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 ...

Nov 6, 2014

New Zealand mine owner won't retrieve 29 killed

The owners of a New Zealand coal mine where the bodies of 29 workers remain entombed after a methane-fueled explosion four years ago said Thursday they won’t go back into the mine because it remains too dangerous. The announcement by state-owned company Solid Energy ...

AC/DC drummer arrested in N.Z. on murder plot: reports

Nov 6, 2014

AC/DC drummer arrested in N.Z. on murder plot: reports

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was charged with attempting to “procure” a murder Thursday after New Zealand police raided his home, reports said. Police raided Rudd’s waterfront home at Tauranga in the North Island and charged him with a raft of offenses, Fairfax New Zealand ...

Nov 5, 2014

Britain to send troops to train Iraqi forces: report

Britain is preparing to send troops to Iraq to help train local forces to fight Islamic State militants, The Times newspaper reported Wednesday. The British Ministry of Defence declined to comment on the report but said an announcement would be forthcoming. The newspaper reported ...

Thaw reveals Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook

Oct 23, 2014

Thaw reveals Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook

A photographic notebook from Robert Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent, New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust said. It belonged to scientist George Murray Levick and was discovered outside Scott’s 1911 Terra Nova ...

Oct 17, 2014

Venezuela, New Zealand join U.N. Security Council

Venezuela, New Zealand, Angola and Malaysia have been elected to coveted seats on the United Nations Security Council, while voting continued to determine whether Turkey or Spain would join the council. Neither Turkey nor Spain got enough votes in the first or second ballot ...

Oct 8, 2014

New fault line discovered in New Zealand could generate 7.1 quake

A new geological fault capable of generating a magnitude -7.1 earthquake has been discovered in Wellington, confirming the New Zealand capital’s status as one of the world’s most seismically active cities in the world, scientists revealed Wednesday. Geologists from the official NIWA research agency ...

Oct 3, 2014

Environmentalists threaten boycott over rare New Zealand dolphin

Environmentalists are threatening to call a boycott of New Zealand’s billion-dollar seafood export industry unless the government boosts efforts to save the world’s rarest dolphin, which has dwindled to a population of just 50. The Maui’s dolphin, the world’s smallest and scarcest sub-species, is ...