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In this photo provided by the Philippine National Police-Public Information Office, Abu Sayyaf commander Anduljihad Susukan poses for a picture at the Davao City Police Station in Davao province, southern Philippines on Thursday Aug. 13, 2020. Susukan, a leading terror suspect who has been linked to beheadings of hostages including two Canadians and a Malaysian, has surrendered after being wounded in battle, officials said Friday. (Philippine National Police PIO via AP)

Top militant linked to beheadings surrenders in Philippines

Aug. 14, 2020 5:30 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A leading militant suspect who has been linked to beheadings of hostages, including two Canadians and a Malaysian, in the southern Philippines has surrendered after being wounded in battle, officials said Friday. A commander of the Muslim rebel group Abu Sayyaf, Abduljihad...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

This photo provided by Ronnel Manjares shows Kobe Christ Manjares during a video call with him, upper right, at a hospital in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Manjares' 16-day-old son Kobe was heralded as the country's youngest COVID-19 survivor. But the relief and joy proved didn't last. Three days later, Kobe died on June 4 from complications of Hirschsprung disease, a rare birth defect. (Ronnel Manjares via AP)

Lives Lost: Parents hoped baby Kobe would play basketball

Aug. 5, 2020 12:28 AM EDT

TANAUAN, Philippines (AP) — He was heralded in the Philippines as the country’s youngest COVID-19 survivor, a baby who’d become infected with and conquered the coronavirus during his first 16 days of life. To Ronnel Manjares and Trisha May Noche, he was Kobe Christ, their second child. Noche...

Police operate a checkpoint Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, outside Manila, Philippines, as the capital is placed on another lockdown in the hopes of controlling the surge of coronavirus cases. Commuter trains, buses and other public vehicles stayed off the main roads of the Philippine capital Tuesday and police were again staffing checkpoints to restrict public travel. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Manila back under lockdown as virus cases surge

Aug. 4, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Commuter trains, buses and other public vehicles stayed off the main roads of the Philippine capital Tuesday and police were again staffing checkpoints to restrict public travel as surging virus cases forced another lockdown. Officials deployed dozens of shuttle buses, along with...

A worker wearing a mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past space themed displays promoting an online service in Beijing, China on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An outbreak in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang is continuing to subside. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Mainland China, Hong Kong report fewer new cases

Aug. 3, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

BEIJING — Both mainland China and Hong Kong reported fewer new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as strict measures to contain new infections appear to be taking effect. Mainland China announced 36 new cases across the country, down from 43 the previous day. Of those, 28 were in the northwestern region of...

Health workers perform a rapid test on a patient at a parking lot that has been converted into an extension of the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in Manila, Philippines on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is reimposing a moderate lockdown in the capital and outlying provinces after medical groups appealed for the move as coronavirus infections surge alarmingly. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine capital returning to lockdown as virus surges

Aug. 3, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has agreed to place the capital and outlying provinces back under a lockdown after medical groups warned that the country was waging “a losing battle” against the coronavirus amid an alarming surge in infections. Presidential spokesman Harry...

A person wearing a face mask is seen in Melbourne, Australia Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state was declared a disaster with sweeping new coronavirus restrictions imposed across Melbourne and elsewhere from Sunday night. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

Asia Today: More restrictions in Australia's Victoria state

Aug. 3, 2020 4:24 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Victoria state, Australia’s coronavirus hot spot, announced on Monday that businesses will be closed and scaled down in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said nonessential businesses will close starting late Wednesday in Melbourne,...

A woman's temperature is measured before riding a passenger jeepney to help curb the spread of COVID19 as drivers at the Tandang Sora terminal were recently allowed back on the road after months of not being able to work on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 in Quezon city, Philippines. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines continues to surge Sunday as medical groups declared the country was waging a losing battle against the contagion and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Italy's tally of new virus cases down to 239

Aug. 2, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MILAN — The number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Italy nudged lower to 239 in the last 24 hours, while all eight deaths were recorded in Lombardy, the epicenter of the country's epidemic. That brings the total number of cases in Italy to 248,070 and deaths to 35,154, according to Health...

Parishioners wearing masks as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID19 pray during a Mass at the Our Lady of Consolation Parish on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Quezon city, Philippines. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines continues to surge Sunday as medical groups declared the country was waging

Philippines virus cases top 100,000 in 'losing battle'

Aug. 2, 2020 4:49 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Philippines surged past 100,000 Sunday in a troubling milestone after medical groups declared that the country was waging “a losing battle” against the virus and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. The Department...

Traditional dancers wear costumes as they prepare their performance in a parade in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Indonesia's resort island of Bali will reopen for domestic tourists on Friday after months of virus lockdown. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

The Latest: Bali welcoming visitors after 4-month lockdown

Jul. 30, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia — Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has reopened to domestic tourists after an almost four-month lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic. Bali’s governor has been impatient to revive the economy and began easing restrictions on public activities three weeks ago. Under the...