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Women wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus walks by an advertising board displaying an American flag and Statue of Liberty on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China's biggest recent outbreak of coronavirus has grown slightly. Hundreds people have developed COVID-19 in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, with more than dozens of new cases reported Thursday in its capital and largest city, Urumqi. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Aug. 10, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world has reached 20 million. That’s according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who...

A police officer tries to speak to a crowd at an anti-government gathering Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. Political tensions are rising in Thailand as pro-democracy activists vowed to step up protests against the government and police arrested some key figures in recent demonstrations. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

Hundreds rally against detention of Thai protest leaders

Aug. 8, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Thailand on Saturday, after police arrested two leading anti-government protest leaders in an apparent attempt to stifle growing political unrest. Around 800 demonstrators packed a concourse near a shopping mall in central Bangkok to hear speeches...

Pro-democracy activist and human rights lawyer Arnon Nampha talks to police at a police station, Friday, Aug, 7, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. The government cracked down on Friday with the arrests of some high profile members of the pro-democracy movement. Among them was  Arnon, who was arrested on charges of sedition and defying an emergency decree the government instituted months ago to try to control the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai protesters threaten escalation as police make arrests

Aug. 7, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Political tensions are rising in Thailand as pro-democracy activists vowed Friday to step up protests against the government and police arrested some key figures in recent demonstrations. Protest leaders warned that they will expand their activities if the government fails to meet their...

FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends a group photo with his cabinet members at the government house in Bangkok. On Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, Prayuth reshuffled his Cabinet, with an experienced banker taking over the post of finance minister.  (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Cabinet reshuffle in Thailand installs new economic team

Aug. 6, 2020 7:52 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has reshuffled his Cabinet, with an experienced banker taking over the post of finance minister. The names of seven people appointed to eight Cabinet positions were published Thursday in the Royal Gazette, making them official. Four appointments fill...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, bottles of extracted cannabis oil are displayed during a press conference at Thailand's Health Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal from the Public Health Ministry that would allow health professionals, farmers and medical patients to grow, produce and export cannabis and its products. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Thai Cabinet approves draft law expanding access to cannabis

Aug. 4, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal from the Public Health Ministry that would allow health professionals, farmers and medical patients to grow, produce and export cannabis and its products. Deputy government spokeswoman Trisulee Trisaranakul said Public Health Minister...

ADB to lend Thailand $1.5 billion to aid virus response

Aug. 4, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Asian Development Bank announced Tuesday it will provide a $1.5 billion loan to Thailand to aid its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Thailand’s Cabinet approved the borrowing plan at its weekly meeting, deputy government spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek announced separately....

Supporter of Thailand's monarchy lift a giant national flag during a gathering stating their concern over the country's pro-democracy movement which they feel besmirches the royal institution in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, July 30, 2020. The demonstration was held at Democracy Monument, a traditional venue for protests of all political stripes that in recent weeks has hosted several larger pro-democracy, anti-government protests organized by students. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Royalists in Thailand rally against pro-democracy protesters

Jul. 30, 2020 7:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Hardcore supporters of Thailand’s monarchy held a small rally Thursday in the capital to express their concern over the country’s pro-democracy movement, which they feel besmirches the royal institution. Their demonstration was held at Bangkok's Democracy Monument, a...

FILE - In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Vorayuth

Thai PM orders probe into dropping of Red Bull scion's case

Jul. 29, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister responded Wednesday to growing public furor by ordering a probe into the dropping of criminal charges against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune accused of killing a policeman in a hit-and-run accident eight years ago. The case involving...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus sit spaced apart as they watch the film

Asia Today: South Korea to let fans watch sports live again

Jul. 24, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic. Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho also said at a virus briefing on...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk in the central business district in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state reported a record new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and health authorities warned that numbers could continue to rise. With Australia’s second-largest city Melbourne now in lockdown for two weeks, authorities had hoped the infection rate would begin to plateau. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Masks compulsory in Australia's 2nd biggest city

Jul. 22, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Wearing masks became compulsory in Australia’s second-largest city of Melbourne on Thursday as coronavirus hot spot Victoria state reported 403 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and five deaths. The daily infection tally for the state was down from a record 484 posted Wednesday....