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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters listens during a press conference with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne following the Australia-New Zealand Foreign Minister Consultations in Sydney. ew Zealand announced Tuesday, July 28, 2002 it will follow the lead of its intelligence allies by suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. The move comes in response to China passing a sweeping new security law for the semi-autonomous territory. Peters said the new law went against commitments China had made to the international community. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

Jul. 28, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Tuesday that it will follow the lead of its intelligence allies by suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. The move comes in response to China passing a sweeping new security law for the semi-autonomous territory. New Zealand is the final...

Residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus ride past a neighborhood under lockdown in Beijing Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Chinese authorities locked down a third neighborhood in Beijing on Tuesday as they rushed to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in a country that appeared to have largely contained the virus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A drug offers hope amid spikes in coronavirus infections

Jun. 16, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — As nations grapple with new outbreaks and spiking death tolls from the coronavirus, a commonly available drug appeared Tuesday to offer hope that the most seriously ill could have a better chance of survival. The pandemic has forced countries to impose lockdowns and tough restrictions on...

A woman wearing a protective mask to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus crosses a flooded street during a brief downpour on Monday, June 15, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: New Zealand is no longer coronavirus-free

Jun. 16, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand —- New Zealand is no longer free from the new coronavirus after health officials say two women who flew from London to see a dying parent had tested positive. But before they were tested, the women had been given an exemption to leave quarantine on compassionate grounds and had...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Hurricanes Beauden Barrett, right, runs at Crusaders Luke Romano during the Super Rugby semifinal between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes in Christchurch, New Zealand. The cheers of the crowd will resound in New Zealand sports stadiums for the first time in months with more than 50,000 people expected to attend matches in the opening round of Super Rugby Aotearoa. More than 18,000 are expected at the first match in the New Zealand professional rugby tournament in Dunedin on Saturday, June 13, 2020 between the Highlanders and the Hamilton-based Chiefs. (AP Photo/Mark Baker,File)

Anticipation high as fans return to rugby in New Zealand

Jun. 12, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The cheers of the crowd will resound in New Zealand sports stadiums for the first time since March with more than 50,000 people expected to attend two matches this weekend in the opening round of Super Rugby Aotearoa. More than 18,000 are expected at the first match in the...