Weekend reads: 11 of the best international premium pieces

Welcome to the weekend. We’re facing some pretty uncertain times as the world deals with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. This weekend will likely look different for most New Zealanders as people are in self-isolation,…

China scrambles to curb rise in imported coronavirus cases

China on Sunday reported 46 new cases of coronavirus, the fourth straight day with an increase, with all but one of those imported from overseas, and further stepped up measures to intercept cases from abroad as the outbreak worsens globally.

Iran leader refuses US help, citing virus conspiracy theory

Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday refused U.S. assistance to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory that the virus could be man-made by America. “Possibly your (offered) medicine is a way to spread the virus more,” Khamenei said.