing the name of a man charged with murdering a British backpacker

GOOGLE. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP


New Zealand intelligence bans China's Huawei from 5G rollout

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The move follows reports the United States is urging its allies to exclude the Chinese telecoms giant from 5G rollouts over cybersecurity fears.

145 whales die on remote New Zealand beach

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Half of the whales are already dead and due to the condition of the remaining whales and the remote, difficult to access location, the decision is made to euthanize the remainder

DEAD WHALES. This handout photo taken and released on November 26, 2018 from the New Zealand Department of Conservation shows dead pilot whales on a remote beach on Stewart Island in the far south of New Zealand. Handout photo by the New Zealand Department of Conservation/AFP

'Miracle' as New Zealand baby rescued by fishermen from sea

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The case of 18-month-old Malachi Reeve 'is a pretty miraculous survival story,' but an official says 7 pre-schoolers drowned last year in New Zealand

New Zealand PM makes U.N. history with first baby

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'I want to normalize it,' says Jacinda Ardern, the first woman leader in the history of the United Nations to take her newborn into the UN General Assembly hall

FIRST IN UN HISTORY. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, and National Security and Intelligence of New Zealand holds her daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, as her partner Clarke Gayford looks on during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit September 24, 2018, one a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Tsunami warning for 3 Pacific islands after earthquake

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:24 PM

After the 7.1 magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia, 'waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide level are possible,' says the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Samoa rejects China Pacific debt forgiveness call

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says asking for aid loans to be forgiven painted an 'unfaithful picture' of the recipient nation

REJECTING. Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi addresses the closing press conference of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), at Marlborough House in London on April 20, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

New Zealand curbs foreign property ownership to cool market

Aug 16, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The new restrictions mean an almost complete ban on non-nationals buying residential property in New Zealand, with only a couple of exemptions

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'We're phasing-out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand's clean, green reputation,' says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Batang Gilas nabs record-high World Cup finish

Jul 09, 2018 - 8:33 AM

The Philippine basketball youth team wraps up its campaign with back-to-back wins to finish 13th overall

STRONG FINISH. Raven Cortez and Batang Gilas dismantle New Zealand by 22 points. Photo from FIBA

Political milestones for women after New Zealand PM gives birth

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Here are some of the other historic moments for women in government.

NEW MOM. In this file photo taken on October 20, 2017 then New Zealand's Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern receives applause as she is welcomed to her first caucus meeting as Prime Minister-elect at Parliament in Wellington. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

New Zealand prime minister gives birth to healthy baby girl

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:43 PM

It is the first child for the 37-year-old and her 40-year-old partner Clarke Gayford, with the new arrival weighing in at 3.3 kilograms

MOTHER. In this file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announce to the press that they are expecting their first child, in Auckland on January 19, 2018. File photo by Diego Opatowski /AFP

New Zealand to tax tourists to fund infrastructure

Jun 15, 2018 - 2:50 PM

A tax of NZ$25-35 would be imposed on international visitors from mid-2019 while price hikes for immigration fees and visas will take effect this November

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern reveals maternity leave arrangements

May 14, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The 37-year-old Ardern says she will continue working as close as possible to her due date of June 17 and then hand over power to her deputy Winston Peters

MATERNITY LEAVE. File photo shows Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern (left) talking with Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau as they walk through St George's Hall in Windsor Castle for a Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) retreat in Windsor, west of London on April 20, 2018. Photo by Henry Nicholls/pool/AFP

Nutty issue: Singapore Airlines stops serving peanuts

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:04 PM

The Singapore flag carrier joins other airlines which have stopped handing out peanuts as snacks to customers

DREAMLINER. File photo of Singapore Airlines (SIA) world's first Boeing 787-10 aircraft taxis to the terminal after its arrival from Boeing's production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina at Singapore Changi Airport on March 28, 2018.  Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Batang Gilas settles for 4th in FIBA Asia U16 after rout by New Zealand

