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New Zealand Virgin Auctions herself for tuition

AP | RAY LILLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A New Zealand teenager who says she auctioned her virginity online for $32,000 to raise tuition money did not break an...

Lydia Ward: New Zealand Teen Fights Off Shark With Body Board

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A teenage New Zealand girl bitten by a shark bashed it over the head with her body board until it let her go, she said...

'44 Lizards' Man Sentenced To Prison In New Zealand

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A German man who stuffed 44 small lizards into his underwear before trying to board a flight has been sentenced to pri...

Wellington Dog Slaughter: New Zealand Police Seize Brothers' Weapons After 33 Dogs Are Killed

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Police on Friday seized weapons used by two New Zealand men to slaughter more than 30 dogs owned by a neighbor in what...

New Zealand Army To Remove Bible Citations From Rifle Sights

AP | RAY LILLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Biblical citations inscribed on U.S.-manufactured weapon sights used by New Zealand's troops in Afghanistan will be re...

Prince William Heads Down Under (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Prince William of Britain has been making the most of his first official state visit, heading down to Australia and New Zealand for a variety of activ...

Air New Zealand Matchmaking Flight - Pre-Flight Party

Terry Gardner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terry Gardner

Last summer, Air New Zealand became the first airline to offer a matchmaking flight, giving passengers a chance to find love at 30,000 feet -- we flew last week.

Stretching My Heart Across Air New Zealand's Wings

Terry Gardner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terry Gardner

Last February, New Zealand romanced me for three weeks from Northland to Queenstown, and I returned home with less than half my heart. On the evening of October 13, 2009, I'm flying back to visit my cardiac parts.

Astoria Characters: The Gallant Globe-Trotter

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Timothee Faberger, flight attendant/caterer/tour guide, has made a profession of making guests feel at home whether they're at his three-family house in Astoria or in Russia on a river cruise.

125 Pilot Whales Die on New Zealand Beaches, 43 Saved

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Some 125 pilot whales died in New Zealand after stranding on beaches over the weekend – but vacationers and cons...

HIV-Positive Man Injects Sleeping Wife With His Blood, Infecting Her

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A 35-year-old HIV-positive man in New Zealand injected his blood into his wife while she was sleeping, thereby infecting her with the virus, court doc...

Dutch teenager postpones plan to sail the globe

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

AMSTERDAM — A 14-year-old Dutch girl who hopes to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe solo said Monday she will wait until the school year ends before starting her attempt.

Laura Dekker is awaiting a court's decision on whether she can go ahead with her voyage or whether it would be too risky for a girl her age.

The Utrecht court temporarily blocked her departure in August out of concern for her safety. The decision sparked a worldwide debate on how much authorities and parents should limit children's freedom to undertake risky adventures.

"Before I made the plan I didn't expect (so much publicity) but now I'm trying to make the best of it," she told NOS television in an interview Monday.

"It's probably the most prudent if I just finish this school year" which ends in May, she said, citing the arrival of winter weather and a need for preparations before she departs on her 26-foot (8-meter) boat named "Guppy."

Congo forest protector shares alternative Nobel

AP | DONNA BRYSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

JOHANNESBURG — Rene Ngongo, honored with the "alternative Nobel" this week, grew up in a Congo where he could marvel at the wealth of animals and trees.

"Those are memories my children won't have," the father of four told The Associated Press, expressing fears that his work to save the forests may have started too late.

Ngongo won the Right Livelihood Award on Tuesday "for his courage in confronting the forces that are destroying the Congo's rainforests and building political support for their conservation and sustainable use."

A New Zealander, an Australian and a Canadian also won for working to rid the world of nuclear weapons, improving women's health in Africa and raising awareness of climate change. The awards were founded by Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull in 1980 to recognize deeds he felt were being ignored by the Nobel Prizes.

Ngongo said by telephone from Kinshasa, Congo, that his award comes at a "great time," as negotiators prepare to meet in Copenhagen in December to draft a global climate pact.

Prince William begins first official overseas trip

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Read More: New Zealand, Home News

Prince William arrived in New Zealand to begin his first official overseas trip on behalf of the Queen. ...

Questions for President Obama About New Zealand

Connie Lawn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Connie Lawn

Obama: "We share similar views on a wide range of common global challenges facing our two countries, including on non-proliferation, climate change and in Afghanistan."

Call in the HERO @ #COP15

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alexia Parks

All hope is not lost in Copenhagen. The rudderless ship needs some direction though. Who better to provide that than leader of the free world?

New Zealand Man Forced To Choose Between Saving Wife Or Child In River Accident

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — As his wife floundered screaming for help in murky river water, a frantic New Zealand man was forced to abandon a bid ...

US seismologists report 6.0 earthquake near Samoa

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — An earthquake with magnitude 6.0 has struck in the Pacific near Samoa, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

The government seismologists said the quake was at a depth of 6.2 miles and occurred just after 2 p.m. EDT.

Its epicenter was 165 miles northwest of Hihifo, Tonga, and 1,630 miles north northeast of Auckland, New Zealand.

Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist at the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, says there is no threat of a tsunami. He says the quake's magnitude did not exceed the threshold for a tsunami.

The USGS announcement did not mention whether a tsunami was expected. An earthquake and a following tsunami killed more than 180 people on Samoa, American Samoa and nearby islands on Sept. 29. That earthquake was at 8.3 magnitude.

Obama Taps Gay Lawyer for Ambassador of New Zealand and Samoa

NBC NewYork | NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Read More: New Zealand, Home News

President Obama plans to nominate openly gay lawyer David Huebner as the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, a move that comes just days ahead o...

Quality Of Life Index 2010: Which Country Has It Best? (PHOTOS)

Posted 09.20.2011 | World

International Living has released their 30th annual Quality of Life Index, which attempts to answer the question of what is the best place in the worl...

20 Beached Pilot Whales Die On New Zealand Beach; 43 Others Coaxed Back To Sea

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Some 125 pilot whales died in New Zealand after stranding on the beach over the weekend – but vacationers and co...

Tiger Woods' mistress angry about other women

Fox 31 | Fox 31 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tiger Woods' caddie said Saturday he supports his boss while the world's No. 1 golfer copes with allegations of e...

New Zealand Bunny Toss: Town Is Outraged That It's Cancelled (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A North Canterbury town in New Zealand has canceled its historical dead rabbit toss and was greeted with fierce opposition from the locals. WATCH: ...

Obama picks MN woman as 1st openly gay US marshal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Read More: New Zealand, Home News

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has nominated a Minnesota policewoman to become the first openly gay person to serve as a U.S. marshal.

Sharon Lubinski is an assistant chief in the Minneapolis Police Department, where she has worked for 20 years.

Obama has had a rocky relationship with gay activists, who want him to end the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays. He publicly pledged last weekend to do so.

He has picked openly gay people to serve in other positions in his administration, including the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.

A Day at the Circus (School)

Libero Di Zinno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Libero Di Zinno

2010-01-13-circout.jpgKinetic Theory is the perfect intersection for a brilliant collision between two of my greatest passions -- the athletic and artistic.