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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo specialist Dilip Patel, left, and trader John Panin work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 20. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

World markets slip on renewed fears over virus outbreak

Feb. 21, 2020 7:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped on Friday after a spike in new virus cases in South Korea and other countries refueled investor anxiety about China's disease outbreak. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney closed down and London, Frankfurt and other European indexes were trading lower. Wall...

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters at his prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Feb. 21, 2020. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be basking in the limelight this year in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Instead, the virus outbreak that has spread from China to even remote parts of Japan has Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party playing defense. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year

Feb. 21, 2020 5:33 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be basking in the limelight this year in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Instead, the virus outbreak that has spread from China to even remote parts of Japan has Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party playing defense. Abe has skated through numerous...

In this Feb. 14, 2020, photo, a woman wearing a face mask walks on a almost empty street at the Chinatown in Incheon, South Korea. Even as cases and deaths from the new virus mount, fear is advancing like a tsunami - and not just in the areas surrounding the Chinese city of Wuhan, the center of the outbreak that has been declared a global health emergency. A restaurant owner in the Chinatown says visitors have dropped by 90%. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral

Feb. 21, 2020 5:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus. From earnest officials trying to calm a building panic. From your spouse. From the know-it-all who rattles off the many much more likely ways you’re going to die: smoking, car...

People wear masks as they commute during the morning rush hour Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Chuo district in Tokyo. A test event for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for later this month that would have involved some non-Japanese athletes is being rejiggered because of fear of the spreading virus from China. It will now involve only Japanese athletes. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Virus limits next Tokyo Olympic test event to Japanese-only

Feb. 20, 2020 2:06 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A test event for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for later this month that would have involved some non-Japanese athletes is being revamped because of fear of the spreading virus from China. It's now limited to only Japanese athletes with the Olympics just over five months away. The two-day test...

A passenger who disembarked from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship peeks out of a bus window Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Hundreds of passengers began leaving the cruise ship Wednesday after the end of a much-criticized, two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread of a new virus among passengers and crew. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Passengers leave ship docked off Japan after quarantine ends

Feb. 19, 2020 9:12 PM EST

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — About 500 passengers left the Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday at the end of a much-criticized two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and crew. The quarantine's flop was underlined as Japanese authorities announced 79 more cases,...

Hitoshi Oshitani, Professor of Department of Virology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. The respected Japanese virologist says if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow they probably couldn't be held because of the fast-spreading coronavirus from Wuhan, China. Dr. Oshitani says “right now we don't have an effective strategy and I think it may be difficult to have the Olympics.

Virologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn't be held now

Feb. 19, 2020 6:33 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A respected Japanese virologist on Wednesday said if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn't be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China. “We need to find the best way to have a safe Olympics," Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani said, speaking at the Foreign...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, a man rides an escalator as Nissan vehicles are showcased in the Nissan Gallery in Yokohama, west of Tokyo. Nissan, reeling from a scandal over its former superstar executive Carlos Ghosn, sank into red ink in the latest quarter as its vehicle sales fell around the world, and the Japanese automaker slashed its profit forecast for the year.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Nissan shareholders furious at Ghosn scandal, dismal results

Feb. 18, 2020 6:42 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan shareholders vented their outrage at the Japanese automaker's top management Tuesday for crashing stock prices, zero dividends and quarterly losses after the scandal-ridden departure of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. They got up, one by one, at an extraordinary shareholders’...

Spanish karate athlete Damian Quinteros is reflected in a large mirror as he trains in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. More than five years ago, one of Spain's most successful karate athletes was splitting his time between practice, school and his day job as an aeronautical engineer. Now, nearly five months before the Tokyo Games, Quintero is a full-time karateka and a top contender for the gold medal in Japan. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Engineer to Olympian: Quintero ready for karate in Tokyo

Feb. 18, 2020 5:51 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — More than five years ago, one of Spain’s most successful karate athletes was splitting his time between practice, graduate school and his day job as an aeronautical engineer. Before training and studying at night, Damián Quintero spent hours analyzing faulty airplane parts and...

In this Feb. 15, 2020, photo, a man talks on the phone next to a South Korean flag hanging in the balcony of his cabin on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, near Tokyo. The 14-day quarantine for those on the ship is scheduled to end Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Japan says 88 more virus cases confirmed on quarantined ship

Feb. 18, 2020 5:18 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese health authorities said Tuesday they have confirmed 88 more cases of the new virus on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo. The new cases bring the total on the Diamond Princess to 542. The number is by far the largest outside China. The Japanese government has repeatedly defended...

Japan health authorities say 88 more cases of virus found on quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, bringing total to 542.

Feb. 18, 2020 4:43 AM EST
TOKYO (AP) — Japan health authorities say 88 more cases of virus found on quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, bringing total to 542.