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New Zealand PM announces she's pregnant for 1st time

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces her first pregnancy, prompting an outpouring of support from women's rights groups and labour activists as she declared, "I'll be a prime minister and a mum."

U.S. Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown

A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan staredown over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.

Zimbabwe politician jailed during Mugabe era among 5 killed in U.S. helicopter crash

Roy Bennett, a prominent Zimbabwe opposition figure in recent years, was among five people killed in a New Mexico helicopter crash, authorities in the southwestern U.S.

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

15 hurt after car slams into crowd at Brazil's Copacabana Beach

A motorist who says he lost control of his car drove into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday evening, injuring at least 15 people, authorities said.

U.S. Senate approves NSA surveillance program extension

The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew a critical foreign intelligence collection program dubbed the "holy grail" because it allows U.S.

Cape Town water supply near 'point of no return' as reservoirs run dry

A deeper dive into the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse.

After #MeToo, phone app allows you to legally consent to sex

A Dutch startup is launching an app that will allow people to give legal consent to sex via their mobile in an initiative spurred by Sweden's plans to bolster its rape law.

To end 'whining and moaning' over Brexit, Nigel Farage proposes referendum re-do

The man who has made a career out of hating the European Union has floated the idea of a second Brexit referendum as a way of ending the debate once and for all, writes Margaret Evans.

Strong winter storm blasts northern Europe, killing at least 2 and grounding flights

A powerful storm that lashed Europe with high winds and snow has killed at least two people, grounding flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, halting trains and blowing over trucks in several countries.

Trump appears unyielding on Mexican wall, despite chief of staff's comments

U.S. President Donald Trump insisted Thursday in a series of tweets that his views on a border wall with Mexico have not evolved, pushing back against his own chief of staff's comments to lawmakers.

Tax reform prompts Apple to pay $38B tax bill to bring home $245B in foreign profits

Apple plans to build a new corporate campus and hire 20,000 U.S. workers in an expansion driven in part by a tax cut that will enable the iPhone maker to bring an estimated $245 billion US back to its home country.

Palestinian man killed, another arrested as Israel hunts for rabbi's killer

Israeli officials said special forces hunting the killers of a West Bank settler raided a home before dawn Thursday, killing a Palestinian suspect in a firefight that also wounded two Israeli officers.

New Zimbabwe president says election could be held in May or June

Zimbabwe's president says elections will be in May or June, as he faces pressure at home and abroad to deliver a credible vote to cement his legitimacy.

Bus fire in Kazakhstan kills 52 along route used by migrant workers

A bus fire in northwestern Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

Republicans rush to find enough votes to avoid U.S. government shutdown

Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress are stepping up their efforts to round up the votes needed to pass a temporary extension in government funding and prevent a looming shutdown.

Grandparents of starved, shackled children in California shocked at the news

The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited the family in California six years ago.

Lawyers for Montreal man accused in Michigan airport stabbing want a charge dropped

Amor Ftouhi, a Montreal resident, is charged with committing an act of violence and interfering with security.

Trump continues attacks on U.S. media, releases 'Fake News Awards'

U.S. President Donald Trump revealed his promised "Fake News Awards" late Wednesday, continuing his assault on American media while claiming on Twitter that there is "lots of GOOD NEWS for the American people to be proud of!