N. Zealand ex­pels US en­voy with black eye

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RO­DRIGO DUTERTE, Philip­pines pres­i­dent

TUES­DAY, MARCH 21, 2017 Peo­ple try­ing to cross the Ri­mac River af­ter it breached its banks due to tor­ren­tial rains, which caused flood­ing and wide­spread de­struc­tion in Huachipa, Lima, Peru, on Sun­day. WELLING­TON: An Amer­i­can diplo­mat has been ex­pelled from New Zealand af­ter Wash­ing­ton re­fused to waive diplo­matic im­mu­nity so po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing a se­ri­ous crime could ques­tion him, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day.

De­tails of the al­leged crime have not been re­vealed but the diplo­mat left the South Pa­cific na­tion last week suf­fer­ing a bro­ken nose and black eye.

Prime Min­is­ter Bill English la­belled the knock-back on im­mu­nity re­gret­table and said he ex­pected the United States to carry out their own in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We ex­pect all diplo­mats here to obey our law and if it’s bro­ken, we’d ex­pect our po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate,” English said.

“We re­gret that they didn’t give us a waiver on im­mu­nity but they didn’t and now it’s in the hands of their au­thor­i­ties.” AFP

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