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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 3, 2006. file photo, a working monkey rides on the back of a pickup truck with its owner and other workers to collect coconuts on a plantation in Chumphon province, southern Thailand. Thailand's coconut-picking monkeys, long a popular tourist attraction, have become a sensitive trade issue as British activists claim the animals are abused and push for a boycott of the nation's coconut products. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

Thailand denies monkeys abused to harvest coconut products

Jul. 7, 2020 5:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's coconut-picking monkeys, long a popular tourist attraction, have become a sensitive trade issue as British activists claim the animals are abused and push for a boycott of the nation's coconut products. Thai Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit rejected the allegations made by...

People enjoy the beach in the Black Sea in Odessa, Ukraine, Saturday, July 4, 2020. Tens of thousands of vacation-goers in Russia and Ukraine have descended on Black Sea beaches, paying little attention to safety measures despite levels of contagion still remaining high in both countries. (AP Photo/Sergei Poliakov)

In Russia and Ukraine, no social distance on crowded beaches

Jul. 6, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Tens of thousands of vacation-goers in Russia and Ukraine have descended on Black Sea beaches, paying little heed to public health measures despite the numbers of reported coronavirus cases remaining high in both countries. Desperate for a break from the confinement of months-long...

A crowd gathers to take photos of the cinema marquee of the Scala theater during its final movie screening Sunday, July 5, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Scala theater has shut its doors after 51 years as a shrine for Thai movie-goers. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

Thais bid addio to theater where they fell in love with film

Jul. 5, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — If Hollywood is where dreams are made, Bangkok’s Scala theater for the past 51 years was where Thais immersed themselves in the old-fashioned blockbusters of war, the heart-felt romances and quirky comedies. Now only the memories will remain. The picture palace in the center of...

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...

Plastic sheets on a traditional Jeepney bus separate passengers as part of health measures to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 3, 2020. The government is allowing some routes for Jeepneys to be opened to help public transportation as the government slowly eases the coronavirus lockdown (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Kim urges North Koreans to keep up virus fight

Jul. 3, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to maintain alertness against the coronavirus, warning that complacency risked “unimaginable and irretrievable crisis,” state media said Friday. Despite the warning, Kim reaffirmed North Korea's claim to not have had a...

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...

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...

Firefighters attempt to put out a fire of a gaudy mansion in a Buddhist-themed tourist park in Pattaya, Thailand, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The mansion in Thailand’s seaside resort city of Pattaya was seriously damaged by the fire Wednesday that sent thick black smoke billowing into the sky. No one was injured in the blaze. (AP Photo/Amporn Sangkaew)

Fire damages elaborate mansion at seaside park in Thailand

Jul. 1, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A gaudy mansion in a Buddhist-themed tourist park in Thailand’s seaside resort city of Pattaya was seriously damaged by a fire Wednesday that sent thick black smoke billowing into the sky. No one was injured in the blaze at Baan Sukhawadee, Banglamung district police Maj. Sithawat...

Residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus line up for COVID-19 test outside the Worker's Stadium in Beijing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Test sites have sprung up through the Chinese capital as test have become a daily normal after the latest outbreak of the coronavirus, (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: SKorea weighs listing churches as 'high risk'

Jun. 30, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as “high risk” venues for the spread of COVID-19 following a slew of transmissions tied to church gatherings. South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun...