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Salvador Hernandez, a groom at Emerald Downs Racetrack in Auburn, Wash., wears a mask as he watches a race Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on the first day of thoroughbred horse racing at the track since all professional sports in Washington state were curtailed in March by the outbreak of the coronavirus. No spectators were allowed, but online wagering was available and the races were streamed. Organizers hope to continue racing into October on a modified schedule. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Latest: Another PGA Tour player tests positive for virus

Jun. 30, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Chad Campbell is the sixth player to test positive for the coronavirus as the PGA Tour enters its fourth week of the restart. Campbell played the first event back at Colonial near his home in Texas. He didn’t play the...

People's Action Party Secretary-General and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, center, arrives at a nomination center with his team to submit their nomination papers ahead of the general election in Singapore, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Campaigning has begun for Singapore’s general elections, with the opposition hoping to dent the ruling party’s supermajority in parliament with support from Prime Minister Lee’s estranged younger brother.  (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)

Singapore election campaign begins, PM's brother not running

Jun. 30, 2020 4:39 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's estranged brother is not running in next month's general election but said Tuesday he hopes to be a “catalyst for change" as campaigning began. Lee Hsien Yang, who brought his family feud into politics by joining an opposition party, said...

Financial union members wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus attend a rally against government's financial policy in front of the Financial Supervisory Service in Seoul, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea sees COVID-19 cases spread beyond capital

Jun. 29, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 43 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from across the country as infections begin to spread beyond the greater capital area, which has been at the center of a virus resurgence since late May. The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control...

Lee Hsien Yang, center, brother of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, poses for a photo in Singapore Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Lee Hsien Yang said Wednesday he has joined the Progress Singapore Party because he is concerned about issues such as governance and transparency, but declined to say whether he will run in the July 10 polls. (Risa Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP)

Singapore PM's brother joins opposition party ahead of polls

Jun. 24, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's family feud has spilled into politics, with his estranged younger brother joining an opposition party ahead of general elections next month. Lee Hsien Yang said Wednesday he has joined the Progress Singapore Party because he is concerned about...

A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Asian shares were mostly higher on Wednesday with another mood boost from Wall Street, but fears persist over the surge in coronavirus cases in parts of the world. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asia shares higher after US rally despite rising virus fears

Jun. 23, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher on Wednesday with another mood boost from Wall Street, but fears persist over the surge in coronavirus cases in parts of the world. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged 0.1% higher to 22,576.63. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 also picked up 0.1% to 5,958.40. South...

In this photo provided by Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong makes an announcement about general elections in Singapore. Lee called for early elections to seek a fresh mandate despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information via AP)

Singapore leader calls early elections despite pandemic

Jun. 23, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called Tuesday for early general elections despite the coronavirus, saying the outbreak has stabilized and there is no assurance it will be over by next April, when the current government's term ends. Parliament was dissolved to pave the way for the...

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calls for general elections amid coronavirus pandemic to seek fresh mandate

Jun. 23, 2020 4:24 AM EDT
SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calls for general elections amid coronavirus pandemic to seek fresh mandate.
A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo March 13, 2020. Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, tracking a late rally on Wall Street led by technology shares. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares advance, tracking Wall Street tech rally

Jun. 22, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday, recovering from some early losses as regional markets tracked a late rally on Wall Street led by technology shares. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 surged 0.8% to 22,621.84. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index jumped 0.9% to 24,728.76 and South Korea's Kospi...

A sign of temporarily closure is displayed in front of Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace, and one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: South Korea has biggest daily rise in 3 weeks

Jun. 19, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported its largest 24-hour increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in about three weeks amid an upward trend in new infections. Officials said Saturday that the 67 additional cases raise the country’s total to 12,373, with 280 deaths. The 67 cases is the...

A woman wearing a face mask walks outside of Heungnyemun gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace, and one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asia Today: South Korean cases rise, Singapore reopening

Jun. 19, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 49 cases of COVID-19 as the virus continues to spread in the densely populated capital area where half of the country’s 51 million people live. Figures released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday brought the national...