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Cruise ship turned away in other ports anchors off Cambodia

SOPHENG CHEANG and GRANT PECK

February 13, 2020

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — A cruise ship turned away by other Asian and Pacific governments due to virus fears anchored Thursday off Cambodia, which is checking the health of its 2,200 passengers and crew.The Westerdam was unwelcome elsewhere even though operator Holland America Line said no cases of the...

Solid earnings send stock indexes higher on Wall Street

ALEX VEIGA

February 12, 2020

Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday, driving the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes to more record highs.Technology stocks powered much of the rally as investors focused on the latest batch of mostly solid company earnings reports. The latest gains came as worries about the economic im...

Virus worries force cancellation of major tech show in Spain

KELVIN CHAN and MAE ANDERSON

February 12, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Organizers of the world’s biggest mobile technology fair are pulling the plug over worries about the viral outbreak from China.The annual Mobile World Congress will no longer be held as planned in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 24-27.“Global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, trav...

Cruise ship barred by 4 governments set to dock in Cambodia

GRANT PECK

February 12, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — The operators of a cruise ship that was barred from docking by four governments over fears of a new virus that originated in China announced Wednesday that it will finally disembark passengers in Cambodia.Thailand refused Tuesday to allow the MS Westerdam to dock at a Thai port after ...

Q&A: How virus is impacting Asia’s cruises and passengers

DEE-ANN DURBIN and DAVID KOENIG

February 12, 2020

A new viral outbreak is wreaking havoc on cruises in Asia, where some passengers are stranded aboard ships and others can't leave China.Japan's health ministry has confirmed 174 cases of the virus aboard Carnival Corp.'s Diamond Princess, which is docked in Yokohama, Japan. The ship that carried 3,7...

Asian shares rise despite worries about virus outbreak

YURI KAGEYAMA

February 11, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were higher Wednesday, although the outbreak of a new virus in the region continued to weigh on investor sentiments.Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.5% in morning trading to 23,813.14. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6% to 7,094.00. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.7% to 27,771....

London police deploy face scan tech, stirring privacy fears

KELVIN CHAN

February 11, 2020

LONDON (AP) — London police started using facial recognition cameras on Tuesday to automatically scan for wanted people, as authorities adopt the technology that has raised concerns about increased surveillance and erosion of privacy.Surveillance cameras mounted on a blue police van monitored people...

Daimler profits slump as auto industry comes under pressure

DAVID McHUGH

February 11, 2020

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, saw profit slump in 2019 and turned in a loss for the fourth quarter, underlining the pressures on the auto industry from economic headwinds and the need to invest in electric cars to meet tougher European Union limits on greenhouse g...

Global stock turn higher as investors watch virus impact

JOE McDONALD

February 11, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets turned higher on Tuesday, at least temporarily shaking off jitters about China's virus outbreak.Indexes in London and Frankfurt advanced in Europe, while Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul closed higher. Tokyo fell for a second day.“Concerns over the coronavirus appea...

Health officials trace British patient travels in outbreak

DANICA KIRKA

February 11, 2020

LONDON (AP) — A middle-aged businessman from England who vacationed in the Alps has illustrated how the ease of international travel is complicating global efforts to track and contain the new coronavirus that emerged in China.From the Singapore hotel where he is believed to have picked up the viru...

More businesses reopen in China, but many people stay home

JOE McDONALD

February 10, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — More offices and stores in Beijing and other parts of China finally reopened Monday after the Lunar New Year break was extended to discourage travel and contain the new coronavirus, but many workers and shoppers appeared to stay home.Public health authorities are watching closely to see ...

Massive firework shot over Colorado breaks world record

February 9, 2020

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A massive firework launched over a Colorado ski resort town has set a record for the world's largest aerial firework.The 2,800-pound (1,270-kilogram) shell flew 2,200 feet (671 meters) above the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival before it burst, turning the sky bright...