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Maori King Snubs Prince William, Kate

90 minutes not enough time for proper meeting, his people say

(Newser) - Ouch: Prince William and wife Kate have been refused a meeting with New Zealand's Maori king, because they didn't offer up enough time. Wills and Kate, along with son Prince George, will be in New Zealand next month, and asked to meet with King Tuheitia for 90 minutes.... More »

Maori to New Zealand: We Own the Radio Waves

Claim by indigenous people might delay rollout of 4G

(Newser) - New Zealand hopes to roll out 4G technology across the nation this fall, but an unusual legal dispute is threatening to force a long delay: The indigenous Maori tribes have claimed ownership of New Zealand's radio waves, reports the Wall Street Journal . If the claim is true, that means... More »

Tyson Tattoo Suit Won't Delay Hangover II

But Warner Bros will likely owe the artist a few bucks

(Newser) - Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist won't stop this weekend's release of Hangover II, notes the Hollywood Reporter . S. Victor Whitmill has sued for copyright infringement because one of the characters ends up with same tattoo Whitmill designed for the boxer. But a federal judge has ruled that it'... More »

Tyson's Tattoo Artist Sues Over Hangover II

He claims Warner Bros. violated copyright law by using it movie

(Newser) - Mike Tyson's infamous Maori-inspired tribal tattoo is back in the spotlight. Tyson's tattoo artist is suing Warner Brothers on the grounds that the studio committed "reckless copyright infringement" when it allowed the well-known marking to appear on the face of Ed Helms' character in the upcoming Hangover ... More »

136 Years Later, French Sending Maori Head Home

Rouen Museum displayed mummy for 136 years

(Newser) - A mummified Maori head is finally going home, after 136 years on display at a French museum, reports AP . The Rouen Museum, which has little information about how it acquired the head from a mysterious Parisian in 1875, had agreed to return its head in 2007, but was blocked by... More »

New Zealand Bird Gobbled Up Humans

40-pound extinct bird was the 'lion' of the skies

(Newser) - A 40-pound bird with a 10-foot-wide wingspan swooped from the sky at 134 mph to feed on large flightless birds and small humans, according to a Maori legend that scientists have now confirmed is likely true. Researchers re-examining bones of the Haast's eagle found that the bird was a hunter,... More »

Five Found Guilty in Maori Exorcism Death

Mentally ill woman was drowned in attempt to purge her of evil spirits

(Newser) - Five people who drowned their niece in an attempt to rid her of evil spirits have been found guilty of manslaughter by a New Zealand court, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The 22-year-old woman, who prosecutors said was mentally ill, died after the group poured water over her face for... More »

Trial Begins in Maori Exorcism Death

Woman drowned during ritual to rid her of evil spirits

(Newser) - Nine Maoris accused of killing a mother of two during a botched exorcism have gone on trial in New Zealand, the Daily Telegraph reports. The six women and three men have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in the death of the 22-year-old woman who drowned when the accused restrained her... More »

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