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US jobless claims tick up from near a pandemic low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week for a second straight week to 351,000, a sign that the delta variant of the coronavirus may be disrupting the job...

New Taipei City to lower alert to Level 2 Friday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After curbing an outbreak of COVID-19’s Delta variant, New Taipei City will loosen restrictions and lower its COVID alert to Level 2 starting Friday (Sept. 24), Mayo...

World shares advance after Fed signals it will ease support

World shares were mostly higher Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled it may begin easing its extraordinary support measures for the U.S. economy later this year. Benchmarks ro...

New Zealand's Ardern says lockdowns can end with high vaccine uptake

WELLINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday the country should aim for a 90%-plus rate of inoculation, and could drop strict coronavirus lockdown measure...

Naval officer wins praise for Portugal’s vaccine rollout

OEIRAS, Portugal (AP) — As Portugal closes in on its goal of fully vaccinating 85% of the population against COVID-19 in nine months, other countries in Europe and beyond want to know how it was accom...

Taiwan’s TSMC to attend White House semiconductor meeting

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) plans to take part in a virtual White House meeting that is set to convene on Thursday (Sept. 23), with companies involved in ...

Taiwan must conquer ‘zero infection’ myth, reopen with aid of science

The reason why no vaccines were developed for the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 stems from the fact that, by the time scientists were done with animal testing and ready to conduct m...

Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids?

Is the delta variant of the coronavirus worse for kids? No, experts say there's no strong evidence yet that it makes children and teens sicker than earlier versions of the virus, alt...

FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for seniors, high-risk

The U.S. moved a step closer Wednesday to offering booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens and others at high risk from the virus as the Food and Drug Administration signed off o...

COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One desperate California school district is sending flyers home in students' lunchboxes, telling parents it's “now hiring." Elsewhere, principals are filling in as crossing guards...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 20 The Philadelphia Inquirer on protecting abortion rights in Pennsylvania: ...

Stocks rise broadly on Wall Street ahead of Fed statement

Stocks rose broadly on Wall Street Wednesday ahead of an update from the Federal Reserve on how and when it might begin easing its extraordinary support measures for the economy. The...

Biden doubling vaccine purchase, calls for more global shots

President Joe Biden is set to announce that the United States is doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% ...

Taiwan reports 1 COVID case, 1 death

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (Sept. 22) reported one new local COVID-19 case. Deputy CECC chief Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥) on Wednesday afternoon a...

Ravaged by war, Syrian rebel area struggles with virus surge

BEIRUT (AP) — Coronavirus cases are surging to the worst levels of the pandemic in a rebel stronghold in Syria — a particularly devastating development in a region where scores of hospitals have been ...