As Africa locks down, some deliveries of aid are threatened

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than half of Africa’s 54 countries have closed their land, air and sea borders to fight the spread of the coronavirus, authorities said Friday, but fears are growing that the ...

With more infections than China, Spain tightens lockdown

MADRID (AP) — Spain enforced even tighter stay-at-home rules Monday for its 47 million people, as the country overtook China as the nation with the third-highest number of reported infections in the w...

New York residents urged to avoid travel as virus spreads

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. health authorities urged millions of residents of the New York City region to avoid non-essential travel due to surging coronavirus infections there as deaths in the United States ...

Farmworkers key to keeping US fed are wary of virus's spread

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Salvador Calzadillas isn't worried about catching the coronavirus when he's picking mandarin oranges in the trees in central California. But he said the mere act of getting t...

EU tempers fray as virus hits lives, livelihoods, economies

As the coronavirus claims lives, ruins livelihoods and wreaks economic havoc, tensions are rising between European Union countries over how best to respond as the pandemic overwhelms some member natio...

International buyers fearing food shortage sign MOU with Taiwan farmers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to set off panic buying around the world, many international customers have reached out to Taiwanese farmers in hope...

Virus causes surge in WW II references, but is it merited?

LONDON (AP) — In the first week of June 2019, World War II was on many people's minds. It was the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a week filled with events honoring the sacrifice and blo...

Air Canada lays off 5,000, France tries to save food supply

The rapid spread of the coronavirus since it was first reported in China has dealt an unparalleled shock to the world economy. Following are business developments Monday related to t...

US-Canada border to close late Friday to non-essential trips

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government said Thursday the Canada-U.S. border will be closed to all non-essential travel in both directions on Friday night. Prime Minister Justin Trud...

Panic buying leaves retailers scrambling to restock

NEW YORK (AP) — Grocers big and small are hiring more workers, paying overtime and limiting purchases on certain high demand items as they scramble to restock shelves that have been wiped out by panic...

China discloses Q1 plunge in foreign trade

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China's Ministry of Commerce announced a double-digit downturn of the country's foreign trade in January and February in the wake of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-1...

P&G CEO on products for older folks; cutting back on plastic

NEW YORK (AP) — Tide detergent, Pantene shampoo and Gillette razors have filled cupboards for decades. But being a household name isn't good enough anymore. Proctor & Gamble, wh...

Ball kids to wear gloves, not touch towels at Indian Wells

Tennis players at the BNP Paribas Open that starts next week will have to manage their own towels on court and ball kids will wear gloves while working matches at the combined men's and women's tourna...

Nicaragua refugee farmers carve out existence in Costa Rica

UPALA, Costa Rica (AP) — In Costa Rica's rural north, several hundred Nicaraguan refugees are carving out an existence with machetes and a firm belief that they could be jailed or killed if they retur...

Suspected North Korean boat with bodies found in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A boat suspected of being from North Korea with several bodies was found on a small island in northern Japan, the Japanese Coast Guard said Sunday. The wrecked boat that...