Trump defends $2.5B coronavirus request; Dems say it's low

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the urgent $2.5 billion plan for coronavirus he sent to lawmakers will prepare the nation in case of an outbreak in the U.S. and help other na...

Fears of coronavirus cast shadow over upcoming Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise in Taiwan, worries that the upcoming Mazu temple tour, which draws thousands of participants to central Taiwan each...

Italy towns close down amid virus case clusters, 2 deaths

A dozen towns in northern Italy effectively went into lockdown Saturday after the deaths of two people infected with the new virus from China and a growing cluster of cases with no direct links to the...

Italian towns on lockdown after 2 virus deaths, clusters

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — A dozen northern Italian towns were on effective lockdown Saturday after the new virus linked to China claimed two lives in Italy and sickened an increasing number of peopl...

Taiwan’s first COVID-19 death confirmed to have come into contact with an infected person

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The first person to have died of COVID-19 in Taiwan was confirmed to have come into contact with an infected Taiwanese businessperson who had recently returned from China&...

Filipinos express relief at lifting of Taiwan travel ban

Following the Philippine government's decision Friday to lift a travel ban against Taiwan aimed at halting the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), members of the Filipino community intervi...

Filipino 1st local typhoid case in Taiwan this year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Friday (Feb. 14), announced the first locally-acquired case of typhoid this year, in Taiwan's Kaohsiung City. The patient w...

No 'Plan B' for Olympics; questions over Chinese presence

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan B” for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been j...

German Institute Taipei praises Taiwan's coronavirus response

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The German Institute Taipei has praised the island nation for its battle against the Wuhan coronavirus, calling it a "role model" in its Facebook post Thursday (...

Italy, Turkey screen all arriving passengers for coronavirus

ROME (AP) — Italy and Turkey said Wednesday they were taking the temperatures of all arriving airline passengers in new prevention measures aimed at halting the spread of a virus outbreak that has kil...

Three major steps in Taiwan’s effective response to Wuhan coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has managed to coordinate a quick and effective response to the coronavirus outbreak thanks to experience gained from SARS as well as three major decisions, accordi...

Tokyo Olympics CEO: "I'm seriously worried" over China virus

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics organizers on Wednesday said they are increasingly concerned about the disruption the fast-spreading virus in China is causing ahead of the games, which open in just under ...

China accuses US of overreacting, admits desperate needs for masks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China is accusing the US of "overreacting to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak" and "disregarding the assurances given by the World Health Organiza...

Chinese expert vows to replace doctors with CCP members on coronavirus front

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A leading disease expert fighting the China coronavirus deviated from the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) carefully scripted playbook by announcing on Wednesday (Jan. ...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 29 The Los Angeles Times on federal spending: The nonp...