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A police officer holds a gun as firefighters unload an airplane after its arrival at the Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague, Friday, March 20, 2020. The airplane brought medical aid and protective materials against coronavirus from China. (Michal Kamaryt/CTK via AP)

China, on virus PR offensive, sends masks and experts abroad

Mar. 21, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — As the fight against a new virus shifts to Europe and beyond, China is supplying millions of masks and other desperately needed items to struggling governments, hoping to build political ties and defuse criticism that it allowed the disease to spread early on. Serbia's president plans to be...

In this March 17, 2020 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, workers in protective suits push a cart with passengers' luggage at the New China International Exhibition Center, which has been converted into a facility to screen international flight passengers arriving in Beijing. As the pandemic expanded its reach, China and South Korea were trying to hold their hard-fought gains. China is quarantining new arrivals, who in recent days have accounted for an increasing number of cases, and South Korea starting Thursday will increase screenings of all overseas arrivals. The virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, for most people, but severe illness is more likely in the elderly and people with existing health problems. (Peng Ziyang/Xinhua via AP)

The Latest: Official says Canada, US working on travel curbs

Mar. 18, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 198,000 people and killed more than 7,900. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 81,000 people have recovered...

Passengers stand on the top deck of the MS Westerdam while the cruise ship is docked in Sihanoukville, Cambodia Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The feel-good story of how Cambodia allowed a cruise ship to dock after it was turned away elsewhere in Asia for fear of spreading the deadly virus that began in China has taken a dark turn after a passenger released from the ship tested positive for the virus. (AP Photo)

Virus fears rise after Cambodia's acceptance of cruise ship

Feb. 17, 2020 8:13 PM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The feel-good story of how Cambodia allowed a cruise ship to dock after it was turned away elsewhere in Asia for fear of spreading a new disease took an unfortunate turn after a passenger later tested positive for the virus. News over the weekend that an 83-year-old American...

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy arrives at the sea port where the MS Westerdam, owned by Holland America Line, docked in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. After being stranded at sea for two weeks because five ports refused to allow their cruise ship to dock, the passengers of the MS Westerdam were anything but sure their ordeal was finally over. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cambodia gets more praise for allowing cruise ship to dock

Feb. 15, 2020 10:52 AM EST

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — The cruise ship that was allowed to dock in Cambodia after being turned away at five other ports by authorities fearful of the spread of the deadly new virus from China disembarked passengers for a second day on Saturday so they can fly home. After being stranded at sea for...

Passengers react after they disembarked from the MS Westerdam, back, at the port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Hundreds of cruise ship passengers long stranded at sea by virus fears cheered as they finally disembarked Friday and were welcomed to Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cruise stranded by virus fears ends with roses in Cambodia

Feb. 14, 2020 8:14 PM EST

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — After being stranded at sea for two weeks because five ports refused to allow their cruise ship to dock, the passengers of the MS Westerdam were anything but sure their ordeal was finally over. Then the authoritarian leader of Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen, agreed to let...

Cruise ship passengers once stranded at sea begin disembarking in Cambodia; PM Hun Sen hands out flowers to welcome them

Feb. 13, 2020 8:02 PM EST
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — Cruise ship passengers once stranded at sea begin disembarking in Cambodia; PM Hun Sen hands out flowers to welcome them.
Locals come down to view the Westerdam cruise ship, owned by Holland America Line, docked at the port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. The Westerdam, turned away by four Asian and Pacific governments due to virus fears, anchored Thursday off Cambodia for health checks on its 2,200 passengers and crew. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cruise ship turned away in other ports docks in Cambodia

Feb. 13, 2020 8:21 AM EST

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — A cruise ship that had been stranded at sea for about two weeks after being refused entry by four Asian governments because of virus fears finally docked Thursday in Cambodia. Cambodia agreed to let the MS Westerdam dock at the port of Sihanoukville after Thailand barred it...

Thailand had said Tuesday that it would not allow the MS Westerdam to dock at a Thai port after it had already been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan.;

Cruise ship barred by 4 governments set to dock in Cambodia

Feb. 12, 2020 2:09 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The operators of a cruise ship that was barred from docking by four governments over fears of a new virus that originated in China announced Wednesday that it will finally disembark passengers in Cambodia. Thailand refused Tuesday to allow the MS Westerdam to dock at a Thai port after it had...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, photo, garment factory workers walk out at the end of their work shift close to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The European Union on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, announced its intention to punish Cambodia with sanctions for what it sees as human rights and trade union violations, saying it wants to withdraw key tariff preferences that amount to about one-fifth of the billion euros ($1.1 billion) the Asian nation exports to the bloc each year. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

EU plans trade sanctions against Cambodia over rights record

Feb. 12, 2020 11:23 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has declared its intention to slap sanctions on Cambodia over what it considers to be the country's human rights and trade union violations. The EU's executive Commission said Wednesday that it has decided to withdraw key tariff preferences that amount to about one-fifth...

People wear protective face masks in a bus in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Hong Kong on Tuesday reported its first death from a new virus, a man who had traveled from the mainland city of Wuhan that has been the epicenter of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The Latest: France warns against all travel to China

Feb. 4, 2020 10:02 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local): 9:45 p.m. France’s government has joined Britain in warning against any non-essential travel to China and suggesting that all of its citizens in China leave while the new virus is still spreading. The Foreign...