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Girl Tries to Bribe Ardern for Dragon Info

New Zealand PM says she'll 'keep an eye out'

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl tried to bribe New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to reveal everything she knows about dragons and telekinesis. Too bad Ardern can't be bought. "Unfortunately we are not currently doing any work in either of these areas! I am therefore returning your bribe money, and... More »

After Intern Asks Question, Big News From Ardern

New Zealand PM got engaged over Easter, rep confirms

(Newser) - She gave birth as prime minister. Now, Jacinda Ardern may wed as prime minister, too. The New Zealand leader got engaged to her partner of more than five years over Easter weekend, a spokesman confirmed Friday. As the New York Times quips, "New Zealand almost didn't notice."... More »

Which World Leaders Earn the Most? It Peaks at $1.7M

List shows Top 20 all make much more than the average paycheck

(Newser) - We already know it's good to be king or queen, but 24/7 Wall Street shows it's pretty good financially to be president or prime minister as well. Its list of the world's 20 best-paid political leaders shows that all make many times the average income of its... More »

Fortune Names 10 Best World Leaders

Jacinda Ardern cracks top 10, as does Robert Mueller

(Newser) - As Fortune sees it, the world's greatest leaders share one thing in common: They have courage to "make bold choices" and take personal risks, whether a journalist reporting under threat of death in South Sudan or a nation's leader expressing compassion when faced with the opposite. Such... More »

New Zealand's Strict New Gun Laws Take Effect

They passed by a 119-1 vote

(Newser) - New Zealand's governor general on Thursday formally signed into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military-style weapons, less than a month after a man used such guns to kill 50 people and wound dozens at two mosques in Christchurch. Governor General Patsy Reddy signed the bill as police said a... More »

Jacinda Ardern: My Actions Were 'Intuitive'

New Zealand prime minister reflects on her handling of mosque shootings

(Newser) - New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has been praised for her handling of the aftermath of the mosque massacres in her nation. The Dalai Lama, for instance, called her "wonderful" because "she really tried to tackle this problem through nonviolence, through compassion and through mutual respect," per... More »

New Zealand Falls Silent for Muslim Call to Prayer

'New Zealand mourns with you. We are one'

(Newser) - New Zealanders observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday in reflecting on the moment one week ago when 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques were slain —an act that an imam told the crowd of thousands had left the country broken-hearted but not broken. In a day without precedent,... 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 »

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 »

New Zealand Wastes No Time on Gun Control

PM Ardern will move Monday to tighten laws in wake of tragedy; little opposition expected

(Newser) - The New Zealand PM's promise of tightened gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been widely welcomed by a stunned population, reports the AP . Jacinda Ardern said her Cabinet will consider the changes on Monday. She has said options include a ban on private ownership... More »

Guns Used in Massacre Had Reference to 11-Year-Old Girl

She was killed in 2017 terror attack, and her father is angry gunman cited her

(Newser) - Stories are filtering in about what took place Friday during the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed at least 49, and by all accounts they're terrifying. ABC News reports on worshippers diving under benches and leaping over fences to get away from the gunfire,... 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 »

'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 »

New Mom Goes Back to Work ... Running the Country

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern heads back to the office after 6-week maternity leave

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern underwent a very public pregnancy and endured some cringeworthy questions before giving birth to daughter Neve in June and beginning a much-discussed maternity leave . Now, six weeks later, Ardern is heading back to work, reports the Guardian , which she says she's "ready... More »

New Zealand's New First Kid Goes Home

PM Jacinda Ardern leaves hospital, begins first maternity leave by a global leader

(Newser) - Usually when global leaders check out of the hospital it's not in a car that says "Baby on Board," but New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is now only the second sitting leader to do so —along with partner Clarke Gayford and 3-day-old daughter —and the... More »

New Zealand Welcomes High-Profile Citizen

PM Jacinda Ardern gives birth to baby girl in Auckland

(Newser) - It's a healthy baby girl for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, now only the second elected leader in history to give birth while in office . Admitted to an Auckland hospital early Thursday, four days after her due date, the 37-year-old gave birth to the child weighing 7 pounds,... More »

New Zealand PM Will Soon Give Birth. That's a Big Deal.

Jacinda Ardem is the first pregnant world leader since 1990

(Newser) - Jacinda Ardern has arrived to a New Zealand hospital to give birth to her first child . As CNN notes, the 37-year-old prime minister is due to become the first world leader to give birth since 1990, when Pakistan's then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had a baby daughter while in... More »

In Hilarious Ad, Overlooked New Zealand Fights Back

Message aims to #GetNZontheMap, literally

(Newser) - Middle Earth may be fictional, but New Zealand is not. Still, people tend to forget about the country "tucked away down there," as Homer Simpson would say . The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum is guilty. So, too, is Starbucks and the board game Risk, according to an amusing... More »

Interviewer to NZ Leader: When Did You Conceive Baby?

Jacinda Ardern laughs off line of inquiry called 'creepy' by critics

(Newser) - Australia's version of 60 Minutes featured an interview with 37-year-old New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern over the weekend, and the fallout is pretty bad for interviewer Charles Wooley. " Relentlessly creepy " and " creepy Uncle " are typical sentiments being expressed over Wooley's line of questioning... More »

New Zealand Pregnancy a First Since 1990

PM Jacinda Ardern is pregnant, will take 6 weeks of maternity leave

(Newser) - New Zealand's new prime minister has a new baby on the way. Jacinda Ardern, who took office in October, says she and her partner Clarke Gayford are expecting their first child. She says Gayford will be a stay-at-home dad. "We thought 2017 was a big year! This year... More »

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