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Migrant construction workers, some wearing face masks, travel in the back of a crew cab in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, May 25, 2020. Thai government continue to ease restrictions related to running business in capital Bangkok that were imposed weeks ago to combat the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Asia Today: More Australians in class, Tokyo measure to ease

May. 24, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Students in two more Australian states returned to school full-time Monday as numbers of COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the country fall. New South Wales and Queensland states joined the less populous Western Australia and South Australia states and the Northern Territory in resuming...

Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 24, 2020 9:53 PM 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 set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...

Japanese pro-wrestler in popular reality show dies at 22

May. 23, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Hana Kimura, a Japanese pro-wrestler who appeared in the latest series of the popular reality show “Terrace House,” has died. She was 22. Her organization Stardom Wrestling confirmed Kimura's death on Saturday. It said details are still largely unknown and the group was...

Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

May. 23, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend as he urged U.S. states to reopen after coronavirus-related lockdowns. Yet many Americans remained cautious as the number of confirmed cases nationwide passed 1.6 million. In California, where...

A baby with a face shield waits to board a plane at an airport in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province Saturday, May 23, 2020. China on Saturday reported no new confirmed cases or deaths from the new coronavirus. (Kyodo News via AP)

Asia Today: 23 new cases in South Korea, none in China

May. 23, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — South Korea reported 23 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, mostly from the densely populated Seoul area where authorities shut down thousands of nightclubs, bars and karaoke rooms to stem transmissions. Meanwhile, China, where the pandemic began late last year, reported no new confirmed...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami signs his autograph on his novel

Author Murakami DJs 'Stay Home' radio show to lift spirits

May. 23, 2020 1:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show from home, painted a brighter side of the world with his favorite music, and said the fight against the coronavirus is a challenge in figuring out ways to help and care for each other. The 71-year-old, known for...

A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 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: —UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

Cemetery musician Victor Dzib Cima, 70, plays his accordion as he waits for clients while cemetery workers remove coffins from gravesites that belonged to families who stopped paying rent at the San Nicolas Tolentino Pantheon, where he has worked for tips for 22 years, in the Iztapalapa area of Mexico City, Friday, May 22, 2020. The cemetery is making space for more burials amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is custom for cemeteries in Mexico to rent, instead of sell, grave sites. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Record virus infections, deaths are ravaging Latin America

May. 22, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A surging coronavirus is ravaging parts of Latin America, setting records for cases and deaths Friday in some countries in the world's most unequal region even as the pandemic's march slows in much of Europe, Asia and the United States. Latin America's two largest nations —...

Mitsubishi Aircraft closing overseas locations, cutting jobs

May. 22, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is cutting hundreds of jobs in Washington state and shuttering its U.S. operations for the troubled SpaceJet project, the company said Friday. “Due to the budget directives, Mitsubishi Aircraft will close its overseas locations and consolidate activities at...

A man stands in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index as a track goes by at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, May 22, 2020. Shares are slipping in Asia as tensions flare between the U.S. and China and as more job losses add to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Wall Street ends a choppy day mostly higher; crude oil falls

May. 22, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

Stock indexes finished mostly higher Friday as Wall Street shook off an early slide, closing out a solid week of gains for the market. The S&P 500 index inched up 0.2% after having been down 0.5%. It ended the week with a 3.2% gain, largely due to a big rally on Monday that offset all of the benchmark...