Mar 24, 2015

Dambusters pilot halts medal sale after peer's donation

The last surviving pilot from World War II’s legendary Dambusters’ mission canceled plans to sell his medals Tuesday after a wealthy British peer intervened, the auction house handling the sale said. New Zealander Les Munro had planned to sell his medals, logbooks and other ...

Cyclone Pam leaves trail of destruction in Pacific's Vanuatu

Mar 14, 2015

Cyclone Pam leaves trail of destruction in Pacific's Vanuatu

Winds from an extremely powerful cyclone that blew through the Pacific’s Vanuatu archipelago were beginning to subside Saturday, revealing widespread destruction and unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths. Communication systems in many of the hard-hit outer islands remained down, meaning it could take some ...

New Zealand edges rival Australia

Feb 28, 2015

New Zealand edges rival Australia

New Zealand reached the World Cup quarterfinals Saturday in a nail-biting one-wicket win over Australia in an Eden Park classic which saw it almost suffer an embarrassing collapse in pursuit of just 152. Sitting comfortably at 78-1, the Black Caps were crippled by sudden ...

Britain urges New Zealand to join anti-Islamic State coalition

Feb 3, 2015

Britain urges New Zealand to join anti-Islamic State coalition

Britain on Tuesday encouraged New Zealand to join the fight against the Islamic State group. During a visit to Wellington, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told reporters that Britain would “very much hope” New Zealand would become an active participant in the coalition of ...

New Zealanders feud over fate of corpse ship

Nov 26, 2014

New Zealanders feud over fate of corpse ship

The S.S. Ventnor sank 112 years ago off the northern New Zealand coast, bearing unusual cargo: the exhumed bodies of 499 Chinese miners, some in wooden coffins and others in sealed zinc caskets. They had tried their luck in New Zealand’s gold rush, and ...

Murder plot charges against AC/DC drummer dropped

Nov 7, 2014

Murder plot charges against AC/DC drummer dropped

A murder-for-hire case against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd collapsed Friday when New Zealand prosecutors found there was insufficient evidence to proceed, just 24 hours after police sensationally filed charges. In a major embarrassment for the police, authorities said a charge of “attempt to procure ...