A teddy bear in a house in Christchurch (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand embraces teddies to help make coronavirus lockdown bear-able

Teddy bears are popping up in the unlikeliest of places as New Zealanders embrace an international movement in which people place stuffed animals in windows during lockdowns to brighten the mood.

A herd of wild goats in Llandudno (Pete Byrne/PA via AP)

Un-baaaaa-lievable: Wild mountain goats invade locked-down town in North Wales

Un-baaaaa-lievable: This wild bunch is completely ignoring rules on social distancing.

The Le Vigilant nuclear submarine (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool, File)

Blissful ignorance? Mariners aboard ballistic submarines likely unaware of COVID-19 pandemic

Of a world in coronavirus turmoil, they may know little or nothing.

A wild puma on the streets of Santiago (AFP/Aton Chile/Andres Pina)

Wild puma captured looking for food in deserted Chilean capital of Santiago

A wild puma was captured after it was found wandering around the deserted centre of Santiago in search of food, Chilean authorities said on Tuesday.

Blooming cherry trees in Kungstradgarden park, Stockholm (AFP/TT News Agency/Jessica Gow)

COVID-19 lockdown can wait: Sweden goes its own way, asks people to take responsibility

While most of Europe is locked down in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, Sweden is keeping primary schools, restaurants and bars open and encouraging people to go outside for a nip of air.

Poland's Bells of Happiness at Arbora

Summertime in Singapore: Plan your next family retreat with something fun for everyone

A lot of thought goes into planning a summer retreat, and Singapore offers something for everyone.

Tourists anxious to leave Goa (Photo: IANS)

As Goa closes its borders, last few holidaying tourists anxious to leave the state

Following the Goa government's decision to shut down its borders for incoming passengers and tourists, the few remaining tourists who were already in Goa are anxious to leave the state.

Holiday lights are going back up (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Christmas lights in springtime? Enjoyable at a distance, holiday lights brighten dark times

At a time of great uncertainty, even the seasons seem scrambled. Christmas lights in springtime?

A nearly deserted Bourbon Street (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Party's over: New Orleans goes from 'Let the good times roll' to 'Wash your hands'

A week ago, revellers were jamming bars in the French Quarter and New Orleans' Irish Channel while hotels, taverns and restaurants looked ahead to what is usually a lucrative festival season.

At Bondi Beach in Sydney (AFP / PETER PARKS)

Surfers and tourists banned, Australian beaches locked down as virus cases pass 1,000

Sunbathers, surfers and tourists were banned from Bondi Beach on Saturday in efforts to contain the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 1,000 people in Australia.