Pandemic hurts ability of nations to face natural disasters

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Before New Zealand began its four-week lockdown to fight the coronavirus, a reporter asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern what would happen if an earthquake struck while ...

Taiwan adopts three-pronged approach to bolstering economy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is introducing three measures to help the country ride out the economic woes inflicted upon by the coronavirus, central bank Governor Yang Chin-long (楊金龍) said on M...

Legislation protecting food delivery workers takes effect in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An ordinance ensuring the rights of food delivery service workers comes to effect Friday (March 27) in Taipei, the first city in Taiwan to implement such rules. Compris...

Of America and sacrifice: Is the country ready to step up?

WASHINGTON (AP) — For most Americans alive today, the idea of shared national sacrifice is a collective abstraction, a memory handed down from a grandparent or passed on through a book or movie. ...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

A surge in infections has caused a critical shortage of medical supplies in many places. The hunt for ventilators and other critical items is consuming Europe and the U.S. Deaths around the world pas...

Presidents in health crises: Trump more hands-on than many

WASHINGTON (AP) — Woodrow Wilson was more focused on the end of World War I than a flu virus that was making its way around the globe, ultimately sickening hundreds of thousands of Americans, includin...

Taiwan to introduce faster earthquake warning system

The earthquake warning system will work faster from April 6, when information about strong temblors will be released within 10 seconds after their occurrence to buy the public more time to respond, th...

Most of U.S. starts answering census questions in next days

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The 2020 census kicked off in rural villages of Alaska in January. Now the rest of the nation gets to start participating in the once-a-decade head count. Here are answers to some...

Business Highlights

___ Bond yields sink, stocks fall as investors demand safety NEW YORK (AP) — A dizzying, brutal week of trading dropped one last round of harrowing swings on invest...

With spreading virus comes fears -- and lots of stockpiling

NEW YORK (AP) — As an Arizonan, Gregory Cohen has never had to stock up ahead of a hurricane or other natural disaster. But fear of the new coronavirus has led the 51-year-old attorn...

Japanese legislator calls for COVID-19 to be called 'Wuhan pneumonia'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Japanese legislator on Tuesday (March 3) called for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to be called the "Wuhan pneumonia" (武漢肺炎) to counter Chinese disinformatio...

Prosecutor: Arkema jeopardized public safety during Harvey

HOUSTON (AP) — A company that owns a suburban Houston chemical plant jeopardized public safety when it failed to remove dangerous chemicals ahead of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, resulting in a blaze that...

Taiwan president visits Army's chemical division amid coronavirus fears

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) visited the Amy’s chemical department based in Taoyuan City on Thursday (Feb. 27), as the military has played an important role in the g...

Experts warn Puerto Rico not prepared for big earthquakes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — More than two years ago, Hurricane Maria revealed that Puerto Rico was utterly unprepared for a powerful hurricane despite its location in one of the world’s most storm-vu...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 8 The Miami Herald on providing Puerto Rico with aid after the commonwea...