New Zealand

New Zealand official hid camera in U.S. embassy restroom in D.C.

The New Zealand flag.
The New Zealand flag. Photo: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand's former top military official in the United States was found guilty Thursday of hiding a camera in the restroom of the country's Washington, D.C., embassy to film his colleagues, local media report.

Details: Alfred Harold Keating, 59, had pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to intentionally make an intimate visual recording, but an Auckland District Court jury found he had committed the offense in July 2017. He was serving as the senior defence attache to the U.S. at the time. Keating will be sentenced on June 25.

New Zealand to ban guns within days in response to mosque attacks

Jacinda Ardern introduced tough gun control measures.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand's tough new gun laws are set to come into effect Friday after members of parliament voted overwhelmingly to back the measure at the bill's final reading Wednesday night local time.

Details: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced last month all military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles would be banned. Only 1 MP voted against the measure, introduced in response to the Christchurch terrorist attack. Under the new law, anyone found with a banned gun faces up to 5 years in prison.