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Men who were arrested for violating quarantine health protocols have their temperatures checked at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte eased one of the world's longest lockdowns in the Philippine capital of more than 13 million people on June 1 after the economy shrank in the first quarter in its first contraction in more than two decades. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippines virus cases soar past 50,000 as lockdown eases

Jul. 8, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines soared past 50,000 on Wednesday in a troubling milestone for a country that has reopened an economy on the brink of recession while still struggling to combat the pandemic. The Department of Health reported 2,539 new cases,...

Philippines warns China of 'severest response' over drills

Jul. 3, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine foreign secretary warned China on Friday of “the severest response” if ongoing Chinese military exercises in the disputed South China Sea spill over into Philippine territory. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said China’s People’s...

Duterte pleads for calm after police fatally shoot troops

Jul. 3, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president flew to the country’s volatile south on Friday to plead with military forces not to retaliate following the fatal police shootings of four soldiers, including two officers, in violence the army chief called “a rubout.” President...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, talks during his speech at the  presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. Duterte on Friday, July 3,2020, has signed a widely opposed anti-terror law which critics fear could be used against human rights defenders. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act after weighing the concerns of different groups, his spokesman said. (Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

Philippine president signs widely opposed anti-terror law

Jul. 3, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president on Friday signed a widely opposed anti-terror law which critics fear could be used against human rights defenders and to muzzle dissent. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism Act after weighing the concerns of different groups, demonstrating...

Teachers and students wearing protective gear to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as they pray before class at Samkhok School in Pathum Thani, outside Bangkok, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Thailand has begun a fifth phase of relaxations of COVID-19 restrictions, allowing the reopening of schools and high-risk entertainment venues such as pubs and massage parlors that had been shut since mid-March. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Asia Today: Thailand lets in some foreigners, opens schools

Jul. 1, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand has begun a fifth phase of relaxations of COVID-19 restrictions, allowing the reopening of schools and high-risk entertainment venues such as pubs and massage parlors that had been shut since mid-March. It also is allowing in foreign visitors on a controlled basis, limiting entry to...

Philippine army: fatal police shooting of troops a `rubout'

Jun. 30, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine army chief on Tuesday angrily called the fatal police shooting of four soldiers, including two officers, “a rubout” and demanded justice for the killings which the police said ensued from a “misencounter.” Eduardo Ano, a retired military...

Financial union members wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus attend a rally against government's financial policy in front of the Financial Supervisory Service in Seoul, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea sees COVID-19 cases spread beyond capital

Jun. 29, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 43 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from across the country as infections begin to spread beyond the greater capital area, which has been at the center of a virus resurgence since late May. The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control...

In this photo provided by the Philippine National Police (NCRPO), police inspect a hideout where four suspected Islamic State group-linked militants were killed during a gunbattle in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, Friday June 26, 2020. Police and intelligence agents were to serve a search a warrant at a house in a village in suburban Paranaque city after months of surveillance when the suspected militants opened fire, metropolitan Manila police chief Debold Sinas said. (Philippine National Police NCRPO via AP)

Philippine police kill 4 suspected militants in Manila raid

Jun. 26, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police killed four suspected Islamic State group-linked militants during a raid on a hideout in metropolitan Manila early Friday, security officials said. Metropolitan Manila Police Chief Debold Sinas said police and intelligence agents planned to serve a search...

About two dozen House Republican lawmakers stand on the Louisiana Capitol steps in support of a petition that would end the state of emergency over COVID-19, on Wednesday, June 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The lawmakers have restarted a petition effort that failed to gain enough signatures earlier in the year, hoping to end the state of emergency declared by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

The Latest: Mayo Clinic to end pay cuts, recall workers

Jun. 25, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is ending pay cuts that the Minnesota-based health system imposed to deal with a patient downturn caused by the novel coronavirus. The Star Tribune reports Mayo plans to restore pay and return furloughed workers this summer. In April, Mayo announced plans to cut pay to...

A South Korean soldier wearing a face mask walks near banners showing precautions against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Virus infections continue steady rise in S Korea

Jun. 17, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 59 COVID-19 cases as infections steadily rise in the capital area where half the country’s 51 million people live. The figures announced Thursday by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bring the national caseload to 12,257,...