New Zealand

Julia Conley, staff writer
"From now on abortions will be rightly treated as a health issue."
Julia Conley, staff writer
Advocates praised the ruling as an "excellent step forward in refugee rights."
Eoin Higgins, staff writer
Canberra, Australia on Wednesday was so smoky that visibility past a few hundred yards was virtually non-existent.
Over 2,500 miles away, in New Zealand, smoke from the fires blotted out the sun...


Stop Gun Violence
Less than a month after just one mass shooting, New Zealand's Parliament voted 119-1 Wednesday to ban most military style assault rifles and semiautomatic weapons in the most sweeping changes to the country's gun laws in decades. The measure, passed after a white supremacist killed 50 people and wounded dozens more at two mosques in Christchurch, also includes a buyback program of existing weapons; lawbreakers can face a prison term of up to five years. During an expedited debate that swooped...