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In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, presides over an executive policy council meeting at the ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Kim Jong Un directed his government agencies to act immediately to stabilize the livelihoods of residents in a city locked down over coronavirus concerns, state media reported Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

N. Korea's escalating virus response raises fear of outbreak

Aug. 6, 2020 3:15 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is quarantining thousands of people and shipping food and other aid to a southern city locked down over coronavirus worries, officials said, as the country's response to a suspected case reinforces doubt about its longstanding claim to be virus-free. But amid the...

The display of South Korea's capital Seoul logo is almost submerged due to heavy rain at a park near the Han River in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Torrential rains continuously pounded South Korea on Thursday, prompting authorities to close parts of highways and issue a rare flood alert near a key river bridge in Seoul. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Torrential rains in Seoul prompt rare river flood warning

Aug. 6, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

Incessant torrential rains pounding South Korea prompting authorities on Thursday to close parts of highways and issue a rare flood alert near a key river bridge in Seoul. The state-run Han River Flood Control Office said its flood alert near the Han River bridge is the first such measures since 2011. Agency...

A currency trader wearing a face mask walks near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares mixed as US talks on stimulus still stalled

Aug. 5, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling. Investors are watching to see if lawmakers will come ahead with fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index shed 0.4% to 22,438.61 while the Shanghai Composite index gave...

The officials of the State Hydro-meteorological Administration monitor meteorological information on the heavy rains Wednesday, August 5, 2020, in Pyongyang. North Korea says torrential rains have lashed the country, prompting outside worries about possible big damages in the impoverished country. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

Heavy rains pound N. Korea, triggering worries about damage

Aug. 5, 2020 6:08 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Torrential rains are lashing North Korea, prompting authorities to take steps to minimize damage, state media said. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday that the heavy rain is expected to continue in most of the country until Thursday. It said...

In this image taken from an Aug. 3, 2020, video provided by Wang Bo via AP Video, plumes of smoke and fire can be seen rising from Hyesan, a North Korean city, seen across the border from a park in the Chinese border town of Changbai in northeastern China's Jilin Province. There have been no official words from both North Korea and China about what happened on the North's Hyesan city on Monday. But South Korean media and outside monitoring groups reported that chain gas explosions in Hyesan's residential area left dozens of people dead or injured. (Wang Bo via AP Video)

Video suggests explosions in North Korean city near China

Aug. 5, 2020 5:45 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A video obtained by The Associated Press shows plumes of black smoke rising from a North Korean city near the border with China amid reports that deadly explosions occurred there earlier this week. There has been no official word from North Korea or China about what happened in...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pass on a crosswalk on a street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

Aug. 4, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine. Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo...

Rescue workers evacuate residents on a rubber boat to a safer place in Cheonan, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Korean Meteorological Administration issued a warning of heavy rain for Seoul and central area. (Kim Jun-beom/Yonhap via AP)

3 New Zealand citizens killed by landslides in South Korea

Aug. 4, 2020 5:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Three New Zealand citizens have died after landslides triggered by heavy rains destroyed and buried their vacation cottage near Seoul, South Korean officials said Tuesday. They were among 14 people in South Korea who died in landslides and floods caused by days of torrential rains...

Chairman Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., left, speaks with Acting U.S. Park Police Chief Gregory T. Monahan, prior to a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on actions taken on June 1, 2020 at Lafayette Square, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

The Latest: China's Xinjiang region has 28 new cases

Aug. 2, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

BEIJING — Numbers of new COVID-19 cases in China’s far northwestern region of Xinjiang are continuing to fall, with 28 reported on Monday. China reported 43 new cases nationwide, seven of the imported and eight in the northeastern province of Liaoning. No new deaths were reported, leaving...

A man prays with only a few other parishioners as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID19 during Mass at the Our Lady of Consolation Parish on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Quezon city, Philippines. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines continues to surge Sunday as medical groups declared the country was waging a losing battle against the contagion and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Virus surges in India, Philippines; Australia imposes curfew

Aug. 2, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Surges of new coronavirus cases continued Sunday in India and the Philippines, which recorded another daily high to surpass 100,000 total infections, as officials across the globe considered stricter measures to stymie the spread of the pandemic. A curfew was imposed on Australia's...

A man prays with only a few other parishioners as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID19 during Mass at the Our Lady of Consolation Parish on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Quezon city, Philippines. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines continues to surge Sunday as medical groups declared the country was waging a losing battle against the contagion and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria state imposes curfew

Aug. 2, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The premier of Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has declared a disaster among sweeping new coronavirus restrictions across Melbourne and elsewhere from Sunday night. An evening curfew will be implemented across Melbourne from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Premier Daniel Andrews...