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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, stands with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the signing of the Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement at Admiralty House in Sydney, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Ardern called out her Australian counterpart Morrison at an extraordinarily abrasive joint news conference Friday for his country's rigid policy of deporting foreign criminals to homelands they left as children. Ardern called the policy unfair and corrosive to the near-neighbors' ties, but Morrison publicly held firm. (Bianca De Marchi/Pool Photo via AP)

Ardern calls out Australia: Don't deport 'your problems'

Feb. 28, 2020 3:10 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called out her Australian counterpart at an extraordinarily abrasive joint news conference Friday for his country's rigid policy of deporting foreign criminals to homelands they left as children. Ardern called the policy unfair and...

New Zealand reports first virus patient; case linked to Iran

Feb. 28, 2020 12:33 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand health officials on Friday said the country had its first case of the new coronavirus, a person in their 60s who recently returned from Iran. Health officials said the results of a test came through positive on Friday afternoon. The person was being treated at the...

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 1999, file photo, World Trade Organization's (WTO) Director General Mike Moore, of New Zealand, opens a WTO council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Moore, a former World Trade Organization leader and New Zealand Prime Minister, died early Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at his home in Auckland, his wife Yvonne Moore said. He was 71. 
 (AP Photo/Beatrix Stampfli, File)

Former WTO leader and New Zealand premier Mike Moore dies

Feb. 1, 2020 8:43 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Mike Moore, who served as New Zealand's Prime Minister before leading the World Trade Organization during a tumultuous time when thousands protested in Seattle riots, died early Sunday. He was 71. He died at his home in Auckland, his wife Yvonne Moore said. He'd suffered a...

Visitors wearing protective face masks pose for a photo along the Bund in Shanghai, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. China counted 170 deaths from a new virus Thursday and more countries reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home to medical observation and even isolation. (AP Photo)

The Latest: Russia closing its land border with China

Jan. 30, 2020 10:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local): 11 p.m. Russia is closing its land border with China, similar to steps taken by Mongolia and North Korea, to guard against a new viral outbreak. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin issued the decree Thursday,...

Passengers board buses after arriving on an airplane carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. Jan. 29, 2020.  The passengers will undergo additional screenings in California and be placed in temporary housing. Officials have not said how long they will stay there.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: Rival Koreas close liaison office over outbreak

Jan. 29, 2020 9:04 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China: 10 a.m. The rival Koreas have agreed to suspend operations at their liaison office in North Korea until the new virus outbreak comes under control. South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Thursday it plans to bring back 58 South...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press event at U.N. headquarters. Ardern said Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 that New Zealand's general election will be held on Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New Zealand's Ardern seeking reelection in Sept. 19 vote

Jan. 27, 2020 11:09 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may be lauded around the world as a liberal icon but whether she can translate that into a reelection victory in September remains uncertain. Ardern on Tuesday announced the general elections would be held on Sept. 19. She is seeking a second...