More plastic bags than fish: East Asia’s new environmental threat

SINGAPORE (East Asia Forum) -- In March 2019, the fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly convened in Kenya to discuss the environmental and climate challenges outlined in the UN’s Sustain...

Study: Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions in childhood to...

Trump, first lady to address opioid crisis at Atlanta summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will discuss the opioid crisis at an Atlanta summit. The White House announced the April 24 appearance at the Rx...

AP-NORC Poll: Bullying, not schools, blamed for shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting made practicing for armed intruders as routine as fire drills, many parents have only tepid confidence in the ability of schools...

North Macedonia declares measles epidemic

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's health authorities have declared a nationwide measles epidemic in the small Balkan country after more than 960 cases were registered since the beginnin...

Parents press Harvard to remove Sackler name from art museum

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Parents whose children fatally overdosed on opioids are demanding Harvard University remove the name of a family whose company makes the powerful painkiller OxyContin from a bu...

EU confirms support for Taiwan's participation at World Health Assembly

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) approaches, international allies are voicing support for Taiwan’s participation despite Beijing’s influence over the ...

The Latest: Cuomo slams environment agency on Hudson cleanup

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to compel General Electric to restart dredging in the Hudson River (all times local): 1:30 p.m. ...

Man arrested after altering LED screen in Chinese hospital to read: 'Long live Japan'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- On Monday (April 8), the simplified Chinese characters for "long live Japan" (日本万岁) and "supporters of China are morons" (支持中国的是傻逼) suddenly started scrolli...

MOFA releases film featuring Taiwan-trained Solomon Islands doctor

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) released a short film on Tuesday (April 9) promoting Taiwan as a significant contributor to global public health with a story about ...

The Latest: UN official sees increasing crisis in Venezuela

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's political and humanitarian crisis (all times local): 11:10 a.m. U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock says Venezuela'...

UN urged to declare Venezuela a humanitarian emergency

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human Rights Watch and public health researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are urging the United Nations to declare the situation in Venezuela "a complex humanitarian...

How measles is making a return in New York and elsewhere

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday and ordered mandatory vaccinations for measles in a part of Brooklyn that is home to a large Orthodox Jewish community. ...

NYC orders mandatory vaccines for some amid measles outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has declared a public health emergency over a measles outbreak and ordered mandatory vaccinations for some people who may have been exposed to the virus. ...

'No way' one can enjoy Taiwanese rights as a Chinese citizen: Taiwan Premier Su

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told media today (Tuesday, April 9) that there is “no way” one can be a citizen of China and still enjoy the civil rights a...