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New Zealand Health Minister David Clark announces his resignation at a press conference at parliament in Wellington, New Zealand Thursday, July 2, 2020. Clark resigned Thursday following a series of personal blunders during the coronavirus pandemic. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand's health minister resigns after virus blunders

Jul. 1, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's health minister resigned Thursday following a series of personal blunders during the coronavirus pandemic. David Clark had earlier described himself as an “idiot” for breaking the nation's lockdown measures and then last week appeared to blame a...

A woman walks past a promotional banner of the national security law for Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. China has approved a contentious law that would allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, sparking fears that it would be used to curb opposition voices in the semi-autonomous territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong security law criticized abroad, defended by China

Jun. 30, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

China’s enactment of a national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday drew statements of deep concern and regret from abroad and a firm defense at home. The law has fueled a widening divide between China and the United States and some other countries over the future of Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese...

Salvador Hernandez, a groom at Emerald Downs Racetrack in Auburn, Wash., wears a mask as he watches a race Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on the first day of thoroughbred horse racing at the track since all professional sports in Washington state were curtailed in March by the outbreak of the coronavirus. No spectators were allowed, but online wagering was available and the races were streamed. Organizers hope to continue racing into October on a modified schedule. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Latest: Another PGA Tour player tests positive for virus

Jun. 30, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Chad Campbell is the sixth player to test positive for the coronavirus as the PGA Tour enters its fourth week of the restart. Campbell played the first event back at Colonial near his home in Texas. He didn’t play the...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, leaders listen during the Pacific Islands Countries Informal Dialogue with APEC Leaders in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. New Zealand on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, canceled its plans to host a major meeting of U.S. and Asian leaders next year because of the coronavirus, opting instead to lead a virtual summit. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

New Zealand cancels 2021 APEC summit, will lead it virtually

Jun. 29, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Tuesday canceled its plans to host a major meeting of U.S. and Asian leaders next year because of the coronavirus, opting instead to lead a virtual summit. New Zealand was scheduled to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Auckland. The event...

Sri Lankan Municipal health workers spray disinfectant to another colleague who conducted blood tests for COVID-19 antibody tests at a market place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: India's cases spike again to near half-million

Jun. 26, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India neared half a million confirmed coronavirus cases Friday with its biggest 24-hour spike of 17,296 new infections, prompting a delay in resumption of regular train services of more than a month. The new cases took India's total to 490,401. The Health Ministry also reported 407 more...

The Sydney Opera House is illuminated in support of Australia and New Zealand's joint bid to host the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, in Sydney, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women's World Cup in 2023, with the following edition possibly set to take place just two years later. (Bianca De Marchi/AAP Image via AP)

Women's World Cup heads to a welcome Down Under in 2023

Jun. 26, 2020 2:52 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Women's World Cup is heading to Australia and New Zealand in 2023 after a concentrated effort by the joint bidders to secure the global soccer event in the southern hemisphere for the first time. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the mother of a 2-year-old...

The Sydney Opera House is illuminated in support of Australia and New Zealand's joint bid to host the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, in Sydney, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women's World Cup in 2023, with the following edition possibly set to take place just two years later. (Bianca De Marchi/AAP Image via AP)

Australia, New Zealand to co-host 2023 Women’s World Cup

Jun. 25, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women’s World Cup in 2023, with the following edition possibly set to take place just two years later. The joint bid beat Colombia 22-13 in a vote Thursday by FIFA's ruling council, which judged them as having the best commercial prospects for...

Australia and New Zealand picked by FIFA to host 2023 Women’s World Cup

Jun. 25, 2020 11:49 AM EDT
ZURICH (AP) — Australia and New Zealand picked by FIFA to host 2023 Women’s World Cup.
Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Qantas, Australia's largest airline, says it plans to cut at least 6,000 jobs and keep 15,000 more workers on extended furloughs as it tries to survive the coronavirus pandemic. Joyce announced a plan to reduce costs by billions of dollars and raise fresh capital. The plan includes grounding 100 planes for a year or more and immediately retiring its six remaining Boeing 747 planes. (Bianca De Marchi/AAP Image via AP)

Australia's Qantas airline to cut 6,000 jobs as virus hits

Jun. 24, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Qantas plans to cut at least 6,000 jobs and keep 15,000 more workers on extended furloughs as Australia's largest airline tries to survive the coronavirus pandemic. Qantas announced a plan Thursday to reduce costs by billions of dollars and raise fresh capital. The plan...

People lower the coffin of a man who died of COVID-19, at a cemetery in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Some Indian states Tuesday were considering fresh lockdown measures to try to halt the spread of the virus in the nation of more than 1.3 billion. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The battle is not over: Rising infections seen worldwide

Jun. 23, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Renewed lockdown measures in a German region where hundreds of coronavirus cases sprung up at a slaughterhouse and news that the world's top-ranked tennis player has also been infected provided a stark reminder to Europeans on Tuesday that the pandemic is far from gone. Meanwhile, Britain,...