Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands

A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday (Aug 4), flattening much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 70 peop...

First batch of 107 foreigners arrive as Taiwan opens doors to visitors

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Monday (June 29) 107 passengers from Hong Kong and Macau comprised the first batch of foreigners allowed to enter Taiwan since a ban was imposed on foreign visitors in ...

UN: Libyan coast guard intercepts 71 Europe-bound migrants

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard intercepted 71 migrants hoping to make it to Europe, including four women and two children, and returned them to the capital Tripoli, the U.N. migration organization s...

Taiwan to open doors to foreign visitors June 29

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan will allow foreigners to apply for entry to the country starting on June 29, with the exception of tourists. As the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) ...

DOJ: Reality star spent emergency loan on Rolex, Rolls Royce

ATLANTA (AP) — A reality TV star in Atlanta used an emergency loan from the federal government to lease a Rolls Royce, make child support payments and purchase $85,000 worth of jewelry, authorities sa...

IMF approves $2.77 billion to help Egypt with virus fallout

CAIRO (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has agreed to lend Egypt $2.77 billion in emergency assistance to deal with the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic, its executive board sa...

'A crisis like no other': IMF facing huge demand for support

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that the lending agency is facing huge demand for support from its members during the global pandemic. An...

States largely have authority over when to shut down, reopen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has shown no reluctance to use his White House perch to commend and criticize governors over steps they've taken to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. ...

500-plus Quebec seniors' homes have at least one virus case

MONTREAL (AP) — Nearly a quarter of Quebec's seniors residences have at least one case of COVID-19, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said Wednesday, Legault said 519 of the province's...

States largely have authority over when to shut down, reopen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has the biggest megaphone, but it's governors and local officials who will decide what type of restrictions to impose on their citizens to try to slow the spre...

Clash likely in Australia if football reaches cricket season

The biggest collisions of the Australian football season could come after the coronavirus pandemic has passed. And the heaviest impacts could be sports competing for space. There are...

Trump has megaphone, but states control virus shutdowns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has the biggest megaphone, but it's governors and local officials who will decide when to begin reopening their economies after shuttering them to try to slow ...

Netflix: $100 million in virus relief for creative ranks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix said Friday it is establishing a $100 million relief fund for workers in the worldwide creative community affected by the corona-virus caused halt of most film and televisio...

Louisiana helping Puerto Rico with earthquake recovery

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 20 Louisiana state fire marshal employees are heading to Puerto Rico on Thursday to help with earthquake recovery efforts. Gov. John Bel Edwards an...

Alleged rape victim names Lyft, St. Louis driver in lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who says she was raped by a Lyft driver in St. Louis has filed a lawsuit accusing the ride-sharing company of prioritizing profits over passenger safety. Cri...