Latest New Zealand News

In this July 2020, photo supplied by Feeonaa and Neville Clifton, Neville and Feeonaa Clifton are pictured by the San Aotea II fishing boat in the Falkland Islands. The Cliftons, a honeymoon couple who were stranded on the remote Falkland Islands in March because of the coronavirus have managed to get home to New Zealand, Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 by hitching a lift of more than 5,000 nautical miles (9,200 kilometers) on an Antarctic fishing boat. (Feeonaa/Neville Clifton via AP)

Stranded by virus, honeymooners hitch home on Antarctic boat

Aug. 3, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand honeymoon couple stranded on the remote Falkland Islands in March because of the coronavirus has managed to return home by hitching a ride of more than 5,000 nautical miles (9,200 kilometers) on an Antarctic fishing boat. Feeonaa Clifton said she had never spent...

A woman's temperature is measured before riding a passenger jeepney to help curb the spread of COVID19 as drivers at the Tandang Sora terminal were recently allowed back on the road after months of not being able to work on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 in Quezon city, Philippines. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines continues to surge Sunday as medical groups declared the country was waging a losing battle against the contagion and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Italy's tally of new virus cases down to 239

Aug. 2, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MILAN — The number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Italy nudged lower to 239 in the last 24 hours, while all eight deaths were recorded in Lombardy, the epicenter of the country's epidemic. That brings the total number of cases in Italy to 248,070 and deaths to 35,154, according to Health...

A man prays with only a few other parishioners as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID19 during Mass at the Our Lady of Consolation Parish on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Quezon city, Philippines. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines continues to surge Sunday as medical groups declared the country was waging a losing battle against the contagion and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria state imposes curfew

Aug. 2, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The premier of Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has declared a disaster among sweeping new coronavirus restrictions across Melbourne and elsewhere from Sunday night. An evening curfew will be implemented across Melbourne from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Premier Daniel Andrews...

Vietnamese COVID-19 patients in protective gear, holding Vietnamese flags and carrying a portrait of the national leader Ho Chi Minh, arrive at the Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The 129 patients who were working in Equatorial Guinea are brought home in a repatriation flight for treatment of the coronavirus. (Tran Huy Hung/VNA via AP)

Asia Today: China, SKorea, Japan see upticks in virus cases

Jul. 29, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China reported more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday as the country continues to battle an outbreak in Xinjiang. The 101 new cases was China's highest daily increase in weeks. The northwestern region of Xinjiang accounted for 89, with another eight in the northeastern province of...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Hard hit Australian state sees new cases drop

Jul. 28, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has recorded its lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in nine days while the state premier is expressing hope that it is the start of a downward trend. Victoria on Wednesday reported 295 new cases and nine deaths, seven of which were in aged...

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...

A woman gets her nasal swab sample taken for COVID-19 test at a government health center in Hyderabad, India, Monday, July 27, 2020. India is the third hardest-hit country by the pandemic in the world after the United States and Brazil. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Asia Today: Australian outbreak attributed to sick workers

Jul. 27, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state on Monday posted a new daily record of 532 new COVID-19 cases, and the government leader warned that a lockdown in the city of Melbourne will continue if infected people continue to go to work instead of staying home. Melbourne is...

Masks placed on mannequins heads are displayed outside a shop in Sarajevo's main street, Bosnia, Monday, July 27, 2020. Regional WHO office in Bosnia expressed its concern with recent reports that medical institutions around the country are closing to maximum capacity as recent spike in COVID-19 infections are reaching record levels. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)

European tourism faces turbulence only weeks after restart

Jul. 27, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Europe's tourism revival is running into turbulence only weeks after countries reopened their borders, with rising infections in Spain and other nations causing increasing concern among health authorities over people bringing the coronavirus home from their summer vacations. European...

American Magic is 1st Cup challenger to sail in New Zealand

Jul. 27, 2020 1:45 AM EDT

The New York Yacht Club’s American Magic has become the first challenger to sail on the New Zealand waters where the America’s Cup will be contested next year. American Magic sailed its foiling 75-foot monohull Defiant for nearly seven hours on Waitemata Harbor on Monday New Zealand time (Sunday in...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish film-maker, writer and refugee who has documented life inside the Australian offshore immigration camp on Manus Island, poses for a portrait in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand immigration on Friday confirmed that Boochani, who fled Iran and then exposed Australia’s degrading treatment of asylum-seekers while being held against his will for six years, has been granted refugee status in New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Journalist held for 6 years gains New Zealand refugee status

Jul. 24, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A journalist who fled Iran and then exposed Australia's degrading treatment of asylum-seekers while being held against his will for six years has been granted refugee status in New Zealand. Immigration New Zealand on Friday confirmed that Behrouz Boochani had been given the...