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Voters observe social distancing while lining up at the Dunearn Secondary School polling station 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 Hsien Loong's long-ruling party to power. (AP Photo/Royston Chan)

Safety protocol, job fears, family feud in Singapore polls

Jul. 9, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Some 2.65 million Singaporeans will cast their ballot Friday with strict safety protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's long-ruling party is expected to extend its unbroken rule, bolstered by the pandemic and fears of a severe economic...

In this photo released by the Royal Thai Army, a health officer collects a nasal swab sample from Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. James McConville to test for the coronavirus at the military airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, July 9, 2020. McConville will be the first official foreign guest to meet Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha at the Government House since travel restrictions were eased for a select group of foreigners allowed to visit Thailand. (Royal Thai Army via AP)

US Army chief welcomed to Thailand with coronavirus test

Jul. 9, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A U.S. Army delegation led by chief of staff Gen. James McConville on Thursday became the first official visitors to Thailand since entry rules were eased as part of the lifting of coronavirus restrictions. A photo released by the Thai Army shows a medical team wearing hazmat suits taking a...

Voters wear face masks and observe social distancing as they line up to enter 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 Hsien Loong's long-governing party to power. (AP Photo)

Singaporeans vote in polls expected to return ruling party

Jul. 9, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Wearing masks and plastic gloves, Singaporeans began voting Friday in a general election that is expected to return Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's long-governing party to power. About 1,100 polling stations across the city-state were open at 8 a.m., with strict safety measures in place...

Singapore Prime Minister and Secretary-General of the People's Action Party Lee Hsien Loong, second left, wears a face mask while talking to food vendors at a local market at Yio Chu Kang while on the campaign trail in Singapore July 3, 2020. Singaporeans go to the polls on July 10 in Southeast Asia's first election since the coronavirus pandemic began, with the health crisis and an economic recession expected to bolster Prime Minister Lee's party and extend its unbroken rule. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh)

Singapore governing party set to extend power in elections

Jul. 8, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporeans vote Friday in Southeast Asia’s first election since the coronavirus pandemic began, with the health crisis and a grim economy expected to bolster Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s party and extend its unbroken rule. While victory seems secure for Lee’s...

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Asian shares were mixed Tuesday, as some benchmarks were buoyed by an ongoing worldwide rally as investors bet on a dramatic economic turnaround amid ongoing challenges of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asia markets slip as virus outbreaks mute hopes for rebound

Jul. 7, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Markets were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as expanding coronavirus outbreaks dimmed hopes for a global recovery, despite an overnight rally in tech shares that pushed the Nasdaq composite to another record high. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 0.6% to 22,577.65 and South Korea's Kospi...

A woman wearing a face mask stands in front of a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Monday, July 6, 2020. Asian stock markets rose Monday as investors looked ahead for data they hope will support optimism about a global economic recovery. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asia stocks rise as investors shrug off virus worries

Jul. 6, 2020 4:40 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday as investors shrugged off rising coronavirus cases in the United States and some other countries. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia advanced. Markets rose last week after unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs data despite some American states...

Salvador Hernandez, a groom at Emerald Downs Racetrack in Auburn, Wash., wears a mask as he watches a race Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on the first day of thoroughbred horse racing at the track since all professional sports in Washington state were curtailed in March by the outbreak of the coronavirus. No spectators were allowed, but online wagering was available and the races were streamed. Organizers hope to continue racing into October on a modified schedule. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Latest: Another PGA Tour player tests positive for virus

Jun. 30, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Chad Campbell is the sixth player to test positive for the coronavirus as the PGA Tour enters its fourth week of the restart. Campbell played the first event back at Colonial near his home in Texas. He didn’t play the...

People's Action Party Secretary-General and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, center, arrives at a nomination center with his team to submit their nomination papers ahead of the general election in Singapore, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Campaigning has begun for Singapore’s general elections, with the opposition hoping to dent the ruling party’s supermajority in parliament with support from Prime Minister Lee’s estranged younger brother.  (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)

Singapore election campaign begins, PM's brother not running

Jun. 30, 2020 4:39 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's estranged brother is not running in next month's general election but said Tuesday he hopes to be a “catalyst for change" as campaigning began. Lee Hsien Yang, who brought his family feud into politics by joining an opposition party, said...

Financial union members wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus attend a rally against government's financial policy in front of the Financial Supervisory Service in Seoul, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea sees COVID-19 cases spread beyond capital

Jun. 29, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 43 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from across the country as infections begin to spread beyond the greater capital area, which has been at the center of a virus resurgence since late May. The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control...

Lee Hsien Yang, center, brother of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, poses for a photo in Singapore Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Lee Hsien Yang said Wednesday he has joined the Progress Singapore Party because he is concerned about issues such as governance and transparency, but declined to say whether he will run in the July 10 polls. (Risa Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP)

Singapore PM's brother joins opposition party ahead of polls

Jun. 24, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's family feud has spilled into politics, with his estranged younger brother joining an opposition party ahead of general elections next month. Lee Hsien Yang said Wednesday he has joined the Progress Singapore Party because he is concerned about...