China food prices spike as anti-virus effort disrupts supply

BEIJING (AP) — China's food prices jumped 21.4% over a year earlier in February as anti-virus efforts disrupted supplies, adding to pressure on communist leaders who are trying to revive economic acti...

AP Interview: UN official appeals for more access in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the U.N. children's agency said Friday she has asked government officials for more access inside Syria, saying it's critical to bring aid to "the most vulnerable" in the war-...

Beijing reports 40% rise in food prices as coronavirus expands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak expands, food prices in the Chinese capital Beijing have surged by 40 percent, partly a result of restrictions on transportati...

China virus cases rise again, 65 more on ship in Japan

BEIJING (AP) — China reported a rise in new virus cases Monday, denting optimism that disease control measures including isolating major cities might be working, while the operator of a cruise s...

China's virus outbreak weighs on global business

BEIJING (AP) — Global business is catching a chill from China's virus outbreak, with even the gaming industry taking a hit. Mink breeders in Denmark called off a fur auction because...

Germany's Merkel meets food industry to discuss low prices

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel met food industry representatives on Monday to address concerns about the effect of rock-bottom supermarket prices on farmers and others. ...

Philippine Ilocano basketball tourney tips off in Taichung

A two-day Lunar New Year basketball tournament for members of an international Philippine Ilocano organization opened in Taichung on Sunday, with hundreds gathering at a local park for the opening cer...

Death toll up to 21 from flooding in Madagascar; 20 missing

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — The death toll from flooding and landslides from torrential rains in Madagascar has risen to 21, authorities said Friday. Another 20 people are missin...

Social controls, SARS experience help China close off cities

BEIJING (AP) — Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few countries other than China would consider, but it is made possible by the rulin...

Images of starving lions in Sudan zoo spark global concern

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — At an impoverished, forlorn zoo in Sudan’s capital, several lions are starving in rusted cages — their ribs protruding, eyes glassy and skin flaccid, they are desperate for food...

China food prices jump despite effort to ease pork shortage

BEIJING (AP) — China's food prices jumped 17.4% in December over a year earlier, driven by surging pork prices despite official efforts to ease shortages caused by a disease outbreak. ...

AP Explains: Peronism returns in Argentina amid crisis

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Alberto Fernández becomes president of Argentina on Tuesday, returning the country's Peronist political movement to power amid an economic crisis and rising poverty. He has said th...

Argentina's Peronists seek return in polarized election

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Frustration over a bruising economic crisis and rising poverty has eroded support for Argentina's pro-business incumbent ahead of Sunday's presidential election and boos...

China releases stockpiled pork to cool price surge

BEIJING (AP) — China's government is releasing pork from stockpiles to help cool surging prices ahead of Oct. 1 celebrations of the Communist Party's 70th anniversary in power. The pr...

Inflation remains weak in eurozone as ECB mulls stimulus

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Annual inflation in the 19 countries that use the euro remained stuck at 1.2% in June, well below their central bank's goal despite years of stimulus policies. ...