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The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth

Quality of life in Switzerland, Germany seems top-notch

(Newser) - Each year, HR consultancy Mercer releases its "Quality of Living" ranking for cities around the globe, and for 2018, Austria's capital takes top honors. USA Today notes most of this year's highest-ranking cities tend to be in Europe, with San Francisco as the first US city showing... More »

Sayonara, 2017: 2018 Has Begun

New Zealand has rung in the new year as the rest of the world awaits its turn

(Newser) - Auckland, New Zealand, became the first major city on planet Earth to welcome the year 2018, reports the Mirror . Tens of thousands of New Zealanders took to streets and beaches, as fireworks boomed and crackled above city centers and harbors, and party-goers sang, hugged, danced, and kissed. Tens of thousands... More »

Trainee Bomb-Sniffing Puppy Shot Dead at Airport

Grizz couldn't be coaxed off the tarmac, say officials

(Newser) - A trainee bomb-sniffing dog was shot dead at a New Zealand airport on Friday after he escaped his handler and caused 16 flights to be delayed. Officials say the 10-month-old bearded collie cross, named Grizz, was "spooked" around 4am and spent 3.5 hours loose on the tarmac as... More »

Fishing Boat Hooks Plane—With Body

Plane likely belongs to missing NZ pilot Daroish Kraidy: cops

(Newser) - The crew aboard a New Zealand fishing boat today hauled up a surprising and gruesome catch: a small plane with a body inside. Authorities suspect the plane is a 19-foot aerobatic biplane that was home-assembled from a kit and flown by missing Auckland pilot Daroish Kraidy. The crew of the... More »

It's 2014 Somewhere

Images of celebrations from around the world

(Newser) - It's that time of year again: Time for Australia and New Zealand to steal everybody else's thunder. Auckland has already rung in 2014, and Sydney has lit up the sky with its annual much-heralded firework extravaganza. In most of the rest of the world, everyone's still just... More »

The 10 Best Cities to Live

Rankings factor in public safety, housing, economy, and recreation

(Newser) - If you're looking for the world's top quality of living, get thee to Vienna, the elegant European capital that tops the list of best cities to live, reports Reuters . The other end of the spectrum is found, perhaps unsurprisingly, in Baghdad. The rankings are compiled by consulting group... More »

Helicopter Crash Caught on Video

Pilot, workers survive mishap at Christmas Tree ceremony

(Newser) - Viewers thought they were tuning in to watch a webcast of Auckland’s Christmas tree being hoisted into place when they signed onto TVNZ’s site yesterday morning. Instead they witnessed this: A helicopter snapping in two as it crashes to the worksite below. Miraculously no one was seriously injured... More »

Auckland Sees Snow for 1st Time in 80 Years

Other parts of New Zealand also affected for first time in decades

(Newser) - Downtown Auckland is seeing snow for the first time in 80 years today, as a "once in a lifetime" blast of winter weather hits New Zealand. "If Auckland is getting reports of snow flurries now at the warmest point of the day that makes you wonder about what... More »

Sydney Starts Off 2010 With a Bang

Australian city gets drop on New Zealand with early display

(Newser) - Sydney welcomed 2010 a little early this year, with a 9pm fireworks display over the harbor for the family crowd. That hour in Australia happens to fall at midnight in Auckland, New Zealand, which usually lays claim to the first big celebration of the New Year, but appears to have... More »

Risqué Xmas Ad Sparks Anger

Catholics offended by Anglican church billboard

(Newser) - A New Zealand Anglican vicar trying to be funny by putting a sheepish Joseph naked in bed with Mary on a billboard has infuriated Catholics. "Poor Joseph, God was a hard act to follow," reads the ad. The idea "was to lampoon and ridicule the idea of... More »

Seoul's Airport Is World's No. 1

None in North America makes top 10

(Newser) - Incheon International airport in Seoul, South Korea, is the world's best, according to a British survey that took into account passengers' experiences with check-in, departures, transfers, and arrivals. Two other Asian airports, in Hong Kong and Singapore, finished second and third, the BBC reports. More »

US to Deport Captured 'Pumpkin' Fugitive

Will face murder charges in N. Zealand

(Newser) - A murder suspect caught in a Georgia apartment complex after a months-long manhunt will be promptly deported to New Zealand, BBC reports. Nai Yin Xue, accused of killing his wife in New Zealand and abandoning his toddler daughter—dubbed 'Pumpkin'—in an Australia train station, has been hiding in the... More »

Björk Attacks New Zealand News Photographer

Leaps on photog and rips shirt in half

(Newser) - Icelandic pop star Björk leaped on a news photographer, knocked him to the ground, and ripped his shirt in half as she arrived in Auckland for a concert tour, reports the New Zealand Herald. The volatile singer “grabbed the back of my black skivvy and tore it down... More »

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