New Zealand

World takes in muted New Year’s Eve

In Sydney the fireworks soared into the sky above the Opera House, but the harbour below was empty. In New York, Times Square was mostly deserted. No light show illuminated Beijing from the top of the TV tower. With revelry around the world curtailed by lockdowns and curfews imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19, the lions of London’s Trafalgar Square were barricaded off, and there were no crowds in St Peter’s Square and no one diving into the Tiber in Rome. This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other as many people bid farewell to a year they would much prefer to forget – one that has seen more than 1.7 million people killed and 82 million infected by the coronavirus since January

Erdogan: Istanbul to never become Constantinople

Istanbul will never become Constantinople and Turks will never leave this city, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, commenting on the recent terrorist attack in New Zealand mosques against Muslims. According to …

Rouhani condemns terrorist attack in New Zealand

The terrorist attack in New Zealand’s mosques stressed the need for joint efforts in the fight against terrorism and Islamophobia, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, condemning the ‘barbarous’ crime. Rouhani …