Australia

Chris Hipkins to be next New Zealand prime minister

Chris Hipkins, who played a leading role in New Zealand’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, emerged Saturday as the successor to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Hipkins is the only candidate nominated to lead the Labour Party following Ardern’s shock resignation earlier this week. “I’m humbled and honored to be the …

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Australia accuses China of election meddling

A senior minister has questioned the timing of Beijing’s security pact with the Solomon Islands Australia’s home affairs minister has accused China of attempting to interfere in an election set for next month, saying a recent security deal with a nearby Pacific nation suggested nefarious motives. In comments to a …

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Australian PM calls May 21 general election

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative coalition trails Labor in opinion polls after nine years in power. Australia will hold a general election on May 21, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says, triggering a campaign expected to be fought over cost-of-living pressures, climate change, and questions of trust and competence of the …

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Protests against COVID-19 measures grow in New Zealand as cases skyrocket

Protests against New Zealand government’s COVID-19 regulations in capital Wellington have entered a second week amid growing frustration among local residents. Inspired by Canada’s so-called ‘Freedom Convoy’ anti-vaccine protests, protesters in Wellington parked cars, vans, and buses in a bid to occupy parliament grounds, despite warnings of heavy rain due to Cyclone Dovi, causing …

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