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President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden will compete for TV audiences in duelling town halls on Thursday night (Friday at 11am AEDT) instead of meeting face-to-face for their second debate as originally planned. The two will take questions in different cities on different networks: Mr Trump on NBC from Miami, Mr Biden on ABC …

August 17, 2020 at 12:41 AM EDT Their lives were upended. Months later, 10 Americans find ways to thrive. A hotel housekeeper, furloughed for months, worries she’ll lose her benefits. A restaurant manager wonders how he’ll be able to sustain the livelihoods of his family and staff. A recent college graduate, struggling with her mental …

The announcement on Tuesday that locally acquired cases of coronavirus had been confirmed in the New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, prompted the government to introduce strict level three lockdown measures on August 12. This comes after around 100 days without community spread. The rest of the country was put into level two lockdown, with both …

New Zealand reported seven new cases of coronavirus up to Saturday morning after a lockdown in Auckland was extended. Six of the seven new cases were linked to the cluster at the centre of all the previous community cases, said Ashley Bloomfield, the director-general of health. Up to Saturday, the authorities in New Zealand have …

Image copyright Rocket Lab Image caption The Electron mission was lost about six minutes after leaving Mahia Peninsula The American launch company that flies its rockets out of New Zealand has lost its latest mission. Rocket Lab said its Electron vehicle failed late in its ascent from Mahia Peninsula on North Island. All satellite payloads …

Let’s go first to the rising number of infections and predictions out of Washington University that US infections could pass 200,000 by October. The forecast projects 201,129 deaths due to COVID-19 by October, mainly due to the reopening measures under way, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington said …

Hundreds of thousands of employees are expected to return to work in New York City on Monday as the city moves into its first phase of reopening after nearly three months of restrictions and closures. Shops can partially reopen for curbside pickup, though most of the resumed economic activity will be in construction and manufacturing. …

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern assured the host that she was safe and the interview resumed. Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was unflustered by an earthquake that struck the capital Wellington on Monday while she was doing a live TV interview, and calmly continued with the programme. Ardern, who became prime minister in …

But the country isn’t celebrating yet. “That does give us confidence that we’ve achieved our goal of elimination, which never meant zero but it does mean we know where our cases are coming from,” Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s Director General of Health, said on Monday, adding that there was only one case since April 1 …

New Zealand has started to relax its strict lockdown, with residents able to travel to work, spend more time outside and order takeaway food for the first time in more than four weeks. The move from level 4 measures to level 3 came as Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, was forced to clarify that her …