Welcome to the weekend. Much of the news has been dominated by the coronavirus as the death toll surged past 1,300 this week.
With so much happening in New Zealand and around the globe you might have missed some of these fantastic stories. So as the weekend rolls around take some time to check out a few of the best pieces of premium content from our international syndicators this week.
'Like Europe in medieval times': Virus slows China's economy
Workers are stuck in their hometowns. Officials want detailed health plans before factories or offices can reopen. Assembly lines that make General Motors cars and Apple iPhones are standing silent.
More than two weeks after China locked down a major city to stop a dangerous viral outbreak, one of the world's largest economies remains largely idle.
The hidden MVP of the Super Bowl? NZ's Parris Goebel
Parris Goebel is no stranger to being on a global stage. So she dived right in when given the assignment of a lifetime: choreographing for Jennifer Lopez at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Drafting a routine to entertain 102 million viewers, with extreme technical precision? No problem.
Stockpickers turn to big data to arrest decline
The beleaguered industry of stockpickers is trying to recapture its edge at a time when many have failed to meet their benchmarks and have lost the faith of investors.
In a bid to restore their prowess, they are turning to some of the data-mining techniques.
How Amazon founder Jeff is living his #BezosLife
In the 12 months since Jeff Bezos posted the news on social media of his split from MacKenzie, his wife of 26 years, his once sedate home life in Seattle was replaced by swinging with the cool cats in Hollywood.
For thousands of years, Egypt controlled the Nile. A new dam threatens that
Without the Nile there is no Egypt. Egyptians have been the masters of the river for thousands of years. But the Nile has never been under such strain. Pollution, climate change and Egypt's soaring population are taking an immense toll.
Now Egypt is sparring with Ethiopia over a giant dam being built 3000km upriver. Time is running out. Can they find a solution to avoid a wider conflict?
Everything you need to know about chocolate
You probably think you already know everything you need to know about chocolate.
For instance: The higher the percentage of cacao, the more bitter the chocolate, right? The term "single origin" on the label indicates that the chocolate expresses a particular terroir.
Alexa Chung: 'It's not natural to be famous'
She is the model turned chat show host who has her own ready-to-wear label. Now Alexa Chung also presents a hit TV series.
So how do you survive 20 years in the fickle fashion world?
Her grandmother got coronavirus. Then so did the whole family
Bella Zhang hung an intravenous drip on a spindly tree branch and slumped down on a large stone planter outside the crowded hospital. Her mother and brother sat wearily beside her, their shoulders sagging, both also hooked up to their own drips.
In recent days, Zhang, 25, had watched helplessly as one by one, her relatives were sickened by the coronavirus that was tearing through her hometown, Wuhan. First, her grandmother got it, then it spread to her grandfather and mother. She and her younger brother were next.
"What kind of government is this?" she asks. "They don't even care about the ordinary people."
The best and worst moments of the 2020 Oscars
Going into the 92nd Academy Awards, the headlines were about what we wouldn't see: no J. Lo, no female filmmakers of top films, almost no people of colour in the acting categories. And yet women directors won; so did African American directors. And the night ended with a history-making victory for Parasite, the first South Korean film to win best picture.
Banksy is a control freak. But he can't control his legacy
Fifteen years ago Banksy, a young upstart street artist from Bristol, England, was smuggling his works into museums as pranks. Now, they can be the official stars of the show, accompanied by guided tours and lectures.
How has Banksy, the archetypical artist-provocateur, gotten here? None of it has happened by accident. Banksy's rise and rise is the result of years of meticulous control of his message, his market and, most importantly, his mystique.
He's a master of manipulating the news media and the art market. But will he be remembered as a significant artist
The scenic isle where the world's chaos comes home to roost
About 6,800 asylum-seekers are jammed into a camp on the Greek island of Samos. They're fighting the elements in the olive groves and pine woods of the hill. Below is a quaint port town that is home to about 6,200 locals.
Together, the locals and asylum-seekers bear the shared brunt of forces beyond their control — Greek government dysfunction, the cold shoulder of the European Union, the chaos in the Middle East and the geopolitical calculations of Turkey.
Many here fear that this verdant tourist destination — famous as the birthplace of goddess Hera and philosopher Epicurus — is a preview of the future if the continent doesn't get its act together.