Hottest commodity in Lebanon's economic chaos: The US dollar

BEIRUT (AP) — The lines snaked around the block. Then they swelled to fill the whole street, before they turned into a raucous mob of men shoving to the front of the line. There at the exchange bureau...

Lebanon's rising power cuts add to gloom of economic crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese are buying candles in bulk, turning to traditional kerosene lamps and throwing away rotten food because of prolonged power cuts that plunged the country into darkness this week,...

In Russia and Ukraine, no social distance on crowded beaches

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Tens of thousands of vacation-goers in Russia and Ukraine have descended on Black Sea beaches, paying little heed to public health measures despite the numbers of reported coronav...

Puerto Rico extends coronavirus curfew, reopens more places

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor has extended a coronavirus curfew for three more weeks, marking the longest such curfew in any U.S. jurisdiction even as she authorized the re-openi...

Worsening drought forces state of emergency in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday declared a state of emergency as a worsening drought creeps across the U.S. territory amid a coronavirus pandemic. More ...

Puerto Rico hit with water rationing amid severe drought

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s government announced water rationing measures on Friday as 26% of the U.S. territory faces a severe drought amid the pandemic. The island’s...

Homes for disabled hit hard by COVID, faced past violations

Neil Sullivan was angry, frustrated and crushed with guilt. His brother Joe had been rushed by ambulance from his home for the developmentally disabled to the emergency room with a possible case of th...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Thursday, June 11, the 163rd day of 2020. There are 203 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 11,...

Cosmetic chain sees 1 million masks sell out in 30 minutes

Poya, one of the major cosmetic chains in Taiwan, said the 1 million surgical face masks it put on shelves in its stores Thursday sold out within half an hour. Almost all of the chain's 230 sto...

Taiwan’s stimulus voucher scheme to kick off July 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced on Tuesday (June 2) that the stimulus vouchers aimed to boost Taiwan’s economy amid fallout from the coronavirus (COVID-19) wi...

Update: Taiwan's FamilyMart to start selling face masks on Tuesday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — FamilyMart on Tuesday (June 2) will be the first convenience store in Taiwan to sell Made-in-Taiwan face masks since the government relaxed restrictions on sales, while ma...

FamilyMart in Taiwan to sell surgical masks from Tuesday

A total of 20,000 boxes, each containing 50 surgical masks, will be on sale at FamilyMart convenience stores starting Tuesday, Taiwan FamilyMart Co., Ltd. said Sunday. A 50-mask box will cost NT$24...

Battered Caribbean prepares for hurricanes amid pandemic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricanes. Earthquakes. COVID-19. Caribbean islands have rarely been so vulnerable as an unusually active hurricane season threatens a region still reco...

The Latest: South Africa has backlog of nearly 100,000 tests

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 ...

AP-NORC poll: Many in US won't return to gym or dining out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or gyms anytime soon, despite state and local officials across the country increasingly allowing bu...