New Zealand's death toll from heavy rain rose to four as flash floods and landslides on the north island continued for a third day.
New premier is sworn in by governor-general during a ceremony in capital Wellington after Jacinda Ardern's abrupt departure from the role last week.
Chris Hipkins' confirmation as new prime minister by 64 lawmakers, known as Labour caucus, comes after surprise resignation by Jacinda Ardern.
Hipkins, 44, must still get an endorsement on Sunday from his Labour Party colleagues in Parliament but that is just a formality now.
Commentators point to several Jacinda Ardern ministers as possible candidates for PM role, including Minister of Education and Police Chris Hipkins and Minister of Justice Kiri Allen.
One of the youngest prime ministers in the world, Ardern leaves a legacy of immense positivity in times of crisis.
Ardern announces general election will take place on October 14 and she will not seek reelection.
The ninth Women's World Cup, which will be held by Australia and New Zealand, is the first to be co-organised by two nations and to include 32 countries.
To help Ukraine's 43 million people maintain their resolve in fighting — now on its 280th day — NATO allies are considering sending Patriot missiles, angering Russia, and boosting provisions of blankets, generators and other basic necessities.
A 105-run opening partnership between toned-up Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan propelled Pakistan to reach the Twenty20 World Cup final.
The terrorist killed 51 Muslim worshippers during the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand's history in March 2019.
Convoys of tractors, 4x4s and farmyard vehicles disrupted traffic in Wellington, Auckland and other major hubs, as protestors demanded the government ditch plans for an animal "burp and fart" tax.
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