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New Zealand Holds General Election Saturday

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Voters in New Zealand are casting ballots to elect members of parliament and decide on the future of the country’s voting system. Polling stations opened at 09:00 a.m. local time Saturday and will close at 07:00 p.m. Preliminary election results are expected late Saturday. A coalition led by the centrist National Party of Prime Minister […]

New Zealand: Helicoptert Crashes As It Installs Christmas Tree

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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((Video in Asset Manager: ReutersUS 3 – 11/23/2011 3:09:00 AM – BC-RREP-NOV23-NEW A helicopter in New Zealand crashed Wednesday while helping to install a Christmas tree on Auckland’s waterfront. The pilot escaped serious injury. Dramatic footage captured by New Zealand television shows the pilot slowly descending from about eight meters when the helicopter’s rotor blades […]

New Zealand Mine Chief Faces Charges in Deadly Explosions

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand officials say the head of a mine in which 29 men died in a gas explosion last year has been charged with failing to ensure his workers were safe. The New Zealand Department of Labor charged Pike River Coal executive Peter Whittall on Thursday with 12 criminal counts, including failing to take all […]

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Ship Grounded Off New Zealand in Danger of Breaking Apart

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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Maritime authorities in New Zealand say the container ship that has been grounded on a reef for nearly a month could soon break apart. Salvage crews say a large crack in the hull of the Liberian-flagged container ship Rena worsened after another night of bad weather. The Rena has leaked more than 300 tons of […]

Quake-Damaged New Zealand Cathedral to be Deconsecrated

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Church officials in New Zealand say the earthquake-damaged iconic cathedral in central Christchurch will be deconsecrated and partially torn down. Anglican church officials say the 120-year-old building is unsafe after February’s 6.1 magnitude quake that killed 182 people and wrecked large parts of the city. But before any demolition work is carried out, the church […]

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Saudi Arabia Names Interior Minister New Crown Prince

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has named the country’s interior minister as the new crown prince. Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz al-Saud was named heir in a royal decree read out on state television Thursday. He succeeds prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud who died in New York on Saturday after undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness. Prince […]

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New Zealand Salvage Crews Return to Grounded Ship

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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A salvage crew Wednesday reboarded a cargo ship that has been spilling oil since it grounded on a reef off the New Zealand coast almost two weeks ago. The four-man crew boarded the Liberian-flagged cargo ship Rena to begin preparing equipment to pump at least 1,200 tons of heavy fuel oil still remaining in the […]

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New Zealand Oil Cleanup Again Suspended by Bad Weather

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in New Zealand say salvage crews working to off-load more than 1,000 tons of oil from a grounded container ship have again suspended operations due to bad weather. The government agency Maritime New Zealand said Tuesday the stranded cargo ship, which ran aground nearly two weeks ago, was pounded by heavy seas and 65-kilometer […]

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Breakup Risk Mounts for Grounded Ship Off New Zealand

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Salvage workers in New Zealand said Monday they expect more oil to leak from a grounded container ship off the country’s coast. Spokesmen said crews managed to pump only about 20 tons of heavy fuel from the crippled ship overnight, leaving at least 1,300 tons of oil in the tanks. Around 300 tons has already […]

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Breakup Risk Mounts for Grounded Ship Off New Zealand

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Salvage workers in New Zealand said Monday they expect more oil to leak from a grounded container ship off the country’s coast. Spokesmen said crews managed to pump only about 20 tons of heavy fuel from the crippled ship overnight, leaving at least 1,300 tons of oil in the tanks. Around 300 tons has already […]

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