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New Zealand

Five Eyes spy pact: Transparency challenge lodged at European rights court
The cross-border ‘Five Eyes’ agreement that authorizes the sharing of intelligence between Britain, America, Australia, Canada and New Zealand should be made transparent, according to an appeal launched at the European Court of Human Rights.

09.09.2014 09:22

​Israel and New Zealand in diplomatic row over rejected ambassador
Israel refused to accept New Zealand’s new ambassador as he is also an envoy to the Palestinian Authority. However, New Zealand is perplexed over what it sees as a sudden change to the long-standing practice.

08.09.2014 10:52

​Way too close: 18-meter asteroid zips between Earth & moon
An asteroid will speed past our planet on Sunday, practically shaving terrestrial space as the rock whizzes past Earth just one tenth of its distance from the moon. The rare occasion will be most clearly witnessed in the skies above New Zealand.

05.09.2014 04:48

Fears of global spread of Ebola virus as death toll hits 729
Scientists in Australia and New Zealand warn that the vaccine for the deadly outbreak of Ebola won’t come soon enough to stop the current spreading of the virus. Sierra Leone has announced a state of emergency to deal with the threat.

31.07.2014 13:25

41 Homer Simpson tattoos: New Zealander sets world record
Just how many Homer Simpson tattoos should a devoted fan have? Lee Weir has covered himself in 41 and this is a world record. When you forbid your kid watch their favorite cartoon, just remember Weir and his parent’s ban.

21.07.2014 19:37

Thousands attend pro-Palestine rally in New Zealand (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Several thousand people are estimated to have marched through central Auckland to protest the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza, which, along with previous airstrikes, have resulted in over 300 deaths in under two weeks’ time.

19.07.2014 07:53

Kim Dotcom US extradition hearing delayed until 2015
The Megaupload founder has been told that his extradition hearing has been delayed again – he will now have to wait until at least February 2015 to find out his fate.

07.07.2014 19:11

Judge foils US investigators' attempt to seize Kim Dotcom's decryption keys
Investigators in the United States won’t be handed over the decryption keys necessary to access digital data seized from the home of internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom in early 2012, a New Zealand judge ruled this week.

03.07.2014 16:42

N. Zealand 'reintegrated' into Five Eyes global spy network after 2-decade absence
New Zealand was welcomed back to the Five Eyes network after a two-decade absence in 2009, it has been revealed. The spy organization has been criticized for intercepting massive amounts of data about ordinary people and keeping tabs on governments.

21.06.2014 04:35

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Crashed Google balloon mistaken for aircraft
Panic gripped New Zealand’s emergency services as a helicopter, police cars, ambulance crew and lifeboat were sent to rescue what was reported to be a crashed plane, local media said. Luckily, they discovered only a non-operating Google Wi-Fi balloon.

20.06.2014 19:26

New Zealand govt accused of opening world's rarest dolphin's habitat to oil & gas drilling
The New Zealand government is insisting that the endangered Maui dolphin is not at risk after it signed off 3,000 square kilometers of a marine mammal sanctuary off the North Island’s west coast for oil and gas drilling.

18.06.2014 18:17

Number of disabled surging in NZ – survey
A quarter of New Zealand is suffering disabilities on account of the country’s aging population.

17.06.2014 11:16