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Lebanon buries 7 killed amid street battles over port probe

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon on Friday mourned seven people killed in gunbattles on the streets of Beirut the previous day, a confrontation that erupted over a long-running probe into last year’s massive por...

'Freedom Day': Sydney reopens as Australia looks to live with COVID-19

SYDNEY, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Sydney's cafes, gyms and restaurants welcomed back fully vaccinated customers on Monday after nearly four months of lockdown, as Australia aims to begin living with the ...

The Latest: WH: Merck pill 'good news,' vaccine still key

WASHINGTON — Biden administration officials say a new pill that could provide an easier, effective way to treat COVID 19 is good news, while adding vaccination remains the key to controlling the pande...

Australia to lift 18-month COVID-19 travel ban next month

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has outlined plans to lift a pandemic ban on its vaccinated citizens traveling overseas from November. But no date has yet been set for welcoming international tou...

Sri Lanka lifts 6-week virus lockdown amid economic worries

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka lifted a six-week lockdown Friday as COVID-19 cases and deaths decline but will restrict people's movement for work and obtaining essentials only — which are runnin...

US$ 103.9 Bn in 2026|Floriculture Market Growth Factors – Increasing Number of Exports And Rapid Modernization

The global floriculture market was valued at US$ 67.3 billion in 2017, and is expected to register a CAGR of 5.0%. The report offers in-depth insights, revenue details, and other vital information reg...

Taiwanese man detained for arranging funeral parade to celebrate police chief's transfer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A man surnamed Chu has been detained for "contempt of cop" after he allegedly arranged for a funeral-style parade to celebrate news of the transfer of the former...

Body composting a 'green' alternative to burial, cremation

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (AP) — In a suburban Denver warehouse tucked between an auto repair shop and a computer recycling business, Seth Viddal is dealing with life and death. He and one o...

Largest US Catholic parish rises in California's interior

VISALIA, Calif. (RNS) — It’s billed as the largest Catholic parish in the United States and it’s being constructed about 200 miles north of Los Angeles, in what’s often referred to “as the heart of Ca...

With Taliban's rise, India sees renewed threat in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's leaders are anxiously watching the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, fearing that it will benefit their bitter rival Pakistan and feed a long-simmering insurgency in the ...

Foreign spouses and children of citizens may apply to enter Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The coronavirus task force announced on Monday (Sept. 13) that foreign spouses and children of Taiwanese nationals can now apply for entry to the country. The Central E...

Taiwan CECC announces new Level 2 rules for Sept. 7-20

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Sept. 6) announced that Level 2 restrictions will be extended across the country to Sept. 20. Health Minister and ...

Real cash accidently burned with ghost money in southwest Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Funeral workers on Sunday (Aug. 29) found a large amount of cash being burned along with joss money at a crematorium in southwestern Taiwan, scrambling to salvage over NT$...

Sydney lockdown extended statewide as Australia faces 'worst' COVID episode

Australian police hiked fines for people breaking lockdown rules in Sydney and the rest of its home state on Saturday and strict stay-at-home orders were extended statewide amid a record jump in daily...

Some Afghans blame neighboring Pakistan for Taliban gains

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — When Wahab disappeared from his home in Afghanistan to sign on for jihad, it was in neighboring Pakistan that he got his training. The 20-year-old was recruited by c...