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Passengers from the cruise ship Westerdam watch Cambodian dancers perform at a hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Cambodian authority invited the passengers to entertain them. Having finally reached a friendly port willing to accept them and stepped ashore after weeks of uncertainty at sea, hundreds of the cruise ship passengers eyed warily over fears of a new virus are now simply trying to find a way home.  (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Finally let off cruise, passengers desperate for flight home

Feb. 19, 2020 8:58 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The cheers of celebration have faded. The waving of roses has ceased. Having finally reached a friendly port in Cambodia willing to accept them after nearly two weeks of uncertainty at sea, hundreds of cruise ship passengers eyed warily over fears of a new virus are now simply trying to find...

Security officers inspect the scene of a shooting in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Gun violence has struck again at a shopping mall in Thailand, where a man in the nation's capital Bangkok on Tuesday  shot dead one woman working at a beauty clinic and wounded another. The motive for the shooting was believed to be jealousy, and the suspected shooter escaped from the scene and remained  at large several hours later. (Pho Koo 19 Volunteer, Ruam Duay Chuay Kan charity radio network via AP)

Thai police arrest man in another fatal mall shooting

Feb. 19, 2020 12:13 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of killing his ex-wife in the country's latest incident of deadly gun violence in a shopping mall. The suspect, a salesman at another Bangkok mall, acknowledged he fatally shot his former spouse who was working at a beauty clinic at...

Security officers inspect the scene of a shooting in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Gun violence has struck again at a shopping mall in Thailand, where a man in the nation's capital Bangkok on Tuesday  shot dead one woman working at a beauty clinic and wounded another. The motive for the shooting was believed to be jealousy, and the suspected shooter escaped from the scene and remained  at large several hours later. (Pho Koo 19 Volunteer, Ruam Duay Chuay Kan charity radio network via AP)

Thai police arrest man in another fatal mall shooting

Feb. 19, 2020 12:03 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested a man suspected of killing his ex-wife in the country's latest incident of deadly gun violence in a shopping mall. The suspect was arrested early Wednesday morning in Phetchaburi province southwest of Bangkok, and had acknowledged he carried out the shooting...

People walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Shares have fallen in Asia as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target and China moving to cancel major events including the Beijing auto show. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Shares take hit as virus outbreak slams profits, events

Feb. 18, 2020 7:08 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets slipped Tuesday as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target this quarter and China moving to postpone or cancel major events, including the Beijing auto show. Britain's FTSE 100 dropped 1% to...

People walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Shares have fallen in Asia as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target and China moving to cancel major events including the Beijing auto show. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Shares fall in Asia as virus outbreak hits profits, events

Feb. 18, 2020 1:56 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares slipped in Asia on Tuesday as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target and China moving to postpone or cancel major events including the Beijing auto show. Signs suggest China may postpone its annual...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2017, file photo, Wei Jianjun, chairman of Great Wall Motors Ltd., gestures as he speaks during an event celebrating it sales passing the one million mark, at the Great Wall headquarters in Baoding in north China's Hebei province. General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments raised dismay Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 from officials concerned over job losses.  The words behind reads

GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

Feb. 17, 2020 7:29 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments raised dismay Monday from officials concerned over job losses. The company said in a statement Sunday that it plans to wind...

People walk past a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Markets are mixed in Asia, with Japan's benchmark slipping 0.8% after the government reported the economy contracted in the last quarter. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian markets mixed: Japan skids; China helped by rate cut

Feb. 16, 2020 11:30 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Markets were mixed in Asia on Monday, with Japan's benchmark slipping 0.8% after the government reported the economy contracted 6.3% in annual terms in the last quarter. China's shares got a boost after the central bank stepped in to help the economy with a rate cut, extra buying of...

In this Feb. 10, 2020, photo, Catholic priest Fr. Joseph Arellano, right, looks at a man who forgot to take off his protective mask and tried to insert the host in his mouth during communion at a mass at the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz in Manila's Chinatown, Philippines. In a popular Catholic church in Manila, nearly half of the pews were empty for Sunday Mass. The few hundred worshippers who showed up, some in protective masks, have been asked to refrain from shaking or holding hands in prayers. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

No handshakes: Viral outbreak spooks Asian places of worship

Feb. 16, 2020 10:21 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a popular Catholic church in the Philippines, nearly half of the pews were empty for Sunday Mass. The few hundred worshippers who showed up were asked to refrain from shaking others' hands or holding them during prayers to prevent the spread of the virus that started in China....

Thai police to probe surrogacy operation's Chinese links

Feb. 14, 2020 9:45 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister has ordered an investigation into illegal surrogate birth services be extended to China after raids this week netted two alleged Chinese ringleaders, police said Friday. Police Maj. Gen. Torsak Sukvimol said Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha ordered police to find...

A Thai police officer stands near the site of a shooting in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Multiple gunshots have been fired into the air by a man in the middle of the capital Bangkok, police said.  (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Man surrenders after firing many shots into air in Bangkok

Feb. 13, 2020 11:21 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Police took a man into custody Friday after he fired multiple gunshots into the air in central Bangkok, injuring no one less than a week after a soldier killed 29 people in shooting rampage in northeastern Thailand. The incident in the Thai capital was related to a personal conflict, Lt....