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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, health surveillance officer use temperature scanner to monitor passengers arriving at the Hong Kong International airport in Hong Kong. The possibility that a new virus in central China could spread between humans cannot be ruled out, though the risk of transmission at the moment appears to be low, Chinese officials said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreakSeventeen more people in central China have been diagnosed with a new form of viral pneumonia that has killed two patients and placed other countries on alert
The Associated Press28 minutes ago
Quake shakes eastern Indonesia; no initial report of damage A strong inland earthquake has struck Indonesia's easternmost Papua province, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties
The Associated Press9 hours ago
China's Xi ends Myanmar visit with flurry of agreementsChinese President Xi Jinping has ended a two-day state visit to Myanmar after attending the signing 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 Associated Press14 hours ago
Thai military holds ceremony to swear allegiance to kingThailand'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 Associated Press16 hours ago
Philippine volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisisPhilippine officials say they're bracing for a long crisis whether the Taal volcano erupts more disastrously or simmers precariously for weeks or months, as massive numbers of displaced villagers languish in emergency shelters
The Associated Press17 hours ago
In this photo taken early Jan. 2020, and provided Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, by the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel inspect Wollemi pine trees in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney. (NSW National Parks and Wildfire Service via AP)
Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur treesFirefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from Australia's wildfires
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Sri Lanka lifts ban on drones imposed after Easter attacksSri Lankan authorities have lifted a ban on drones that was imposed after the Easter Sunday attacks that left 263 people dead in the Indian Ocean island nation
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Tourists exit the Forbidden City in Beijing, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. A Chinese woman sparked social media outrage in her country by posting photos of herself and a friend with a Mercedes-Benz SUV on the grounds of Beijing's landmark Forbidden City, prompting an apology from the management of China's former imperial palace. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
SUV on grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City sparks outragePhotos of two women with a Mercedes SUV at Beijing's historic Forbidden City have sparked online outrage and prompted an apology from the management of China's former imperial palace
The Associated Press20 hours ago
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, trekkers watch the sun rise over the Annapurna Range, right, in central Nepal, as viewed from Poon Hill, above the village of Ghorepani. An avalanche swept the popular Annapurna circuit trekking route, which encircles Mount Annapurna, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Malcolm Foster, File)
4 SKoreans, 3 Nepal guides missing in avalanche; 30 rescuedAn avalanche has swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing
The Associated Press21 hours ago
AP Photos: Taal volcano emits ash, threatening more eruptionThe Taal volcano near the Philippine capital has emitted more ash clouds, posing the threat of another eruption
The Associated Press22 hours ago
Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk through a shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Japan's government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
China reports 4 more cases in viral pneumonia outbreakFour more cases have been identified in a viral pneumonia outbreak in a central Chinese city that has killed two and prompted the United States and others to take precautionary measures
The Associated Press23 hours ago
Protests against citizenship law continue unabated in IndiaHundreds of demonstrators have perched themselves on the steps of an iconic mosque in the Indian capital to protest against a new citizenship law that excludes Muslim immigrants
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, South Korean Army soldiers patrol during the demonstration of search operation at a training field near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Cheorwon, South Korea. In the first such case in South Korea, military officials will determine next week whether to discharge a solider who recently undertook gender reassessment surgery, officials said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
South Korea to decide fate of 1st transgender soldier In the first such case in South Korea, military officials will determine next week whether to discharge a soldier who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, SoftBank founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
SoftBank to invest $40 billion for new Indonesia capitalAn Indonesian official says SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital on Borneo island
The Associated Press1 day ago
China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallsChina's population has crept past 1.4 billion last year for the first time, even as the birthrate continues to fall
The Associated Press1 day ago
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