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Sweden set for first female prime minister

Magdalena Andersson is poised to become Sweden's first female leader after a deal was struck between the Social Democrats and the Left Party.

New Zealand records 215 COVID-19 cases, one death

New Zealand's COVID-19 outbreak may be plateauing as health officials confirmed another 215 community cases, as well as a fresh death.

More rioting in Netherlands over COVID-19 rules

COVID-19 restrictions in the Netherlands have led to a third night of protest in several cities across the country, with hundreds of arrests.

US jury acquits Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges

Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted of all charges in the deadly Kenosha shootings that became a political flashpoint in the US.

Trump ally Steve Bannon talks tough on charges

Steve Bannon has promised to go on the offensive against the Biden administration as he faces contempt charges after defying a subpoena.

Thousands protest New Zealand COVID-19 vaccine mandate

New Zealand has beefed up security measures at its parliament as thousands gather to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Vaccinated travellers head to US as flights reopen

Travellers across the world are preparing to be reunited with loved ones in the United States for the first time in nearly two years.

Mourning starts as deadly US music festival crush probed

Investigators are working to determine how eight people died in a crush of fans at a Houston music festival, as families mourn the dead.

Norway won’t give children second COVID-19 vaccine jabs yet

Norway will hold off giving children aged 12-15 a second dose of a vaccine against COVID-19 until it has gathered more research.

Indians celebrate Diwali amid COVID fears

Indians across the country have begun celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Massive New Zealand potato could be world’s biggest

Colin and Donna Craig-Brown were weeding their garden in New Zealand when Colin's hoe struck something huge just beneath the soil's surface.

World leaders dial up doomsday warning at COP26

World leaders have turned up the heat and resorted to end-of-the-world rhetoric in an attempt to bring new urgency to climate negotiations.

Vaccinated visitors return to Thailand

Thailand is welcoming its first wave of quarantine-free visitors in 18 months as hundreds of vaccinated foreign tourists arrive in Bangkok.

China hits COVID-19 six-week high

Mainland China has recorded its highest number of daily local new COVID-19 infections in more than six weeks.

Eleven US states sue over vaccine mandates

Eleven US states with Republican governors have sued the Biden administration seeking to block a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors.

Tonga records first ever case of Covid-19

The Pacific kingdom of Tonga has reported its first case of Covid-19, Prime Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa says.

Jupiter Red Spot storm deeper than thought

Data from NASA's Juno spacecraft is providing a deeper understanding of Jupiter's wondrous and violent atmosphere including its Great Red Spot

Facebook rebrands company name to Meta

An embattled Facebook Inc. is changing its name to Meta Platforms Inc., or Meta for short.

COVID-19 Delta outbreak arrives in Christchurch

Christchurch has recorded two community cases of COVID-19, breaking a long run without the virus in the city.

World’s first stamp expected to fetch $11M, lick that

An example of the world's first postage stamp, the Penny Black, is being offered at auction, Sotheby's says, with a price estimate of up...

New vaccine mandates for many New Zealand workers

New Zealand has drastically increased its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to cover workers at hospitality venues, hairdressers, major events, gyms and more.

Amnesty International head urges release of Assange

Amnesty International has called on US authorities to drop the charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and urged British authorities to release him immediately.

Red Cross urges action for PNG as COVID-19 cases surge

Concerted international action is needed to support Papua New Guinea as a surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelms the country's health system.

Captured Colombia drug lord: ‘You beat me’

The man Colombia describes as the world's most dangerous drug trafficker told security forces: "You beat me" when he was captured.

Donald Trump to launch new social media platform TRUTH

Donald Trump will launch his own social media app that he says will "stand up to Big Tech" companies such as Twitter and Facebook.

Facebook plans to change its name: report

Social media giant Facebook Inc is planning to rebrand itself with a new name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse.

COVID-positive person on the run in Auckland

Three people with COVID-19 have escaped New Zealand quarantine in the past 24 hours, with one still at large.

Trump sues panel investigating Jan 6 riot

Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against the House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

Indonesia, Malaysia concerned over AUKUS

Malaysia and Indonesia share concern over Australia acquiring nuclear-powered submarines, despite nuclear weapons not being part of the plan.

Riots flare at Italian COVID-19 protests

Protests against the Italian government's coronavirus policy have led to serious rioting in Rome.