Australia and Oceania

New Zealand PM says ‘we beat the virus again’

  WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND (AFP) —Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared on Monday New Zealand “beat the virus again” and announced restrictions in the country’s largest city would be eased, after a second Covid-19 wave was contained. The virus was believed …

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US donates personal protection equipment to Independent Samoa

  HONOLULU (Eagle News) – A shipment of U.S. government-funded medical supplies departed by ship from Auckland, New Zealand on Friday, September 18, and is due to arrive in the Samoan capital of Apia on October 5. U.S. Ambassador to …

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New Zealand PM hits back at Trump’s ‘patently wrong’ virus claims

WELLINGTON (AFP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday slapped down Donald Trump’s talk of an out-of-control coronavirus “surge” in New Zealand as “patently wrong”. She expressed dismay after the US president exaggerated the new virus outbreak in New Zealand …

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Tom Hanks in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus

GOLD COAST, Australia (AFP) — Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus while in Australia for a film project, the Oscar-winning US actor said Thursday. Hanks and Wilson, both 63, were in isolation in hospital …

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New Zealand confirms first coronavirus case

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — New Zealand confirmed its first coronavirus case Friday, saying a recent arrival from Iran who traveled to Auckland via Bali had tested positive. Health officials said the person, aged in their 60s, was being treated …

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Two Australian evacuees from Japan ship have coronavirus

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Two Australians evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus, authorities said Friday, raising questions about Japan’s policy of allowing evacuees to return home after testing negative. “We have two people who …

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Bushfire crisis hit 75% of Australians: survey

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Three in four Australians — almost 18 million people — were affected by the country’s deadly bushfire crisis, according to a survey released Tuesday that also pointed to plummeting support for the government and for coal …

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Floods fail to end Australia’s years-long drought

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Heavy rain has given hope to Australia’s drought-stricken regions, but scientists warned Tuesday sustained falls were needed to end a years-long dry spell. Stormy weather has brought days of chaos and destruction in the country’s east, …

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6.2-magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit just after 4 pm local …

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Thousands flee severe flooding in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — Severe flooding forced thousands of residents in New Zealand’s South Island to flee their homes on Wednesday and left hundreds of tourists stranded at the remote Milford Sound beauty spot. The Southland region declared a …

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Emergency declared for bushfire-threatened Canberra

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Authorities in Canberra on Friday declared the first state of emergency in almost two decades as a bushfire bore down on the Australian capital. Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory Andrew Barr said the measure …

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New Zealand charters flight to assist with Wuhan evacuation

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — New Zealand announced Thursday it will charter a 300-seat aircraft to evacuate nationals from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. There are 53 New Zealanders confirmed to be in …

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