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A Sri Lankan municipal health worker takes a breather while collecting swab samples to test for COVID-19, as a man waiting for his turn to test is seen reflected on a window in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria state has record 288 cases

Jul. 10, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Victoria state on Friday reported a new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases as well as a record number of tests, more than 37,500. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return to Australia each week...

Japan's ruling party calls for government to cancel Xi visit

Jul. 7, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party adopted a resolution on Tuesday urging the government to cancel a visit to Japan by Chinese President Xi Jinping following Beijing's imposition of a new national security law for Hong Kong. “Under the current situation where grave...

Tokyo's newly reelected Gov. Yuriko Koike, right, meets Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori at Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters in Tokyo Monday, July 6, 2020. Koike assured Mori that she plans to continue working with him on achieving the games, and agreed to his proposal to set up a meeting among officials from the government, Tokyo and Olympic organizers to discuss COVID-19 countermeasures. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo Olympics seek COVID-19 defenses, but what exactly?

Jul. 6, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — As the president of the Tokyo Olympics, Yoshiro Mori knows experts will have to come up with defenses against COVID-19 for the postponed games to open a year from now. These include quarantines for athletes, and few fans at the venues among ideas being floated by the organizing committee, the...

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, left, talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister's office in Tokyo Monday, July 6, 2020. Gov. Koike, who won her second term to head the Japanese capital in Sunday's election, met with her political rival, Prime Minister Abe and agreed to cooperate in their effort to fight against the coronavirus and to safely achieve the Olympics next year. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo governor, Abe say they'll cooperate on virus, Olympics

Jul. 6, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s newly reelected governor and her political rival, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, agreed Monday to cooperate on handling the coronavirus outbreak to safely hold the Olympics next year. Gov. Yuriko Koike met with Abe a day after winning her second term in an overwhelming...

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks at a news conference after winning a second term to head the Japanese capital, in Tokyo Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo governor wins 2nd term, buoyed by handling of virus

Jul. 5, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has won a second term to head the Japanese capital, propelled to an election victory Sunday by public support for her handling of the coronavirus crisis despite a recent rise in infections that has raised concerns of a resurgence of the disease. In her victory speech,...

Areas are inundated in muddy waters that gushed out from the Kuma River in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 4, 2020. Heavy rain triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen missing and others stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued. More than 75,000 residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were asked to evacuate following pounding rains overnight. (Kyodo News via AP)

Heavy rain floods southern Japan; over a dozen presumed dead

Jul. 4, 2020 5:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen people presumed dead, about 10 missing and dozens stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said. More than 75,000 residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were urged...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, attends a government meeting on space development at his office in Tokyo Monday, June 29, 2020. Japan said Monday it will step up its defense capability in space and improve its ability to detect and track missiles, while cooperating with the United States in response to what it called a growing threat from North Korea and China.  (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan to boost space cooperation with US in revised policy

Jun. 29, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Monday it will step up its defense capability in space and improve its ability to detect and track missiles, while cooperating with the United States in response to what it called a growing threat from North Korea and China. A revised basic space policy adopted by the...

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Japan's National Security Council has endorsed plans to cancel the deployment of two costly land-based U.S. missile defense systems aimed at bolstering the country’s capability against threats from North Korea, Kono said Thursday. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Japan confirms its scrapping US missile defense system

Jun. 25, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s National Security Council has endorsed plans to cancel the deployment of two costly land-based U.S. missile defense systems aimed at bolstering the country’s capability against threats from North Korea, the country’s defense minister said Thursday. Defense Minister...

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Japanese island marks 75 years since Battle of Okinawa

Jun. 23, 2020 6:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Residents on Okinawa prayed for peace and remembered lost loved ones Tuesday on the 75th anniversary of the end of one of WWII's deadliest conflicts, the Battle of Okinawa. At the ceremony held on the southern Japanese island to honor the more than 200,000 who died in the fighting near the...

A sign of temporarily closure is displayed in front of Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace, and one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: South Korea has biggest daily rise in 3 weeks

Jun. 19, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported its largest 24-hour increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in about three weeks amid an upward trend in new infections. Officials said Saturday that the 67 additional cases raise the country’s total to 12,373, with 280 deaths. The 67 cases is the...