Thailand reopens borders to groups of tourists from China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A group of 39 tourists from China arrived in Thailand Tuesday (Oct. 20) after the Southeast Asian country kept its borders closed for seven months due to the Wuhan coronav...

Thailand admits first first foreign tourists in 7 months

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s tourist industry on Tuesday took a modest step toward reviving its coronavirus-battered fortunes by welcoming 39 visitors who flew in from Shanghai, the first such arrivals s...

Spain's overcrowding exacerbates pandemic

When the filmmaker Pablo Cerda came to the Spanish capital, Madrid, from Santiago de Chile to study, he was a little amazed at how small the apartments were in which people there lived. But when he s...

Taiwan government announces visa extension for foreign visitors

Taiwan will grant an additional 30-day extension of stay to foreign visitors who entered the country on or before March 21 and have no record of overstaying, the National Immigration Agency announced ...

Commission blames Austrian government for poor handling of Ischgl coronavirus outbreak

The reaction to one of Europe's first coronavirus outbreaks in Tyrol, Austria was littered with mistakes, from Chancellor Sebastian Kurz all the way down to Ischgl's mayor, an independent comm...

Madrid officials reluctantly ready city for partial lockdown

MADRID (AP) — Madrid's regional government has appealed against a national order that requires a partial lockdown of the Spanish capital just hours before a Friday night deadline for enacting the rest...

Bubble Redux: Canada's MLS teams making home away from home

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — At first glance, it was certainly surreal. Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers, was festooned in Vancouver Whitecaps colors. The electronic advertise...

Asia Today: South Korea has virus jump before holiday period

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 113 new cases of COVID-19, its first daily increase over 100 in five days, as the country entered a holiday break that officials fear would possibly ...

North Korea on virus threat: 'Under safe and stable control'

North Korea on Tuesday called on the world's governments to “display effective leadership” in the fight against COVID-19 and said its own measures against the pandemic, which it called “preemptive, ti...

Taipei deputy mayor: Smart city innovations will make post-pandemic life easier

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As cities around the world strive to return to normal amid the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, the Taiwanese capital has held a 10,000-person concert in addition to several...

5 takeaways from NY Times report on Trump's tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New York Times report that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax the year he entered the White House — and, thanks to colossal losses, no income tax at all in...

Taiwan's 13 National Forests offer half-price admission for two holidays

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Those planning to visit any of 13 national forest recreation areas during the Double Ten holiday as well as the Mid-Autumn Festival in October can save a few coins, as Tai...

Jewish pilgrims retreat from Ukrainian border

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of Hasidic Jews, stuck at the Ukrainian border for days due to coronavirus restrictions, have turned back without reaching their destination, the grave of a revered rabb...

Ukraine urges Jewish pilgrims stuck at border to turn back

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Thursday strongly warned thousands of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims who have been stuck on its border for days that it won't allow them into the country due to coronavirus re...

Ukraine, Belarus trade accusations over Jewish pilgrims

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Belarus traded angry accusations Wednesday over thousands of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims who have remained stuck on their border after Ukraine denied them entry because of...