Mexico president joins 1st international summit -- from home

MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than a year into his term, Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador attended his first international summit Thursday, though the topic — the coronavirus pandemic — meant he...

The G20 video call: In virus era, even summits are virtual

LONDON (AP) — The face-to-face tension among foes was gone. So was the in-person camaraderie among allies. Gone were the impromptu and urgent “bilats” — bilateral meetings between le...

Iraq, Lebanon extend government restrictions to combat virus

BEIRUT (AP) — Iraq and Lebanon prepared Thursday to extend government-imposed restrictions on movement for two more weeks, the latest measures announced to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. In I...

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. UNITED STATES PASSES GRIM TOLL American deaths from the coronavirus pandemi...

World leaders to meet virtually to coordinate virus response

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders of the world's most powerful economies will convene virtually on Thursday to try and coordinate a response to the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has shutt...

UN chief urges G20 to adopt `war-time' plan with trillions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged leaders of the world’s 20 major industrialized nations on Tuesday to adopt a “wartime” plan including a stimulus package “in the tri...

South Africa's cases leap again as 3-week lockdown looms

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's coronavirus cases leapt again to 554 on Tuesday, the most of any country in Africa, as its 57 million people rushed to prepare for a lockdown that begins Thursday. ...

UN chief: World at war with a virus, recession near certain

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday the world “is at war with a virus” and warned that “a global recession — perhaps of record dimensions — is a near certainty....

Israeli government warns of fatalities as virus numbers rise

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's health ministry said Wednesday that 90 more people have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the country's overall number to 427 and sparking fears of a further ...

Former Argentina president Macri to head FIFA education work

ZURICH (AP) — Former Argentina president Mauricio Macri is joining FIFA’s educational foundation as executive chairman. FIFA on Tuesday announced the hiring of Macri, who has also s...

Leading NGOs boycott Saudi Arabian G20 civil society talks

BEIRUT (AP) — Three leading international NGOs announced on Monday they are boycotting meetings that Saudi Arabia is holding with civil society groups ahead of hosting this year's Group of 20 summit, ...

Taipei ban on disposable tableware at department stores starts Jan. 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A total of 55 department stores and shopping malls in Taipei are banned from providing one-time use tableware for customers starting Wednesday (Jan. 1). The measure is ...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2019. There are 31 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 30, ...

Germany’s Merkel hosting Compact with Africa summit

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hosting the G20 Compact with Africa summit in Berlin with the goal of increasing investment in the continent to improve living standards there. ...

Aging right in Taiwan

The world’s population is getting older and in some places — especially Taiwan — at a relatively quick pace. Nine per cent of the world’s population is over 65 years old. In...