Live news updates: April 18

An Asian lion is checked by an animal doctor at Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden. Photo / AFP
An Asian lion is checked by an animal doctor at Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden. Photo / AFP

Keep up-to-date with today's news at home and abroad with nzherald.co.nz's news blog, which is updated throughout the day.

The blog, compiled daily by the Herald's online staff, will include today's essential stories, news snippets and links, as well as previews of upcoming events and the day's best photos and videos.

Read our latest news updates below:

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