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Staff sell masks at a Yifeng Pharmacy in Wuhan, Chin, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Pharmacies in Wuhan are restricting customers to buying one mask at a time amid high demand and worries over an outbreak of a new coronavirus. The number of cases of the new virus has risen over 400 in China and the death toll to 9, Chinese health authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)

Cases of new viral respiratory illness rise sharply in China

Jan. 22, 2020 8:40 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings, after warning that a new viral illness that has infected more than 400 people and killed at least nine could spread further. The appeal came as the World Health Organization convened a group...

Indonesia detains American journalist over visa regulations

Jan. 22, 2020 8:14 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An American journalist is facing up to five years in an Indonesian jail and a fine on charges of violating immigration regulations, a lawyer and officials said Wednesday. Philip Jacobson of California was detained Tuesday in Palangkaraya city on Borneo island. He is accused of...

Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Shares advanced in early Asian trading after a slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday as a virus outbreak in China rattled global markets. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stocks mostly recover on hope for handling of Chinese virus

Jan. 22, 2020 7:52 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — World share prices mostly rose Wednesday as confidence increased in China's handling of an outbreak of a new virus that has infected 440 people, with nine confirmed deaths. The CAC 40 in Paris was up 0.1% at 6,053, while Germany's DAX picked up 0.2% to 13,583. Britain's FTSE 100 shed 0.2%...

Workers spray disinfectant at a train station in Wuhan in southern China's Hubei province, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings, after warning on Wednesday that a new viral illness that has infected hundreds and caused at least nine deaths could spread further. (Chinatopix via AP)

Olympic soccer qualifying moved in China because of virus

Jan. 22, 2020 5:37 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Olympic qualifying games for the women’s soccer tournament were moved Wednesday from Wuhan, China, because of an outbreak of a viral illness. The Asian Football Confederation said the round-robin group — host China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand — will be...

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, file image made from a security camera video and provided by Royal Thai Police Crime Suppression Division, shows a person alleged to have shot dead people at a gold shop robbery in a mall in Thailand's central province of Lopburi. Thai police have arrested a man on suspicion of a ruthless triple killing, including that of a toddler, during a gold shop robbery earlier this month that shocked the country.  Local media reported the suspect was the director of a primary school. (Royal Thai Police Crime Suppression Division via AP, File)

Thai police arrest suspect in robbery that killed toddler

Jan. 22, 2020 3:38 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested a man on suspicion of ruthlessly killing three people, including a toddler, during a gold shop robbery that shocked the country. Local media said the suspect is the director of a primary school. It was unclear when he was arrested. Thai TV stations on...

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Shares advanced in early Asian trading after a slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday as a virus outbreak in China rattled global markets. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares higher after selloffs spurred by Chinese virus

Jan. 21, 2020 11:08 PM EST

Shares mostly rose in early Asian trading on Wednesday after a slide in U.S. stocks overnight as a virus outbreak in China rattled global markets. Japan's Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.6% to 24,013.15 and the Kospi in South Korea surged 0.8% to 2,256.95. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng jumped 0.8% to 28,216.78. The...

A thermal camera monitor shows the body temperature of passengers arriving from overseas at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Heightened precautions were being taken in China and elsewhere Tuesday as governments strove to control the outbreak of a novel coronavirus that threatens to grow during the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Suh Myung-geon/Yonhap via AP)

Virus prompts temperature checks, extra cleaning at airports

Jan. 21, 2020 8:00 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Many countries are checking the temperatures of arriving airline passengers and adopting precautionary quarantine procedures in response to a new virus that has sickened nearly 300 people and killed six in China. India, Nigeria, Japan and the United States are some of the countries where...

Thai officials meet with major Southern insurgent group

Jan. 21, 2020 10:34 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Officials from Thailand have held their first formal meeting in recent years with Muslim separatists from southern Thailand belonging to the Barisan Revolusi Nasional Melayu Patani, or BRN, the major rebel group operating in the area., officials said Tuesday. Talks have been...

Thailand's Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit gestures to supporters at the party's headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Thailand's Constitutional Court acquitted the country's third-biggest political party of seeking the overthrow of the country's constitutional monarchy. The court ruled Tuesday that the Future Forward Party showed no intention of committing the offense, and that the complaint had not been filed according to the correct legal procedure. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai court acquits opposition party of sedition charge

Jan. 21, 2020 5:45 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court on Tuesday acquitted the country's third-largest political party of seeking to overthrow the constitutional monarchy in another legal case highlighting political divisions in the Southeast Asian nation. The court ruled that the Future Forward Party showed no...

London teen's family sues Malaysian resort over her death

Jan. 21, 2020 1:33 AM EST

SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) — The family of a London teen found dead after she mysteriously vanished from a Malaysian nature resort last year has sued the resort owner for alleged negligence and appealed to the government for an inquest to determine what happened to her, their lawyer said Tuesday. Nora Anne...