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Children wearing face masks stand on the steps of a scaled replica of the United States Capitol Building at the World Park in Beijing on Thursday, May 7, 2020. World tourism has been hard hit by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus as countries close borders and restricted international flights. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Asia Today: Cruise ship in Philippine waters to return crew

May. 7, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A cruise ship being investigated in Australia for sparking coronavirus infections has sailed into Philippine waters to bring Filipino crewmen home. The Philippine coast guard said Thursday the Ruby Princess will drop anchor in Manila Bay, where at least 16 other cruise ships have converged...

Teachers and students stand up for Vietnamese national anthem as they start a new week in Dinh Cong secondary school in Hanoi, Vietnam Monday, May 4, 2020. Students across Vietnam return to school after three months of studying online due to school closure to contain the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Asia Today: Vietnam schools reopen, New Zealand hits zero

May. 4, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Students across Vietnam started returning to their classrooms Monday that had been closed to curb the coronavirus. “I am so excited to go back to school, to be with my teachers and my classmates after three months,” said Chu Quang Anh, a sixth-grade student at Dinh Cong...

Muslim men wearing face masks as a precaution against coronavirus men read the holy book of Quran during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in the religiously conservative province of Aceh, Indonesia, Friday, April 24, 2020. During Ramadan, which begins Friday, faithful Muslims normally fast during the day and then congregate for night prayers and share communal meals. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)

Asia Today: Muslims alter traditions in virus-hit Ramadan

Apr. 24, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Millions of Muslims in Asia began Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, on Friday under the gloom of life with the coronavirus, which has forced extensive changes to traditions. Ramadan is a time for Muslims to get closer to God, family and society, but under the pandemic many have lost jobs,...

In this photo provided by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, center, speaks from Singapore during a videoconference on COVID-19 between ASEAN Foreign Ministers and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  Thursday, April 23, 2020. (Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

US blasts China at Southeast Asian meeting on coronavirus

Apr. 23, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his Southeast Asian counterparts on Thursday that China is taking advantage of the world's preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic to push its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea. Pompeo made the accusation in a meeting via video to...

The Latest: Guterres: Pandemic nearing "human rights crisis”

Apr. 23, 2020 1:20 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: — UN Secretary-General says pandemic is becoming human rights...

This image taken in Hanoi, Vietnam, shows a monitor screen of ASEAN leaders attending the Special ASEAN summit on COVID-19 online Tuesday April 14, 2020. Counter-clockwise from top left: ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi, Thai President Prayut Chan-ocha, Singaporean President Lee Hsien Loong, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. (VNA via AP)

Virtual summit: SE Asia leaders meet by video on pandemic

Apr. 14, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Forced apart by the coronavirus pandemic, Southeast Asian leaders linked up by video Tuesday to plot a strategy to overcome a crisis that has threatened their economies and kept millions of people in their homes under lockdowns. The 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian...

Southeast Asian ministers endorse plans for pandemic fund

Apr. 10, 2020 4:01 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers have endorsed the setting up of a regional fund to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and discussed a planned video summit of their leaders with counterparts from China, Japan and South Korea. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said...