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In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, image from China's CCTV video, a patient is carried on a stretcher to an ambulance by medical workers in protective suits in Wuhan, China. China is swiftly building a hospital dedicated to treating patients infected with a new virus that sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities home to millions of people during the country's most important holiday. (CCTV via AP)

China expands lockdown against virus, fast-tracks hospital

Jan. 24, 2020 6:17 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China expanded its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushed to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims Friday as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country's biggest, most festive holiday. The number of confirmed...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Asian shares are mostly higher as health authorities around the world move to monitor and contain a deadly virus outbreak in China and keep it from spreading globally. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stocks drop on concerns over impact of China virus

Jan. 23, 2020 8:21 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares fell Thursday as health authorities around the world rushed to monitor and contain a deadly virus outbreak in China and keep it from spreading globally. China and other nations have ramped up screenings for fever on aircraft and at airports. The central Chinese city of Wuhan,...

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)

School headmaster charged in fatal gold robbery in Thailand

Jan. 23, 2020 2:06 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An elementary school headmaster said Thursday he planned a gold shop robbery in Thailand due to personal and financial problems and apologized to the families of the three people who were killed. A 2-year-old boy was among the victims of the shooting earlier this month that caused public...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Asian shares are mostly higher as health authorities around the world move to monitor and contain a deadly virus outbreak in China and keep it from spreading globally. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares higher despite growing impact of China virus

Jan. 23, 2020 12:42 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday as health authorities around the world moved to monitor and contain a deadly virus outbreak in China and keep it from spreading globally. China and other nations have ramped up screenings for fever on aircraft and at airports in measures that...

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)

Chinese city stops outbound flights, trains to fight virus

Jan. 22, 2020 6:56 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese city of more than 11 million people planned to shut down outbound flights and trains Thursday as the world's most populous country battled the spread of a new virus that has sickened hundreds of people and killed 17, state media reported. Everyone in the city of Wuhan was to be...

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, boxing qualifiers in China affected by virus

Jan. 22, 2020 12:25 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Olympic qualifying events in two sports were moved from the Chinese city of Wuhan on Wednesday because of an outbreak of a deadly viral illness. A four-nation Asian qualifying group for the women’s soccer tournament was switched from the city at the center of the health...

South Korea, Saudi Arabia qualify for men's Olympic soccer

Jan. 22, 2020 11:07 AM EST

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — South Korea and Saudi Arabia both qualified for the men's Olympic soccer tournament after winning games on Wednesday. South Korea beat Australia 2-0 and Saudi Arabia defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in the semifinals of the Asian Under-23 championship in Thailand. The final is Sunday in...

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...

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...