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...

Poetic words bring tears in New Zealand mosque shooting case

Sara Qasem gives her victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing for Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant at the Christchurch High Court after Tarrant pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted...

Australia child abuse: Police arrest 44 suspects and rescue 16 children

BBC.COM-image copyrightAFP image captionPolice in Sydney arrest a man suspected of possessing child abuse material Australian police have arrested 44 men across the nation on suspicion of possessing and producing child abuse material. Sixteen children had been...

Man with axe smashes New Zealand Parliament doors

Crews at New Zealand's Parliament inspect the smashed front doors on Wednesday in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: AP/Nick Perry By Associated Press -  Japan Today WELLINGTON, New Zealand Police said a man armed with an axe smashed...

White Island volcano: NZ officials charge 13 parties over tragedy

BBC.COM-image copyright Getty Images image caption White Island was a popular tourist spot New Zealand's health and safety authorities have filed charges against 13 parties over last year's deadly White Island disaster. Some 22 people died...

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern wants to eliminate coronavirus. Is she setting herself up...

Analysis by Julia Hollingsworth, CNN- CNN.COM (CNN)In mid-March, as the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold in Europe and the United States, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern presented her country with a choice. They...

‘Hard lockdown’ in Australian state ‘violated human rights’ & was ‘contrary to the law’...

A “hard lockdown” imposed in the Australian state of Victoria over the summer amid a surge in its coronavirus outbreak was “rushed” and deprived citizens of their rights, the state’s ombudsman concluded in a...

Australian elite soldiers killed Afghan civilians, report finds

BBC.COM- There is "credible evidence" that Australian special forces unlawfully killed 39 people during the Afghan conflict, a long-awaited report has found. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has released findings from a four-year inquiry into...

High number of fatal Australian shark attacks prompts concern hunting grounds are shifting

La Niña’s possible influence on feeding considered as Western Australian surfer’s death takes 2020 toll to highest in 86 years Elias Visontay -  The  Guardian A great white shark. The species, which has killed several people...

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...

Australia demands China apologise for posting ‘repugnant’ fake image

BBC.COM-image copyright EPA image captionScott Morrison said the post was a "shameful" and "appalling" action Australia has demanded China apologise for posting a fake picture on a government Twitter account that depicted an Australian soldier murdering...

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...

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’s COVID-19 daily cases creep higher but below record levels

SYDNEY -  Japan Today The Australian state at the center of the country's coronavirus second wave on Tuesday reported 148 new COVID-19 cases, more than the previous day but well down from peak levels, 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...

Australia whale stranding: 470 animals now beached in Tasmania record

BBC.COM-image copyright BILAL RASHID/REUTERS image captionThe pilot whales have become stranded on Tasmania's west coast The Australian state of Tasmania has recorded its largest-ever stranding of whales, after more were found beached during a large rescue...

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’s most populous state eases COVID-19 curbs; urges workers to return to offices

By Colin Packham and Renju Jose - Japan Today SYDNEY Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state will ease social distancing restrictions and remove requirements for companies to allow employees work from home after recording nearly three...

Australia whales: 90 dead in mass stranding off Tasmania

image copyrightTASMANIA POLICE image captionWhile some whales are on the beach, others are in inaccessible spots At least a third of 270 whales stranded off the coast of Australia's Tasmania have died and more are feared...

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...