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People walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Shares have fallen in Asia as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target and China moving to cancel major events including the Beijing auto show. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Shares take hit as virus outbreak slams profits, events

Feb. 18, 2020 7:08 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets slipped Tuesday as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target this quarter and China moving to postpone or cancel major events, including the Beijing auto show. Britain's FTSE 100 dropped 1% to...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, commuters ride in a quiet subway train during the morning rush hour in Beijing. As many Chinese finally go back to work after their longest Lunar New Year holiday ever, the economic fallout from the outbreak of a new coronavirus that began in Wuhan may be just beginning. Companies are warning their bottom lines will take a hit, and governments are ramping up stimulus measures for economies that just weeks ago were hoping to see recoveries after months of uncertainty due to trade tensions and slowing global growth. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China virus outbreak chilling recovery for Asian economies

Feb. 18, 2020 6:47 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The virus outbreak in China has put South Korea's economy into an "emergency situation," its president says. Japan is on the brink of recession and big manufacturers are forecasting a whole world of woe. As many Chinese finally go back to work after their longest Lunar New Year holiday...

Fire fighters work at the scene of a multi-vehicle pileup in a tunnel on a highway in Namwon, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The major highway pileup occurred amid snowy weather in the country's southwest. (Na Bo-bae/Yonhap via AP)

4 killed, dozens injured in highway pileup in South Korea

Feb. 17, 2020 9:46 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Four people were killed and 43 were injured Monday in a highway pileup in snowy weather in southwestern South Korea, officials said. The Jeonbuk Provincial Police Agency said the pileup involved about 30 vehicles, including a chemical truck carrying nitric acid that flipped over...

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, center, arrives at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. South Koreans are reveling in writer-director Bong's dark comic thriller,

'Parasite' director Bong greeted by applause in South Korea

Feb. 16, 2020 12:20 PM EST

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Director Bong Joon-ho smiled and waved at a waiting crowd on Sunday as he arrived home in South Korea, his first trip back since he won four Oscars for his movie “Parasite,” including the award for Best Picture. The crowd clapped and cheered as Bong walked out of...

In this Feb. 10, 2020, photo, Catholic priest Fr. Joseph Arellano, right, looks at a man who forgot to take off his protective mask and tried to insert the host in his mouth during communion at a mass at the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz in Manila's Chinatown, Philippines. In a popular Catholic church in Manila, nearly half of the pews were empty for Sunday Mass. The few hundred worshippers who showed up, some in protective masks, have been asked to refrain from shaking or holding hands in prayers. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

No handshakes: Viral outbreak spooks Asian places of worship

Feb. 16, 2020 10:21 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a popular Catholic church in the Philippines, nearly half of the pews were empty for Sunday Mass. The few hundred worshippers who showed up were asked to refrain from shaking others' hands or holding them during prayers to prevent the spread of the virus that started in China....

Kim Da-hye, a 29-year-old South Korean, talks about her semi-basement apartment in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. For many South Koreans, the image of a cramped basement apartment portrayed in the Oscar-winning film “Parasite” rings true, bringing differences in their social status to worldwide attention.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

'Parasite' shines light on South Korean basement dwellers

Feb. 15, 2020 7:18 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Da-hye, a 29-year-old South Korean, said that moving into a semi-basement apartment was her least-preferred option when she was looking for a new place to live. But after a rigorous search and a close examination of her finances, she was forced to settle for a "banjiha," the...

FILE - In this July 28, 2018, file photo, London Spitfire fan Rick Ybarra, of Plainfield, Ind., reacts after London won the second game against the Philadelphia Fusion during the Overwatch League Grand Finals competition at Barclays Center in New York. The Overwatch League took another step in its ambitious vision when franchises in Dallas and New York hosted season-opening matches last weekend. They were the first of 52 scheduled events on OWL’s home-and-away calendar requiring teams to visit host arenas for all 20 teams spanning Europe, North America and Asia. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Overwatch esports games moved from China to Seoul amid virus

Feb. 14, 2020 6:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Overwatch League is relocating scheduled esports matches from three cities in China to Seoul due to the outbreak of a virus which has killed nearly 1,400 people. The OWL postponed matches scheduled in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hangzhou for February and March two weeks ago due to the...

In this undated photo distributed on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, by the North Korean government, North Korean workers produce face masks to prevent infection of a new virus in Pyongyang, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

US says it's ready to help North Korea combat virus

Feb. 14, 2020 1:04 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States expressed deep concern about North Korea's vulnerability to the outbreak of a new virus and said it was ready to support efforts by aid organizations to contain the spread of the illness in the impoverished nation. North Korea has moved to strengthen quarantines...

Carlijn Achtereekte, of the Netherlands, reacts after competing during the women's 3,000 meters at the world single distances speedskating championships Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sablikova, Bloemen win world speedskating titles

Feb. 13, 2020 6:59 PM EST

KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic and Ted-Jan Bloemen of Canada won individual gold medals Thursday on the first day of the ISU World Single Distances Speedskating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval. The Netherlands set a world record in women’s team sprint, finishing...

People walk past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Asian shares were higher Wednesday, although the outbreak of a new virus in the region continued to weigh on investor sentiments. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Asian shares rise despite worries about virus outbreak

Feb. 11, 2020 10:37 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were higher Wednesday, although the outbreak of a new virus in the region continued to weigh on investor sentiments. Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.5% in morning trading to 23,813.14. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6% to 7,094.00. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.7% to 27,771.29,...