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Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 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: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, left, speaks during a press conference at prime minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Monday, March 16, 2020. From March 18 till March 31, all business and religious activities in the country will be suspended to curb the spread of the coronavirus, said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo)

Malaysia closes borders, shuts most businesses in lockdown

Mar. 16, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's leader announced on Monday a drastic two-week lockdown in the country to slow the spread of the new coronavirus following a sharp spike in the number of cases. Prime Minister Muhyiddini Yassin said all religious institutions, schools, businesses and government...

The Latest: Oregon to get fraction of protective gear needed

Mar. 12, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic: Oregon officials say they will be getting just a fraction of the personal protective equipment sought from the U.S. government for front-line medical workers treating COVID-19 patients. Nik Blosser, Gov. Kate Brown’s chief of staff, told The Associated Press the...

Presiding judge Hendrik Steenhuis, third from left, and other judges take their seats in court on the second day of the trial of four men charged with murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, at Schiphol airport, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. A missile fired from territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine in 2014, tore the MH17 passenger jet apart killing all 298 people on board. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dutch prosecutors: Russia wants to thwart MH17 investigation

Mar. 10, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch prosecutor said Tuesday that there are “strong indications” Russia wants to undermine investigations into the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 and told judges at the trial of four suspects that many witnesses fear for their safety. Prosecutor Thijs Berger...

FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 file photo, shows the reconstructed wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, put on display during a press conference in Gilze-Rijen, central Netherlands. United by grief across oceans and continents, families who lost loved ones when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in 2014 hope that a trial starting next week will finally deliver them something that has remained elusive ever since: The truth. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Dutch trial opens for 4 suspects in downing of flight MH17

Mar. 9, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch prosecutor on Monday solemnly read out the names of the 298 people killed in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, at the start of the trial of three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with multiple counts of murder. Relatives of the dead who were in the...

A picture of Bryce Fredriksz and his girlfriend Daisy is placed amidst 298 empty chairs, each chair for one of the 298 victims of the downed Malaysia Air flight MH17, in a park opposite the Russian embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, Sunday, March 8, 2020. A missile fired from territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine in 2014, tore the MH17 passenger jet apart killing all 298 people on board. United by grief across oceans and continents, families who lost loved hope that the trial which starts Monday March 9, 2020, will finally deliver them something that has remained elusive ever since: The truth. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong

MH17 relatives protest against Russia with 298 empty chairs

Mar. 8, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The families of people killed when a missile shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 set out 298 white chairs outside the Russian Embassy on Sunday in a silent protest against Moscow’s lack of cooperation in the investigation into the downing...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, file image, the reconstructed cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane is displayed before a news conference by the Dutch Safety Board in Gilze-Rijen, Netherlands. United by grief across oceans and continents, families who lost loved ones when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in 2014 hope that a trial starting next week will finally deliver them something that has remained elusive ever since: The truth. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

MH17 families hope truth emerges from unprecedented trial

Mar. 6, 2020 2:38 AM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — United by grief across oceans and continents, families who lost loved ones when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in 2014 hope that a trial starting next week will finally deliver something that has remained elusive ever since: The truth. A trial starts Monday in the Netherlands...

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia.  Malaysia's alliance government under 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir is threatening to unravel less than two years after a historic election victory ousting the coalition that had ruled the country since independence.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian king accepts Mahathir's resignation amid upheaval

Feb. 24, 2020 10:14 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Monday accepted Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's shocking resignation but reappointed him as interim leader following the collapse of the ruling alliance in a major political upheaval less than two years after its historic election victory. The stunning...

In this Feb. 14, 2020, photo, a woman wearing a face mask walks on a almost empty street at the Chinatown in Incheon, South Korea. Even as cases and deaths from the new virus mount, fear is advancing like a tsunami - and not just in the areas surrounding the Chinese city of Wuhan, the center of the outbreak that has been declared a global health emergency. A restaurant owner in the Chinatown says visitors have dropped by 90%. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral

Feb. 21, 2020 5:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus. From earnest officials trying to calm a building panic. From your spouse. From the know-it-all who rattles off the many much more likely ways you’re going to die: smoking, car...

2 European-Asian Tour golf events postponed due to virus

Feb. 14, 2020 1:27 PM EST

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Two men's golf tournaments co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours in Malaysia and China were postponed Friday because of the deadly new virus from China. The tournaments are the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur on April 16-19 and the China Open in Shenzhen on April...