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Children look to borrow books from a mobile library run on a motorbike by Mahinda Dasanayaka, in a village in Kegalle district, about 85 kilometers (53 miles) northeast of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, July 26, 20019. Having witnessed the hardships faced by children in rural areas whose villages have no library facilities, Dasanayaka got the idea for his library on wheels called “Book and Me.

Books by bike: Sri Lankan man runs mobile library for kids

Nov. 27, 2020 12:08 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — During his leisure time, Mahinda Dasanayaka packs his motorbike with books and rides his mobile library — across mostly muddy roads running through tea-growing mountain areas — to underprivileged children in backward rural parts of Sri Lanka. Having witnessed the...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk through a shopping street in Osaka, western Japan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

The Latest: Emperor's New Year greeting cancelled in Japan

Nov. 26, 2020 10:02 PM EST

TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Naruhito and his family will not offer their New Year greetings from the palace balcony due to concerns over the country’s struggles with a resurgence of coronavirus infections. The Imperial Household Agency said in a statement Friday that the annual greetings on Jan. 2 will...

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, sweeps with a broom near Christmas decoration in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asia Today: SKorea cases jump over 500 amid reimposed rules

Nov. 26, 2020 7:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has recorded more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the first time in about eight months. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Thursday the 583 additional cases in the past 24 hours took the national tally to 32,318 including 515 deaths. South Korea...

A nurse walks COVID-19 tests back to the tent at the free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

The Latest: China reports results of mass testing

Nov. 23, 2020 10:56 PM EST

BEIJING — China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. The National Health Commission said Tuesday that there were two new locally spread cases in the previous 24-hour period, one in each city. It also...

A man wearing a face mask walks past a banner showing precautions against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asia Today: South Korea capital announces new virus controls

Nov. 23, 2020 7:50 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Authorities in the South Korean capital on Monday announced a tightening of social distancing regulations, including shutting nightclubs, limiting service hours at restaurants and reducing public transportation. The measures going into effect on Tuesday also include a ban on...

Vehicles line up as healthcare workers help to check-in as citizens are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

The Latest: Washington state sees record hospitalizations

Nov. 22, 2020 9:18 PM EST

SEATTLE — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalized to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high. KOMO-TV reports there were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday. At the Swedish First Hill campus of...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus wait for buses at a bus station in Goyang, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. South Korea says it will impose stricter social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area to fight a coronavirus resurgence, as the country registered more than 300 new cases for the fifth straight day. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: Seoul tightens virus rules, shuts nightclubs

Nov. 22, 2020 6:57 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is imposing stricter social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area to fight a coronavirus resurgence, as the country registered more than 300 new cases for the fifth straight day. Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said Sunday that authorities have found 62 virus...

People make their way at a departure lobby of Haneda airport in Tokyo Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Japan is scaling back on the government-backed “GoTo” campaign to encourage travel and dining out, as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached a record for the third day straight, Saturday. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: Japan's virus cases hit record for fourth day

Nov. 21, 2020 10:24 PM EST

TOKYO — The daily tally of reported COVID-19 cases in Japan hit a record for the fourth day in a row, with 2,508 people confirmed infected, the health ministry said Sunday. Japan has had fewer than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths so far, avoiding the toll of the harder hit nations. But fears are growing...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a propaganda billboard with the characters for

The Latest: China starts mass testing 3 million in Tianjin

Nov. 21, 2020 12:42 AM EST

BEIJING — China is starting mass testing on 3 million people in a section of the northern city of Tianjin and has tested 4,015 others in a hospital in Shanghai after the discovery of a pair of cases there. The National Health Commission recorded seven new domestically transmitted cases Saturday,...

People wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus take a morning walk past a high-rise residential complex in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. India's total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began crossed 9 million on Friday. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria hits 3 weeks without virus

Nov. 20, 2020 11:17 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s once hard-hit state of Victoria has gone three weeks without a new COVID-19 case for the first time since February. There are two just active coronavirus cases remaining across Victoria, according to figures released by the health department on Friday. And...