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New Zealand Prime Minister demands oil slick answers

Salvage crews were scrambling to off-load oil from a stranded container ship in New Zealand’s pristine Bay of Plenty Sunday, as Prime Minister John Key demanded to know why the vessel hit a reef in calm waters. With the official Metservice forecasting deteriorating conditions, including possible gale-force winds, from Monday…

U.S., New Zealand leaders bond on trade, security

The United States and New Zealand hailed new cooperation in a once frosty relationship as President Barack Obama called for work on a trans-Pacific trade deal by November. Obama welcomed New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to the White House on Friday, hours after deadly attacks stunned Norway — an…

Quake kills 65 in New Zealand’s ‘darkest day’

Update: Up to 30 million tons of ice have split off from the Tasman glacier, causing waves over 3.5 meters high. More here CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) – A powerful earthquake killed at least 65 people in New Zealand’s second city Christchurch Tuesday, crushing buildings and vehicles and leaving hundreds…

Deaths reported as major quake hits New Zealand

WELLINGTON – Multiple deaths were reported as a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch in New Zealand Tuesday, toppling buildings, igniting fires and sending panicked people rushing into the streets. The widespread damage came from a shallow lunch-time tremor in a city of 340,000 still recovering from a powerful quake in…

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