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A policeman checks documents of a driver at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Greece's government has imposed a nightly curfew in greater Athens and other areas with high infection rates as well as a mask requirement. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

Oct. 24, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state...

Women wearing face mask to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by flowers at a park in Goyang, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. South Korea reported on Thursday more than 100 new cases of the coronavirus, half of them linked to a hospital in Busan. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: SKorea reports 110 cases, half in Busan hospital

Oct. 15, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 110 new cases of the coronavirus, half of them linked to a hospital in Busan. The numbers released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Thursday brought the national caseload to 24,988, including 439 deaths. At least 54 infections were...

A man wearing a face mask walks past an outdoor photography exhibition of healthcare workers in Melbourne, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. The photo essay created by photographer Phoebe Powell is to acknowledge the people working in the Parkville Biomedical Precinct which is home to some of the world's leading medical researchers, clinicians and academics keeping Victoria state safe during the coronavirus pandemic. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Australia prioritizes air service to 3 countries

Oct. 14, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister said on Thursday his government was giving priority to reopening air services to Japan, Singapore and South Korea. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had discussed reopening air routes with the leaders of all three countries. He described Japan and...

In this Sept. 25, 2020, photo provided by the Royal Australian Navy, members of the Australian Clearance Diving Team One return to Lord Howe Island, Australia, from Elizabeth Reef on a Zodiac inflatable boat following a successful search for unexploded ordnance. The 45-kilogram (100-pound) bomb was found by a fisherman on Elizabeth Reef near Lord Howe Island, about 550 kilometers (340 miles) off New South Wales state. (ABIS Sittichai Sakonpoonpol/Royal Australian Navy via AP)

Australian navy ship tows unexploded bomb out to sea

Oct. 10, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian navy divers have removed an unexploded 45-kilogram (100-pound) bomb on a reef off the southeastern coast and a ship towed it to deeper waters because it posed a “significant risk” to the public. The bomb was found by a fisherman on Elizabeth Reef near Lord Howe...

A woman wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, walks near the social distancing signs at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Seoul region remains virus hot spot for S Korea

Oct. 7, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has 69 new confirmed coronavirus cases, most of them in the Seoul region area where health workers are struggling to track transmissions tied to hospitals, churches, schools and an army unit. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on...

Sri Lankan health officials take swab samples from employees of the Colombo municipal council to test for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Authorities in Sri Lanka on Wednesday widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting an escalating cluster centered around a garment factory in the capital's suburbs. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: Sri Lanka bans public gatherings amid sharp rise

Oct. 7, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of COVID-19 expands in the Indian Ocean island nation. Health authorities said Wednesday the outbreak centered at a garment factory has risen to 1,022 confirmed infections while 1,500 people have been asked...

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, greet prior to their meeting at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, ahead of the four Indo-Pacific nations' foreign ministers meeting. (Charly Triballeau/Pool Photo via AP)

US, Australia, India, Japan discuss China's growing power

Oct. 6, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that China's increasingly assertive actions across the region make it more critical than ever for four Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad to cooperate to protect their partners and their people from Chinese “exploitation, corruption...

Australia's Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is photographed outside The Treasury in Canberra, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. The Australian government will reveal a big spending financial blueprint for the next few years that will drive business investment and job creation while repairing pandemic damage to the economy. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Australia plans massive pandemic budget, record deficit

Oct. 6, 2020 5:23 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Tuesday announced plans to cut income taxes, create jobs for young people and stimulate business investment with a raft of pandemic measures that would create a record 214 billion Australian dollar ($153 billion) deficit in the current fiscal year....

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2020, file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, with Croatia's Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman, arrives for a press conference after talks in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The foreign ministers from four Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad group will gather in Tokyo Wednesday for talks in hopes of stepping up their cooperation and take leadership in a regional initiative to counter China’s growing assertiveness and influence. On his way to Tokyo, Pompeo told traveling reporters that the four countries have been preparing and hoped to have some “significant achievements” at the meeting, but he did not elaborate. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

US, Australia, India, Japan to discuss China's growing power

Oct. 5, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Foreign ministers from four Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad group are gathering in Tokyo on Tuesday for talks that Japan hopes will increase their involvement in a regional initiative called “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” aimed at countering China’s growing...

A man wearing a traditional Balinese celuluk costume with a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus during a campaign to keep on wearing masks in public places in Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Asia Today: Victoria premier concerned over mall outbreak

Oct. 3, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The COVID-19 figures in Australia’s Victoria state continued to show improvement on Saturday but officials are concerned about an outbreak at the country’s largest shopping center. Victoria reported three more COVID-19 deaths and eight more cases. The figures take...