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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

Flight crew wear protective masks as they arrive at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Friday, July 3, 2020. As the country starts to ease its travel restrictions allowing foreign visitors in on a controlled basis, a laboratory at the airport will have the results of COVID-19 virus testing ready within 90 minutes for arriving travelers. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Holidays to test Thailand's easing of virus restrictions

Jul. 3, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities urged vigilance Friday as the country celebrates its first long holiday weekend after lifting most restrictions imposed to fight the spread of the coronavirus. No new local infections have been reported in Thailand in more than a month. The four day holiday starting...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Numcha Then, a three-year old child of a migrant Myanmar parents, reacts to her teacher Sure Etsy Tianmanee as she receives a meal in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. During the third month that schools remained closed due to the coronavirus outbreak,  teachers have cooked meals, assembled food parcels and distributed them to families in this community sandwiched between an old railway line and a khlong, one of Bangkok’s urban canals. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

AP PHOTOS: Preparing to welcome back Thai preschoolers

Jun. 30, 2020 1:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — For the past month, Darunee Khedkhow has arrived at Bangkok's Makkasan community preschool at 8 a.m. each weekday, just as she has done for most of her past 12 years as a teacher. But it has hardly been business as usual for Darunee and her 13 fellow teachers. Since mid-March, the Makkasan...

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Asian shares are rising, cheered by a rally on Wally Street that underlined some optimism about global business performance despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares rise after Wall St rally, strong housing data

Jun. 29, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Tuesday, cheered by a rally on Wally Street reflecting some optimism over stronger than expected economic data, despite widening coronavirus outbreaks. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.8% in morning trading to 22,380.02. South Korea's Kospi gained 1.5% to 2,123.85,...

Flight crew walks past a giant poster of NokScoot office at Don Muang airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, June 27, 2020. Thailand's low-cost carrier NokScoot, which is partly owned by Singapore Airlines, said its board of directors decided to liquidate the company as the coronavirus pandemic dimmed prospects for its recovery. (AP Photo/Nathathida Adireksarn)

Thai low-cost airline NokScoot shuts down amid losses

Jun. 27, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's low-cost carrier NokScoot, which is partly owned by Singapore Airlines, said its board of directors decided to liquidate the company as the coronavirus pandemic dimmed prospects for its recovery. The airline, a joint venture between Singapore-based Scoot and Nok Airlines Plc.,...

A worker wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus cleans near a bank's currency advertisement board in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: More virus cases in Seoul as new clusters emerge

Jun. 26, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 51 more confirmed coronavirus cases as new clusters emerge in the densely populated Seoul area where people have been increasingly venturing out despite government warnings against complacency. Thirty-five of the new cases are in the capital region, which is at...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 26, 2020. Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Friday after U.S. regulators removed some limits on banks' ability to make investments. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher on bank news

Jun. 25, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Friday after U.S. regulators removed some limits on banks' ability to make investments. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Sydney and Southeast Asia advanced while Hong Kong declined. Chinese markets were closed for a holiday. Wall Street closed higher...

Thai police say they have busted major money-laundering ring

Jun. 25, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand say they have broken up a money-laundering ring that transferred a total of 10 billion baht ($323 million), much of it linked to drug trafficking. A Chinese businessman arrested in Bangkok, Qaing Ma, is believed to be a key figure in the operation, police Maj. Gen....

Asian stocks skid as new coronavirus cases rattle markets

Jun. 25, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares skidded in Asia on Thursday after a sharp retreat overnight on Wall Street as new coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to their highest level in two months, dimming investors' hopes for a relatively quick economic turnaround. Markets in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Shanghai were closed for...