Breathtaking stretch of elevated railway in E. Taiwan completed

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A 2.7-kilometer section of elevated railway sandwiched between coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean in eastern Taiwan has been completed and opened for use on Thursday ...

VIRUS DIARY: `Father, why don't they stay home like we do?'

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Judas trees must be blooming these days out at the Gulghendi Hills, their purple flowers bursting gloriously all over the green slopes. They hold a festival there every y...

Documentary focuses on unlikely champion of Mexican cuisine

NEW YORK (AP) — If you add garlic to your guacamole, we have bad news: You're not doing it right. Do you mince the onion? That's also a no-no. And, please, leave the avocado lumpy. S...

Global pandemic: Through the eyes of the world's children

CHICAGO (AP) — These are children of the global pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavi...

AP PHOTOS: Olympic dreams for locked-down Venezuela athletes

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Stefany Hernández zips on her bike across a vast, empty boulevard in Venezuela's capital, getting in training where she can find it. A 2015 world champion b...

National parks hope visitors comply with virus measures

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A man pets a wild bison on the head. Rescuers pull a treasure seeker from a snowy canyon. A woman taking photos stumbles into scalding water. Visitors to Yellow...

New-look Santa Anita cashes winning ticket as racing returns

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Horses are thundering down the stretch again at Santa Anita. There are no fans or owners cheering them on. No photos in the winner’s circle. No bets placed at the track's window...

'Strong' after shooting, El Paso now vulnerable to virus

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Inked on skin and hashtagged on social media, the words “El Paso Strong” united city residents after a mass shooting at a Walmart last year. As COVID-19 took ho...

After weeks of COVID-19 cases, Russian doctor craves quiet

MOSCOW (AP) — As he strides down the sidewalk outside Moscow's Filatov Hospital in blue jeans and garish crimson shoes, Dr. Osman Osmanov shows no signs of the rigors he's just been through. ...

Putin says coronavirus situation in Russia stabilized

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Friday the coronavirus outbreak in Russia has begun to abate, creating a positive environment for easing restrictions, as officials defended the country's d...

Cape Town is virus hot spot for South Africa and continent

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cape Town has become the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa and one of Africa's hot spots. The popular tourist destination at the southern tip of Afr...

Taiwan's medical expertise is incredible asset to share: Mongolian representative

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Despite the distance and limited trade figures between the two countries, Mongolia is a crucial partner for Taiwan due to its abundant metal resources; however, for a coun...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Rising anxiety may be the common denominator as countries around the world gradually emerge from lockdowns due to the new coronavirus. What a return to normal looks like varies widel...

Mexico faces infectious waste disposal problem amid pandemic

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mountains of infectious waste, including huge piles of discarded coffins and tons of hospital garbage, are popping up across Mexico amid the coronavirus pandemic, a grisly problem a...

Taiwanese college student dies after falling into ravine while mountaineering

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A 21-year-old college student surnamed Chien (簡) fell more than 60 meters into a ravine and died Saturday (May 16) on a two-day mountaineering trip to Mt. Bilu (畢祿山) in ce...