Man charged

Man arrested after Australian child found dead in barrel

The victim is believed to be a nine-year-old girl who went missing from the Blue Mountains near Sydney last Thursday, local media report.

The child's body was found by officers on Tuesday during a search of bushland in a neighbouring area.

Police said a 31-year-old man had been arrested in a flat in inner Sydney and charged with murder.

He was remanded in custody to face a court on Wednesday.

Media reports said the girl - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - was on holiday with her mother when she disappeared last Thursday.

Tonga Police arrest man for exporting 30kg of methamphetamine

The accused was arrested last Thursday.

Detective Acting Deputy Commissioner Halatoa Taufa, National Crime and Investigations said the illicit drugs were concealed in a refrigerated food container, which were intercepted through a joint operation by the New Zealand Customs and Police in early August.

“Through a strong partnership between law enforcement in New Zealand and Tonga, the Tonga Police DET conducts parallel investigations in Tonga that led to the arrest of the accused person who has been placed on remand while investigations continue.”

Man with historical COVID-case arrested in Cook Islands

Currently on bail, he has been charged with making a false declaration on a travel document.

The case is considered historical, presenting a low risk to the public.

Health Secretary Bob Williams says the man arrived in Auckland from Egypt on 5 May, where he tested positive for the virus in managed isolation.

He tested negative before being released from quarantine after which he flew to the Cooks, where he tested positive on 5 June.

All his close contacts have tested negative.

Man charged with manslaughter over death of Auckland MMA fighter Liufau 'Fau' Vake

One man's charges have been upgraded to manslaughter. Other charges the four men face include assaulting with intent to injure and common assault.

Vake, 25, died on May 23, a week after he was allegedly struck with a coward punch - also known as a king hit or a sucker punch - while waiting for a taxi on Auckland's Symonds Street. It's understood there was no prior provocation.

Vake sustained critical injuries in the alleged assault and died following a week at Auckland Hospital. 

Man charged with attempted suicide in Tonga

A Police Chief Superintendent Tevita Vailea said police arrested the man on Tuesday morning after his mother reported the incident.

According to RNZ, Mr Vailea said the number of attempted suicides was slowly rising in Tonga and there was a need for more mental health and anger management support for young people.

He said it was not the first time police had charged someone for attempted suicide, and the community must be made aware of the suicidal attitudes that exist.