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NZ city marks 5 years since quake that killed 185
A service to commemorate the fifth anniversary of a deadly earthquake in the New Zealand city of Christchurch turned ugly Monday when someone threw goop over the government minister responsible for quake recovery efforts.
 
5 years after quake, N. Zealand city's heart still missing
Five years after an earthquake in Christchurch killed 185 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings, some residents have taken to calling it the "Donut City." The ravaged city center is still largely an empty core, and it's unclear how long it will remain that way.
 
A magnitude-5.8 earthquake shook the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday but there were no immediate reports of serious damage, nearly five years after a deadly, more powerful quake destroyed much of the city center.
 
World Cup-winning All Black Sonny Bill Williams drew criticism from UNICEF Wednesday for tweeting graphic photos of dead children after visiting a Syrian refugee camp.
 
New Zealand judge rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US
A New Zealand judge ruled Wednesday that colorful Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States to face criminal copyright charges.
 
Colander-wearing members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster could soon be legally married in New Zealand after the church was approved to hold "Pastafarian" marriage ceremonies.
 
An obese South African chef declared too fat to live in New Zealand has given up the immigration battle to return home, reports said Friday.
 
A grieving New Zealand widow bathed and cared for her husband's decomposing body for several weeks, refusing to accept he was dead, police said Friday.
 
New Zealand reveals new flag design to challenge Union Jack
The British Union Jack once symbolized the reach of a powerful empire -- but it may need to yield soon to a delicate silver fern. At least on New Zealand's flag.
 
New Zealand picks new flag design to challenge current flag
New Zealanders chose a new flag design Tuesday that will be put up as a challenger to their current flag in a March vote.
 
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