36 Vietnamese stowaways came from China, tested for coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As five more Vietnamese stowaways trying to illegally immigrate to Taiwan were captured on Wednesday (Sept. 16), news surfaced that they had transited from China and were ...

Asia Today: India adds over 83,000 cases, nears 5 million

NEW DELHI (AP) — India confirmed more than 83,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing its total caseload to nearly 5 million. The Health Ministry also reported 1,054 new death...

Coronavirus threatens India's uninformed and isolated tribes

When India went into a coronavirus lockdown in March, the central state of Chhattisgarh had reported only six cases of COVID-19. However, the numbers in the state have now swelled to over 67,000 regis...

Taiwanese employers who dock migrant worker wages can face NT$300,000 fine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Workforce Development Agency (WDA) under the Ministry of Labor (MOL) on Monday reminded the public that employers and labor brokers face heavy fines if they are found ...

2 Mideast countries, world's top virus rates per population

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The small, neighboring sheikhdoms of Bahrain and Qatar have the world's highest per capita rates of coronavirus infections. In the two Mideast countries, COVID-19 ep...

How coronavirus is affecting underprivileged children in India

It's a hot afternoon and 17-year-old Nankesh is busy rummaging for scraps in the once bustling bylanes of South Delhi's Nizamuddin area. Before the coronavirus pandemic, this part of the India...

How coronavirus is affecting underprivileged children in India

It's a hot afternoon and 17-year-old Nankesh is busy rummaging for scraps in the once bustling bylanes of South Delhi's Nizamuddin area. Before the coronavirus pandemic, this part of the India...

Serbian military opens field hospital amid coronavirus spike

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Troops in Serbia set up an emergency 500-bed field hospital Monday, a day after neighboring Kosovo re-imposed a nighttime curfew in four cities, as the Balkans battled to conta...

Police nab 12 undocumented workers in W. Taiwan's ASEAN Plaza

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — During patrols of ASEAN Plaza over the weekend in western Taiwan's Taichung City, police apprehended 12 Indonesian and Vietnamese unaccounted for workers. Situated ...

Taiwan allows migrant worker employers to extend contracts amid pandemic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Labor (MOL) on Tuesday (June 9) announced that employers of migrant workers can apply to extend their contracts by three months amid the Wuhan coronavirus ...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

As Brazil and India struggle with surging coronavirus cases, a top health expert is warning that the world is still smack in the middle of the pandemic, dampening hopes for a speedy global economic re...

Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

BEIRUT (AP) — Long before the pandemic struck, they lived and worked in conditions that rights groups called exploitative — low wages, long hours, no labor law protections. Now, som...

India struggles with twin challenges of cyclone and pandemic

NEW DELHI (AP) — In the middle of a pandemic, if a cyclone comes hurtling toward you, what should you do? Debasis Shyamal, a fisherman, forgot about social distancing. He crammed him...

Truck collision on Indian highway kills 23 migrant workers

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — At least 23 migrant workers were killed early Saturday when a truck they were travelling in crashed into a stationary truck on a highway in northern India, an official said. ...

A tale of two outbreaks: Singapore tackles a costly setback

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Weeks after two of his roommates were diagnosed with COVID-19, Mohamad Arif Hassan says he's still waiting to be tested for the coronavirus. Quarantined in his room in a ...