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The Latest: Japan ending state of emergency in 3 prefectures

May. 21, 2020 1:30 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: — Japan approves lifting state of emergency in three...

A Thai Airways jet sits on the tarmac at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in  Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Thailand's Cabinet has approved reducing the government's shareholding to under 50% in Thai Airways International, the nation's ailing flag carrier as part of a reorganization plan to be submitted to bankruptcy court. (AP Photo/Str)

Gov't to lose majority Thai Airways share in restructuring

May. 19, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

Bangkok (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet has approved a reduction in the government’s stake in financially troubled Thai Airways International to under 50% as part of a reorganization plan to be submitted to bankruptcy court. The airline will lose its status as a state enterprise with the reduction...

FILE - In this Wednesday May 19, 2010, file photo, an armored vehicle breaks through an anti-government barricade in Bangkok, Thailand. A group of former demonstrators gathered in Thailand's capital on Tuesday to remember those killed when soldiers violently ended a months-long anti-government protest 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Ceremony marks 10th anniversary of quashing of Thai protests

May. 19, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A group of former demonstrators gathered in Thailand's capital on Tuesday to remember those killed when soldiers violently ended a months-long anti-government protest 10 years ago. Around 50 people died when troops, firing live rounds and backed by armored vehicles, stormed barricades to...

FILE: In this June 26, 2019, file photo, smoke and flames billow from burning narcotics during a destruction ceremony on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. Narcotics police in Myanmar have seized a large amount of liquid fentanyl, providing the first evidence that the synthetic opioid is being produced in quantity in Southeast Asia’s infamous Golden Triangle region. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw, File)

UN agency warns of fentanyl production threat in SE Asia

May. 19, 2020 3:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Narcotics police in Myanmar have seized a large amount of liquid fentanyl, providing the first evidence that the synthetic opioid is being produced in quantity in Southeast Asia’s infamous Golden Triangle region. The discovery during a series of drug raids in Myanmar’s Shan...

FILE - In this May 11, 2018, file photo, a Thai Airways jet parks at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s government spokeswoman says Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has endorsed a plan for flag carrier Thai Airways International to file a rehabilitation plan with the country’s Central Bankruptcy Court. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Cash strapped Thai Airways to seek bankruptcy rehabilitation

May. 18, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s flag carrier Thai Airways International will file a plan for restructuring its business with the Central Bankruptcy Court, a government spokeswoman said Monday. Narumon Pinyosinwat said the plan submitted by the State Enterprise Policy Office to salvage the airline will be...

Indians stand outside a local snack shop during extended lockdown in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 18, 2020. India has recorded its biggest single-day surge in new cases of coronavirus. The surge in infections comes a day after the federal government extended a nationwide lockdown to May 31 but eased some restrictions to restore economic activity and gave states more control in deciding the nature of the lockdown. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The Latest: India reports largest single-day virus surge

May. 18, 2020 2:23 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: — India reports 5,242 new cases, largest single-day surge,...

Migrant workers from other states trying to return to their homes wait for transportation to a train station in Ahmedabad, India, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Tens of thousands of migrant laborers have been returning from big cities to their villages after losing jobs because of a countrywide lockdown imposed in late March to contain the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Asia Today: India extends lockdown for 2 more weeks

May. 17, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Sunday extended its nearly 2-month-old lockdown by two weeks after reporting nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases, but said restrictions could be eased in low-risk areas to boost economic activity. After surpassing China on Saturday, India now has the most confirmed virus cases in...

Patrons stand maintaining a physical distance at the entrance of the upmarket shopping mall Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Thai authorities allowed department stores, shopping malls and other businesses to reopen from Sunday, selectively easing restrictions meant to combat the coronavirus. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thailand malls reopen, with temperatures taken, masks worn

May. 17, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thais streamed into shopping malls on Sunday, once again enjoying their air-conditioned oases as the country eased one of the restrictions imposed to fight the coronavirus. The government allowed malls to reopen after the number of new virus cases in Thailand dwindled to single digits for...

Children of migrant workers from other states wait outside a railway station to catch a train to return to their hometowns, in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 15, 2020. The pandemic has exposed India's deep economic divide as millions of migrant workers have left Indian cities with luggage bags perched on their heads and children in their arms, walking down highways in desperate attempts to reach the countryside. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India surpasses China in coronavirus cases

May. 16, 2020 12:33 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: — India surpasses China in coronavirus infection cases. ...

Workers line up for medical workers to take swabs for the coronavirus test at a large factory in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Friday, May 15, 2020. Wuhan have begun testing inhabitants for the coronavirus as a program to test everyone in the Chinese city of 11 million people in 10 days got underway. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Asia Today: China marks month without any confirmed deaths

May. 15, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has gone a month without announcing any new deaths from the coronavirus and has lessthan 100 patients in treatment for COVID-19. The National Health Commission reported four new cases of the virus on Friday, all local infections in the northeastern province of Jilin where a cluster of...