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India's disaster hangs over countries facing COVID-19 surges

SOHAG, Egypt (AP) — Countries worldwide wrestling with new coronavirus surges are trying to ensure they aren’t hit by an India-style disaster. They face many of the same risks, including large populat...

COVID: Nepal reeling from a deadly second coronavirus wave

Ram Babu Shah, a communications expert at a UN agency in Kathmandu, was recently in a desperate search for a hospital bed for his coronavirus-infected brother. He finally found a bed at a local hospit...

May Day rallies in Greece halt ferries, disrupt flights

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Thousands of striking workers and other protesters blocked traffic in Athens and cities across Greece Thursday to mark rescheduled May Day celebrations and rally against planned ...

Taiwan denies plans to evacuate citizens from India due to COVID situation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) denied media reports Wednesday (May 5) that Taiwan’s representative offices in India had advised last week that all Taiwanese ...

Taiwan reports 12 imported COVID cases in 1 day

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (May 6) announced 12 imported cases and one local COVID-19 case. During a press conference on Thursday, Health an...

Dubai luxury home market soars as world's rich flee pandemic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After nearly three decades in London, Christophe Reech was fed up with the city's pandemic lockdowns. This spring, he sold his luxury townhouse and jetted off to the...

Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions challenged in court

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s drastic COVID-19 strategies of preventing its citizens leaving the country and returning from India were challenged in court Thursday. The gove...

Most New Zealand IPL players to return home Friday

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Most New Zealand players, coaches and support staff who were involved in the suspended Indian Premier League will return home on a charter flight Friday. ...

SpaceX launches, lands Starship in 1st successful flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched and successfully landed its futuristic Starship on Wednesday, finally nailing a test flight of the rocketship that Elon Musk intends to use to land astronau...

US awards huge shelter contracts amid child migrant increase

Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say ...

60 years since 1st American in space: Tourists lining up

Sixty years after Alan Shepard became the first American in space, everyday people are on the verge of following in his cosmic footsteps. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company is finally opening ti...

Taiwanese pilot, flight attendant fined NT$300,000 for visiting bar while still self-monitoring

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A China Airlines pilot and flight attendant have been slapped with a total of NT$300,000 (US$10,000) in fines for going out to a bar while they were undergoing self-health...

200 years: Remote St. Helena island marks Napoleon's death

Getting to the remote South Atlantic island where Napoleon died 200 years ago got even harder during the coronavirus pandemic. So while commemorations of the May 5, 1821 death of th...

Taiwan fighter jet overshoots runway during landing

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) jet overshot the runway at Makung Airport in Penghu County Wednesday (May 5), forcing the airport to close for one hour, but its two-ma...

Australian cricketers in limbo after India's IPL postponed

SYDNEY (AP) — At least 38 Australians involved in the Indian Premier League are in limbo after the lucrative cricket tournament was suddenly postponed because of surging coronavirus cases at a time wh...