New Zealand beaches turn red as lobsters dig in to the death

Swaths of coastline covered with squat lobster, which cling to the sand at high tide and then perish Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin -  The Guardian New Zealand squat lobster turning an Otago beach red Photograph:...

UK Gov’t ‘Tossed Out Lockdown Plan for Care Homes Proposed to Stem COVID-19 Deaths’

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, care homes in the UK have increasingly become epicentres for deaths linked to the respiratory disease, with some 16,000 residents suggested to have died, according to official UK figures. Public health...

Australian PM tells locals to avoid Black Lives Matter protests due to COVID-19 threat

By Colin Packham SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged people not to attend planned Black Lives Matter protests around the country this weekend, citing the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Organizers expect thousands of people to...

New Zealand’s first Covid cases in 24 days came from UK

BBC.COM-Image copyright Getty Images Image caption File photo of travellers arriving at Auckland International Airport New Zealand has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus, ending a 24-day streak of no new infections in the country. Both...

New Zealand puts Covid-19 quarantine in hands of military after border fiasco

Prime minister says release of two overseas arrivals without being tested ‘should never have happened and it cannot be repeated’ Charlotte Graham-McLay in Wellington  -  The Guardian New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has halted compassionate...

Australia Has Become Target of ‘Sophisticated’ Cyber Attack by a ‘State-Based Actor’ – PM...

The Australian PM, during a press conference, said that the actor behind the cyber attack is "state-based", judging from the "scale and nature of the targeting". However, he did not name the country Canberra...

Australia says it has been target of ‘state-based’ cyberattacks

By Colin Packham -  Japan  Today SYDNEY A "sophisticated state-based actor" has been attempting to hack a wide range of Australian organizations for months and had stepped up its efforts recently, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said...

Ardern stays cool as earthquake rattles New Zealand capital

WELLINGTON An earthquake struck near New Zealand's capital on Monday morning, shaking many residents including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who continued with a live TV interview at the parliament building. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake was 37...

Shaoquett Moselmane: Australian lawmaker’s office raided ‘amid China probe’

BBC.COM- Image copyright ABC NEWS Image caption Shaoquett Moselmane has been a member of NSW parliament since 2009 An Australian lawmaker is to be suspended from his party following reports his office is facing investigation...

Australia to increase defense spending by 40% over 10 years

By Colin Packham -  Japan Today SYDNEY Australia will boost defense spending by 40% over the next 10 years, buying long-range military assets that will be focused on the Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said...

Australia new virus cases fall, but testing blitz runs into resistance

By Sonali Paul MELBOURNE Australia reported a drop in new coronavirus cases on Friday, with a surge in the second most populated state Victoria appearing to have eased, although more than 10,000 people have refused to...

New Zealand’s health minister resigns after virus blunders

By NICK PERRY WELLINGTON, New Zealand New Zealand's health minister resigned Thursday following a series of personal blunders during the coronavirus pandemic. David Clark had earlier described himself as an “idiot” for breaking the nation's lockdown measures...

Coronavirus: Australia to close Victoria-New South Wales border

BBC.COM-Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Authorities have launched a massive response to the virus outbreak in Melbourne The border between Australia's two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), is to close...

Australia seeks Qatar response over ‘grossly disturbing’ exams of women

BBC.COM-image copyrightReuters image captionThe incident happened on a Qatar Airways flight. File image Australia says it has raised "grossly disturbing" reports with Qatar that women were strip-searched and examined before a flight from Doha to Sydney. The...

New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -  Japan Today The Australian white supremacist who admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has dismissed his lawyers and will represent himself when he is...

Australian farm to hold 50,000 crocodiles for luxury Hermès goods questioned by animal welfare...

Farm to supply skins to make handbags and shoes would be one of the biggest in Australia under plan approved by Northern Territory government Graham Readfearn -  The  Guardian A proposal for a farm that would...

Covid: Melbourne’s hard-won success after a marathon lockdown

By Phil Mercer-BBC News image copyrightGetty Images image captionMelbourne residents have endured one of the world's longest lockdowns Melbourne's grinding second coronavirus lockdown began in the chill of winter. In early July, the nights were long and...

New Zealand couple shuns developers to give 900 hectares of land to nation

Dick and Jillian Jardine said it was ‘the right thing’ to hand beautiful plot in Remarkables to national trust for conservation The family who own the Remarkables station in New Zealand have gifted it to...

New Zealand votes to legalise euthanasia in referendum

Results must be enacted by the new Labour government by November 2021, but second referendum on legalising cannabis fails to find support Eleanor Ainge Roy in Queenstown  -  The Gaurdian Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda...

Kākāpō, the world’s fattest parrot, named New Zealand’s bird of the year for 2020

‘Mighty moss chicken’ brought back from brink of extinction is the first two-time winner Phil Taylor in Auckland -  The  Guardian The kākāpō - a critically endangered green parrot – first won bird of the year...