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20 July 2017 2:49 AM Leali’ifano’s return lights up Super Rugby playoffs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Christian Leali’ifano’s return to Super Rugby after a courageous battle with cancer is inspiring players on both sides of Friday’s quarterfinal between his Brumbies and the defending champion Hurricanes. Leali’ifano will take his place on the bench for the Brumbies’ home playoff at Canberra, 11 months after being diagnosed 12

16 July 2017 4:32 AM Community Scoop » Q+A: NZ First leader Winston Peters

NZ First leader Winston Peters told TVNZ 1’s Q+A programme that his party wouldn’t be constrained by the same spending limits set by National, Labour or the Green Party. CORIN So you won’t stick to their spending limits. Would you run deficits in order to carry out your policies? Please find the full transcript attached and you can watch the interview 48

12 July 2017 8:09 PM Stories of Foreign Election Influence, Separate and Not Equal

The replies do not indicate whether the get-together ever took place, though a meeting to discuss foreign policy is common, former diplomats said. J. Stapleton Roy, a career Foreign Service officer who served as ambassador to Singapore, China and Indonesia, said he had engaged in such activities, staying in touch with opposition leaders during the rule of President 22

12 July 2017 7:54 PM Vodafone New Zealand expands its $5 roaming footprint

Vodafone New Zealand have announced a significant increase in the overseas coverage footprint of its $5 daily roaming offering. Vodafone's $5 offering now allows you to use your mobile phone in 72 countries and pay only $5 per day for all usage - all inbound and outbound voice calls, TXT messages and data will be deducted from your existing plan allocation 75

8 July 2017 5:10 AM Trump says he had a 'tremendous meeting' with Putin

Ken Thomas and Darlene Superville, Associated Press President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held their first face-to-face meeting Friday at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. AP reporter Darlene Superville describes the public portion of the meeting. (July 7) HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Fresh from his lengthy head-to-head encounter 69

8 July 2017 5:10 AM Trump says he had a ‘tremendous meeting’ with Putin

HAMBURG, Germany — Fresh from his lengthy head-to-head encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday was meeting with a long list of world leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Xi Jinping of China, as he wraps up his second trip abroad. Trump said he had a “tremendous meeting” with Putin 31

8 July 2017 2:30 AM More than 120 nations approve first UN treaty banning nuclear weapons

None of the nine countries known or believed to possess nuclear weapons — the U.S., Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel — is supporting the treaty. More than 120 countries approved the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons Friday at a UN meeting boycotted by all nuclear-armed nations. To loud applause and cheers 17

4 July 2017 4:00 PM THE Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2017: ready for the next level?

The Asia-Pacific region is the most dynamic in the higher education world. In terms of students and research and development activity, it is larger than Europe and the UK, and one day it will become as important as the US and Canada. Yet it is also a region of contrasts that challenges easy generalisation. Alongside the rising powerhouses of the Chinese 86

1 July 2017 4:02 AM How Hong Kong handover blinded media to story of the decade

As the cream of the world’s foreign correspondents concentrated on topics like the fate of the last British policemen and the Happy Valley cemetery, a far more consequential event was about to upend the entire region Exactly two decades ago, at the beginning of July, 1997, Asia was shaken by a seismic event that upended the established order and sent ripple 36

30 June 2017 9:59 PM Pacific Alliance explores single passport for members

The Pacific Alliance trade group will explore whether to create a single passport for its four member nations in a bid to encourage tourism and trade across the world, Colombia's migration director said on Thursday (local time). The alliance, which comprises Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru and was formed in April 2011, has already abolished transit 14