First vaccine fatality reported in New Zealand

Australia & Oceania 08/30/21, 21:17

New Zealand's health ministry confirmed the nation's first fatal COVID-19 vaccination on Aug. 30. A female patient, whose age was undisclosed, suffered deadly complications from the Pfizer vaccine. The patient developed myocarditis, which caused heart inflammation according to Reuters. "This is the first case in New Zealand where a death in the ...

Single infection prompts nationwide lockdown across New Zealand

Australia & Oceania 08/17/21, 20:07

One COVID-19 case plunged New Zealand's islands into a strict stay-at-home order on Aug. 17. Left-leaning Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern forced the entire Kiwi population into lockdown, because a single Auckland man tested positive to the deadly disease. "We are one of the last countries in the world to have the ...

Taliban must respect human rights says New Zealand prime minister

Australia & Oceania 08/16/21, 21:34

New Zealand wants an Islamic militant group that defeated the Afghan government to uphold basic rights and freedoms. Jacinda Ardern wants every Taliban fighter to respect the human rights of Afghan people who worked with either their democratically elected government, or U.S. forces. The left-leaning Labour prime minister is very concerned the ...

Amid global COVID surges, New Zealand plans to change border closure measures

Politics 08/09/21, 23:52

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will reveal New Zealand’s revision of its border shutdown policies on Thursday, Aug. 12. The island had been COVID-19 free since February. According to Reuters, the new switch was urged by a severe workforce shortage in businesses and public sectors in the country, which resulted in inflation.  New ...

FBI catches 800 suspected criminals using an encrypted chat app

Europe 06/09/21, 00:40

A covert police operation successfully tricked illegal groups into buying cellphones, containing messaging software that authorities constantly monitored. Operation Trojan Shield arrested at least 800 suspects, thwarted some 100 assassination attempts, and seized more than 32 tons of drugs plus $148 million in cash. These busts were thanks to a joint operation ...

11 Australians missing, 13 injured in New Zealand eruption

Asia & Pacific 12/09/19, 23:37

Australia’s prime minister said Tuesday that 11 Australians remained unaccounted for and 13 had been hospitalized after a volcano eruption in New Zealand. Three Australians were suspected to be among the initial five confirmed dead, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Sydney. “I fear there is worse news to come over ...

5 dead, many more missing in eruption of New Zealand volcano

Asia & Pacific 12/08/19, 23:26

A volcanic island in New Zealand erupted Monday in a tower of ash and steam while dozens of tourists were exploring the moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving many more missing. Police said the site was still too dangerous hours later for rescuers to search for the missing. Police Deputy Commissioner ...

Search warrant cites synagogue shooter’s hatred of Judaism

U.S. 06/17/19, 11:45

The sole gunman in a Southern California synagogue shooting in which a woman was killed told an investigator he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack, according to a federal search warrant.John T. Earnest, 19, also told a San Diego Sheriff's detective that that he was ...

New Zealand’s 1st ‘well-being budget’ targets mental health

Business 05/29/19, 22:45

New Zealand's government announced Thursday it will spend billions of dollars more on mental health services and combatting child poverty as part of a new approach to its finances.The liberal-led government unveiled the country's first so-called well-being budget. It aims to measure social outcomes like health and the environment alongside ...

Fates in the balance as Super Rugby heads toward playoffs

Africa 05/29/19, 20:42

The fate of several teams vying for places in the Super Rugby playoffs is likely to be sealed in this weekend's 16th round.If the Chiefs can't beat the Crusaders in Fiji, if the Waratahs can't beat the Rebels in Australia, and if the Stormers can't beat the Lions in South ...

India thrash Bangladesh, Windies outhit NZ in last warmups

Sports 05/28/19, 16:58

India thrashed Bangladesh by 95 runs and the West Indies outgunned New Zealand by 91 runs in the last Cricket World Cup warmups on Tuesday.The tournament starts on Thursday, when England and South Africa meet at the Oval.India put up 359-7 and bowled out Bangladesh for 264 in Cardiff.India's MS ...

South African conference teams taking command in Super Rugby

Africa 05/26/19, 21:45

Teams from the South African conference teams have taken command in the late race for playoffs positions in Super Rugby, exposing the limitations of their Australian and New Zealand opponents.Meanwhile, Argentina's conference-leading Jaguares are being criticized from fielding what is in effect the national team.With three rounds remaining in the ...

Crusaders, Jaguares, Brumbies lead Super Rugby conferences

Sports 05/25/19, 13:37

Defending champions the Crusaders likely sealed first place in the New Zealand conference, the Jaguares took a surprise lead in the South African conference, and ACT Brumbies are top in Australia on Saturday with just three rounds of Super Rugby's regular season remaining.The Christchurch-based Crusaders, the two-time defending champions, cemented ...

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