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A health officer collecting swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 drinks water during a break at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reacts as she talks with colleagues at a cafe in Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Ardern has won a second term in office in an election landslide of historic proportions. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand's Ardern credits virus response for election win

Oct. 18, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — A day after winning a second term in a landside victory, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Sunday she sees the election result as an endorsement of her government’s efforts to stamp out the coronavirus and reboot the economy. Speaking at a cafe near her...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures as she gives her victory speech to Labour Party members at an event in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand's Ardern wins 2nd term in election landslide

Oct. 17, 2020 6:26 AM EDT

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office Saturday in an election landslide of historic proportions. With most votes counted, Ardern's liberal Labour Party was winning 49% of the vote compared to 27% for its main challenger, the conservative National...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appears headed for big election win and 2nd term in early vote counting

Oct. 17, 2020 3:47 AM EDT
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appears headed for big election win and 2nd term in early vote counting.
A cyclist rides past a sign in support of making marijuana legal in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. New Zealanders are poised to decide on two crucial social issues during an election on Saturday, Oct. 17, whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasia. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand to vote on legalizing marijuana and euthanasia

Oct. 15, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are poised to decide on two landmark social issues during an election Saturday: whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasia. A “yes” vote on both referendums would arguably make the nation of 5 million one of the...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern waves as she walks from the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand where she unveiled a memorial plaque in memory of the victims of the March 15, 2019 Christchurch terror attack.  Opinion polls indicate Ardern is on track to win a second term as prime minister in a general election scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

New Zealand election: Ardern vs. conservative challenger

Oct. 15, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is holding a general election on Saturday, and opinion polls indicate Jacinda Ardern is on track to win a second term as prime minister. Her popularity soared this year after she led an effort to stamp out the coronavirus. New Zealanders will also vote on whether...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is embraced as she arrives at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Opinion polls indicate Ardern is on track to win a second term as prime minister in an election on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

A popular Ardern poised to win 2nd term in New Zealand vote

Oct. 15, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — In the final days of campaigning before New Zealand holds an election on Saturday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is being greeted like a rock star. Hundreds of students are crammed into a common area at the Victoria University of Wellington to hear her speak, and her message...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures during the opening ceremony for Redcliffs School in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prime Minister Ardern has voted in the nation’s general election, a week before polls officially close. Ardern cast her vote in her Auckland district Saturday, Oct. 10, after visiting a market in the heavily Polynesian south Auckland suburb of Otara, where she was thronged by supporters.(AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

New Zealand PM encourages supporters to vote in election

Oct. 11, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has visited supporters in an area that is especially popular with her Labour Party, encouraging them to vote in the Oct. 17 general election. Ardern was thronged by supporters during her visit Saturday to a market in the heavily...

A woman wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, walks near the social distancing signs at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Seoul region remains virus hot spot for S Korea

Oct. 7, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has 69 new confirmed coronavirus cases, most of them in the Seoul region area where health workers are struggling to track transmissions tied to hospitals, churches, schools and an army unit. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on...