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Thai police find bodies of suspected smugglers in reservoir

Feb. 27, 2020 10:36 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in northern Thailand said the bodies of seven people believed to be drug smugglers were found Thursday in a reservoir in an area under military control. Police in Chiang Rai province's Mae Sai district said the seven are thought to have been involved in an armed clash with soldiers on...

A bottle of hand sanitizers hangs on a pole on a street for visitors next to notices about precautions against the COVID-19 in front of a market in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The number of new virus cases in South Korea jumped again Wednesday and the first U.S. military soldier tested positive, with his infection and many others connected to a southeastern city where the outbreak has clustered. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

New virus has infected 81,000 globally, caused 2,700 deaths

Feb. 26, 2020 10:25 AM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 81,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Wednesday in...

Pro-democracy students wave mobile phones with flashlights switched on, during a large rally at Thammasat University in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Thailand's normally docile students have been holding large rallies around the country, triggered by a court ruling dissolving a popular opposition political party whose democracy-promoting policies had attracted substantial support among younger Thais. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai student rallies protest dissolution of opposition party

Feb. 26, 2020 10:08 AM EST

PATHUM THANI, Thailand (AP) — Thailand's normally docile students have been holding rallies around the country to express their discontent with the established political order. The rare mass activism was triggered by a court ruling dissolving a popular opposition political party whose democracy-promoting...

A woman wearing face mask passes by posters about precautions against new coronavirus at a bus station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. China and South Korea on Tuesday reported more cases of a new viral illness that has been concentrated in North Asia but is causing global worry as clusters grow in the Middle East and Europe. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

New virus has infected over 80,000 people, killed 2,700

Feb. 25, 2020 3:15 PM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 80,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Tuesday in Beijing:...

Thai women wearing face masks to protect themselves from a new virus exercise at Lumpini Park in in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. The coronavirus outbreak in China has thrown Thailand’s and other Asian countries’ travel industry into chaos, threatening billions in losses as millions of would-be travelers are staying home. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand prepares tough measures to control spread of virus

Feb. 24, 2020 10:07 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities say they are taking steps to wield emergency legal powers to control the spread of the new virus and limit its economic and social impact. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said Monday the National Committee on Communicable Disease has endorsed adding COVID-19, the...

A currency trader wears a face mask at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Markets tank on concern about virus impact on world economy

Feb. 24, 2020 7:15 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares skidded, oil prices sank and the price of gold surged on Monday as the number of people infected or killed by the viral outbreak that began in China surged, heaping more uncertainty on the economic outlook. The decline promises a sharp drop on Wall Street when it opens and comes after...

In this Feb. 7, 2020, file photo, a man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo. Shares skidded in Asia on Monday, Feb. 24, after reports of a surge in new virus cases outside China. The decline followed a sell-off Friday on Wall Street.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares take hit as new virus cases jump outside China

Feb. 24, 2020 12:00 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares skidded in Asia on Monday after reports of a surge in new virus cases outside China. The decline followed a sell-off Friday on Wall Street. South Korea's Kospi dropped 3% to 2,098.37, while the S&P ASX/200 in Sydnay lost 2.3% to 6,975.20. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 1.5% to...

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019, filer photo, former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak waves as he leaves Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur. Thailand's disbanded opposition Future Forward Party has attacked the government for allegedly colluding with Malaysia's former prime minister to cover up the 1MDB financial scandal, for which Najib is now standing trial. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

Disbanded Thai party says gov't colluded in 1MDB scandal

Feb. 23, 2020 8:00 AM EST

Bangkok (AP) — Thailand's disbanded opposition Future Forward Party attacked the government Sunday for allegedly colluding with Malaysia's former prime minister to cover up the 1MDB financial scandal, for which former Malaysian leader Najib Razak is now standing trial. The accusation comes a day ahead of...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a view of part of the temporary hospital with 1100 beds converted from the Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Feb. 12, 2020. Without enough facilities to handle the number of cases of viral infection, Wuhan has been building prefabricated hospitals and converting a gym and other large spaces to house patients and try to isolate them from others. (Cheng Min/Xinhua via AP)

List of sports events affected by the new virus from China

Feb. 23, 2020 6:16 AM EST

ATHLETICS World indoor championships in Nanjing from March 13-15 postponed to March 2021. Hong Kong Marathon on Feb. 9 cancelled. Asian indoor championships in Hangzhou from Feb. 12-13 cancelled. Tokyo Marathon on March 1: Restricted to elite runners. Nagoya Women's Marathon on March 8: Restricted to elite...

Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit attends a press conference after a Thai court ordered to dissolved his party in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Thailand's Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Court in Thailand orders popular opposition party dissolved

Feb. 21, 2020 9:50 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader, charismatic 41-year-old Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. The court also imposed a 10-year ban on the party's...