Apr 08, 2018 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Batang Gilas will see action again in the FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina from June 30 to July 8

TOP 4. Batang Gilas settles for 4th place in the 2018 FIBA U16 Asian Championships after getting demolished by New Zealand. Photo by FIBA

Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker move closer to heavyweight title unity

Mar 30, 2018 - 12:22 PM

Only one will come out with a spotless record between the two undefeated fighters

Joseph Parker (left) and Anthony Joshua (right) will lock horns on March 31 for the world heavyweight title unification boxing bout. Photos from Geoff Caddick/AFP


Brit boxer Joshua tells heavyweight American rival Wilder to 'stop the fantasy'

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Should such a bout between British boxer Joshua, the IBF and WBA title-holder, and American rival Wilder, the WBC champion, take place it could be one of the richest in history

CHAMP. In this file photo Britain's Anthony Joshua, WBA, IBF and IBO world heavyweight boxing champion, attends a press conference in central London to promote his March 31 world heavyweight unification bout against New Zealand's Joseph Parker, WBO world heavyweight champion, to be fought in Cardiff. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Ex-New Zealand PM urges young women to uphold their rights

Mar 18, 2018 - 4:18 PM

'You have to be prepared to persevere over a very long period of time,' says former New Zealand prime minister and UNDP administrator Helen Clark

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Former New Zealand PM and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark talks to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa about leadership and empowerment. Screenshot from Rappler video

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, March 12-18, 2018

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:28 PM

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Rappler Talk: Helen Clark on leadership and global change

Mar 17, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa talks to Clark about leadership and empowerment, as well as how her views of the world have changed

Without U.S., 11 Asia Pacific states sign trade deal

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The pact includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing together 13.5% of the global economy

TPP. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. File photo by Na Son Nguyen/AFP

New Zealand spy papers reveal 1981 bid to kill Queen

Mar 01, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Christopher Lewis fired a single shot towards the Queen's car as she toured the South Island city of Dunedin, the documents from New Zealand's Security Intelligence Service spy agency reveal

QUEEN ELIZABETH II. In this file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 13, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Text of revised Trans-Pacific Partnership released

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:51 PM

New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker says making it public will allow better scrutiny before it is formally signed in Santiago on March 8

TRADING BLOC. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. Na Son Nguyen / Pool / AFP

At least 8,000 great white sharks off Australia coast: researchers

Feb 09, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Using groundbreaking genetic and statistical analysis of juvenile sharks, scientists from Australia and New Zealand produce a total population estimate in Australian waters of at least 8,000, including about 2,210 adults

DANGER. An undated file photograph of a Great White Shark swimming off Gansbaai, about 180 kms from Cape Town. Photo by Theo Ferreira/AFP

New Zealand Prime Minister says she's having a baby

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Jacinda Ardern says: 'This year we'll join the many parents who wear two hats. I'll be PM and a mom while Clarke will be 'first man of fishing' and stay at home dad'

PRIME MOM-ISTER. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announce to the press that they are expecting their first child, in Auckland on January 19, 2018. Photo by Diego Opatowski /AFP

Four jailed over forged Ed Sheeran tickets

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:06 PM

An Australian, a Briton and two New Zealanders are going to jail in Singapore for selling forged tickets to an Ed Sheeran concert

FAKED. File photo of Ed Sheeran performing at the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images/AFP

A winter tour of New Zealand

Dec 04, 2017 - 4:00 PM

A British travel writer and his Filipino friend go on a New Zealand road trip in a campervan

Fonterra must pay France's Danone $125 mln over botulism scare

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) The huge payout comes after Danone sued over the 2013 issue, when fears about contamination in Fonterra-supplied ingredients forced global formula recalls, including Danone brands

BABY FORMULA SCARE. In this file photo, customers visit a Fonterra stall during a Baby Fair in Hong Kong on August 5, 2013. File photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP