Lebanon crisis brings mixed legacy for central bank governor

BEIRUT (AP) — Touted as the guardian of Lebanon’s monetary stability, he steered the tiny country's finances for nearly three decades, through post-war recovery and bouts of unrest. ...

How to pay rent when you can’t afford it

After Megan Pearson’s job as a restaurant server was put on hold because of COVID-19 -related stay-at-home orders, the single mom had to figure out how to come up with the rent for her apartment in Br...

Cash, long a refuge in uncertain times, now under suspicion

BEIRUT (AP) — In troubled times, people have been known to hoard currency at home — a financial security blanket against deep uncertainty. But in this crisis, things are different. This time cash itse...

Palestinians say Israel targeting prisoners' bank accounts

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials said Friday that Israel is forcing banks in the occupied West Bank to close accounts held by the families of prisoners in Israeli jails to prevent the ...

'Fowl' play: Alabama police search for 'aggressive chicken'

WALKER, Ala. (AP) — Police are searching for an “aggressive chicken” accused of engaging in fowl play at an Alabama bank. The Walker Police Department responded to a complaint about ...

Lebanese riots over price hikes leave 1 dead, scores injured

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Anger over the crash of Lebanon's national currency that sent food prices soaring boiled over into street violence overnight in the northern city of Tripoli, where a man wounde...

Taiwan's eMask Ordering System now available in English

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The second version of Taiwan's new mask-rationing website launched on Wednesday (March 25) with an English option. Individuals can place pre-orders for surgical mas...

Social distancing during the coronavirus? Try banking online

If the coronavirus has you self-isolating, you’re likely more concerned about staying in touch with loved ones and carefully planning your grocery excursions than about changing your money routine. ...

FDIC warns of scams saying banks in trouble from outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the nation's bank regulators is urging Americans not to withdraw large sums of cash and to beware of fraudsters claiming that banks are limiting customers' access to their money...

Best strategies against virus: Track, isolate, communicate

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore, a tiny city-state of less than 6 million people, had one of the earliest and biggest clusters of cases of the coronavirus in early February, before it began its rapid, inex...

Foreigners need NHI card, card reader to access Taiwan's mask website

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After trial operations for a new website for real-name mask-rationing went online on Thursday (March 12), Taiwanese officials announced that foreigners only have the optio...

NYC officials knock down train and subway closure rumors

NEW YORK CITY (AP) — New York City officials moved swiftly Thursday to address a false text message spreading on social media claiming that the police department was planning to put containment action...

Taiwan mask-ordering website now live

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In an effort to more efficiently distribute surgical face masks as the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, trial operations for a new website for real-name m...

ILO says working conditions improve in Thai seafood sector

BANGKOK (AP) — A report issued Tuesday by the U.N.'s International Labor Organization credits Thailand with improving working conditions in the fishing and seafood processing industry, but says that s...

Lebanon begins 'historic' offshore oil drilling amid crisis

Beirut (AP) — Lebanon's president Thursday inaugurated the Mediterranean country's first offshore exploratory drilling for oil and gas, calling it a “historic day” for the cash-strapped country. ...