New Zealand

FILE - In this April 19, 2021, file photo, a giant sign painted near the main runway of the Wellington International Airport greets travelers returning home in Wellington, New Zealand. An expert group advising the government believes it is realistic for the country to maintain its zero-tolerance approach, which has included strict lockdowns for even small outbreaks, once it begins to reopen its borders. (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)

COVID-busting New Zealand plans to start reopening borders early next year

South Pacific nation of 5 million people has reported just 26 deaths since the pandemic began

 

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Powerful quake hits near New Zealand; tsunami warning issued

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System predicted waves of 0.3 to 1 metre (1 to 3.3 feet)

 

VIDEO: New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

VIDEO: New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

A magnitude 5.6 quake struck in the ocean about 100 kilometres northeast of Wellington