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Teachers and students wearing protective gear to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as they pray before class at Samkhok School in Pathum Thani, outside Bangkok, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Thailand has begun a fifth phase of relaxations of COVID-19 restrictions, allowing the reopening of schools and high-risk entertainment venues such as pubs and massage parlors that had been shut since mid-March. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Asia Today: Thailand lets in some foreigners, opens schools

Jul. 1, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand has begun a fifth phase of relaxations of COVID-19 restrictions, allowing the reopening of schools and high-risk entertainment venues such as pubs and massage parlors that had been shut since mid-March. It also is allowing in foreign visitors on a controlled basis, limiting entry to...

Philippine army: fatal police shooting of troops a `rubout'

Jun. 30, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine army chief on Tuesday angrily called the fatal police shooting of four soldiers, including two officers, “a rubout” and demanded justice for the killings which the police said ensued from a “misencounter.” Eduardo Ano, a retired military...

Manila police arrest 20 Pride protesters seeking virus aid

Jun. 30, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police arrested 20 protesters who marked the Global Pride event with a march Friday to demand government aid for poor workers and drivers displaced by a monthslong coronavirus lockdown. Manila police spokesman Lt. Col. Carlo Manuel said the 20 protesters staged a march...

Police wearing face masks arrest protesters during a LGBTQ pride march in Manila, Philippines, Friday June 26, 2020. Philippine police  arrested 20 protesters who marked the Global Pride event with a march to demand government aid for poor workers and drivers displaced by the coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/Gerard Carreon)

Correction: Philippines-Pride Protesters Arrested story

Jun. 30, 2020 11:09 AM EDT
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a story on June 26, 2020, about Philippine police arresting 20 protesters who marked the Global Pride event with a march in Manila, The Associated Press erroneously described Rey Salinas of the Bahaghari protest group as male. Salinas identifies herself as female.
Police wearing face masks arrest protesters during a LGBTQ pride march in Manila, Philippines, Friday June 26, 2020. Philippine police  arrested 20 protesters who marked the Global Pride event with a march to demand government aid for poor workers and drivers displaced by the coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/Gerard Carreon)

Correction: Philippines-Pride Protesters Arrested story

Jun. 30, 2020 10:27 AM EDT
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a story on June 26, 2020, about Philippine police arresting 20 protesters who marked the Global Pride event with a march in Manila, The Associated Press erroneously described Rey Salinas of the Bahaghari protest group as male. Salinas identifies herself as female.

Philippine police fatally shoot 4 army soldiers in south

Jun. 29, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine policemen fatally shot four army soldiers, including two officers, who were trying to locate a suicide bomber Monday but were suspected of being criminals by the police in the volatile south, officials said. Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said...

This June 28, 2020, photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, shows the remains of the FV Liberty 5 along the waters off Mamburao town in Mindoro Occidental province, south of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine coast guard was searching on Monday for 14 people missing since a fishing boat and cargo vessel collided in choppy waters two nights earlier. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)

14 missing from fishing boat after Philippine sea collision

Jun. 29, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine coast guard found no signs Monday of 14 people missing since a fishing boat and cargo vessel collided in choppy waters a day earlier. The fishing boat was damaged and overturned, and the search for those aboard was hampered by strong waves, according to officials...

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 36th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, June 26, 2020. Leaders from the Southeast Asian ten-nation bloc hold the bi-annual summit via online video conference to discuss regional issues. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

ASEAN takes position vs China's vast historical sea claims

Jun. 27, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders said a 1982 U.N. oceans treaty should be the basis of sovereign rights and entitlements in the South China Sea, in one of their strongest remarks opposing China’s claim to virtually the entire disputed waters on historical grounds. The leaders of...

In this photo provided by the Philippine National Police (NCRPO), police inspect a hideout where four suspected Islamic State group-linked militants were killed during a gunbattle in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, Friday June 26, 2020. Police and intelligence agents were to serve a search a warrant at a house in a village in suburban Paranaque city after months of surveillance when the suspected militants opened fire, metropolitan Manila police chief Debold Sinas said. (Philippine National Police NCRPO via AP)

Philippine police kill 4 suspected militants in Manila raid

Jun. 26, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police killed four suspected Islamic State group-linked militants during a raid on a hideout in metropolitan Manila early Friday, security officials said. Metropolitan Manila Police Chief Debold Sinas said police and intelligence agents planned to serve a search...

Philippine villagers brace as volcano grows restive

Jun. 24, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine villagers near a restive volcano on a central island are bracing for possible evacuations that would require physical distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, an official said Wednesday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said it detected...