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A bottle of hand sanitizers hangs on a pole on a street for visitors next to notices about precautions against the COVID-19 in front of a market in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The number of new virus cases in South Korea jumped again Wednesday and the first U.S. military soldier tested positive, with his infection and many others connected to a southeastern city where the outbreak has clustered. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

New virus has infected 80,000 globally, caused 2,700 deaths

Feb. 26, 2020 6:25 AM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 80,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Wednesday in...

South Korean virus cases jump again, 1st US soldier infected

Feb. 26, 2020 6:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean virus cases jumped again Wednesday and the U.S. military confirmed its first case among American soldiers based in the Asian country, with his case and many others connected to a southeastern city with a growing illness cluster. South Korea’s Centers for...

Politician Anwar Ibrahim, right, gestures next to his wife Wan Azizah Ismail as they head to their party headquarters after meeting the king in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Malaysia's king held unusual consultations with lawmakers for a second day Wednesday to resolve a political vacuum caused by the abrupt collapse of the ruling coalition and the resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. (AP Photo)

Malaysia's Mohamad says will return as PM if he has support

Feb. 26, 2020 6:13 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Mahathir Mohamad said Wednesday that he will return as Malaysia's prime minister if he has majority support from Parliament, as the king completed two days of consultations withlawmakers to resolve a political vacuum caused by the abrupt collapse of Mahathir's ruling...

Catholic devotees have ash sprinkled on their heads during Ash Wednesday rites Feb. 26, 2020 in Paranaque, metropolitan Manila, Philippines. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines has recommended sprinkling ash on the head of devotees instead of using it to mark foreheads with a cross to avoid physical contact and fight the spread of the new coronavirus in the Lenten period in places of worship. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Caution, cancelations mark Ash Wednesday in time of virus

Feb. 26, 2020 6:11 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican was going ahead with plans for Pope Francis to celebrate the Ash Wednesday ritual kicking off the Catholic Church's Lenten season, but elsewhere in Italy Masses were canceled over fears of the coronavirus and other Catholic countries took precautions. In the Philippines...

Cambodian refugee deported 2 years ago set to return to US

Feb. 26, 2020 5:34 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Cambodian refugee who says he was wrongly deported nearly two years ago is reuniting with his family in Massachusetts. Supporters say 50-year-old Thy Chea, of Lowell, is expected to arrive at Boston’s Logan Airport on Wednesday after getting his green card reinstated last year. His...

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad says he will return as prime minister if he has majority support from lawmakers

Feb. 26, 2020 3:58 AM EST
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad says he will return as prime minister if he has majority support from lawmakers.
FILE - In this July 8, 2003, file photo, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and perhaps the most prominent dissident in Vietnam, talks during an interview at the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Do, who became the public face of religious dissent in Vietnam while the communist government kept him in prison or under house arrest for more than 20 years, died Saturday in Ho Chi Minh City. He was 91. (AP Photos/Richard Vogel)

Vietnam dissident Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do dies at 91

Feb. 25, 2020 7:36 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thich Quang Do, a Buddhist monk who became the public face of religious dissent in Vietnam while the Communist government kept him in prison or under house arrest for more than 20 years, has died at age 91. Do, who died Saturday in Ho Chi Minh City, was the highest leader of the...

Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, center, hands out food parcels to reporters who was camped outside the palace following the resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, in Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. After months of resisting pressure to hand over the premiership to his named successor, Mahathir Mohamad finally quit this week. But in a confounding twist, the 94-year-old leader emerged stronger than before, while his ruling alliance, which won a historic vote about two years ago, met its Waterloo. (AP Photo)

AP Explains: Malaysia political upheaval as leader resigns

Feb. 25, 2020 7:33 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's ruling alliance collapsed this week after 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resigned and dozens of lawmakers defected in an audacious attempt to form a new government. The political earthquake occurred less than two years after the alliance won a historic...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, people wear masks as they commute during the morning rush hour in Chuo district in Tokyo. China's massive travel restrictions, house-to-house checks, huge isolation wards and lockdowns of entire cities bought the world valuable time to prepare for the global spread of the new virus. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

'Time is everything': World braces for spread of new virus

Feb. 25, 2020 5:37 PM EST

China's massive travel restrictions, house-to-house checks, huge isolation wards and lockdowns of entire cities bought the world valuable time to prepare for the global spread of the new virus. But with troubling outbreaks now emerging in Italy, South Korea and Iran, and U.S. health officials warning Tuesday it's...

A woman wearing face mask passes by posters about precautions against new coronavirus at a bus station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. China and South Korea on Tuesday reported more cases of a new viral illness that has been concentrated in North Asia but is causing global worry as clusters grow in the Middle East and Europe. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

New virus has infected over 80,000 people, killed 2,700

Feb. 25, 2020 3:15 PM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 80,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Tuesday in Beijing:...