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Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips

(Newser) - America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report , released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report . Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which... More »

'Our History Changed Forever. Now, Our Laws Will Too'

New Zealand introduces sweeping changes to country's gun laws

(Newser) - New Zealand has brought in stronger gun laws less than a week after the worst mass shooting in the country's history. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced sweeping changes to the country's gun laws Thursday, including a ban on military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles like the one used in... More »

NZ Minister Will 'Confront' Erdogan's Mosque Shooting Comments

NZ prime minister tells reporters foreign minister will 'set the record straight'

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said during a campaign rally that Turkey would make sure the suspect in the New Zealand mosque shootings pays if New Zealand does not—and on Wednesday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her country will not let those comments go unadressed, Reuters... More »

New Zealand Leader Makes a Vow After Massacres

Jacinda Ardern says she will never utter the name of the accused gunman

(Newser) - New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern spoke to parliament Tuesday and made a promise: She will never utter the name of the man accused of the mosque massacres . "He sought many things from his act of terror but one was notoriety, that is why you will never hear me mention... More »

2 Separate Massacres, 2 Acts of Kindness Out of Pittsburgh

Jewish group fundraises for NZ mosque victims after Muslims did the same for Tree of Life victims

(Newser) - When the Tree of Life synagogue shooting took place last October, killing 11, Muslims in the Pittsburgh area rallied to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the victims and their families. Now, in the wake of the massacre at two Muslim mosques in New Zealand that has taken the... More »

NZ Mass Shooting Suspect 'Doesn't Want a Lawyer'

Homes of Tarrant's mother, sister searched

(Newser) - The Australian man accused of massacring 50 people in two New Zealand mosques has decided to represent himself, according to the duty lawyer he was assigned after his arrest. Richard Peters, the New Zealand system's equivalent of a public defender, tells the New Zealand Herald that Brenton Tarrant seemed... More »

'We Are So Sorry': Suspect's Family Speaks Out

Police say Brenton Tarrant is now believed to have acted alone

(Newser) - Three people were arrested after the twin mosque attacks in New Zealand, but police now think main suspect Brenton Tarrant of Australia acted alone, reports the Wall Street Journal . Police had picked up a woman and another man, but New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush says it now appears they... More »

Trump: White Nationalism Isn't Rising Threat

'It's a small group of people,' says the president after New Zealand massacre

(Newser) - President Trump on Friday said he doesn't think that white nationalism is a rising global threat. "I don't really," said Trump when asked about the issue in the wake of the New Zealand massacre at two mosques, per USA Today . "I think it’s a... More »

Trump, AOC Draw Headlines With Their New Zealand Tweets

'49 innocent people have so senselessly died,' writes Trump

(Newser) - President Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to respond to the mass shootings in New Zealand , tweeting , "My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes [sic] out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many... More »

Toll Hits 49 in NZ Mosque Shootings

Alleged shooter praised Norway mass killer

(Newser) - The death toll in Friday's mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has now hit 49, making it the country's deadliest outbreak of violence since a WWII POW camp riot. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who described Friday as one of New Zealand's "darkest days,... More »

PM: 40 Killed, 20 Hurt in NZ Mosque Shootings

3 men, 1 woman in custody

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that at least 40 people were killed and 20 injured in Friday's horrific mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. Three men and one woman were arrested after the shootings, which Ardern described as a terrorist attack, the New Zealand Herald... More »

One of NZ's 'Darkest Days': 2 Fatal Mosque Shootings

Multiple casualties are reported

(Newser) - This is "one of New Zealand's darkest days," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the wake of fatal shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. Police said there were multiple fatalities and one person was in custody, but no details were immediately available, per... More »

Tale of USB Stick in Seal Poop Gets Weirder

Owner is found, describes 'weirdest set of coincidences'

(Newser) - "This is probably the weirdest set of coincidences in my life—ever," says the owner of a USB stick found in a lump of frozen seal poop . Here's how it unfolds: In December 2017, sea lion volunteer Amanda Nally found an ailing sea lion on a beach... More »

New Zealand Definitely Exists. Just Not on Ikea's World Map

It's not the first time the country has been forgotten by cartographers

(Newser) - Usually when you buy something from Ikea, it's necessary to assemble all of the parts, but a world map should really come preassembled with all of the countries included. At least that's the feeling of New Zealanders, who are a bit miffed that a map from the retailer'... More »

Memory Stick Full of Photos Found in Frozen Seal Poo

NZ researchers now trying to find owner

(Newser) - Wildlife researchers in New Zealand found a surprisingly resilient memory stick in a surprising place: a 14-month-old lump of frozen seal feces. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research says the fully functioning USB stick is in "good condition considering where it came from" and contains somebody's... More »

Grisly Discovery Made in Waters off New Zealand

Six seals were decapitated

(Newser) - The bodies of six decapitated fur seal pups have been discovered in the waters off New Zealand’s South Island, the BBC reports. The country’s Department of Conservation is calling the incident “cruel and senseless.” A tour operator reportedly found the bodies on Monday. The animals’ heads... More »

'Your Daughter Was Supposed to Be Safe Here'

New Zealand leader addresses family of murdered tourist

(Newser) - New Zealand's prime minister made an emotional apology Monday to the family of a British tourist who was murdered in New Zealand. Grace Millane, 22, graduated from college and then started in Peru what was supposed to be a yearlong trip around the world. She traveled from there to... More »

Dozens of Stranded Whales, a 'Heartbreaking Decision'

More than 140 pilot whales die after being stranded on New Zealand's Stewart Island

(Newser) - A hiker on a New Zealand island stumbled upon a distressing sight this weekend: dozens of pilot whales, dead on the beach after getting stranded there. Per the Guardian , the nation's Department of Conservation fielded a call Saturday from the hiker, who'd been camping on secluded Stewart Island,... More »

Islands 'Creeping' Closer Together

New Zealand islands still unsettled after 2016 earthquake

(Newser) - New Zealanders are coming together this holiday season in more ways than one. A magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck two years ago initially brought the country's North and South Islands about 16 feet closer together, and the land masses have continued to close the gap. Scientists say the distance... More »

He Thought He Found a Doll in the Ocean. Then It 'Squeaked'

'Freakish miracle' as fisherman finds NZ toddler floating, saves him

(Newser) - New Zealand fisherman Gus Hutt says he plucked what he thought was a porcelain doll from the ocean—and then it made a noise. In an amazing stroke of luck, Hutt was there to rescue an 18-month-old boy who had escaped from his parents' tent at a holiday camp near... More »

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