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In this image made from video, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks up when an earthquake struck during a live television interview in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday morning, May 25, 2020. New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is sometimes called the Shaky Isles for its frequent quakes. (Newshub via AP)

New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

May. 25, 2020 1:46 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview Monday morning. She interrupted Newshub host Ryan Bridge to tell him what was happening at the parliament complex in the capital, Wellington....

This image provided by Stuff, shows CEO Sinead Boucher in Auckland, New Zealand Nov. 28, 2019. Stuff, one of New Zealand's largest media organizations has been sold for a single dollar to the chief executive, Sinead Boucher in a management buyout that would be completed by the end of the month. (David White/Stuff via AP)

CEO buying struggling New Zealand media company for $1

May. 24, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — One of New Zealand's largest media organizations is being sold for a single dollar to its chief executive, the owners announced Monday. The organization Stuff prints many of the nation’s daily newspapers and runs a popular news website of the same name. It employs...

Cathedral Junction Barbers owner Conrad Fitz-Gerald cuts the hair of a customer just past midnight in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, May 14, 2020. New Zealand lifted most of its remaining lockdown restrictions from midnight Wednesday (noon Weds. GMT) as the country prepares for a new normal. Malls, retail stores and restaurants will reopen and many people will return to their workplaces. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand barber snips away at midnight as nation reopens

May. 13, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The raggedy hairstyles and scruffy beards have been there for all to see on video calls, so barber Conrad Fitz-Gerald decided to reopen his shop at midnight Wednesday — the moment New Zealand dropped most of its lockdown restrictions as the nation prepared itself for a...

Surfers walk onto the sand to prepare to enter the water at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, as coranavirus pandemic restrictions are eased. The beach is open to swimmers and surfers to exercise only. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

AP PHOTOS: Surfers catch waves again in New Zealand, Sydney

Apr. 28, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

At Sydney’s famed Bondi Beach, hundreds of swimmers and surfers braved cool autumn weather to return to the water. Police had closed the beach five weeks ago because of thousands of people congregating there in defiance of social distancing regulations to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The beach was...

Surfers enjoy a sunrise surf at Sumner Beach as level four COVID-19 restrictions are eased in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. New Zealand eased its strict lockdown restrictions to level three at midnight to open up certain sections of the economy but social distancing rules will still apply. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Asia Today: Surf's up, coffee's ready as New Zealand reopens

Apr. 28, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Surfers greeted a spectacular sunrise in Christchurch, construction workers purchased their favorite espresso coffees and some lawmakers returned to Parliament in New Zealand's capital, Wellington, on Tuesday as some aspects of life began returning to normal. The country had been in a...

A station passageway is crowded with commuters wearing face mask during a rush hour in Tokyo Monday, April 27, 2020. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expanded a state of emergency to all of Japan from just Tokyo and other urban areas as the virus continues to spread. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Tokyo Olympics unrealistic without a vaccine?

Apr. 27, 2020 11:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Head of Japan’s medical association: Olympics...

A man in Hyderabad, India watches on his mobile phone Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the nation in a televised speech about COVID-19 situation, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Modi has extended the world’s largest coronavirus lockdown hoping to head off the epidemic's peak as officials race to make up for lost time. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A)

The Latest: India PM extends lockdown two weeks to May 3

Apr. 14, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India PM extends lockdown to May 3, with some easing...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus listen to a speech of the main opposition United Future Party's candidate Hwang Kyo-ahn during his campaign for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 13, 2020. The elections will be held on April 15 about 14,300 polling stations at all over the nation to pick lawmakers. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Abe fuels anger; more recovered South Koreans test positive

Apr. 13, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A “stay home” message tweeted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has fueled anger and accusations that he is insensitive toward people who cannot remain at home because the government’s social distancing measures are voluntary and don't provide compensation. Some...

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting of the task force set up to curtail the new coronavirus outbreak, at his official residence in Tokyo Saturday, April 11, 2020. Japan has broadened a request for people to stay away from bars, clubs and restaurants across the whole country. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: South Korea vice health minister urges alertness

Apr. 13, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea vice health minister urges alertness amid...

He led a neo-Nazi group linked to bomb plots. He was 13.

Apr. 11, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — He called himself “Commander” online. He was a leader of an international neo-Nazi group linked to plots to attack a Las Vegas synagogue and detonate a car bomb at a major U.S. news network. He was 13 years old. The boy who led Feuerkrieg Division lived in Estonia and...