Heat wave boosts burns in Phoenix as pavement, cars scald

PHOENIX (AP) — The main burn center in Phoenix has seen its emergency department visits double during the heat wave that is scorching the Southwest U.S., including people burning their bare feet on th...

Taiwan records lowest winter rainfall in 54 years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Water shortage alerts and different phases of water rationing implemented during the start of the year in Taiwan were caused by record low winter rainfall since 1963, said E...

Taiwan to spend NT$143.3B to shape up water resource management

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)— Taiwan's Economic Affairs Minister Lee Chih-kung (李世光) broke down the NT$143.3 billion (US$4.77 billion) the government will spend to improve water resources manag...

Phase-one water rationing starts April 5 in Taiwan’s Chiayi, Tainan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s Chiayi and Tainan will be placed on phase-one water rationing starting on April 5th, the government announced Wednesday. The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA...

Syrian government troops push against IS in country's north

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military and an activist group say government forces and their allies are approaching a main water pumping station controlled by the Islamic State group in the country's north. ...

Gov't mulls phase-two water rationing amid shortage

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s government is contemplating imposing the second phase of water rationing in northern part of the nation to address the water shortage situation at the Shihmen Dam...

Taiwan rolls out first phase of water rationing this year

Taipei (Taiwan News)—Rainfall over the 228 holidays only slightly alleviated the water shortage situation at the Shihmen Dam by adding an additional six days of water supply, but was insufficien...

Taiwan to start limited water rationing March 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Limited water rationing is to be introduced on March 1 in parts of New Taipei City as well as in Taoyuan and the Hsinchu area, the government announced Tuesday. Each ev...

World's diplomats seeking reassurance from US at G20 meeting

BONN, Germany (AP) — Foreign ministers from most of the world's leading powers are heading to a diplomatic summit of the Group of 20 industrialized and emerging economies in Germany, with all eyes on ...

The View from Taichung: Water, water? anywhere?: Taiwan's annual drought warnings

The Taiwan papers carried a flood of news about the wave of expected water shortages in Taiwan. According to reports, the Water Resources Agency said that for the three months to the end of Jan, ...

Mounting frustration in Damascus amid widespread water cuts

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Omar Tarshan had never visited any of Syria's famous public baths until three weeks ago, when a water shortage in his Damascus neighborhood forced him to look for an alternative...

Airstrikes escalate despite Syria cease-fire

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria said Thursday that a cease-fire was "largely holding with some exceptions," as opposition activists reported a mounting number of government airstrikes, includin...

Syrian activists say no let-up in fighting outside capital

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say besieged opposition pockets around the Syrian capital of Damascus have seen no reprieve in fighting despite a nationwide cease-fire agreement that went into effect over 36 ...

APEC youth forum on water resources education being held in Pingtung

An APEC youth workshop on sustainable water resources education and hub development opened Monday in Pingtung, southern Taiwan with the participation of specialists and academics from 13 countries. ...

As lines form for water, Myanmar pins hopes on Suu Kyi

DALA, Myanmar (AP) -- Every year at this time, the ponds and wells go dry. People walk for hours to fill their plastic buckets at a lotus-filled pond that is the only clean source of drinking water in...