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FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, an empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is viewed in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. Minor league umpires are out of jobs so far and maybe all year with no minor league seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)

The Latest: West Indies cricket cutting pay by 50%

May. 29, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Cricket West Indies has announced a temporary 50% reduction in salaries and funding across the region from July 1. CWI has kept players, staff, umpires and coaches on full pay since the outbreak began, but the lack of any...

Muslims pray spaced apart to help curb the spread of the coronavirus during a Friday prayer at the Al Barkah Grand Mosque in Bekasi on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, May 29, 2020. Muslims in some parts of Indonesia attended Friday prayers as mosques closed by the coronavirus for weeks were allowed to start reopening in the world's most populous Muslim nation. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Asia Today: Indonesians return to mosques, at a distance

May. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims in some parts of Indonesia attended Friday prayers as mosques closed by the coronavirus for weeks were allowed to start reopening in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. The guidelines for worship facilities released by religious affairs minister Fachrul Razi on...

Activist Yoon Meehyang, who begins her four-year term as a lawmaker for the ruling liberal party on Saturday, speaks during a news conference at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Lawmaker-elect denies wrongdoing over 'comfort women' funds

May. 29, 2020 5:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A prominent South Korean activist who was recently elected to the National Assembly denied on Friday that she misused public donations for Korean survivors of Japanese wartime sexual slavery. Yoon Meehyang, who begins her four-year term as a lawmaker for the ruling liberal party...

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a journalist for a COVID-19 test before the National People's Congress closing session and the Chinese Premier press conference in Beijing, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: South Korea's central bank lowers rate to 0.5%

May. 27, 2020 10:26 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...

Riot police guard detain a protester as a second reading of a controversial national anthem law takes place in Central district, Hong Kong, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Hong Kong police massed outside the legislature complex Wednesday, ahead of debate on a bill that would criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Asia Today: South Korea cases rise, India crosses 150,000

May. 27, 2020 8:59 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported 40 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, its biggest daily jump in nearly 50 days, causing alarm as millions of children return to school. Active tracing and testing had stabilized the country's outbreak from its March highs, which allowed officials to...

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting of government and ruling party officials at his office in Tokyo Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Japan’s Cabinet has approved a proposed 32 trillion-yen ($296 billion) supplementary budget to help fund measures to cushion the blow to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan OKs funds for $1.1T stimulus to fight pandemic woes

May. 27, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet approved a proposed 32 trillion yen ($296 billion) supplementary budget on Wednesday to help fund $1.1 trillion in measures to cushion the blow to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic. The extra funding under consideration includes support for small businesses,...

School children wearing masks get their hands sanitized and temperatures checked as they arrive to appear for state board examination during the coronavirus pandemic in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

The Latest: India reports biggest jump in virus cases again

May. 26, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India reports biggest jump in virus cases for 7th straight...

A woman wearing face mask walks past a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Asian shares are rising as some regions in Japan resume near-normal business activity, with hopes for economic recovery overshadowing worries over the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares up as recovery hopes overshadow virus worries

May. 25, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Shares rose in Asia on Tuesday as some regions in Japan resumed close-to-normal business activity, with hopes for economic recovery overshadowing worries over the coronavirus pandemic. The market focus is shifting to how various nations are adapting to getting back to business, while striving...

A public tv screen shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking at a press conference Monday, May 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Abe announced the lift of a coronavirus state of emergency from Tokyo and four other remaining prefectures. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asia Today: South Korea to require masks on transit, flights

May. 25, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — South Koreans will be required to wear masks when using public transportation and taxis nationwide starting Tuesday as authorities look for more ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus as people increase their public activities. Health Ministry official Yoon Taeho on Monday said masks...

FC Cologne's Anthony Modeste shoots at goal during a German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Cologne and Fortuna Duesseldorf in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, May 24, 2020.  (Thilo Schmuelgen/pool via AP)

The Latest: NWSL moves to allow training in small groups

May. 25, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The National Women’s Soccer League says players may start training in small groups, provided it is done under league protocols and meets the requirements of local authorities. Teams will be able to progress to full team...