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Travelers wear face masks as they walk outside of the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. China reported Monday a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus, including the first cases in the capital. The outbreak coincides with the country's busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Human-to-human transmission confirmed in China coronavirus

Jan. 20, 2020 1:08 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The head of a Chinese government expert team said Monday that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in an outbreak of a new coronavirus, a development that raises the possibility that it could spread more quickly and widely. Team leader Zhong Nanshan, a respiratory expert, said two...

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, shakes hands with Philippine diplomat Rosario Manalo, a member of the Independent Commission of Enquiry for Rakhine State, at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. An independent commission established by Myanmar's government and led by Manalo has concluded there are reasons to believe that security forces committed war crimes in counterinsurgency operations that drove more than 700,000 members of the country's Muslim Rohingya minority to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Myanmar panel: Security forces likely committed war crimes

Jan. 20, 2020 9:51 AM EST

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — An independent commission established by Myanmar's government has concluded there are reasons to believe that security forces committed war crimes in counterinsurgency operations that led more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. However, the...

A thick layer of smog covers central Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Thick haze blanketed the Thai capital on Monday sending air pollution levels soaring to 89 micrograms per cubic meter of PM2.5 particles in some areas, according to the Pollution Control Department. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Unhealthy levels of smog choke Thai capital for over a week

Jan. 20, 2020 4:09 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Unhealthy levels of smog have choked Bangkok for more than a week, as the Thai capital's residents fume over the ineffectiveness of government measures to combat the problem. As thick haze blanketed the city on Monday, pollution levels soared to 95 micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, Myanmar's President Win Myint, right, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Xi deepened relations with Myanmar during a state visit last week to a neighbor who has been among the most supportive in Beijing’s dispute with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations over the South China Sea.  (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jan. 20, 2020 2:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

In this photo released by the Disaster Mitigation Agency of Bengkulu Province's Kaur District, rescue team prepares to search for victims of bridge break on a river in Kaur district of Bengkulu province, Indonesia, Monday, Jan, 20, 2020. A footbridge on Indonesia's Sumatra island broke while it was packed with people and several fell into the overflowing river below and drowned, officials said Monday. (Disaster Mitigation Agency of Bengkulu Province's Kaur District via AP)

Crowded footbridge breaks over Indonesian river, killing 9

Jan. 20, 2020 1:21 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A footbridge on Indonesia's Sumatra island broke while it was packed with people and several fell into the overflowing river below and drowned, officials said Monday. Nine bodies have been pulled from the water as far as 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the bridge that broke Sunday...

Malaysia's Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin, third from left, inspects a container with plastic waste at a port in Butterworth, Malaysia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to 13 mainly rich countries since the third quarter last year, with the environment minster warning on Monday that those who want to make the country a rubbish bin of the world can “dream on.” (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia sends back trash, says won't be world's waste bin

Jan. 19, 2020 10:50 PM EST

PENANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to 13 mainly rich countries since the third quarter last year, with the environment minster warning on Monday that those who want to make the country a rubbish bin of the world can “dream on.” Shipments of...

A woman walks along a park covered in volcanic-ash at a town near Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Sunday Jan. 19, 2020. Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be

Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents

Jan. 19, 2020 9:03 PM EST

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government will no longer allow people to live on the crater-studded island that's home to the erupting Taal volcano, with officials warning that living there would be “like having a gun pointed at you." The simmering volcano has ejected smaller ash plumes...

Quake shakes eastern Indonesia; no initial report of damage

Jan. 18, 2020 1:13 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong inland earthquake late Saturday night struck Indonesia's easternmost Papua province. There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties. The magnitude 6.0 quake was centered 141 kilometers (87 miles) west of Abepura city at a depth of 33.6 kilometers (20.8...

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, right, greets Chinese President Xi Jinping at president house in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Nyein Chan Naing/Pool Photo via AP)

China's Xi ends Myanmar visit with flurry of agreements

Jan. 18, 2020 8:17 AM EST

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping ended a two-day state visit to Myanmar on Saturday after attending the signing of a raft of agreements buttressing bilateral relations and advancing Beijing's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, in which his host country is a key player. The two sides...

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, right and Queen Suthida, review the royal guard during Armed Forces Day  at Adisorn military camp's Cavalry Centre at Saraburi province central Thailand, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Thailand's king has presided over an oath-taking ceremony at an army base where almost 7,000 soldiers and police paraded to mark Armed Forces Day. The king's presence at Saturday's ceremony was unusual,  as Thai monarchs have rarely, if ever, attended the occasion, even though the royal palace and the military are closely linked. (AP Photo/Thanis Sudto)

Thai military holds ceremony to swear allegiance to king

Jan. 18, 2020 8:04 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king presided over an oath-taking ceremony Saturday at an army base where almost 7,000 soldiers and police paraded to mark Armed Forces Day. King Maha Vajiralongkorn's presence at the ceremony was unusual, as Thai monarchs have rarely, if ever, attended the occasion, even though...