Wellington hit by worst storm in decades

Residents of New Zealand's capital are cleaning up after a storm rated the worst in over four decades.

Kids and politicians catch royals fever

Kate wears a black dress embroidered with a silver fern to Government House in Wellington.

Julia Hollingsworth Some wore princess gowns, others donned red, white and blue wigs, and some woke at the crack of dawn to catch a glimpse of the royals.

Royal baby's New Zealand car seat sparks controversy

Prince George.

The placement of the car seat for Prince George while he is visiting New Zealand is causing a storm of outrage on social media, prompting soothing responses from seat provider Plunket New Zealand.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 lost in a sea of rubbish


Nick Perry Wellington, New Zealand: Sometimes the object spotted in the water is a snarled fishing line. Or a buoy. Or something that might once have been the lid to an ice box.

Private jet of Peter Jackson helping in search for MH370

Peter Jackson

The personal jet of filmmaker Peter Jackson is involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Battered bodies no excuse says Kevin Muscat as Melbourne Victory set out to deny Brisbane Roar the Premiers Plate in A-League

Michael Lynch They may be running on empty and travelling north with a party of banged-up players nursing injuries and tiredness, but if any club can go to Brisbane Roar with a feeling of confidence surely it is...

Total rebuild

GOOD WEEKEND. Christchurch, 3 years on

Peter Robb Almost completely destroyed in the 2011 earthquake, central Christchurch is - very slowly - emerging anew.

US gun shop sued over mentally ill woman's killing of her father

A US gun show: Several firearms shops have been sued for selling weapons to mentally ill people who have then taken lives.

Brian Burnes A gun shop in Missouri is being sued for selling a weapon to a mentally ill woman who killed her father – despite her mother's warning.

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Feminine Raiders for a good cause

Canberra Raiders player Sami Sauiluma, with teammate Tony Milford, is dolled up to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Chris Dutton Raiders players got in touch with their feminine side for a very worthy cause last week.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: was it pilot suicide?

Zaharie Ahmad Shah, pilot of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, seen in a photo posted to his community Facebook pages.

Nick Perry, Wellington As police investigate the two pilots of a Malaysian passenger jet that disappeared more than a week ago, a possibility they must consider - however improbable - is that one of them committed suicide...

Britain's flood crisis deepens, Thames bursts banks

A man walks through flooded streets in the village of Moorland in Somerset, England.

Kim Hjelmgaard Water, water, everywhere and a catalog of blunders pointing to the British government. That's the view of many flood-hit residents of the Somerset Levels, where for weeks tempers have been rising...

Lobsters, monkeys, priceless artifacts: Your jetliner's cargo might surprise you

As American Airlines passengers tilt back their seats and prepare to settle into their flights, they're probably not thinking about what's traveling through the skies under their seats in the belly...

Man fights off shark, then stitches himself up


A New Zealand man has survived being attacked by a shark: driving it off with his knife, stitching his own wound onshore and going to the pub for a beer before heading to hospital.

Brian Pool died fighting superbug no antibiotic could cure


He died fighting a superbug that no antibiotic in the world could touch.

Jamie Reynolds took pictures of himself strangling Georgia Williams

Jamie Reynolds.

Hayley Dixon London: A shop worker lured a police detective's teenage daughter to his home and took pictures of himself strangling her to death, it has been revealed after he admitted her murder.

William, Kate to visit Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Australia and New Zealand in April next year, Kensington Palace says.

Superbug showdown: the time is nigh to get serious about antibiotics

Maria Jarchow

Julie-anne Davies It's difficult to know precisely when Maria Jarchow should have died but didn't. It might have been in 2000 after she was diagnosed with cancer in her spine and spent months lying in a hospital bed...

Lynn Howie, Mark De Salis killed execution-style during picnic in Libya

Tragedy in Tripoli: Lynn Howie was killed during a picnic with her boyfriend. Source: Facebook.

A New Zealand woman and her male British partner have been killed in Libya. 

Aid agencies head to Tonga in aftermath of cyclone

Aftermath: The town of Pangai on Lifuka Island after Cyclone Ian.

Relief agencies were sending aid to Tonga on Monday amid reports of extensive damage after a strong cyclone hit the archipelago at the weekend.

China still miffed at Norway 3 years after Nobel awarded to dissident Liu Xiaobo

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo

Mainly associated with conflict resolution, foreign assistance and cozy Scandinavian prosperity, Norway makes an odd target for China's ire.