On the same day new revelations of mistreatment of seasonal Pacific workers in New Zealand were aired, Jacinda Ardern's government has announced the expansion of the scheme with new safeguards.New Zealand will recruit 19,000 workers from nine Pacific countries for the upcoming season, an increase of 3000 from last year.
United States Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the Koreas in a bid to show Washington's commitment to the South's security.The visit, announced on Tuesday, comes days after North Korea fired a ballistic missile towards the sea and amid fears of a possible nuclear test as the Biden administration's attempts to reach out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have failed.
The New Zealand government has expanded sanctions on key Russians, but cannot provide further military assistance as it has nothing Ukraine wants.Defence Minister Peeni Henare said New Zealand stood ready to provide further lethal aid if Ukraine's needs matched its stockpiles.
Hurricane Ian has begun pounding Cuba's south coast as officials rush to evacuate residents, secure boats and batten down homes amid warnings of a life-threatening storm surge.The fast-growing storm is centred about 250 kilometres southeast of Cabo San Antonio, in far western Cuba, but has jumped in intensity, with sustained winds of 155 km/h making it a Category 2 hurricane.
Japan will honour its assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe, a polarising figure who dominated modern-day politics as its longest-serving leader, with a rare state funeral that has become nearly as divisive as he was.Abe's killing at a July 8 campaign rally set off a flood of revelations about ties between lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) he once ran and the Unification Church, which critics call a cult, sparking a backlash against current premier Fumio Kishida.