Jun 2, 2014

Tokyo, Hanoi unite on defense ties

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and his Vietnamese counterpart, Gen. Phung Quang Thanh, agreed Sunday to strengthen defense cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East China and South China seas. “We need to send a joint message among parties ...

New Zealand woman may face jail in Bali drugs case

May 13, 2014

New Zealand woman may face jail in Bali drugs case

A New Zealand woman caught with drugs on Bali will be charged with hash possession and could face up to 12 years in jail, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Leeza Ormsby, 37, was detained in February after police raided her villa in the tourist area ...

New Zealand offers cash for move to quake city

May 6, 2014

New Zealand offers cash for move to quake city

Unemployed New Zealanders are being offered cash by the government to move to the earthquake-damaged city of Christchurch and join in the rebuilding effort. The government announced Tuesday it would pay welfare recipients 3,000 New Zealand dollars ($2,600) to move to the city if ...

Feb 22, 2014

N.Z. city marks 2011 quake anniversary

A memorial service commemorating the third anniversary of the Christchurch quake, which claimed the lives of 185 people, including 28 Japanese students, was held Saturday in the city’s botanical gardens. The civic ceremony was attended by Senior Vice Foreign Minister Norio Mitsuya, Japanese Ambassador ...

Feb 13, 2014

New Zealand bans rappers Odd Future

New Zealand immigration authorities on Thursday banned Los Angeles rappers Odd Future from entering the country after deciding they pose a threat to public order. The group was due to play an open-air concert with headline act Eminem on Saturday in Auckland. Border Operations ...

Feb 10, 2014

New Zealand rebukes Japan in whaling row

New Zealand has sharply criticized Japan for allowing a whaling ship to enter New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone. New Zealand said Monday that Japan ignored requests that the Shonan Maru 2 steer clear of New Zealand’s 200-nautical-mile EEZ as the whaler pursued an anti-whaling ...

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

Jan 20, 2014

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

A strong magnitude-6.3 earthquake rattled New Zealand Monday, halting train services and knocking merchandise off shelves, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The quake, which struck at 3:52 p.m., was centered in the North Island about 115 km northeast ...