New Zealand Police Officer Killed in Traffic Stop

An unarmed police officer was shot and killed and another wounded after they tried to pull over a car during a routine traffic stop in New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland. A bystander was also hit and injured by the suspect’s car. The police commissioner, Andrew Coster, said the injured officer suffered serious leg wounds, while the bystander also had serious injuries and remained in the hospital.

New Zealand’s Ardern Cuts Salary Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced on Wednesday that she would cut her salary by 20 percent over the next six months, like other ministers and executive heads, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. This measure will remain in force for at least the next six months and will apply to all members of the national administrations of the Pacific nation.

WHO: Coronavirus Is Spreading Rapidly, Threatens the Whole World

Coronavirus can spread to all countries in the world. This is according to Christian Lindmeier, the spokesperson for the World Health Organization. “The outbreak is getting bigger. The scenario of the coronavirus reaching multiple countries, if not all countries around the world, is something we have been looking at and warning against since quite a while,” he said at a news briefing with reporters in Geneva on Friday.

Volcano Erupts in New Zealand, Five People Dead, Scores Missing

A volcano erupted in New Zealand on Monday, causing at least five deaths and leaving scores other nursing injuries. New Zealand police confirmed the incident to journalists. Several people are still missing, but rescue operations are being hampered by nightfall and lack of visibility caused by smoke. The White Island volcano (also known as Whakaari) is one of the most active in the country.

International Roundup: Ardern, Ethiopia, Israel, Trudeau, EU

  • New Zealand is still picking up the pieces after at least 50 people were killed, and another 50 were injured, in Friday’s terror attack, the worst in the country’s history. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spent the weekend visiting grieving family members and the Muslim community. The attacks, on two mosques in Christchurch, have also prompted a debate over gun laws. The Police Association has called for a ban on semi-automatic weapons, and the Prime Minister has pledged, “our gun laws will change.”