Call to the wild: Great outdoors an escape in tough times

Jim Klug's office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips. It's a stressful time for the co-owner of a fishing tr...

Lack of social distancing leads to closure of parks, trails

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — It was a sunny day, the first in about a week when temperatures had climbed past the 50-degree mark, and people in Chicago did what they always do on such a day: They flocked to ...

Germany sends plane to rescue stranded tourists from Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A rescue flight arranged by the German government on Friday picked up hundreds of tourists who had been stranded in Nepal since the Himalayan nation went on lockdown earlier th...

BBC deletes report accusing Taiwan quarantine of being 'prison-like'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A BBC article that alleged a British woman was being held in "prison-like conditions" has been deleted after the Taiwanese government rebutted the allegation and...

Appeals grow to close US national parks during pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is sticking with its crowd friendly waiver of entrance fees at national parks during the coronavirus pandemic, as managers at some parks try and fail to keep...

FBI: Soldiers set up deadly robbery to fund foreign fighting

The two former U.S. Army soldiers met in Ukraine, where they joined the same far-right paramilitary group. After getting deported, they planned to take a boat from Miami to South America. They wanted ...

Out of vital medication, US woman among those stuck in Peru

For Anna, a 33-year-old American woman stranded in a Peruvian hotel room and out of life-saving medication to treat her auto-immune disease, the clock is ticking. After Peru ordered...

From top to bottom line: Everest closing means financial hit

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Apa Sherpa knows firsthand all the risks of climbing Mount Everest. He's been to the summit 21 times. The potential for a COVID-19 outbreak at base camp had h...

Doctors plead for supplies, while nations seek to slow virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors and nurses pleaded for supplies such as masks and ventilators that are critical in their battle to treat a surging number of coronavirus patients, while governments on Tuesday ...

UK government under pressure to toughen virus restrictions

LONDON (AP) — The British government warned Monday that it may introduce more draconian measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus if people persist in ignoring social distancing recommendations a...

Over 1.5 billion globally asked to stay home to escape virus

PARIS (AP) — The hunt for masks, ventilators and other medical supplies consumed the U.S. and Europe, as more than 1.5 billion people — one-fifth of the world’s population — we...

Hunt for medical gear to fight virus becomes all-consuming

PARIS (AP) — The hunt for masks, ventilators and other medical supplies consumed the U.S. and Europe on Monday, as new coronavirus infections soared and political paralysis stalled efforts for a quick...

Mexico navy copter down in police operation; 1 dead, 10 hurt

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico say a Mexican navy helicopter has crashed during an anti-kidnapping operation, killing a police officer and injuring 10 military personnel in the Gulf state of...

US wakes up to Taiwan’s global status

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — United States President Donald Trump recently used the term “Chinese virus” while responding to questions from reporters, at a news conference. On the print...

Occasional showers, cool weather forecast for N. and E. Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A weak cold front and rain system moving in from southern China are expected to bring wet weather starting Wednesday (March 18), according to the Central Weather Bureau (C...