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People prepare the terrace of their restaurant in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Thursday, May 28, 2020. France is reopening its restaurants, bars and cafes starting next week as the country eases most restrictions amid the coronavirus crisis. Edouard Philippe defended the gradual lifting of lockdown up to now, saying the strategy was meant to avoid provoking a second wave. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

The Latest: U.N. chief warns of historic levels of famine

May. 28, 2020 1:41 PM 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. — U.N. chief warns of historic levels of famine. — South Africa eases...

A health official wearing protective gear takes a rest during the COVID-19 testing at a public health center in Goyang, South Korea, Thursday, May 28, 2020. South Korea on Thursday reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days, a setback that could erase some of the hard-won gains that have made it a model for the rest of the world. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: Virus cases jump again in South Korea, India

May. 28, 2020 8:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Thursday reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days, a resurgence that health officials warn is getting harder to track and risks erasing some of the nation's hard-won gains. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 67 of...

Riot police stand guard at Central during the second day of debate on a contentious bill that would criminalize insulting or abusing the Chinese national anthem, in Hong Kong, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong's business hub status imperiled by security law

May. 28, 2020 5:39 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A national security law proposed by China could imperil Hong Kong’s status as one of the world’s best places to do business. The law, approved Thursday in Beijing, led Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to say Washington will no longer treat Hong Kong, already reeling from...

A women wearing a face mask walks past a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Asian stocks are mixed after an upbeat open, as hopes for an economic rebound from the coronavirus crisis were dimmed by tensions between the U.S. and China over Hong Kong and other issues. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares mixed after Wall Street rally; Hong Kong lower

May. 28, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed after an upbeat open on Thursday, as investors pinned their hopes on an economic rebound from the coronavirus crisis. Shares rose in Tokyo, Sydney and Shanghai but dropped in Hong Kong, where tensions are flaring over Beijing’s effort to exert more control...

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a journalist for a COVID-19 test before the National People's Congress closing session and the Chinese Premier press conference in Beijing, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: South Korea's central bank lowers rate to 0.5%

May. 27, 2020 10:26 PM 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: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...

FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Former Texas Rep. Johnson, a military pilot who spent years at a prisoner of war in Vietnam before serving more than two decades in Congress, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at age 89. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Sam Johnson, ex-Texas GOP congressman and Vietnam POW, dies

May. 27, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

Former Texas Rep. Sam Johnson, a military pilot who spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before serving more than two decades in Congress, died Wednesday at age 89. The conservative Republican, who lived in the northern Dallas suburb of Plano, died at a Plano hospital of natural causes unrelated to the...

Suspected child webcam cybersex operator, American David Timothy Deakin, from Peoria, Ill., waits following his arrest as investigators gather evidence during a raid at his home in Mabalacat, northern Philippines, April 20, 2017. A Philippine court has convicted Deakin who exploited Filipino children sexually using webcams to sell videos, images and livestreams to pedophile buyers abroad, an official said Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine court convicts American of online child abuse

May. 27, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has sentenced an American to life in prison on charges of sexually exploiting Filipino children using webcams to sell videos, photos and livestreams to buyers abroad, an official said Wednesday. The conviction of David Timothy Deakin is a strong warning to...

FILE - In this Wednesday Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, forensic police officers attend the scene after a truck was found to contain a large number of dead bodies, in Grays, South England. Police have arrested 26 people suspected of human trafficking during a large-scale operation in Belgium and France in relation to the death of the Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found in a refrigerated truck in Britain last year. Judicial authorities said that a series of early Wednesday May 27, 2020 raids took place simultaneously in Belgium and France on Tuesday as part of two legal investigations (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

Belgium, France: 26 arrests over ring linked with UK deaths

May. 27, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Judicial authorities in Belgium and France on Wednesday announced the arrests of 26 people suspected of taking part in a human trafficking network involved in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a refrigerated truck's container in Britain last year. They said a series of early...

Riot police guard detain a protester as a second reading of a controversial national anthem law takes place in Central district, Hong Kong, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Hong Kong police massed outside the legislature complex Wednesday, ahead of debate on a bill that would criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Asia Today: South Korea cases rise, India crosses 150,000

May. 27, 2020 8:59 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported 40 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, its biggest daily jump in nearly 50 days, causing alarm as millions of children return to school. Active tracing and testing had stabilized the country's outbreak from its March highs, which allowed officials to...

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 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 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...