New Zealand killer of British backpacker sentenced to life

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for murdering a young British backpacker, whose mother told the court the stealing of her daughter's life had ri...

New Zealand lawmaker faces fraud charges over donations

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand lawmaker and three political donors face fraud charges over an alleged scheme to hide campaign donations. Lawmaker Jami-Lee Ross on Wedne...

Former WTO leader and New Zealand premier Mike Moore dies

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former World Trade Organization leader and New Zealand Prime Minister Mike Moore died early Sunday. He was 71. He died at his home in Auckland, his wi...

Volcano victims were well-known Indian Americans in Atlanta

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An American husband and wife have now both died from injuries suffered in a New Zealand volcanic eruption, authorities said Thursday, leaving behind twin 6-year-old girl...

Death toll from New Zealand volcanic eruption rises to 21

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Another person who suffered critical injuries from an eruption of a New Zealand volcano last month has died, bringing the death toll to 21, police said Wednesday. ...

New Zealand announces Sept. 19 as date for general election

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that New Zealand's general election will be held on Sept. 19. Ardern, who leads a liberal government, will ...

Australian village ready for 'The Beast' to burn on through

BURRAGATE, Australia (AP) — As the sky darkened and the smoke billowed through the village, it seemed to those hunkering at the fire station that "The Beast” would finally roar through. But the wildfi...

Firefighter dies as Australia plans to adapt to wildfires

BURRAGATE, Australia (AP) — Another firefighter has died battling the Australian wildfire crisis and the prime minister on Sunday said his government was adapting and building resilience to the fire d...

Huge wildfire forms; resident injured in Australia crisis

BURRAGATE, Australia (AP) — Two wildfires have merged to form a 600,000-hectare (2,300-square mile) inferno in southeast Australia and a resident was injured protecting their home during a night of ex...

Some in path of Australian wildfires refuse to leave

BURRAGATE, Australia (AP) — Evan Harris said police and fire crews told him he should leave his cottage because of the threat posed by Australia’s wildfires, but he told them he wasn’t going anywhere....

North Americans adjust to Aussie lingo as they fight fires

MORUYA, Australia (AP) — Bimbimbie. Wamban. Ulladulla. Australia's place names can be a mouthful to pronounce, and it's one of the challenges that Canadian firefighter John Mash has...

Australians brace for escalating fire danger in southeast

EDEN, Australia (AP) — Communities across Australia’s fire-ravaged southeast were bracing for a long day of mounting danger on Friday as thousands abandon their homes for evacuation centers and milita...

Aussie has spent 53 years fighting fires, including his own

TOMERONG, Australia (AP) — The wildfire was behaving erratically last week, and Doug Schutz and his team needed to make a quick decision. So they moved a bulldozer from another job and used it to wide...

Australians on SE coast urged to flee as fire risk escalates

TOMERONG, Australia (AP) — Residents in the path of wildfires razing southeast Australia were urged to evacuate on Thursday if they don’t intend to defend their homes as hot and windy conditions are f...

Australian family's fortress no match for rapacious fires

BALMORAL, Australia (AP) — With flames climbing as high as a 15-story building and menacing his supposedly fireproof home on three sides, Justin Kam ran to the laundry room and opened the door. Inside...