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In this Feb. 10, 2020, photo, Catholic priest Fr. Joseph Arellano, right, looks at a man who forgot to take off his protective mask and tried to insert the host in his mouth during communion at a mass at the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz in Manila's Chinatown, Philippines. In a popular Catholic church in Manila, nearly half of the pews were empty for Sunday Mass. The few hundred worshippers who showed up, some in protective masks, have been asked to refrain from shaking or holding hands in prayers. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

No handshakes: Viral outbreak spooks Asian places of worship

Feb. 16, 2020 10:21 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a popular Catholic church in the Philippines, nearly half of the pews were empty for Sunday Mass. The few hundred worshippers who showed up were asked to refrain from shaking others' hands or holding them during prayers to prevent the spread of the virus that started in China....

Travelers wear face masks as they walk outside the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. People returning to Beijing will now have to isolate themselves either at home or in a concentrated area for medical observation, said a notice from the Chinese capital's prevention and control work group published by state media late Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

New virus has infected more than 67,000 people globally

Feb. 15, 2020 3:34 PM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 67,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Saturday in Beijing:...

Inbee Park, of Korea, drives from the 2nd tee during during the final round of the Tournament of Champions LPGA golf tournament Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

Inbee Park takes 3-stroke lead at Women's Australian Open

Feb. 15, 2020 3:57 AM EST

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park hasn't won an LPGA tournament in nearly two years, but her 19 tour victories include trophies at Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia. She might well be adding Australia soon to that total in the Asia-Pacific region. Park took a...

Passengers react after they disembarked from the MS Westerdam, back, at the port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Hundreds of cruise ship passengers long stranded at sea by virus fears cheered as they finally disembarked Friday and were welcomed to Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cruise stranded by virus fears ends with roses in Cambodia

Feb. 14, 2020 8:14 PM EST

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — After being stranded at sea for two weeks because five ports refused to allow their cruise ship to dock, the passengers of the MS Westerdam were anything but sure their ordeal was finally over. Then the authoritarian leader of Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen, agreed to let...

Thai police to probe surrogacy operation's Chinese links

Feb. 14, 2020 9:45 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister has ordered an investigation into illegal surrogate birth services be extended to China after raids this week netted two alleged Chinese ringleaders, police said Friday. Police Maj. Gen. Torsak Sukvimol said Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha ordered police to find...

A Thai police officer stands near the site of a shooting in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Multiple gunshots have been fired into the air by a man in the middle of the capital Bangkok, police said.  (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Man surrenders after firing many shots into air in Bangkok

Feb. 13, 2020 11:21 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Police took a man into custody Friday after he fired multiple gunshots into the air in central Bangkok, injuring no one less than a week after a soldier killed 29 people in shooting rampage in northeastern Thailand. The incident in the Thai capital was related to a personal conflict, Lt....

Proposal would allow elbow strikes in Muay Thai matches

Feb. 13, 2020 2:07 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The heavy thud of punches and kicks smacking punching bags could be heard through the walls of a gym for Muay Thai, a martial arts fighting style from Thailand. Inside, groups of children smaller than the dangling bags practiced their kicks. Two men circled in the boxing ring. It...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo trader Gordon Charlop works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Global shares fall as virus cases spike in China

Feb. 13, 2020 8:48 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Global shares mostly fell Thursday after China reported a spike in COVID-19 cases. The shock resignation of Britain's Treasury chief further knocked U.K. share prices. China reported 254 new deaths and an increase in virus cases of 15,152, after the hardest-hit province of Hubei applied a new...

Locals come down to view the Westerdam cruise ship, owned by Holland America Line, docked at the port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. The Westerdam, turned away by four Asian and Pacific governments due to virus fears, anchored Thursday off Cambodia for health checks on its 2,200 passengers and crew. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cruise ship turned away in other ports docks in Cambodia

Feb. 13, 2020 8:21 AM EST

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — A cruise ship that had been stranded at sea for about two weeks after being refused entry by four Asian governments because of virus fears finally docked Thursday in Cambodia. Cambodia agreed to let the MS Westerdam dock at the port of Sihanoukville after Thailand barred it...

Buddhist monks pray during a ceremony to reopen the Terminal 21 shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. The worst-ever mass shooting in the country took place at the shopping mall over the weekend with a total of 29 people shot dead by a disgruntled soldier. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai mall reopens after honoring victims of mass shooting

Feb. 13, 2020 6:41 AM EST

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (AP) — The shopping mall that was the site of Thailand's worst-ever mass shooting reopened Thursday, four days after security forces killed a gunman who was holed up inside, ending the bloody rampage. A total of 29 people were killed by the soldier, who kept police at bay at the...