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In India, some fear lawmakers are stoking anti Muslim fervour

NEW DELHI — A lawmaker from India’s ruling party called the Taj Mahal a blot on Indian culture, saying in October that the famous tourist site had been built by Muslim traitors. In November, another party member offered a bounty for the heads of two people involved in a movie featuring a Muslim sultan. Then, …

Ancient wrestling offers a future for some in modern India

BAHADURGARH, India— Wearing nothing but loincloths, a group of boys warm up by climbing sturdy ropes that take them high into the trees. One teenager walks around the wrestling pit swirling incense, blessing the arena and preparing it for battle. On this November evening, as the dusk thickens and the bugs venture out, a couple …

New Zealand repeats offer to take Australia camp refugees

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s prime minister on Friday repeated her country’s offer to take up to 150 refugees from an Australian immigration camp in Papua New Guinea, where more than 600 weakened men are continuing a standoff with authorities. Jacinda Ardern said she would personally restate the offer to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull when …

You own it: New Zealand party told to pay for Eminem rip off

WELLINGTON, New Zealand— A New Zealand judge said Eminem’s lyrics “You own it, you better never let it go” turned out to be prophetic after ruling a political party breached copyright by using a song similar to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” in its campaign ads. High Court Judge Helen Cull on Wednesday ordered the conservative National …

New Zealand aims to go green with electricity, tree planting

WELLINGTON, New Zealand—New Zealand’s incoming government is hoping to make the nation greener by planting 100 million trees each year, ensuring the electricity grid runs entirely from renewable energy, and spending more money on cycle ways and rail transport. Jacinda Ardern, who takes over as prime minister this week, on Tuesday outlined agreements her Labour …

New Zealand gets liberal govt led by Ardern month after vote

WELLINGTON, New Zealand—New Zealand is getting a liberal government under challenger Jacinda Ardern after a small party said Thursday it would join her coalition following an election nearly a month ago. At 37 years old, Ardern will be the nation’s youngest leader in more than 150 years. She has been compared to other young, charismatic …

Decision on New Zealand leader delayed by at least 2 days

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealanders must wait at least two more days before finding out who will lead their country after a small political party on Thursday delayed making a decision. The main conservative and liberal parties are competing to form a government after an election last month ended inconclusively. Crucial to the negotiations …

Burst fuel pipe to disrupt New Zealand flights through week

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A rupture in the main pipeline carrying jet fuel to New Zealand’s largest airport has disrupted the travel plans of thousands of people and is expected to cause further flight cancellations and delays into next week. Auckland Airport spokeswoman Lisa Mulitalo said Monday that 41 international and domestic flights have been cancelled since …

3rd New Zealand party leader quits in close election race

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Three weeks ago, New Zealand’s conservative National Party appeared to be cruising to a fourth straight election victory. Opinion polls showed the party had strong support and the opposition was struggling to inspire people ahead of September’s general election. But much has changed since then due to the rise of opposition …

New Zealand’s auditor general resigns over handling of fraud

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s auditor-general resigned Thursday amid questions over how he handled a fraud case while he was head of the nation’s transport agency. Martin Matthews said the issues and speculation over the case had made it untenable for him to continue leading the Auditor-General’s office, which is responsible for overseeing good …