WELLINGTON, New Zealand | Admired abroad, New Zealand leader faces hurdles at home

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Last Thursday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the high-profile interviews she’d be doing this week in New York, where she’s attending the U.N. General Assembly. Among her appearances: the Today show, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. She also exchanged tweets with the singer Rihanna about the importance of investing in education.

But by Thursday afternoon, Ardern was appearing somber at a hastily called news conference in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital.

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