Group of friends 'jumped', leaving one dead and another injured in an Auckland park

On the night of October 3, 2020, Nigel Fuatimu​ and Samtuiosa Osa​ were socialising with friends in Jellicoe Park in Manurewa, south Auckland.

“Without warning, he and his friends were jumped by some other men,” Crown prosecutor Dale Dufty told a jury on Monday.

Fuatimu​ and Osa were randomly attacked, Dufty said.

Isaac Ramese-Stanley​ and Simon Tavita​ are jointly charged with murdering Fuatimu. Kitiona Stanley​ is charged with assault with intent to injure Samtuiosa Osa.

All three have pleaded not guilty and are on trial at the High Court at Auckland.

Jamal Edwards: Cocaine sparked death of entrepreneur, coroner concludes

An inquest was held at West London coroner's court into Edwards's death at the age of 31 in February.

He was the son of musician and Loose Women host Brenda Edwards.

There was evidence of cocaine toxicity in Edwards' body, assistant coroner Ivor Collett said, adding the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, following cocaine use.

The coroner concluded the cause of death was drug-related.

A toxicology report found there was evidence of cocaine use and presence of cocaine and alcohol which probably caused his death.

Seven dead after explosion and fire on France's south-west coast

Several buildings were set ablaze on both sides of a street in the seaside town of St Laurent-de-la-Salanque after a blast was heard at 01:30 local time (00:30 GMT) on Monday.

Firefighters are still searching for victims in two small blocks of flats damaged by the fire.

The cause of the original explosion is not yet known.

France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, who visited the scene of the accident on Monday afternoon, said the current death toll of seven was only provisional while emergency services continued to search for survivors.

Auckland teen's death 'does not appear' to be linked to COVID-19 vaccine - chief coroner

In a statement, Judge Deborah Marshall said she had been aware of "ongoing speculation" about the cause of death surrounding the teenager.

"Based on the information available to date, it does not appear that the death in question is linked to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine," she said.

"However, this issue will be investigated carefully by the coroner and pertinent information will be requested from various agencies, including the COVID-19 Vaccination Independent Safety Monitoring Board."

Outrage after Zimbabwean girl, 14, dies giving birth at church shrine

Memory Machaya is reported to have died last month at a church shrine in the eastern region of Marange.

The case has exposed the exploitation of minors, as she was reportedly forced to abandon school to get married.

The United Nations urged the government to recognise child marriage as a crime and bring an end to the practice.

The organisation said it "notes with deep concern" and "condemns strongly" reports into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Samoan seasonal worker preparing to return home dies in New Zealand

This was confirmed by the ACEO for Labour Employment and Export Programme, Lemalu Nele Leilua to the Savali News.

“The deceased was one of the three men that went to do their Covid-19 tests as required by our Ministry of Health for their return home,” said Lemalu.

“All three were scheduled to return home on the flight that arrived last Friday, 12th of February.”

Lemalu said the men’s tests all came out negative, and after their tests were conducted, they returned to their accommodation, to pack their bags for their flight to Auckland to await their return home.

Prince wrongful death legal claims dismissed

Legal claims had been filed against a doctor who prescribed Prince pain medication and a pharmacy that supplied him with medicine.

Dismissals usually occur after a settlement has been reached, but such agreements often remain confidential.

The 57-year-old died in 2016 after an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl at his home in Minneapolis.

Claims that had been filed against the Walgreens pharmacy chain and Dr Michael Schulenberg, who treated Prince in the weeks before his death, have been dismissed.

Probe into US couple's death focusing on toxin

The couple died while on a holiday in Nadi last month and infectious diseases have been ruled out as the cause of death.

Michelle's father Marc Canalog told the Fiji Times he was informed by officials from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that investigators were focusing on the toxic chemical paraquat.

Paraquat is a herbicide widely used in Fiji.

Organisations involved and supporting the Ministry of Health in the investigation include the CDC and the World Health Organisation.


Samoan player dies from suspected head injury

Tagatauli, 27, was playing for Vaimoso Rugby Club on Saturday when he indicated he wanted to be replaced 10 minutes from the end of game.

He left the field unaided but lost consciousness on the sidelines and went into cardiac arrest.

Emergency services revived the 27-year-old before he was taken to the National Hospital, where he spent four days in the high dependency unit before dying on Thursday.

Oman police confirm 'no criminal suspicion' in Avicii death

The 28-year-old was found dead on Friday in Oman's capital city, Muscat. A cause of death has not been released.

"Two post mortems were carried out," Royal Oman Police said, confirming there was "no criminal suspicion".

Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, had been in Oman on holiday. His family have arrived in the country to return his body to Sweden.

Thousands of fans gathered in central Stockholm over the weekend to honour the musician, who scored huge worldwide hits with Wake Me Up and Levels.