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People move away as health workers fumigate a slum to prevent an outbreak of dengue fever in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, March 23, 2020. While 2019 was the worst year on record for global dengue cases, experts fear an even bigger surge is possible because their efforts to combat it were hampered by restrictions imposed in the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Dengue prevention efforts stifled by coronavirus pandemic

Jul. 12, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — To slow the spread of the coronavirus, governments issued lockdowns to keep people at home. They curtailed activities that affected services like trash collection. They tried to shield hospitals from a surge of patients. But the cascading effects of these restrictions also are...

ADDS NAME OF THE PILOT AND UPDATES CAPTION - A British pilot, identified by the official Vietnam News Agency as Stephen Cameron, is carried on a stretcher in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam Saturday, July 11, 2020. The pilot who was Vietnam’s most critical COVID-19 patient has been discharged from a hospital, less than a week after doctors said he was virus-free and healthy enough to return home to Scotland. Vietnam has gone all out to save the 42-year-old man. (AP Photo/Hieu Dinh)

British pilot heading home after Vietnam hospital discharge

Jul. 11, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — A British pilot who was Vietnam’s most critical COVID-19 patient was discharged from a hospital on Saturday, less than a week after doctors said he was virus-free and healthy enough to return home to Scotland. The 42-year-old man, identified by the official Vietnam...

Indian forces kill 6 Naga rebels near Myanmar border

Jul. 11, 2020 1:37 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — India’s security forces killed six separatist Naga militants in an exchange of gunfire in a northeastern state bordering Myanmar, police said. The fighting took place early Saturday as India’s paramilitary soldiers and police officers raided a militant hideout in a thick...

People's Action Party Secretary-General and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, right, verifies his identity with a polling official at the Alexandra Primary School polling center in Singapore, Friday, July 10, 2020. Wearing masks and plastic gloves, Singaporeans began voting in a general election that is expected to return Prime Minister Lee's long-governing party to power. (AP Photo)

Singapore's ruling party holds on to power but faces setback

Jul. 10, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's long-governing party comfortably won Friday's general elections as expected amid the coronavirus pandemic, but faced a setback as the opposition made minor gains. Lee said his People’s Action Party secured 83 parliamentary seats, retaining...

Workers wearing masks walk by the New York Stock Exchange during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Wall Street rallies as optimism returns to cap erratic week

Jul. 10, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Optimism returned to Wall Street on Friday, and stocks rallied to cap a shaky week dogged by worries that rising coronavirus counts may halt the economy’s recent upswing. The S&P 500 climbed 1%, and the biggest gains came from cruise ship operators, airlines, banks and other...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 file photo, Australian and Dutch investigators examine a piece of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane, near the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. The Dutch government is taking to Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago, the foreign minister announced Friday July 10, 2020.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

Dutch government to take Russia to European court over MH17

Jul. 10, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago, the foreign minister announced Friday. The move is intended to support individual cases...

Thai schools barred from cutting students' long hair

Jul. 10, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Education Ministry has intervened to stop government schools from chopping off the hair of students whose locks they find too long or messy. The ministry affirmed the right of school authorities to punish violators of newly liberalized hair length rules, but only with...

Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN raise their clenched fist as they sing outside their headquarters in Quezon City, Philippines Friday July 10, 2020. Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country's largest TV network ABS-CBN, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Lawmakers vote to shut down Philippines' largest TV network

Jul. 10, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country’s largest TV network, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage. The House of Representatives’ Committee on...

French man accused of molesting 305 Indonesian children

Jul. 10, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested a French man for alleged sexual abuse of minors after finding videos on his laptop computer showing him molesting over 300 children, police said Friday. Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus said Francois Camille Abello was arrested late last...

Staffs of news broadcaster Al Jazeera leave Bukit Aman police headquarters after being questioned by the Malaysian police over a documentary about the country's arrests of undocumented migrants, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 10, 2020. Malaysian police Friday grilled a team of reporters and staff from Al Jazeera over its documentary on the treatment of undocumented immigrants, that officials have slammed as unfair and bias. National police chief said the documentary released earlier this month had sparked public anger, and that initial probe showed it was inaccurate and depicted the country in a negative light. (AP Photo)

Malaysian police grill Al Jazeera over report on immigrants

Jul. 10, 2020 6:04 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police grilled a group of reporters and staff from news broadcaster Al Jazeera on Friday over a documentary on the treatment of undocumented immigrants that officials have slammed as unfair and biased. National police chief Abdul Hamid Bador said the documentary...