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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic during a press conference at Florida's Turnpike Turkey Lake Service Plaza, in Orlando, Friday, July 10, 2020. DeSantis made the visit to announce an increase in electric vehicle charging stations that will be available at turnpike plazas by year's end. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has coronavirus

Jul. 11, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

NEW DELHI — Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital. In a tweet on Saturday, Bachchan, 77, said his family and staff have also undergone tests and are awaiting results. He appealed...

A boy wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus plays inside an inflatable tube at a public park in Beijing, Saturday, July 11, 2020. New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria state new cases drop to 216

Jul. 11, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

MELBOURNE Australia (AP) — The beleaguered Australian state of Victoria received some good news Saturday with health officials reporting 216 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from the record 288 the previous day. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said a man in his 90s died overnight while 49...

FILE - This Oct. 29, 1953, file photo shows Gen. Paik Sun-yup on the reviewing stand in South Korea. Former South Korean army Gen. Paik who was celebrated as a major war hero for leading troops in several battle victories against North Korean soldiers during the 1950-53 Korean War, has died. He was 99. (AP Photo/Fred Waters, File)

Paik Sun-yup, major South Korean war hero, dies at 99

Jul. 11, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former South Korean army Gen. Paik Sun-yup, who was celebrated as a major war hero for leading troops in several battle victories against North Korean soldiers during the 1950-53 Korean War, has died. He was 99. The South Korean army announced his death on Saturday. It didn't...

Workers in protective suits administer coronavirus tests at a COVID-19 testing site for those who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus at a wholesale food market in Beijing, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Beijing climbed in recent days following an outbreak linked to a wholesale food market, officials announced they had identified hundreds of thousands of people who needed to be tested for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China rejects food imports after virus detected

Jul. 10, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. Those worries have risen since a June outbreak in Beijing that was linked to the city’s largest wholesale market. Testing has...

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...

In this photo provided by Seoul Metropolitan Government, a portrait of the deceased Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon is placed at a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 10, 2020. Park left a note saying he felt “sorry to all people” before he was found dead early Friday, officials in the South Korean capital said as people began mourning the liberal legal activist seen as a potential presidential candidate. (Seoul Metropolitan Government via AP)

Seoul mayor's death prompts sympathy, questions of his acts

Jul. 10, 2020 6:43 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The sudden death of Seoul’s mayor, reportedly implicated in a sexual harassment complaint, has prompted an outpouring of public sympathy even as it has raised questions about a man who built his career as a reform-minded politician and self-described feminist. Park...

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, left, and Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi greet each other prior to their bilateral meeting in Tokyo Friday, July 10, 2020. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)

US envoy, after Seoul visit, reassures Japan of alliance

Jul. 10, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. envoy reassured top Japanese officials Friday of the importance of their alliance in dealing with regional security threats, just as the North Korean leader's sister expressed low expectations of a summit between her brother and President Donald Trump this year. U.S. Deputy Secretary of...

City officials say late Seoul mayor left note saying he felt “sorry to all people” and asking that his body be cremated

Jul. 9, 2020 10:58 PM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — City officials say late Seoul mayor left note saying he felt “sorry to all people” and asking that his body be cremated.
FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, left, and Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi attend their bilateral meeting in Tokyo Friday, July 10, 2020. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)

North Korean leader's sister says Kim-Trump summit unlikely

Jul. 9, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Friday she doesn’t expect her brother to meet President Donald Trump this year, saying there’s no reason for the North to gift Trump high-profile meetings when it’s not being substantially rewarded in...