The man who died in a Waiheke Island boat fire on Monday has been named as David Hargreaves Brady.
High winds have grounded helicopters searching for a chopper missing in the Nelson region today but the search will continue tomorrow during calmer conditions.
An air tanker plane being used to fight a wildfire in Yosemite National Park crashed in flames, killing the pilot, officials for the park and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
As sea levels rise, tidal flooding along the US coast is likely to become so common that parts of many communities, including the nation's capital, could become unusable within three decades, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
A retired US naval officer who hired an accused Canadian killer as a C$150-an-hour male escort during trips to Montreal recalled him as a "plain simple kid" who brought his puppy along to one of their meetings.
Turkey's president said the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani was "about to fall" as Islamic State fighters pressed home a three-week assault that has cost a reported 400 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes.
Hong Kong pro-democracy protests that brought tens of thousands on to the streets last week now draw just a few hundred after activist leaders agreed to talks with the government which are all but certain to go nowhere.
One person was killed and 324 were injured when an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck in China's southwestern province of Yunnan.
One person has died and another is in a critical condition following a crash near Rotorua, in which four other people were also injured.
A Christchurch driver has been arrested just hours after a hit and run that seriously injured a motorcyclist.
Any New Zealand commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq should not make New Zealand more of a target for terrorism, Prime Minister John Key says.
Comedian Ewen Gilmour is being farewelled at a private ceremony for family and friends this afternoon.
Kamla Rani, a 50-year-old housewife living in a run-down area of New Delhi, baulks at the idea of having heavily subsidised food benefits replaced by money deposited in a bank account.
A 16-year-old has been charged with the murder of a Whangarei man who was assaulted at his home on Sunday morning.
Missouri authorities are drawing up contingency plans and seeking intelligence from US police departments on out-of-state agitators, fearing that fresh riots could erupt if a grand jury does not indict a white officer for killing a black teen.
The father of a 3-month old baby whose death is now subject to a homicide probe says "everyone wants answers .... and I don't even have any myself".
A Christchurch motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a suspected hit and run this morning.
A search has resumed this morning near Nelson for a missing helicopter after poor weather delayed part of the operation this morning.
The grandfather of a boy who Pennsylvania authorities say was starved nearly to death has appeared in court to face 14 charges including aggravated assault, false imprisonment and attempted first-degree murder.
Abandoned earthquake-damaged homes in Christchurch's residential red zone are being booby-trapped in a mystery that has so far baffled police.