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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures, during a coronavirus briefing in Downing Street, London,  Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.  The number of new hospitalizations for COVID-19 and virus deaths in Britain are rising again, although both remain far below their springtime peak. (Jack Hill/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Britain renews sweeping powers to curb virus

Sep. 30, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

LONDON — British lawmakers have renewed the government’s sweeping powers to impose emergency restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic, although many legislators criticized the way Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative administration has used them. Legislators are increasingly...

South Korean tourist police officers wearing face masks hold up social distancing signs at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Officials have called for citizen vigilance ahead of the Chuseok harvest festival that began Wednesday and continues through the weekend. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: South Korea has virus jump before holiday period

Sep. 30, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 113 new cases of COVID-19, its first daily increase over 100 in five days, as the country entered a holiday break that officials fear would possibly worsen transmissions. The numbers released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Wednesday...

In this Sept. 27, 2020 photo provided by the Sihanoukville Province Authority, earthenware jars are kept in a house at Sihanoukville province, southwestern of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A man on Cambodia's southern coast was arrested for possessing almost 300 centuries-old earthenware jars that he is believed to have salvaged from a shipwreck, an official said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (Sihanoukville province Authority via AP)

Cambodian man arrested with almost 300 centuries-old jars

Sep. 29, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A man on Cambodia’s southern coast was arrested for possessing almost 300 centuries-old earthenware jars that he is believed to have salvaged from a shipwreck, an official said Tuesday. Khieng Phearum, a spokesman for Preah Sihanouk province, said the 42-year-old man was...

Blue water lines the coast of Koh Chang island in March 2018, Trat Province, southern Thailand. American expat Wesley Barnes, an English-language teacher in Thailand, was sued for criminal defamation by a hotel at which he stayed on the island because of derogatory reviews he posted online. He could face up to five years in prison on two charges if tried and found guilty. (AP Photo/Phusit wirutthanatporn)

US man could get prison for review of Thailand hotel

Sep. 29, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Labor activists, journalists and whistleblowers in Thailand have been targets in recent years of criminal defamation lawsuits for exposing alleged corporate wrongdoing, but now a disgruntled hotel guest has joined their ranks and could face prison time for his online comments disparaging a...

A health worker conducts COVID-19 test at a government hospital as others wait for their turn in New Delhi, India, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.India’s confirmed coronavirus tally has reached 6 million cases, keeping the country second to the United States in number of reported cases since the pandemic began. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Asia Today: Australian hot spot, South Korea hit new lows

Sep. 28, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

Australia’s coronavirus hot spot, Victoria state, on Monday recorded its lowest number of new infections in more than three months as the nation’s second-largest city, Melbourne, further eased its lockdown restrictions. The easing of restrictions in Melbourne, the state capital, will allow most...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, Thai Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Buddhipongse Punnakanta gestures during a press conference discussing the government's decision to request Facebook to block an account in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s government lodged complaints with police Thursday, Sept. 24, against Facebook and Twitter, alleging they failed to comply with court orders to block content judged illegal under Thai law.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

Thailand sues Facebook, Twitter for allowing banned material

Sep. 24, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government lodged complaints with police Thursday against Facebook and Twitter, alleging they failed to comply with court orders to block content judged illegal under Thai law. Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta said at a news conference that it...

Pro-democracy supporter raises a three-finger salute, a symbol of resistance, with words on his head reading

Thai lawmakers put off vote on constitutional amendments

Sep. 24, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Scheduled voting by Thai lawmakers on six proposed amendments to the country’s military-backed constitution was canceled at the last minute Thursday as Parliament voted instead to set up a committee to further consider such proposals. The action, taken after two days of debate, means...

A man walks near a hole at the Sanam Luang field in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. A plaque symbolizing Thailand's transition to democracy has been removed less than 24 hours after it was installed by anti-government demonstrators in a historic royal field. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Plaque symbolizing Thai democracy removed in less than a day

Sep. 21, 2020 7:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A plaque honoring struggles for democracy in Thailand was removed from a royal field less than 24 hours after being installed by anti-government protesters and was submitted as evidence in connection with a complaint by officials that its installation was illegal, police said Monday. The...

Pro-democracy student leaders install a plaque declaring

Thai protesters install plaque symbolizing democracy

Sep. 20, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Anti-government demonstrators occupying a historic field in the Thai capital on Sunday installed a plaque symbolizing the country's transition to democracy to replace the original one that was mysteriously ripped out and stolen three years ago, as they vowed to press on with calls for new...

Pro-democracy protesters wave a flag and hold up lights during a protest at Sanam Luang in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Thousands of demonstrators turned out Saturday for a rally to support the student-led protest movement's demands for new elections and reform of the monarchy. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

Thai protesters' rally pushes demands for democratic reforms

Sep. 19, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators defied police warnings and occupied a historic field in Thailand’s capital on Saturday to support the demands of a student-led protest movement for new elections and reform of the monarchy. A fiery late-night speech with harsh criticisms of the royal...