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The Latest: Japan ending state of emergency in 3 prefectures

May. 21, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan approves lifting state of emergency in three...

FILE - In this Wednesday May 19, 2010, file photo, an armored vehicle breaks through an anti-government barricade in Bangkok, Thailand. A group of former demonstrators gathered in Thailand's capital on Tuesday to remember those killed when soldiers violently ended a months-long anti-government protest 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Ceremony marks 10th anniversary of quashing of Thai protests

May. 19, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A group of former demonstrators gathered in Thailand's capital on Tuesday to remember those killed when soldiers violently ended a months-long anti-government protest 10 years ago. Around 50 people died when troops, firing live rounds and backed by armored vehicles, stormed barricades to...

FILE - In this May 11, 2018, file photo, a Thai Airways jet parks at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s government spokeswoman says Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has endorsed a plan for flag carrier Thai Airways International to file a rehabilitation plan with the country’s Central Bankruptcy Court. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Cash strapped Thai Airways to seek bankruptcy rehabilitation

May. 18, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s flag carrier Thai Airways International will file a plan for restructuring its business with the Central Bankruptcy Court, a government spokeswoman said Monday. Narumon Pinyosinwat said the plan submitted by the State Enterprise Policy Office to salvage the airline will be...

Patrons stand maintaining a physical distance at the entrance of the upmarket shopping mall Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Thai authorities allowed department stores, shopping malls and other businesses to reopen from Sunday, selectively easing restrictions meant to combat the coronavirus. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thailand malls reopen, with temperatures taken, masks worn

May. 17, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thais streamed into shopping malls on Sunday, once again enjoying their air-conditioned oases as the country eased one of the restrictions imposed to fight the coronavirus. The government allowed malls to reopen after the number of new virus cases in Thailand dwindled to single digits for...

Dark clouds envelop the skies as workers fold a billboard to prepare for the coming of typhoon Vongfong in Manila, Philippines Thursday May, 14, 2020. The first typhoon to hit the country this year roared toward the eastern Philippines on Thursday as authorities work to evacuate tens of thousands of people while avoiding overcrowding in shelters that could spread the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Philippines prep for typhoon amid coronavirus

May. 14, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Typhoon Vongfong bears down on Philippines during lockdown...

An elderly man recovers from a respiratory illness in a special section built for COVID-19 patients at the INERAM, a hospital specializing in respiratory diseases, in Asuncion, Paraguay, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Paraguay is one of the least hit countries by COVID-19, with 11 deaths confirmed by the Health Ministry. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

Virus spikes could emerge weeks after US economic reopenings

May. 13, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

U.S. states are beginning to restart their economies after months of paralyzing coronavirus lockdowns, but it could take weeks until it becomes clear whether those reopenings will cause a spike in COVID-19 cases, experts said Wednesday. The outbreak’s trajectory varies wildly across the country, with...

Cathedral Junction Barbers owner Conrad Fitz-Gerald cuts the hair of his son Heathcliff wait just past midnight in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, May 14, 2020. New Zealand lifted most of its remaining lockdown restrictions from midnight Wednesday (noon Weds. GMT) as the country prepares for a new normal. Malls, retail stores and restaurants will reopen and many people will return to their workplaces. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Asia Today: New Zealand ends most coronavirus restrictions

May. 13, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — New Zealand has ended most of its coronavirus lockdown restrictions as it prepares itself for a new normal. Malls, retail stores and restaurants are reopening Thursday in the South Pacific nation of 5 million, and many people are returning to their workplaces. But most gatherings will be...

A woman wearing face mask walks past a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Wednesday, May 13, 2020.  Shares fell in Asia on Wednesday after Wall Street logged its biggest loss since the start of the month on worries about the downside of reopening the economy too soon. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares track Wall Street retreat on virus rebound fear

May. 12, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

Shares fell in Asia on Wednesday after Wall Street logged its biggest loss since the start of the month on worries about the downside of reopening the economy too soon. Benchmarks slid in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong but rose in Taiwan. The top U.S. infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told Congress...

A worker cleans near a bank's currency advertisement board in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Shares are lower in Asia as news of fresh outbreaks of coronavirus cases and more infections among White House staff overshadowed hopes Tuesday over reopening economies. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares decline on jitters over new outbreaks of virus

May. 12, 2020 12:37 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell Tuesday in Asia as worries over fresh outbreaks of coronavirus cases overshadowed hopes over reopening economies. Japan's Nikkei 225 lost 0.1% while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong dropped 1.8%. The lackluster start followed a mixed session on Wall Street, where gains for technology...

Cemetery workers wearing hazmat suits bury the coffin containing the remains of 71-year-old Neide Rodrigues Rosa, who died from the new coronavirus according to her son Sergio Rodrigues, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

The Latest: Pakistan lifts lockdown amid jump in virus cases

May. 9, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Pakistan begins lifting weeks-long lockdown despite another...