By JOE McDONALD Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China’s virus death toll reached a new high, at least 1,113 as of press time, passing the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, but fewer new cases were reported in a possible sign its spread may be slowing as other nations stepped up efforts to […]
By MICHAEL MELIA and KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press As concerns about China’s virus outbreak spread, universities are scrambling to assess the risks to their programs, and some are canceling study-abroad opportunities and prohibiting travel affecting hundreds of thousands of students. From Europe to Australia and the United States, universities in countries that host Chinese students […]
By PREEYAPA T. KHUNSONG and TASSANEE VEJPONGSA Associated Press NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (AP) — As mourning began for the victims of Thailand’s worst mass shooting, the country counted its losses: a mother shot dead at the wheel of her car as her son sat beside her, a 13-year-old student gunned down as he was riding […]
The first death outside China from the new coronavirus was recorded on Feb. 2 in the Philippines, as countries around the world evacuated hundreds of their citizens from the infection zone and Chinese authorities completed a new, rapidly constructed 1,000-bed hospital for victims of the outbreak.
BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant was a hugely popular figure in Asia, no more so than in China where basketball rivals soccer as the most popular sport. However, his death in a helicopter accident comes at an awkward time between the country and the league. National broadcaster CCTV pulled all NBA games off the air […]
British Airways (BA) is allowing passengers bound for Hong Kong and China the option of postponing or refunding their flights as the coronavirus death toll increases. On BA’s help section on its website, the airline says, “We fully understand that you may want to change your travel plans as a result of the recent coronavirus […]
By HARUKA NUGA and GRANT PECK TOKYO (AP) — Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the virus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the new normal. Demand for face masks and hand sanitizing liquid has soared, as both local […]
By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s environment minister became father to a boy and is going ahead with his planned paternity leave —still a rarity in Japan where men are under pressure to put work before family. Shinjiro Koizumi said his wife, former newscaster Christel Takigawa, gave birth to their first child […]
More than 1,000 members of India’s LGBTQ community, rights groups, and their supporters marched through the streets of the capital on Friday to protest a citizenship law that excludes Muslims.
TOKYO — Japan Airlines (JAL) announced on Dec. 27 that it will give away 50,000 domestic return tickets to international visitors in the summer of 2020. Participants must be a JAL Mileage Bank frequent flyer member registered outside of Japan. The traveling period for the “Win a Trip with JAL” campaign will be between July […]