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South Korea injected more than $13 billion in emergency funds to stoke economic activity sapped by the fast-spreading coronavirus, while a regional government in Japan declared a state of emergency in a bid to contain its own outbreak.

Governments trying to control the fast-spreading coronavirus are punishing residents and visitors who are accused of misleading health investigators, hiding key details about their activities and flouting quarantine orders.

The coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is now spreading faster than the epidemic in China, underscoring the difficulties in containing the spread of a disease that some observers already believe to be a pandemic.

A 23-year-old American soldier stationed in South Korea became the first U.S. service member to contract the coronavirus, as the government’s attempts to slow the contagion struggled to keep pace.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and ruling party came under sharp criticism from Indian courts and political rivals after four days of some of the worst communal violence in India’s capital city in decades left at least 27 dead and more than 200 injured.

South Korea’s efforts to tackle the coronavirus epidemic are being criticized for both moving too quickly and not fast enough, a dizzying backlash as the country struggles to tame the fast-spreading illness.

The last passenger on the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship disembarked Sunday, leaving hundreds of crew members on board and concerns about whether passengers who tested negative could turn positive.

The city-state offers cash grants for parents, housing subsidies and even relationship advice, but birthrates remain stubbornly low. In its latest push, the government expanded preschool subsidies and enhanced government support for assisted reproduction and fertility treatments.

Japanese officials defended their handling of cruise-ship virus victims after the first two passenger deaths were reported. Both people were in their 80s.

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has won a second term in office with a slim majority of the votes cast, a result that comes five months after the election and threatens to spark political unrest amid U.S. efforts to reach a peace deal with the Taliba

The Tokyo Marathon closed itself to public entries because of the coronavirus outbreak, cutting nearly 30,000 runners less than two weeks before the event.

The U.S. and the Afghan Taliban have agreed to the first step of a peace deal, a senior Trump administration official said, a milestone after months of talks over ending a war that has gone on for more than 18 years.

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