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Tourism overtakes dairy as New Zealand's top overseas earner
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it's the hobbits that are really making hay.
According to figures released Wednesday, tourism has overtaken dairy as the nation's top earner of overseas dollars. And tourism officials say the success of the fantasy movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has helped.
The change comes as the dairy industry struggles to recover from a slump in prices.
Statistics New Zealand said spending by international tourists was up by 20 percent in the year ending March when compared with the previous year. That follows a 17 percent rise the year before.
Income from dairy products has fallen by 22 percent over the past two years, the agency's figures show.
New Zealand is home to 4.7 million people and 10 million cows.
Russian patriarch blesses new Paris church, a Putin project
PARIS (AP) — The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church is consecrating a new church near the Eiffel Tower seen as a controversial symbol of President Vladimir Putin's influence in Europe.Patriarch Kirill, an ally of Putin, is presiding over a blessing ceremony Sunday in the Saint Trinity Church on the banks of the Seine River. Members of France's large Russian community crowded in for the invitation-only event.The imposing, block-shaped white church, topped by an 8-ton gold onion dome, is… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
In swift response to London terror attack, eight suspects arrested as Parliament resumes
As Londoners seek to resume business as usual, a police investigation of Wednesday’s attack continues.In the attack, a man driving an SUV plowed into a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring approximately 30, police indicated. Many of those injured were tourists. The attacker then fatally stabbed a police officer on Parliament’s grounds before being shot by police.Investigators have carried out at least six raids on addresses in London, Birmingham, and… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Mysterious 'Dark Energy' May Not Exist, Study Claims
The universe may not be expanding at an accelerating rate after all, meaning that mysterious "dark energy" might not actually exist, according to a new study.This is quite the claim. In 2011, three cosmologists from two research teams won the Nobel Prize in physics for independently showing that distant Type Ia supernovas, which are a kind of exploding star, are moving away from Earth faster than nearby ones are.These surprising results, which were published in the late 1990s, strongly… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Trump moves ahead with wall, puts stamp on U.S. immigration, security policy
By Julia Edwards AinsleyWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered construction of a U.S.-Mexican border wall and punishment for cities shielding illegal immigrants while mulling restoring a CIA secret detention program as he launched broad but divisive plans to reshape U.S. immigration and national security policy.A draft executive order seen by Reuters that Trump is expected to sign in the coming days would block the entry of refugees from war-torn Syria and suspend… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
US jobs numbers add another issue to campaign fodder
Washington (AFP) - When the US releases monthly job report Friday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will be on his way to New Hampshire, where the unemployment rate is tied for lowest in the nation.By the time Trump takes the stage, his campaign will have pored over the Labor Department statistics on hiring, wages and unemployment in October. While the report is expected to show continued job growth and lower unemployment, a disappointing result could bolster his claims of American… chat_bubble_outline Read More...