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A Japanese chartered plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan, China, landed at Haneda international airport in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Countries on Wednesday began evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city hardest-hit by an outbreak of a new virus. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Virus cases in China top SARS as evacuations begin

Jan. 29, 2020 7:25 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Countries began evacuating their citizens Wednesday from the Chinese city hardest-hit by a new virus that has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by SARS. The number of confirmed cases jumped to 5,974, surpassing the 5,327 in mainland China during the SARS...

Visitors and exhibitors wear masks at the Arab Health Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday confirmed the first cases in the Mideast of the new Chinese virus that causes flu-like symptoms, saying doctors now were treating a family that had just come from a city at the epicenter of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

The Latest: Britain flying back citizens from Wuhan

Jan. 29, 2020 6:40 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China: 7:30 p.m. The British government is preparing to fly citizens back from the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak of a new virus, and will put them in quarantine for two weeks. Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted Wednesday that...

A Japanese chartered plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan, China, landed at Haneda international airport in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Countries on Wednesday began evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city hardest-hit by an outbreak of a new virus. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japanese evacuation flight brings back workers from Wuhan

Jan. 29, 2020 5:49 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The first group of Japanese evacuees from a virus-hit Chinese city arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday, a dozen of them with cough and fever including two who were later diagnosed with pneumonia. Five of the 206 evacuees were taken to designated Tokyo hospitals specializing in treating infectious...

Medical workers in protective gear talk with a woman suspected of being ill with a coronavirus at a community health station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection. (Chinatopix via AP)

Virus in China affects sports events, Olympic qualifiers

Jan. 29, 2020 3:51 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Amid growing concern at the spread of a new virus outbreak in China, international sports have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments are being taken elsewhere. The international ski federation on Wednesday canceled the first World Cup races scheduled for testing the mountain venue...

A Japanese chartered flight carrying 206 evacuees from Wuhan, China, has landed at Tokyo's Haneda international airport

Jan. 28, 2020 7:15 PM EST
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese chartered flight carrying 206 evacuees from Wuhan, China, has landed at Tokyo's Haneda international airport.
Chinese tourists wear masks at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of a new virus. Most have been in the central city of Wuhan where the outbreak began in December. More than 45 cases have been confirmed in other places with nearly all of them involving Chinese tourists or people who visited Wuhan recently. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Fuss over Thai navy officers' return from China

Jan. 28, 2020 8:55 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local): 8:25 p.m. A Thai navy spokesman says 20 officers sent to Wuhan to oversee construction of Thailand's first new submarine have returned home after the Chinese city was locked down to try to contain a viral outbreak. Navy...

Fireworks light up the sky near the illuminated Olympic rings during a ceremony held to celebrate the 6-months-to-go milestone for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Tokyo Olympics reach 6-months-to-go mark with some fireworks

Jan. 24, 2020 6:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo put on a flashy fireworks display on Friday to mark the 6-months-to-go milestone for this year's Olympics. The show took place high above a barge stationed in Tokyo Bay that supports a massive replica of the five Olympic rings, a reminder the games are almost here. Japan residents needed...

FILE - In this  July 24, 2019, file photo, Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals are unveiled during a One Year to Go Olympic ceremony event in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics open exactly six months from Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 and the United States and China are picked to finish 1-2 in the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the easy part in a forecast done by Gracenote Sports about which countries will win the most Olympic medals. Gracenote supplies analysis for leagues around the world and has a solid track record forecasting recent Olympics. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Six months to go: A look at the Tokyo Olympic medal count

Jan. 23, 2020 11:02 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics open in exactly six months, and the United States and China are picked to finish 1-2 in the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the easy part in a forecast done by Gracenote Sports about which countries will win the most Olympic medals. Gracenote supplies...

Major League Baseball to sponsor US Olympic softball team

Jan. 23, 2020 8:01 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is using its financial muscle to support the U.S. women's softball team, which already is assured a spot in the Tokyo Olympics while the American men's baseball team struggles to qualify. MLB announced an agreement Thursday to become presenting sponsor of the women's...

In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, photo, homeless man smokes at a homeless camp under a bridge, in Tokyo. Like the U.S., Japan has a relatively high poverty rate for a wealthy nation. It also is less generous with social welfare than countries in Europe, and lacks the sorts of private charities prevalent in the U.S. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Downtown Tokyo's homeless fear removal ahead of Olympics

Jan. 23, 2020 6:41 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Shelters made of cardboard start popping up in the basement of Tokyo's Shinjuku train station right before the shutters come down at 11 p.m., in corridors where “salarymen” rushing home and couples on late-night dates have just passed by. Dozens of homeless people sleeping rough...