Taipei mayor demands investigation into possible misuse of MRT monthly ticket

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on Monday (July 6) shined a spotlight on the hidden problems of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) monthly ticket, demanding an investigation i...

Video shows Taiwanese bus driver sniff migrant workers for perfume

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A bus company in Taichung has been fined after a video surfaced showing one of its drivers refusing migrant worker passengers if they did not pass his sniff test. On Fr...

China, pro-Beijing activists condemn 'meddling' in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — China's government and pro-Beijing activists in Hong Kong condemned what they called foreign meddling in the territory's affairs on Thursday, as countries moved to offer Hong Kongers ...

Hong Kong security law takes aim at protester actions

HONG KONG (AP) — China on Tuesday approved a contentious national security law for Hong Kong that takes direct aim at some of the actions of anti-government protesters last year, in a move many see as...

Portugal scrambles to regroup amid 100s of new virus cases

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — At the Bairro do Zambujal housing project on the outskirts of Lisbon, the behavior of residents offers clues to why this part of Portugal has become a hot spot for new COVID-19...

The Latest: Mayo Clinic to end pay cuts, recall workers

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is ending pay cuts that the Minnesota-based health system imposed to deal with a patient downturn caused by the novel coronavirus. The Star Tribune r...

Indonesia surpasses 50,000 virus cases as business resumes

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia surpassed 50,000 on Thursday, an increase that is worrying experts at a time when the government is allowing businesses to reopen...

As virus surges, Pakistan says there's no choice but to open

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The coronavirus is spreading in Pakistan at one of the fastest rates in the world, and overwhelmed hospitals are turning away patients. But the government is pushing ahead with openin...

Months into virus, biggest one-day case spike worries Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Months into Iran's fight against the coronavirus, doctors and nurses at Tehran’s Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital still don a mask, a disposable hazmat suit and a double layer of latex g...

UK report: Racism means minorities harder hit by virus

LONDON (AP) — A new study by Public Health England has confirmed that historic racism and social inequalities are contributing factors that increase the risk of black, Asian and minority communities c...

Turkey makes masks compulsory in 42 provinces after uptick

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has made the wearing of face masks mandatory in five more provinces, following an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted early ...

Taiwanese bike companies riding cycling wave during coronavirus pandemic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's leading bicycle supplier has emerged as a beneficiary of the coronavirus pandemic, which is driving up the global demand for bikes as many people shun public ...

Pandemic leads to a bicycle boom, and shortage, around world

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fitness junkies locked out of gyms, commuters fearful of public transit, and families going stir crazy inside their homes during the coronavirus pandemic have created a boom in ...

Colombia's Medellin emerges as surprise COVID-19 pioneer

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two and a half million residents. Four confirmed coronavirus deaths. As coronavirus cases surge in Latin America, the Colombian city of Medellin is defying ex...

France has millions of unsold face masks after virus crisis

PARIS (AP) — The French praised the altruism of their prized textile and luxury goods companies when production facilities got diverted from churning out the latest fashions to making cloth masks desi...