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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...

Workers spray antiseptic solution in the arrival lobby amid rising public concerns over the possible spread of a new coronavirus 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)

As virus spreads, anxiety rises in China and overseas

Jan. 21, 2020 4:54 PM EST

WUHAN, China (AP) — Face masks sold out and officials at airports and train stations checked passengers for fevers as China on Tuesday sought to control the outbreak of a new virus that has reached four other countries and territories and threatens to spread further during the Lunar New Year travel rush....

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a policy speech in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Abe said Monday that Japan will form a space defense unit to protect itself from potential threats as rivals develop missiles and other technology and the new unit will work closely with its American counterpart recently launched by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Abe says new unit will defend Japan from space tech threats

Jan. 20, 2020 4:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister said Monday that his country will form a space defense unit to protect itself from potential threats as rivals develop missiles and other technology and the new unit will work closely with its American counterpart recently launched by President Donald Trump. The Space...

Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, the great-grandson, left bottom, Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, center bottom, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for a group photo session as part of the 60th Anniversary commemorative reception of the signing of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty at the Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)

Japan's leader vows to boost nation's role in US alliance

Jan. 19, 2020 7:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Sunday to bolster his country's role under its security pact with the U.S. in “outer space and cyberspace,” as the allies marked the 60th anniversary of a treaty that has been the basis for their postwar defense alliance. Abe's...

Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi speaks during a meeting at his ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Japan's popular environment minister Koizumi said he will to take paternity leave when he expects his first child later this month, seeking to be a good example for working fathers in Japan where men are largely absent in child raring and other family roles because of persisting expectations for men to focus on work. (Kyodo News via AP)

It's a boy for 1st Japan Cabinet member on paternity leave

Jan. 16, 2020 11:26 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's environment minister became father to a boy and is going ahead with his planned paternity leave — still a rarity in Japan where men are under pressure to put work before family. Shinjiro Koizumi said his wife, former newscaster Christel Takigawa, gave birth to their first child...

Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk through a shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Japan's government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Patient in Japan confirmed as having new virus from China

Jan. 16, 2020 8:22 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The man developed a fever and cough on Jan. 3 while in Wuhan, returned to Japan on...

Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi speaks during a meeting at his ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Japan's popular environment minister Koizumi said he will to take paternity leave when he expects his first child later this month, seeking to be a good example for working fathers in Japan where men are largely absent in child raring and other family roles because of persisting expectations for men to focus on work. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan gov't minister to take paternity leave, still a rarity

Jan. 15, 2020 7:30 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's popular environment minister said he will take paternity leave when his first child is born later this month to be a good example for working fathers in Japan, where men are largely absent from child rearing. With Japan facing an aging population and a dwindling birthrate, the...

A protester waves the national flag while demonstrators set fire to close streets near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Latest: Iran says it doesn't want war, but will respond

Jan. 14, 2020 8:50 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Iran is informing the United Nations that it took “a measured and proportionate military response” to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military...

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 photo, made available by the Oman News Agency, Oman's new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, right, receives Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, after his arrival to attend an official mourning ceremony for the late Sultan Qaboos, in Muscat, Oman. A flurry of diplomatic visits and meetings crisscrossing the Persian Gulf are driving urgent efforts to defuse the possibility of all-out war after the U.S. killed Iran's top military commander. Global leaders and top diplomats are repeating in recent days the mantra of “de-escalation” and “dialogue,” yet none have publicly laid out a path to achieving either. (Oman News Agency via AP)

Japan's Abe among visitors to Oman to meet new sultan

Jan. 14, 2020 8:09 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dignitaries and leaders from around the world traveled to Oman on Tuesday for the third straight day to pay respects and shake hands with the country's new ruler, after the death of the country's longtime leader. The range of diplomats and leaders visiting Oman in recent...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo, Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso poses during a ceremony marking the start of this year's trading in Tokyo. Japan's gaffe-prone finance minister Aso came under fire, this time for praising Japan for what he says is the world's only country of single race, language and monarchy that lasted for 2,000 years - a remark that invited criticisms that he neglected Japanese indigenous ethnic group of Ainu and the reality of more racially diverse population elsewhere. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Deputy prime minister calls Japan a nation with single race

Jan. 14, 2020 4:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's deputy prime minister described the country as the only one in the world with a single race, language and 2,000-year-old monarchy, sparking criticism that he was ignoring an indigenous ethnic group and Japanese racial diversity. Taro Aso, who is also finance minister and one of most...