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Commuters using protective gear amid the coronavirus pandemic sit inside a public bus in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The Latest: Denmark adds Belgium, Malta to travel advisory

Aug. 14, 2020 4:20 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark has added Belgium and Malta to its list of European nations where non-essential travels are not recommended as the Scandinavian country has seen a flare-up of coronavirus cases. The Scandinavian country’s reason for doing so is that both nations have seen more than 30...

This photo shows a night view of city center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Aug. 10, 2020. Malaysia has reported its economy contracted 17% in the last quarter in its worst downturn since the global financial crisis. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian economy shrinks 17% in worst contraction on record

Aug. 14, 2020 3:46 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has reported its economy contracted 17% in the last quarter in its worst downturn since the global financial crisis. The central bank said the real rate of annual growth was 16.5% in the April-June quarter, down from a 2% contraction in the first quarter of the year....

In this photo released by Indonesian Presidential Palace, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, dressed in a traditional outfit, delivers his national address before the parliament members in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Indonesia's president called on all citizens to turn the COVID-19 crisis into an advancement opportunity and pledged health care reforms in an address Friday ahead of the country's 75th anniversary of independence. (Agus Suparto/Presidential Palace via AP)

Widodo pledges health, economic reforms amid virus crisis

Aug. 14, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president called on all citizens to turn the COVID-19 crisis into an advancement opportunity and pledged health care reforms in an address Friday ahead of the country's 75th anniversary of independence. Only half of the 575 lawmakers were in Parliament for...

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 2:35 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — 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. National police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said Thursday night that Abu Sayyaf commander Anduljihad...

A mother, right, and her daughter, center, wear face masks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus as they use free wifi to access an online lesson inside a temporary tent in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. In some areas of the country, students are still yet to go to school due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesia takes part in late-stage China vaccine trial

Aug. 14, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More people in Indonesia rolled up their sleeves Friday to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company. The Indonesian government announced the partnership between state-owned enterprise Bio Farma and the Chinese company Sinovac BioTech in early July. As...

In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020 photo, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha wears a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as he attends an open session at the parliament house in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's prime minister has warned his fellow citizens that their nation has handled the health challenges of the coronavirus well, but must pull together to overcome the tremendous damage done to the economy by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai leader says unity necessary to revive virus-hit economy

Aug. 13, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister, facing growing demands from students for change, warned Thursday that the nation must pull together to overcome the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In a speech marking the appointment of a new team of financial specialists to his Cabinet,...

Researcher put bat into bag in cave inside Sai Yok National Park in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

AP PHOTOS: Thai scientists catch bats to trace virus origins

Aug. 12, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

KANCHANABURI, Thailand (AP) — Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus. Initial research has already pointed to bats as the source of the virus that has afflicted more than 20.5 million people...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...

EU slaps duties on Cambodia exports over rights concerns

Aug. 12, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday began to reimpose customs duties on certain exports from Cambodia in response to what it said are concerns about the Southeast Asian country’s human rights record. The European Commission, which supervises trade deals and relations on behalf of the 27...

Public Order Agency officers watch as a man does push ups as a punishment for violating city regulation requiring people to wear face mask in public places as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak, in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Asia Today: Victoria adds 21 deaths, Singapore clears dorms

Aug. 12, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday reported a record 21 virus deaths and 410 new cases from an outbreak in the city of Melbourne that has prompted a strict lockdown. State Premier Daniel Andrews said 16 of the deaths were linked to aged-care facilities. The number of...