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...

When will tourists return to Africa? Continent must guess

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Raino Bolz quickly diversified when his tourism business in South Africa’s winelands crashed to a halt in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. He sold a minibus — ...

China's Xi promises more market opening at trade fair

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping pledged to open China’s service industries wider to foreign competitors as its first in-person trade fair since the coronavirus outbreak opened under intensive anti...

Top 10 favorite scenic tourist spots in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The results of a survey of foreign visitors recently released by the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has revealed the 10 most-vi...

Thailand reports 1st local coronavirus case in 100 days

BANGKOK (AP) — Health officials in Thailand say a prison inmate has tested positive for the coronavirus in the country’s first confirmed locally transmitted case in 100 days. They s...

Coronavirus: How long can Thailand survive without foreign tourism?

In Phuket, Thailand's largest island and a key tourist destination, many tour operators are struggling to stay in business without foreign travelers. "COVID-19 has affected us. We haven'...