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Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil Hindu devotees decorate the entrance to their house in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: Bangkok shuts schools, entertainment venues

Jan. 1, 2021 4:28 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Thailand's capital is shutting down venues including schools and entertainment areas as coronavirus cases continue to spread. Thailand reported 279 new cases on Friday including two deaths. Seven provinces including Bangkok have been designated red zones where places including...

Fireworks and drones illuminate the night sky over London as they form a light display as London's normal New Year's Eve fireworks display was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic Thursday Dec. 31, 2020. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

New Year's revelries muted by virus as curtain draws on 2020

Jan. 1, 2021 12:01 AM EST

This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other in most of the world, with many bidding farewell to a year they’d prefer to forget. From the South Pacific to New York City, pandemic restrictions on open air gatherings saw people turning to made-for-TV fireworks displays or packing it in early...

In this photo provided by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Japan's Emperor Naruhito and his wife Empress Masako, speak for their New Year video message at their Akasaka Estate residence in Tokyo, on Dec. 28, 2020. (The Imperial Household Agency of Japan via AP)

Japan's emperor acknowledges virus hardship in video message

Dec. 31, 2020 8:55 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito expressed gratitude to medical professionals and acknowledged the hardship caused by the coronavirus in a New Year's Day message shared by video instead of the usual public speech in front of large crowds at the palace. The emperor and his wife Empress Masako sat side...

A line of socially distanced shoppers wait to get into Bath & Body Works during Black Friday outdoor shopping at Deer Park Town Center Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Deer Park, Ill. (Brian Hill/Daily Herald via AP)

The Latest: Illinois surpasses 12,000 deaths from COVID-19

Nov. 27, 2020 8:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has risen above 12,000 deaths from COVID-19, while also surpassing the 700,000 mark for confirmed coronavirus infections. The latest 1,000 deaths were recorded in just nine days — matching the state’s deadliest period previously in the...

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk through the row of ginkgo trees along the sidewalk as the trees and sidewalk are covered with the bright yellow leaves Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Tokyo.(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Asia Today: South Korea cases stay above 500 for 2nd day

Nov. 27, 2020 7:55 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s daily virus tally hovered above 500 for the second straight day, as the country’s prime minister urged the public to stay home this weekend to contain a viral resurgence. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Friday it’s found 569...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk through a shopping street in Osaka, western Japan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

The Latest: Emperor's New Year greeting cancelled in Japan

Nov. 26, 2020 10:02 PM EST

TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Naruhito and his family will not offer their New Year greetings from the palace balcony due to concerns over the country’s struggles with a resurgence of coronavirus infections. The Imperial Household Agency said in a statement Friday that the annual greetings on Jan. 2 will...