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Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 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: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, thousands of Afghan refugees walk as they enter Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, in the western Herat Province. An international aid group says Friday, May 22, 2020 that some 661,000 people in 19 countries have been displaced by armed conflict in the two months since the U.N. secretary general called for a global cease-fire to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian Refugee Council says in a report Friday that the bulk of the newly displaced were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but that large numbers were also uprooted in Yemen, Afghanistan, Chad and Niger. (AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi)

The Latest: UN again urges global cease-fire to fight virus

May. 22, 2020 1:28 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: — U.N. again urges global cease-fire to help tackle COVID-19...

In this April 27, 2020, photo, Darshana Kumara Wijenarayana and his bride Pawani Rasanga walk with packets of food to distribute in the small town of Malimbada, about 160 kilometers (99 miles) south of the capital Colombo. The Sri Lankan couple cancelled a wedding party and instead, shared their wedding day with some of their neediest neighbors who have been economically hit due to the lock down following the new Coronavirus. (Darshana Kumara Wijenarayana via AP)

Sri Lanka newlyweds cancel wedding party, help poor instead

May. 18, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — As couples do all over the world, Darshana Kumara Wijenarayana and his fiance, Pawani Rasanga, spent months planning a grand wedding. And everything was on course for the Sri Lankan couple — until the coronavirus struck the island nation off India's southern tip, leading to...

Foiled prison break leaves inmate dead in Sri Lanka

May. 3, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Prison guards in Sri Lanka foiled an attempt by inmates to escape on Sunday after they used ropes and bed sheets to scale down the wall, leaving at least one dead, police said. Seven prisoners tried to flee the penitentiary in Mahara on the outskirts of the capital Colombo, the...

FILE- In this April 1, 2020 file photo, Sri Lankan police officers check identity of commuters during a curfew imposed to curb the spreading of new coronavirus in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The government has announced that it will re-impose a 24-hour countrywide curfew from 8.00 pm Thursday until next Monday, as a part of the efforts to control the spreading of the virus. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Sailors become biggest cluster of infections in Sri Lanka

Apr. 30, 2020 4:28 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sailors at a Sri Lankan naval base have become the biggest cluster of coronavirus infections in the Indian Ocean island nation with 248 testing positive for the disease, authorities said Thursday. Sri Lanka’s army chief Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva said that out of 30 cases...

A station passageway is crowded with commuters wearing face mask during a rush hour in Tokyo Monday, April 27, 2020. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expanded a state of emergency to all of Japan from just Tokyo and other urban areas as the virus continues to spread. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan adds 14 more countries to entry ban list

Apr. 27, 2020 12:40 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: — Japan adds 14 more countries to entry ban list. —...

Volunteers for the Edible London food project remove the plastic packaging and check the quality of donated bananas to be put in food packs and delivered to residents who need it in the Haringey Council area, at a hub setup as a result of coronavirus inside the Alexandra Palace venue, in north London, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted on nations around the globe, many imposing self isolation and exercising social distancing when people move from their homes. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The Latest: China reports 30 new virus cases, no deaths

Apr. 22, 2020 12:46 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: — China reports 30 new coronavirus cases, no deaths. ...

Sri Lankan Catholics pray outside St. Anthony's church, one of the sites of the 2019  Easter Sunday attacks, on the first anniversary of the deadly bombings in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Sri Lankans commemorated the anniversary of last year's Islamic State group-inspired Easter Sunday bomb attacks from their homes on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic. More than 260 people were killed when three churches, two Catholic and one Protestant, came under simultaneous suicide bomb attacks during Easter celebrations on April 21, 2019. Three tourist hotels were also targeted, killing some 42 foreign nationals. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankans remember Easter bomb victims at home amid virus

Apr. 21, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankans commemorated the anniversary of last year's Islamic State group-inspired Easter Sunday bomb attacks mainly from their homes on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic. More than 260 people were killed when three churches — two Catholic and one Protestant —...

A Sri Lankan police officer sprays disinfectant on a homeless man before transporting him to an isolation center as a measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus during a lockdown in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, April 17, 2020. Sri Lankan authorities claim they have largely managed to prevent community spreading through proper identification and isolation of people who came into contact with COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka election set for June 20, ending possible crisis

Apr. 20, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s election commission on Monday set the country's Parliament elections for June 20, invoking a hitherto unused legal provision to avoid a possible constitutional crisis if the country failed to hold the vote because of the coronavirus. The commission had to...

A woman stands near the barbed wire outside a locked down building during the movement control order in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, April 20, 2020. The Malaysian government issued a restricted movement order to the public till April 28, to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Asia Today: India, Singapore see record numbers of new cases

Apr. 20, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — India and Singapore announced their biggest single-day spikes in new coronavirus cases on Monday, as the crisis intensifies in parts of Asia. India's spike came after the government eased one of the world’s strictest lockdowns to allow some manufacturing and agricultural activity to...