New Zealand-Dotcom Appeal
Australia & the Pacific

New Zealand-Dotcom Appeal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will be allowed to livestream his legal bid to halt his extradition to the United States, a New Zealand judge ruled Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Dotcom and three of his colleagues are appealing a December lower-court decision which allows them to be extradited to the U.S. … Continue reading

UN health agency trumpets ‘plain packaging’ for tobacco
Health / U.S. News

UN health agency trumpets ‘plain packaging’ for tobacco

GENEVA (AP) — The UN health agency says “plain packaging” on tobacco products has shown to be an effective complement to health warnings, advertising restrictions, and curbs on misleading packaging to help save lives. The World Health Organization released Tuesday an 86-page report on “plain packaging,” hoping to decrease the lure of smoking on “World No Tobacco Day.” WHO Director General … Continue reading

New Zealand Earthquake Memorial
Asia / International News

New Zealand Earthquake Memorial

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A service to commemorate the fifth anniversary of a deadly earthquake in the New Zealand city of Christchurch turned ugly Monday when someone threw goop over the government minister responsible for quake recovery efforts. Hundreds of people attended the botanical gardens service in New Zealand’s second-largest city to memorialize the … Continue reading

4 Brits, 2 Aussies among 7 dead in New Zealand chopper crash
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4 Brits, 2 Aussies among 7 dead in New Zealand chopper crash

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Four tourists from Britain and two from Australia were among seven people killed Saturday when a helicopter crashed on a scenic New Zealand glacier, police said. An image released by police showed the wreckage wedged between walls of ice in a crevasse on the Fox Glacier. Police said in a … Continue reading

Asian stocks slump on Fed rate hike fears, commodity rout
Business / International News / U.S. News

Asian stocks slump on Fed rate hike fears, commodity rout

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks slid Friday following sharp losses on Wall Street as a slump in commodities markets deterred investors from riskier assets and expectations grew that the U.S. would soon move to raise interest rates. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 0.8 percent to 19,534.97 while South Korea’s Kospi shed … Continue reading

‘Modern-day pirate’ Kim Dotcom’s words now used against him
Australia & the Pacific / International News

‘Modern-day pirate’ Kim Dotcom’s words now used against him

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Prosecutors say Kim Dotcom and his colleagues sometimes reveled in their role as “modern-day pirates,” discussed how to thwart the justice system, and joked that a judge would one day realize how “evil” they were. The much-delayed extradition hearing for Dotcom and three others who owned or helped run the website … Continue reading