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Sex assault claims rock Ardern's New Zealand government

Sex assault claims rock Ardern's New Zealand governmentNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologised Wednesday for her party’s handling of an alleged sexual assault, as a top ally was forced to resign. In the most serious scandal Ardern has faced since she took office in late 2017, the centre-left leader admitted “mistakes were made” after a Labour Party volunteer accused a senior party staffer of assault last year. “Raising an allegation of sexual assault is an incredibly difficult thing to do — for additional distress to be caused through the way these allegations are handled is incredibly distressing,” Ardern said in a statement.



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Sexual assault claim against party tests New Zealand leader

Sexual assault claim against party tests New Zealand leaderNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was facing a difficult test of her leadership Wednesday after her party president resigned over the party’s handling of a sexual assault complaint. Labour Party President Nigel Haworth’s resignation came after a 19-year-old party volunteer told online site The Spinoff that last year she was pinned down and violently sexually assaulted by a party staffer.



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New Zealand Official Calls 8chan 'the White Supremacist Killer's Platform of Choice'

New Zealand Official Calls 8chan 'the White Supremacist Killer's Platform of Choice'Following the shooting in El Paso



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New Zealand PM 'utterly' disagrees with Trump tweets

New Zealand PM 'utterly' disagrees with Trump tweetsNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday joined international condemnation of US President Donald Trump’s xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen. Ardern, the charismatic young leader who has been hailed as “the anti-Trump” by US media, said she proudly celebrated her country’s diversity. “Usually I don’t get into other people’s politics, but it will be clear to most people that I completely and utterly disagree with him,” Ardern told Radio New Zealand.



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New Zealand gun owners turn over their weapons for money

New Zealand gun owners turn over their weapons for moneyDozens of Christchurch gun owners on Saturday handed over their weapons in exchange for money, in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics. Police said they paid more than 430,000 New Zealand dollars ($ 288,000) to 169 gun owners during the event. The money was paid directly into the bank accounts of gun owners.



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Hello, New Zealand: Williamson says first act as president would be a phone call across the world

Hello, New Zealand: Williamson says first act as president would be a phone call across the worldDemocratic candidate Marianne Williamson said her first act as president would be to call the New Zealand prime minister about making the US better for kids.



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New Zealand opens gun buyback after mosque killings

New Zealand opens gun buyback after mosque killingsNew Zealand opened a gun buyback scheme Thursday aimed at ridding the country of semi-automatic weapons similar to those used in the Christchurch mosque attacks that killed 51 Muslim worshippers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed in the hours after the March 15 killings that New Zealand’s gun laws would be tightened and her government has expedited the change in just three months. “The buyback and amnesty has one objective — to remove the most dangerous weapons from circulation following the loss of life at Al Noor and Linwood mosques,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said.



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Sri Lanka bomb attacks were revenge for New Zealand mosque killings – minister

Sri Lanka bomb attacks were revenge for New Zealand mosque killings - ministerJunior minister for defense reveals findings of initial investigation, adding that two domestic Islamist groups were believed to be responsible.



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New Zealand Parliament passes sweeping gun restrictions

New Zealand Parliament passes sweeping gun restrictionsWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Parliament on Wednesday passed sweeping gun laws that outlaw military style weapons, less than a month after the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch where 50 people were killed and dozens were wounded.



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Thousands attend New Zealand vigil to honor 50 mosque dead

Thousands attend New Zealand vigil to honor 50 mosque deadCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday to listen to prayers, songs and speeches at a vigil to remember the 50 people killed in a terrorist attack on two mosques.



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