Disinfections conducted at major tourist hot spots

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Sunday (April 5) said it conducted disinfection operations at most of the country's major tourist spots earlier in the day and will do so at th...

LA Rams' offensive line counting on boost from continuity

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If NFL teams are unable to hold offseason workouts amid the coronavirus pandemic, Andrew Whitworth and Austin Blythe believe continuity will be a valuable commodity this fall. ...

With virus, cherished Mideast traditions come to abrupt halt

BAGHDAD (AP) — Under the sign “Take out only” and a tall bottle of antiseptic by his side, Mazin Hashim, 54, rearranged the coals heating a water pipe outside his famed cafe in Baghdad. ...

Taiwan High Speed Rail to cut services amid falling demand

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) announced Monday (March 23) that train services will be pared down between April 18 and June 21 due to a fall in passenger demand caused by t...

US legislation would ban products from Xinjiang over forced labor concerns

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A bipartisan bill to ban the import of products from Xinjiang due to reports of China's persecuted Uyghur minority being forced into labor was introduced to the U.S Ho...

The new mask: Wave of global revolt replaced by virus fear

BEIRUT (AP) — As 2019 gave way to 2020 in a cloud of tear gas, and in some cases a hail of bullets, from Hong Kong to Baghdad, from Beirut to Barcelona and Santiago, it seemed civil disobedience and g...

Video shows Taiwanese why spraying alcohol ruins masks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Friday (March 7), a chemistry teacher uploaded a video demonstrating why spraying disinfectant on a mask in an attempt to reuse it destroys its waterproof properties, r...

Last crew members leave cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) — The last group of about 130 crew members got off the Diamond Princess on Sunday, vacating the contaminated cruise ship and ending Japan's much criticized quarantine that left more than on...

Dozens of HIV-positive S. African women forcibly sterilized

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A scathing new report reveals that dozens of HIV-positive women were forced or coerced into sterilization after giving birth at public hospitals in South Africa. ...

Colombians grapple with a big problem: wandering hippos

DORADAL, Colombia (AP) — Maria Jaramilla awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of her panicked mule. When she looked out across her small yard, her confusion turned to shock: A hippopotamus ha...

Egypt's once-reviled street dogs get chance at a better life

CAIRO (AP) — Karim Hegazi spends his days in a Cairo clinic taking care of animals long considered a menace in Egypt. Stray dogs roam in almost every Cairo neighborhood — lurking in ...

Rice cooker can be used to sterilize masks: Taiwanese study

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As panic buying of surgical face masks due to the Wuhan virus continues to grip Taiwan, a Taiwanese professor has found that "dry steaming" a mask in a rice cook...

Taiwan High Speed Rail, hotels work to cushion impact of Wuhan virus scare

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) is joining partnering hotels in delivering 12 promises that will assure the safety of customers amid coronavirus fears expected to hurt the i...

California weighs unique intersex surgery ban for some kids

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are considering a first-of-its-kind ban on medically unnecessary surgeries for children born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia until they are at le...

8 passengers from Wuhan to Taiwan exhibit fever amid mystery pneumonia outbreak

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A total of eight passengers aboard eight different direct flights from Wuhan to Taiwan have developed fever since Dec. 31 amid the mysterious pneumonia outbreak in the cen...