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Spike in South Korea virus cases shows perils of reopening

May. 27, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As Mediterranean beaches and Las Vegas casinos laid out plans to welcome tourists again, South Korea announced a spike in new infections Wednesday and considered reimposing social distancing restrictions, revealing the setbacks ahead for other nations on the road to reopening. ...

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)

The Latest: Japan approves largest budget for combined $2.1T

May. 27, 2020 8:53 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: — Virus expands grip in many areas, US nears 100,000 deaths....

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 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 surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...

People walk at the Cheonggye Stream during launch time in Seoul, South Korea, on May 22, 2020. People are increasingly dining out and enjoying nighttime strolls in public parks. As South Korea significantly relaxes its rigid social distancing rules as a result of waning coronavirus cases, the world is paying close attention to whether it can return to something that resembles normal or face a virus resurgence. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

World watches as South Korea cautiously returns to life

May. 27, 2020 12:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The baseball league is on. Students have begun returning to school. And people are increasingly dining out and enjoying nighttime strolls in public parks. As South Korea significantly relaxes its rigid social distancing rules as a result of waning coronavirus cases, the world is...

A man wearing a protective face mask passes the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, as employees arrive for the partial reopening of the trading floor. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

May. 26, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks surged on Wall Street to their highest levels since the business shutdowns took hold in the U.S. over two months ago, climbing on optimism Tuesday about the reopening economy even as the nation's official death toll from the coronavirus closed in on 100,000, a number President Donald...

A Nepalese cleaner sweeps the stairs of temple during lockdown in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Nepal's lockdown imposed on March 24 to stop the spread of the coronavirus has been extended to June 2. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Asia Today: Philippines trying to ease quarantine congestion

May. 26, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — As about 24,000 Filipinos who lost their jobs abroad are being transported by land, sea or air to their provincial homes, the president warned local officials not to refuse them entry out of coronavirus fears. The workers returned to the country in recent months as jobs dried up worldwide...

FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, military guard posts of North Korea, rear, and South Korea, bottom, are seen in Paju, at the border with North Korea, South Korea. A U.N. investigation into a recent exchange of gunfire between the two Koreas has determined that both countries violated the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, the American-led U.N. Command said Tuesday, May 26. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

UN probe: Both Koreas violate armistice in gunfire exchange

May. 26, 2020 6:13 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A U.N. investigation into a recent exchange of gunfire between the two Koreas has determined that both countries violated the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, the American-led U.N. Command said Tuesday. The May 3 gunfire exchange was the first shooting inside the...

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...

Heidi Hannah holds her head in her hands, as she is joined by her sons Tomas, 10, left, and Lucas, 8, right, at a Memorial Day visit to the grave of her oldest son, Army Specialist Taylor Hannah, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif., Monday, May 25, 2020. Public Memorial Day events at the cemetery were canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Taylor Hannah, 22, died March 1, 2020 of a rare blood disease. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

May. 25, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Americans settled for small processions and online tributes instead of parades Monday as they observed Memorial Day in the shadow of the pandemic, which forced communities to honor the nation’s military dead with modest, more subdued ceremonies that also remembered those lost...