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Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

Pro-democracy activist and student leaders raise a three-fingers salute, a symbol of resistance after a protest rally at Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020.  A two-day rally planned for this weekend is jangling nerves in Bangkok, with apprehension about how far student demonstrators will go in pushing demands for reform of Thailand’s monarchy and how the authorities might react. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the Saturday-Sunday event. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Apprehensive Thais await major political rally in Bangkok

Sep. 17, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A two-day rally planned this weekend is jangling nerves in Bangkok, with apprehension about how far student demonstrators will go in pushing demands for reform of Thailand’s monarchy and how the authorities might react. At least 10,000 people were estimated to have attended a major...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, students wear protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate Conception School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Latest: NYC teachers union will block school reopening

Sep. 11, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK — The New York City teachers union warns it won’t let the nation’s largest school district reopen for in-person classes this month if the city doesn’t issue protective equipment, conduct testing and clean schools properly. Union leader Michael Mulgrew in a Friday video...

A woman carries a child and waits for transportation at a bus station in Jammu, India, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. By early May, 6.4 million people in India were likely infected by the coronavirus, said a study released Thursday, Sept. 10, by Indian scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s apex medical research body and published in their in-house medical journal. At the time, India had detected around 35,000 cases and over a thousand deaths. But the results of India’s first nationwide study of prevailing infections in the country found that for every confirmed case that detected in May, authorities were missing between 82 and 130 infections. The study tested 28,000 people for proteins produced in response to the virus in the villages and towns across 70 districts in 21 Indian states between May 11 to June 14. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Asia Today: India adds 96K virus cases, orders some retests

Sep. 11, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India edged closer to recording nearly 100,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours as it ordered retesting of many people whose first results were from the less reliable rapid antigen tests being widely used. There were a total of 96,551 confirmed cases, taking the tally to over 4.56 million....

FILE- In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, pro-democracy activist and human rights lawyer Arnon Nampha, left, greets as he arrives at criminal courthouse for hearing to determine whether he has violated his bail conditions in Bangkok, Thailand. Nampha and Panupong Jadnok, two top leaders of Thailand's pro-democracy protest movement, were released from jail Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 after police agreed they no longer needed to be detained for investigation. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

2 top Thai pro-democracy protesters released from jail

Sep. 7, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Two top leaders of Thailand’s pro-democracy protest movement were released from jail on Monday after police agreed they no longer needed to be detained for investigation. Bangkok Criminal Court last Thursday ordered Arnon Nampha and Panupong Jadnok to be held in Bangkok Remand Prison...

Pro-democracy students raise a three-finger salute, a symbol of resistance, during a protest rally in front of Education Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Again on this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, students will gather to protest outside the Education Ministry demanding reform to what they say is an oppressive and ineffective school system. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai students turn agitators for educational reform

Sep. 4, 2020 1:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — She‘s 15, writes love stories and likes indie music and anime cartoons. So far so normal. But two weeks ago Benjamaporn Nivas upended traditional notions of Thai schoolkids’ behavior by leading hundreds of youngsters in a protest outside the Education Ministry in Bangkok. On...

Pro-democracy activist Panupong Jadnok, also known as Mike Rayong, left, greets as he arrives at criminal courthouse for hearing to determine whether he has violated his bail conditions in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Growing pro-democracy protests have emerged as the most serious threat to the government led by a former army general accused of incompetence and corruption by protesters. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai court revokes bail, jails activists who kept protesting

Sep. 3, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand agreed with a police request to revoke the bail of two top leaders of the burgeoning anti-government protest movement who refuse to stop their public political activities. The move to put Arnon Nampha and Panupong Jadnok in custody Thursday while police proceed with the...

Office workers and construction workers with face masks walk in a side walk in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Thailand's prime minister on Wednesday congratulated his countrymen on the nation having achieved 100 days without a new confirmed locally transmitted case of the coronavirus, even as security along the border with Myanmar is being stepped up as a measure against the disease. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thailand reports 1st local coronavirus case in 100 days

Sep. 3, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A prison inmate in Thailand has tested positive for the coronavirus in the country’s first confirmed locally transmitted case in 100 days, health officials said Thursday. They identified the inmate as a 37-year-old man arrested for drug abuse who was brought to prison in Bangkok on...

FILE - In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Vorayuth

Thai panel says officials impeded case against Red Bull heir

Sep. 1, 2020 5:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A panel appointed by Thailand’s prime minister to look into the handling of the criminal case against an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune involving a fatal hit-and-run incident has found there was a conspiracy to shield him from prosecution and recommended that those involved...

Supporters of the Thai monarchy hold up images of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a rally in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday Aug. 30, 2020. Royalists led by a group calling itself

Thai royalists rally in riposte to anti-government movement

Aug. 30, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — About 1,000 people gathered in a Bangkok sports arena on Sunday, swearing to defend Thailand's monarchy from a student-led mass movement that they believe is a threat to the institution’s existence. Calling themselves “Thai Pakdee,” or “Loyal Thai,” most...