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William and Kate embark on 'complex' Pakistan visit

Oct 11 2019

ISLAMABAD Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate visit Pakistan next week in what Kensington Palace has described as the most complex tour undertaken by the couple, given the security and logistical issues.

Taliban, U.S. envoy in Pakistan to review broken peace talks

Oct 02 2019

ISLAMABAD Afghan Taliban officials were due in Islamabad on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of reviving talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign ministry and the insurgent group said.

Shoddy homes worsen Pakistan earthquake damage

Sep 26 2019

ISLAMABAD Shoddy building construction, old housing and lax oversight leave Pakistan especially vulnerable to deadly earthquakes, experts in disasters and architecture say, and likely exacerbated damage from a tremor that killed at least 37 people.

Anger, impatience mount in Pakistani Kashmir as Khan makes diplomatic push

Sep 26 2019

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD As Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan prepares to deliver another appeal to the world to address the situation in Kashmir, he faces the risk that rising anger in his country's portion of the disputed region could spiral into a confrontation with India.

Bringing up baby: New Zealand speaker makes parliament more parent-friendly

Aug 22 2019

WELLINGTON As New Zealand lawmakers vigorously debated fuel prices in parliament this week, speaker Trevor Mallard called for order while feeding baby Tūtānekai his bottle.

New Zealand lawmakers urged to drop restrictions on Africa, Middle East refugees

Aug 20 2019

WELLINGTON Human rights advocates urged New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday to drop restrictions on the intake of Middle Eastern and African refugees, saying the policy undermines the character of a nation praised for its response to deadly mosque attacks this year.

UPDATE 1-RBNZ's heavy rate cuts reduce need for unconventional policy - asst.governor

Aug 20 2019

WELLINGTON, Aug 21 New Zealand's aggressive interest rate cuts in recent weeks reduce the need for unconventional monetary policy to boost inflation, the central bank's assistant governor said on Wednesday.

Global dairy prices flat, milk powder surges at fortnightly auction

Aug 20 2019

WELLINGTON Global dairy prices were largely flat at an auction early on Wednesday, but key product whole milk powder posted surprisingly strong gains on increased demand from Asia.

Criticism mounts of New Zealand mosque shooting response

Aug 14 2019

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand After a lone gunman killed 51 mosque worshippers in March, New Zealand's outpouring of collective grief and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's heartfelt support for the Muslim community won praise around the world.

Going negative? As trade war rages, central banks ponder radical steps

Aug 13 2019

TOKYO/WELLINGTON Negative interest rate policy - an unconventional gambit once only considered by economies with chronically low inflation such as Europe and Japan - is becoming a more attractive option for some other central banks to counter unwelcome currency rises.

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