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Australian PM says no evidence coronavirus originated in China laboratory, urges inquiry

May 01 2020

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has angered Beijing by calling for a global inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak, said he had no evidence to suggest the disease originated in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

NZ central bank holds rates, surprises markets with upbeat outlook

Feb 11 2020

WELLINGTON New Zealand's central bank held rates at record lows on Wednesday, as expected, but sounded more confident on the economic outlook and dropped previous references to the chance of future cuts, sending the local currency soaring.

Australian bushfires ease, promise reprieve to build defenses

Jan 11 2020

SYDNEY Bushfire conditions eased in Australia on Saturday after a grueling night for firefighters, with authorities saying they expect at least a week of milder weather in which to step up defenses against the huge blazes still burning. | Video

Australia begins damage assessment amid temporary respite from bushfires

Jan 05 2020

SYDNEY Australian authorities began assessing the damage on Sunday from heatwave-spurred bushfires that swept through two states a day earlier, as cooler conditions provided a temporary respite from blazes that have scarred the country's east coast for weeks. | Video

Bushfires rage out of control across southeast Australia

Jan 04 2020

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE Bushfires burned dangerously out of control on Australia's east coast on Saturday, fanned by high temperatures and strong winds that had firefighters battling to save lives and property, as a change in wind conditions merged several large fire fronts. | Video

NATO needs to address China's rise, says Stoltenberg

Aug 07 2019

SYDNEY NATO needs to understand the implications of China's rise as Beijing expands its power around the world, including areas that may challenge members of the North Atlantic security body, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday. | Video

New Zealand central bank flags rate cut as likely next move, kiwi tumbles

Mar 26 2019

WELLINGTON New Zealand's central bank unexpectedly said its next move in interest rates was more likely to be a cut, abandoning its neutral stance at a policy review on Wednesday and knocking the currency down sharply to two-week lows.

UPDATE 2-NZ central bank flags rate cut as likely next move, kiwi tumbles

Mar 26 2019

* RBNZ surprises with shift to easing bias, NZ$ drops sharply

RPT-NZ's Ardern burnishes leadership after Christchurch carnage

Mar 17 2019

WELLINGTON, March 17 The calm and compassion shown by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in response to the killing of 50 Muslims by a suspected white supremacist has burnished the credentials of a leader whose youth and celebrity had given critics' doubts.

Jacinda Ardern burnishes leadership after Christchurch carnage

Mar 17 2019

WELLINGTON The calm and compassion shown by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in response to the killing of 50 Muslims by a suspected white supremacist has burnished the credentials of a leader whose youth and celebrity had given critics' doubts.

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