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The defence force said it had started ferrying people out by military helicopter and that a navy ship from Auckland was due to arrive in the area Wednesday morning. Police said one person died in Kaikoura and another in Mount Lyford, a nearby ski resort. Monday's quake was centered in a rural area that is home to just a few thousand people.
  • Pak-Turk school teachers to be deported as Erdogan visits Pakistan

    Pak-Turk school teachers to be deported as Erdogan visits Pakistan

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    Consequently the government has issued directives to close down 23 Pak-Turk schools across the country linked to Gulen, and instructed all foreign teachers to leave the country. Turkey's ambassador to Pakistan asked the government to shut the schools down after the failed coup, which was blamed on the Hizmet movement, suspected to be inspired by Fethullah Gulen.
  • Islamic State executes scores, stockpiles chemicals

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    She also said that a mass grave in Hamman al-Alil containing over 100 bodies was one of several IS "killing grounds", with bodies dumped in various locations. "They're well-made", he said. "We'll start this attack from our positions in the Al-Samah neighbourhood", he added. "The Iraqi authorities must immediately investigate these alarming reports of extrajudicial executions and torture".
  • Hundreds of Iraqis line up for food in Mosul after IS battle

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    The Iraqi forces provide what little food is available in these areas, as Rudaw's Ranja Jamal reports, and some families send their children to fetch the rations home. Police say Tuesday's attacks targeted outdoor markets, Shiite pilgrims and anti-Islamic State Sunni tribal fighters. The casualty figures were obtained from police sources.
  • China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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    U.S. auto and iPhone sales in China will suffer a setback, and United States soybean and maize imports will be halted. "China will take a tit-for-tat approach then", the article promises. Trump also thanked Xi for the well wishes and congratulations the Chinese leader offered him over his election victory during the first call between the two on Sunday night, the team said in a brief statement released early Monday.
  • Will Donald Trump Keep Obamacare? The President-Elect Has Changed His Tune

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    Donald Trump told The Wall Street Journal he might keep some provisions of President Obama's health care law after all . Some of the provisions he is willing to keep are allowing parents to include children up to the age of 26 as part of their insurance policies, and barring insurance providers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
  • United States agrees to take refugees detained by Australia

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    Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Sunday that the United States had agreed to take a "substantial" number of the 1,800 refugees held on Manus Island and Nauru. The conservative government has maintained a tough line on asylum seekers who have sought to cross the unsafe waters between Asia and Australia but has moved to empty the offshore immigration detention centers that critics have called Australia's "Guantanamo Bay".
  • Demonetisation could be a a mega scam: Rahul Gandhi

    Demonetisation could be a a mega scam: Rahul Gandhi

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    Rahul, who is scheduled to arrive in the city on Tuesday evening, will proceed to Bhiwandi in neighbouring Thane district the next morning to attend the court proceedings beginning at 10 am, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam said. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi accused PM Modi of "laughing" when 18-20 people died. RSS activist Rajesh Kunte had later filed a defamation case against Gandhi scion.
  • Sign the petition: Tell Trump to fire Alt Right publisher Steve Bannon

    Sign the petition: Tell Trump to fire Alt Right publisher Steve Bannon

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    Less than a week after his upset win over Democrat Hillary Clinton in last Tuesday's presidential election, Trump's choice on Sunday of Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman and friend of House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, could help him fix his strained relations with members of the Republican Party establishment.
  • Iraqi army: Ancient city of Nimrud recaptured from Islamic State

    Iraqi army: Ancient city of Nimrud recaptured from Islamic State

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    Gen. Sami al-Aridi as he radioed with commanders in the field. Nimrud is 30 kilometers south of Mosul, where Iraqi soldiers and special forces are battling Islamic State for control. USA -backed Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish forces took back the city of Sinjar and most of the mountain area in 2015 but the region south of the mountain remained in the hands of the ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim militants.