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 New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern looks up as an earthquake struck during a live television interview in Wellington on  Monday morning. She brushed off the incident and carried on. Photograph: Newshub via AP

Halfway into a Facebook Live video last week, updating the world on New Zealand’s plan to reopen restaurants, schools and even cinemas, prime minister(...)

Noelle McCarthy: ‘New Zealand has its problems, but it’s a beautiful place and there are opportunities here for people with skills who want to work.’

Known in New Zealand as “the voice of summer”, broadcaster Noelle McCarthy had aspirations of living in the Antipodean country many years before landi(...)

Jacinda Ardern is one of the few elected leaders to hold office while pregnant. File photograph: Marty Ville/AFP/Getty Images

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand gave birth to her first child, a girl, on Thursday, making her the first world leader in almost three dec(...)

Delegates pose for the group shot at the Women Political Leaders conference in the Seimas, Vilnius. Photograph: Elaine Edwards/The Irish Times

The key to future prosperity is attracting girls and women into careers in the digital area and also into science, technology, engineering and maths, (...)

New leader of the Labour Party Jacinda Ardern  at her first press conference at parliament in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday. Photograph:  Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand’s opposition Labour Party appointed Jacinda Ardern as its new leader on Tuesday, less than two months before a general election, in a last(...)

 Head of Unesco Irina Bokova   and Bulgarian EU commissioner Kristalina Georgieva  who has replaced Ms Bokova as the country’s candidate to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary general of the United Nations. Photograph: Kena Betancur,Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The race to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary general of the United Nations took a fresh turn on Wednesday as Bulgaria nominated European Union commiss(...)

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres has cemented his front-runner status to head the UN. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres has cemented his position as front runner to become the next UN secretary general after the latest s(...)

The decision on Ban Ki-moon’s  successor is expected to be made by the end of September. Photograph: Getty Images

Of global figureheads, perhaps only the pope or the president of China is selected in as mysterious a manner as the secretary general of the United Na(...)

Former New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark looking on during a forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) at the OECD headquarter in Paris, France. Ms Clark, the current administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will run for the position of UN secretary-general in the 2016 election. Photograph: Caroline Blumberg/EPA

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark will run for secretary-general of the United Nations, the world’s top diplomatic post. Ms Clark, (66), (...)

Giant woolly sheep Chris before his shave on the outskirts of Canberra. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

About 40kg (88 lb) of wool has been sheared from a sheep found near Australia’s capital, the RSPCA said on Thursday, making him unofficially the world(...)