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...

Puerto Rico to reopen beaches, gyms after 3-month lockdown

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor announced Thursday that she will lift nearly all restrictions aimed at curbing coronavirus cases, which means beaches, churches and businesses inclu...

Colombia captures Venezuelan soldier accused of spying

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities said Thursday they’ve captured a Venezuelan soldier who claimed to seek refuge in the neighboring Andean nation but was actually still working for his old...

Indonesian capital’s reopening triggers concerns of 2nd wave

Eva Rahmi Salama worries that authorities in Jakarta, Indonesia’s sprawling capital, are acting too soon to lift restrictions put in place two months ago to fight the spread of the coronavirus. ...

Indonesian capital's reopening triggers concerns of 2nd wave

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Eva Rahmi Salama worries that authorities in Jakarta, Indonesia’s sprawling capital, are acting too soon to lift restrictions put in place two months ago to fight the spread ...

Legislator calls for tighter control on Chinese investment in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Legislator Chen Po-wei (陳柏惟) of the Taiwan Statebuilding Party (TSP) joined a number of critics on Monday (June 8) calling for stricter rules regarding Chinese investment ...

Japan releases plans to ease border controls

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Japanese government is discussing measures to loosen the entry ban on business travelers and planning to waive quarantines on visitors from certain countries as long a...

Hong Kong councilor encourages people to attend Tiananmen Square massacre vigil

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Although the Hong Kong Police Force has forbidden people to congregate at Hong Kong's Victoria Park for their annual June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre vigil due to coro...

Foreign residents can now use Taiwan's EasyCard Wallet

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As of last Friday (May 29), foreign residents of Taiwan can now use the EasyCard Wallet app on their phones. The digital payment app enables users to bind their EasyCar...

Portuguese soccer league next in line to resume in Europe

The Portuguese league will resume this week as European soccer continues to make its gradual return amid the coronavirus pandemic. After the Bundesliga and some other minor leagues r...

The Latest: India climbs to 7th biggest outbreak in world

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause ...

With cheap gasoline scarce, Venezuelans can buy at a premium

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolás Maduro said that starting Monday Venezuelans will be able to buy gasoline at international market prices, marking a historic break in the socialist country'...

Czech National Museum exhibits masks made during pandemic

PRAGUE (AP) — The National Museum in Prague has put on display the most visible symbol of the Czech Republic's response to the coronavirus - face masks. The Czech government made wea...