Asia Today: South Korea to require masks on transit, flights

BANGKOK (AP) - South Koreans will be required to wear masks when using public transportation and taxis nationwide starting Tuesday as authorities look for more ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus as people increase their public activities.

Japan lifts coronavirus emergency in all remaining areas

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other remaining areas on Monday, ending the restrictions nationwide as businesses begin to reopen.

Japan ends coronavirus state of emergency as it lifts restrictions in last areas including Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) - Japan ends coronavirus state of emergency as it lifts restrictions in last areas including Tokyo.

Severe storm lashes vast expanse of west Australian coast

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Tens of thousands of homes and businesses lost power, buildings were battered and trees were uprooted as a vast stretch of the west Australian coast was whipped by a severe storm on Monday for the second straight day.

New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview Monday morning.


Indonesian choreographers provide digital stage for dancers

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Before the coronavirus pandemic arrived, 2020 seemed fated to be a great year for Siko Setyanto's dance career: touring Germany and South Korea, performances in Indonesia, classes and more classes.

China denies using virus to grow presence in South China Sea

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.

CEO buying struggling New Zealand media company for $1

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - One of New Zealand's largest media organizations is being sold for a single dollar to its chief executive, the owners announced Monday.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water cannon at protesters

HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong police fired tear gas and a water cannon at protesters in a popular shopping district Sunday, as thousands took to the streets to march against China's move to impose national security legislation on the city.

Desperate Indian girl bikes 745 miles home with disabled dad

NEW DELHI (AP) - From her village in eastern India, 15-year-old Jyoti Kumari reflected on her desperate 1,200-kilometer (745-mile) bicycle journey home with her disabled father that has drawn international praise.


Asia Today: 6 million Australians download virus tracing app

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Six million Australians have downloaded a smartphone app that helps health authorities trace coronavirus infections, officials said Sunday.

North Korea's Kim holds meeting on bolstering nuclear forces

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened a key military meeting to discuss bolstering the country's nuclear arsenal and putting its armed forces on high alert, state media reported Sunday, in Kim's first known public appearance in about 20 days.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas in popular shopping district as hundreds protest China's proposed national security law

HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong police fire tear gas in popular shopping district as hundreds protest China's proposed national security law.

Economic woes taking toll on Chinese football clubs

BEIJING (AP) - Economic woes are taking a toll on China's professional football clubs, with 11 being disqualified for failing to pay wages and five closing shop on their own terms, including last season's Chinese Super League side Tianjin Tianhai.

Last British governor says Hong Kong 'betrayed' by China

HONG KONG (AP) - The last British governor of Hong Kong said China has betrayed the semi-autonomous territory by tightening control over the city it had promised could keep freedoms not found on the mainland.

Taliban, Ghani declare three-day cease fire for Eid holiday

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Taliban and Afghanistan's president announced late Saturday a three-day cease-fire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

Japanese pro-wrestler in popular reality show dies at 22

TOKYO (AP) - Hana Kimura, a Japanese pro-wrestler who appeared in the latest series of the popular reality show "Terrace House," has died. She was 22.

Former PNG prime minister arrested over corruption charges

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) - The former prime minister of Papua New Guinea has been arrested and taken in for questioning over alleged misappropriation and corruption involving the purchase of two generators from Israel.

Turbulence, warnings before Pakistan plane crash killed 97

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - When the plane jolted violently, Mohammad Zubair thought it was turbulence. Then the pilot came on the intercom to warn that the landing could be "troublesome."

Recovery begins after storm ravages Indian, Bangladesh coast

NEW DELHI (AP) - Authorities began clearing roads and assessing damage on Friday after Cyclone Amphan barreled through coastal communities in eastern India and neighboring Bangladesh, killing more than 100 people and leaving millions displaced.

Trump demands immediate answer from governor on RNC capacity

In this Friday, May 22, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a

Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

This Thursday, May 21, 2020, photo shows a parked car with a broken driver's side window after a smash-and-grab break-in in Los Angeles. The coronavirus hasn't been kind to car owners. With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Fed judge rules Florida can't stop poor felons from voting
Car convoys, small ceremonies to mark Memorial Day in NYC

A young man wearing a protective face mask rides his bicycle along a fairly crowded Coney Island boardwalk during the current coronavirus outbreak, the afternoon of Sunday, May 24, 2020, in New York. No swimming was allowed and social distancing reminders were abundant on the beach as Memorial Day weekend kicked off the first weekend of summer. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Global shares rise on hopes for economies' gradual reopening

A currency trader talks on the phone near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 25, 2020. Asian shares are mostly higher, with Tokyo stocks gaining on expectations that a pandemic state of emergency will be lifted for all of Japan. But shares fell in Hong Kong on Monday after police used tear gas to quell weekend protests over a proposed national security bill for the former British colony. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

UN: Libya coast guard intercepts, detains about 400 migrants
Reports: Russian mediation reopens major highway in NE Syria
Yemeni gravediggers overwhelmed amid spike in virus deaths

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury bodies at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At the cemetery in Yemen's largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don't know what killed the newly deceased. But there's no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden - likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

Israel's Netanyahu attacks justice system as trial begins

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask in line with public health restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, looks at his lawyer inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court, Sunday, May 24, 2020.  He is the country's first sitting prime minister ever to go on trial, facing charges of fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in a series of corruption cases stemming from ties to wealthy friends. (Ronen Zvulun/ Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing blue mask, enters court for start of corruption trial.
French nursing homes employees protest pay, conditions

An elderly woman walks past employees demonstrating outside a nursing home of the Korian group, one of the market leaders in the lucrative industry of providing care and assisted living facilities for older adults, Monday, May 25, 2020 in Paris. In France, the group is facing several lawsuits filed by families who have lost loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic that has caused thousands of deaths in French care homes. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

UK's Johnson struggles to shift attention from aide's trip

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aide Dominic Cummings leaves his north London home, Monday May 25, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is standing by his top aide, Cummings, who is accused of breaking lockdown rules by traveling 250 miles (400 km) to his parents' house while coming down with COVID-19. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

Germany divided over plans to nix rules despite outbreaks

A ball boy gets a ball from the empty tribune prior the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, May 24, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

FILE - In this Monday, April 27, 2020. file photo,  The Volkswagen logo stand on the top of a VW headquarters building in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is gradually launch the production at important plants after the corona lockdown. (Swen Pfoertner/dpa via AP)

Brussels Airlines to resume flights on downsized summer sked

Planes from Brussels Airlines sit idle on the tarmac at Brussels Airport in Brussels, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis, Brussels Airlines unveiled Tuesday a cost-cutting plan that will result in the reduction of 25 percent of its workforce. The Lufthansa subsidiary, which employs 4,000 people, has suspended its flights as a result of the pandemic, which has put much air travel to a halt. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)