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May, 27, 2016

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New Zealand has deported a Pacific islander who launched a failed bid to become the world's first climate change refugee, the man's supporters said Thursday.
 
Prime Minister John Key conceded Monday he faces a challenge persuading New Zealanders to change the national flag in a referendum after an opinion poll found overwhelming support for the existing banner.
 
Zookeeper dies after attack by Sumatran tiger in N. Zealand
A veteran New Zealand zookeeper was attacked and killed by a Sumatran tiger Sunday inside the animal's enclosure.
 
An animal rights group said Wednesday that New Zealand researchers who secured live pigs to a surgical table and shot them in the head with a pistol as part of a study on blood-spatter patterns acted cruelly, and has urged them to end such experiments.
 
An apology from a French secret service frogman who helped blow up the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in 1985 does not absolve him and then-President Francois Mitterrand of "cold-blooded murder," the ship's captain said Monday.
 
Marksmen kill very endangered species in New Zealand bird cull
A bird cull on a New Zealand island has been abruptly halted after marksmen killed four rare takahe, an endangered species with only 300 known to exist, officials said Friday.
 
Kiwi who was last WWII 'Dambuster' pilot dies at 96
A New Zealander who was the last surviving pilot from the specialized World War II "Dambuster" mission targeting German infrastructure died Tuesday. Les Munro was 96.
 
The last surviving pilot of the top-secret World War II Dambusters raid on Germany has died aged 96, the New Zealand Bomber Command Association said Tuesday.
 
New Zealand cut interest rates for the second consecutive month on Thursday, warning more easing was likely amid "softening" growth and low inflation in the farm-reliant economy.
 
New Zealand Friday set an August deadline for the Pacific nation of Nauru to provide more information over an alleged clampdown on political and civil rights before the next tranche of aid is due.
 
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