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New Zealand confirms airport virus case, says travel bubble unaffected

Wellington - New Zealand authorities revealed an Auckland airport worker had tested positive for Covid-19 Tuesday, although Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it would not affect a newly opened travel bubble with Australia.

Hugs, tears as Australia-New Zealand travel bubble opens

Queenstown - Families reunited in emotional scenes Monday as Australia and New Zealand launched a quarantine-free travel bubble that opened the border almost 400 days after its pandemic-enforced closure.

Bogota to impose lockdown as Covid-19 cases rise in Colombia

Apo - Eight million inhabitants of Bogota will be put under strict lockdown from Saturday, mayor Claudia Lopez said as the Colombian city battles a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Vaccine tourists welcome as Serbians say 'no thanks' to jabs

Belgrade - While most of the world struggles to secure enough Covid-19 vaccines, Serbia faces a different battle -- how to persuade its citizens to get the life-saving shot.

Nepal relaxes quarantine rules ahead of Everest season

Kathmandu - Nepal has eased quarantine rules for visitors in an effort to attract more climbers to Mount Everest, officials said Friday, after the pandemic wiped out last year's season and devastated the tourism industry.

Miami Beach residents reel from hard-partying crowds

Miami Beach - Hordes of drunken revelers ignoring the pandemic have forced parts of Miami Beach into a state of emergency but, just blocks away, locals organize trash collection and do yoga in the morning calm.

As Covid rages, world risks losing TB gains

Paris - In the year since Covid-19 flipped the world on its head, diagnosis and treatment of another serious lung disease -- tuberculosis -- has plummeted, leaving experts fearful that progress in tackling that pandemic will be lost.

Fire, wind and water: The new normal in a land Down Under

New South Wales - Seventeen-year-old Rory Kirkland has lived in Australia for three years, but he has already experienced the full range of the country's extreme weather, from searing heat to unprecedented bushfires and now floodwaters lapping the door of his family hom...

Everest-bound Bahraini prince probed over vaccine 'gift'

Kathmandu - Nepal is investigating how a Bahraini prince planning to climb Mount Everest brought 2,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to the country without prior approval, authorities said.

Lethal pollution high in 2020 despite lockdowns

Paris - Deadly small particle pollution in dozens of nations exceeded World Health Organization recommendations last year despite Covid lockdowns, according to a report released Tuesday.

Lethal pollution high in 2020 despite lockdowns: report

Paris - Deadly small particle pollution in four of five nations exceeded World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations last year despite Covid lockdowns, according to a report released Tuesday.

US consulate in Hong Kong closes as coronavirus hits wealthy districts

Fpo - The United States temporarily closed its consulate in Hong Kong on Monday after two staff tested positive for the coronavirus during a new outbreak that has rippled through the city's well-heeled "expat" community.

New EU Covid-19 vaccine setback as AstraZeneca announces shortfall

London - The European Union was faced with another setback in its coronavirus vaccination programme after AstraZeneca announced a shortfall, as countries across the world tried to step up their Covid-19 immunisation drives.

World failing to take green Covid recovery path: UN

Paris - The world is missing a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild a sustainable post-pandemic future, the United Nations said Wednesday in an assessment showing less than 20 percent of recovery finance can be considered "green".

New Zealand to end Covid-19 lockdown on largest city

Wellington - New Zealand will lift a Covid-19 lockdown on nearly two million people on Sunday, as authorities say they are confident that a virus cluster in the country's largest city has been contained.

OPEC, allies eye output decision at key meeting

London - The OPEC group of oil producers and its allies meet Thursday with all eyes on whether powerhouses Russia and Saudi Arabia can agree on output levels following a rebound in demand and prices.

OPEC, allies eye output decision at key meeting

London - The OPEC group of oil producers and its allies meet Thursday with all eyes on whether powerhouses Russia and Saudi Arabia can agree on output levels following a rebound in demand and prices.

OPEC, allies eye output decision at key meeting

London - The OPEC group of oil producers and its allies meet Thursday with all eyes on whether powerhouses Russia and Saudi Arabia can agree on output levels following a rebound in demand and prices.

OPEC+ set to boost oil output as demand, prices rebound

London - Members of the OPEC group of oil producers and allies are expected to raise output in a meeting Thursday, in response to a rebound in demand and prices.

OPEC+ set to boost oil output as demand, prices rebound

London - Members of the OPEC group of oil producers and allies are expected to raise output in a meeting Thursday, in response to a rebound in demand and prices.

OPEC+ set to boost oil output as demand, prices rebound

London - Members of the OPEC group of oil producers and allies are expected to raise output in a meeting Thursday, in response to a rebound in demand and prices.

Food prices in U.S. soaring as global commodity prices surge

Global food prices are at the highest in more than six years, driven by a jump in the cost of everything from soybeans to palm oil, sugar, and wheat. And in the U.S., consumers on average paid 3.7 percent more for food in January than one year ago.

Ardern tells Kiwis to rebuke coronavirus rule-breakers

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urged New Zealanders to "call out" Covid-19 rule-breakers Monday, as public anger built over a series of infringements that forced the country's largest city back into lockdown.

'Nomadland' makes Globes history, as virtual gala honors late Boseman

Los Angeles - "Nomadland" made Golden Globes history Sunday as Chloe Zhao became the first female director to win the awards' top prize for best drama, putting her film about marginalized Americans roaming the West in vans into Oscars pole position.

'Nomadland' makes Globes history, as virtual gala honors late Boseman

Los Angeles - "Nomadland" made Golden Globes history Sunday as Chloe Zhao became the first female director to win the awards' top prize for best drama, putting her film about marginalized Americans roaming the West in vans into Oscars pole position.

Sri Lanka ends forced cremations after Imran Khan's visit

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Friday ended forced cremations of people who have died of coronavirus, after visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged Colombo to respect the funeral rites of the island's minority Muslims.

IMF chief warns pandemic leaving some countries behind

Washington - The crisis caused by the pandemic is leaving many economies lagging behind, increasing the plight of the poor, a problem made worse by "uneven" access to vaccines, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said Wednesday.

South Africa lays out budget as economy reels from pandemic

Johanesburg - South Africa will unveil government spending plans for the 2021 financial year on Wednesday, as the continent's most industrialised economy grapples with recovering from the coronavirus and a pre-pandemic recession.

Stay-at-home orders in Vietnam Covid-19 hotspot

Hanoi - Two million people in Vietnam will be put under a raft of restrictions starting Tuesday, after their northern province became the epicentre of a growing Covid-19 outbreak.

New Zealand's largest city enters lockdown as UK variant found

Auckland - New Zealand's biggest city began a snap three-day lockdown Monday, forcing two million people to stay at home, as authorities scrambled to contain the nation's first outbreak of the highly contagious UK variant.
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