Sri Lanka newlyweds cancel wedding party, help poor instead

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — As couples do all over the world, Darshana Kumara Wijenarayana and his fiance, Pawani Rasanga, spent months planning a grand wedding. And everything was on ...

Doctors and nurses died as Iran ignored virus concerns

CAIRO (AP) — They are regarded as heroes, their fallen colleagues as martyrs. But for doctors and nurses still dealing with Iran’s growing number of coronavirus infections, such praise rings hollow. ...

Doctors and nurses suffered as Iran ignored virus concerns

CAIRO (AP) — They are regarded as heroes, their fallen colleagues as martyrs. But for doctors and nurses still dealing with Iran’s growing number of coronavirus infections, such praise rings hollow. ...

Ukraine's hospitals under strain, even with few virus cases

CHERNIVTSI, Ukraine (AP) — Medical workers in homemade protective masks and suits, with plastic bags over their shoes. A hospital intended for 150 coronavirus patients now holding 250. A lack of filtr...

Taipei ban on disposable tableware at supermarkets to kick in May 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei supermarkets will be banned from providing single-use tableware to customers starting May 1 in an effort to reduce waste, the Department of Environmental Protection...

Beach trash finds: Full pickle jar, vape pods, cremation bag

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — As New Jersey's beaches go, so goes the state of the environment. Items plucked from the sand during spring and fall cleanups each year help illustrate trends...

DC activists team up to feed the needy under lockdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — A line begins forming as a van pulls into the parking lot of a senior living center in Southeast Washington. By the time the half-dozen masked volunteers set up the folding table and...

Pandemic deals blow to plastic bag bans, plastic reduction

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee as...

Modi apologizes to Indians for 21-day lockdown hardships

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologized to the public on Sunday for imposing a three-week national lockdown, calling it harsh but “needed to win” the battle against the coronav...

Too big to infect? Some US leaders defy virus guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has advised against all international travel because of the coronavirus, but that didn't stop Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from flying to Afghanistan this week...

Tokyo marks 25th anniversary of subway nerve gas attack

TOKYO (AP) — Relatives of victims prayed silently on Friday to observe the 25th anniversary of a nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways that killed 13 people, but a larger commemoration was canceled beca...

In Mexico, a cartel is taking over: Jalisco New Generation

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s fastest-rising cartel, the Jalisco New Generation gang, has a reputation for ruthlessness and violence unlike any since the fall of the old Zetas cartel. In parts of the co...

Bosnia police move hundreds of migrants to a refugee camp

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian police on Wednesday moved hundreds of migrants, who have been sleeping rough in a central town, to a refugee center near Sarajevo. Police ...

People over coral?: Florida could ban sunscreen bans

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Key West wants to protect the coral reefs that are vital to the southernmost city's economy. The Florida Legislature is saying not so fast. A year after Key ...

Florida family stuck on Nile cruise by the coronavirus

CAIRO (AP) — When Javier Parodi returned from a tour of Egypt’s famed ancient tombs in the southern city of Luxor last week, he was unnerved to see that the cruise ship that brought him there wasn’t w...