Deadly eruption hits New Zealand volcano tourist town hard

Helicopter pilot Mark Law did not hesitate to fly out to New Zealand’s White Island volcano immediately after it erupted to carry survivors to hospital, but after a harrowing week he knows his town’s adventure tourism industry faces an uncertain future. FILE PHOTO: A man looks at a memorial at the harbour in Whakatane, following …

New Zealand recovery teams return to volcanic island, two remain missing; death toll rises to 16

New Zealand recovery teams returned to the volcanic White Island on Sunday but were unable to locate two remaining bodies in their search, as the death toll from Monday’s eruption rose to 16, police said. New Zealand Police Search and Rescue and Disaster Victim Identification staff return to Whakatane Airport after conducting a search for …

Passengers evacuate Qantas plane via emergency slides at Sydney airport

Passengers on a Qantas Airways Ltd flight evacuated their plane via emergency slides at Australia’s Sydney airport on Sunday after the flight was forced to turn around. In a statement, Qantas said flight QF575 to Perth returned to Sydney shortly after takeoff due to a hydraulic issue. “Once back at the gate, the captain made …

Bolivia’s interim leader says arrest warrant to be issued against Morales

Bolivia will issue an arrest warrant in the coming days against former leftist President Evo Morales, accusing him of sedition, interim Bolivian President Jeanine Anez said on Saturday. Morales is in Argentina, granted refugee status this week just days after the inauguration of new President Alberto Fernandez. Peronist Fernandez succeeded outgoing conservative Argentine leader Mauricio …

Negotiators work through the night to salvage U.N. climate summit

Negotiators worked into the early hours of Sunday to try to salvage a strong global commitment to fight climate change after some of the most vulnerable nations said they were being sidelined at a marathon U.N. summit in Madrid. Carolina Schmidt, COP25 President and Chile’s Minister of Environment, speaks at the U.N. Climate Change Conference …

New Zealand recovery teams return to volcanic island, two remain missing

New Zealand recovery teams returned to the volcanic White Island on Sunday but were unable to locate two remaining bodies in their search, the police said. FILE PHOTO: Rescue crew are seen at the White Island volcano, also known by its Maori name Whakaari, in New Zealand, December 13, 2019, in this image obtained via …

Argentina’s new government hikes export taxes on disgruntled farmers

Argentina’s new government has hiked export levies on soy, wheat and corn, according to an official decree on Saturday, hitting farmers in the grains exporting nation to raise revenue needed to avoid default on a mountain of looming sovereign debt. FILE PHOTO: People grab lettuce during a farmers’ protest against low prices outside the Casa …

Nicaragua nationalizes major gas station chain linked to Ortega

Nicaragua’s National Assembly on Saturday approved nationalizing a major gas station company two days after the United States imposed sanctions on it for allegedly being used by President Daniel Ortega’s family to finance and launder money for the government. The company, Distribuidor Nicaraguense de Petroleo (DNP), controls a third of the country’s gas sales. The …

Queen Elizabeth to set out UK PM Johnson’s agenda on Thursday

Queen Elizabeth will set out on Thursday Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s legislative agenda following his election victory, including a pledge to bring the EU Withdrawal Agreement bill back to parliament before Christmas, his office said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Boris Johnson during an audience in Buckingham Palace, where she officially recognised …