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People wearing face masks and dressed in the colors of the national flag wait for the start of the Independence Day ceremony on the ramparts of the landmark Red fort monument in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. India’s coronavirus death toll overtook Britain's to become the fourth-highest in the world with another single-day record increase in cases Friday. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Asia Today: Restrictions in S. Korea, India cases hit 2.5M

Aug. 15, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Saturday announced stronger social distancing restrictions for its greater capital area where a surge in COVID-19 cases has threatened to erase the hard-won gains against the virus. The two-week measures starting Sunday will allow authorities in Seoul and towns in...

Funeral workers remove the body of a person who is suspected to have died from symptoms related to the new coronavirus, in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. The numbers of those infected with COVID-19 have been rising in the capital. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

The Latest: S. Korea announces new measures as cases spike

Aug. 15, 2020 2:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea on Saturday announced stronger social distancing restrictions for its greater capital area where a surge in COVID-19 cases threatens to erase the hard-won gains against the coronavirus. The two-week measures starting Sunday will allow authorities in Seoul and towns in neighboring...

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort monument on Independence Day in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

India to invest $1.46 trillion to lift virus-hit economy

Aug. 15, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s prime minister said Saturday his country has done well in containing the coronavirus pandemic and announced $1.46 trillion infrastructure projects to boost the sagging economy. The key lesson India learnt from the pandemic is to become self-reliant in manufacturing and...

Public officials disinfect a church as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. South Korea reported over 100 new virus cases Friday, one of its biggest daily jumps in months, as officials express concerned that infections are getting out of control in cities as people increasingly venture out in public. (Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: S Korea fears infections getting out of control

Aug. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — New coronavirus cases in South Korea have reached the highest level in five months, and authorities fear infections are getting out of control in the Seoul region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. Officials reported 166 newly confirmed cases Saturday. That...

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Dev Patel celebrates India from his Los Angeles front yard

Aug. 14, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Quarantine brought opportunities to Dev Patel’s front yard. From a safe distance, the British actor was able to enjoy both his birthday and his relationship with India without leaving his L.A. home. The first was courtesy of his girlfriend, Australian actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who...

An Indian policeman cleans blood splattered on a street with a tree twig after suspected rebels attack on policemen on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Anti-India rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir Friday attacked a police party in the disputed region's main city, killing two police officials and injuring another, police said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Police: 2 officers killed by rebels in Indian-held Kashmir

Aug. 14, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Anti-India rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir attacked a police party in the disputed region’s main city Friday, killing two officers and injuring another, police said. Inspector-General Vijay Kumar said militants sprayed bullets at the police from a narrow lane on a busy...

A street sweeper checks his mobile phone as he takes a break near a coronavirus-themed mural in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Indonesia's only vaccine production company has started this week a so-called phase 3 clinical trials to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Asia Today: India's virus death toll rises, Seoul cases jump

Aug. 14, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus death toll overtook Britain's to become the fourth-highest in the world with another single-day record increase in cases Friday. According to the Health Ministry, India reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours. Its total rose to 48,040 deaths, behind the United...

India urges China to hurry disengagement of troops in Ladakh

Aug. 14, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India urged China on Friday to expedite the complete disengagement of troops from border areas in eastern Ladakh, where thousands of soldiers from the two countries have remained in a tense standoff since May. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said some progress has...

A Bangladeshi elderly person cuts an uprooted tree as the area around him is seen submerged with flooded waters in Manikganj, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Across South Asia, more than 17 million people have been affected by this year's monsoon flood. Nearly 700 people have died in Bangladesh, India and Nepal as almost one-third of Bangladesh went under water while Indian states of Assam and Bihar in the northeast were largely affected and vast regions in Nepal were flooded and monsoon-triggered landslides became a nightmare. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)

South Asia counts losses from devastating monsoon floods

Aug. 14, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — When the Dharala River burst its banks in early July, Kamal Hossain left his home with five members of his family to take shelter in a school in northern Bangladesh, carrying their most prized belongings: cattle, a few sacks of rice and clothes. Like him, an estimated 17.5 million...

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks after Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden introduced her as his running mate during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

'One of us': South Asians celebrate Harris as VP choice

Aug. 13, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two words summed up Tamani Jayasinghe’s exuberance for the first Indian American and Black woman to run for vice president: “Kamala Aunty.” That title of respect that goes beyond family in Asian circles immediately came to mind when Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as...