31 Kaohsiung cab drivers who carried Westerdam passengers face Wuhan virus risk

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After news broke that an American passenger on the cruise ship MS Westerdam had contracted the Wuhan coronavirus, the Kaohsiung Department of Health on Sunday (Feb. 16) as...

Cab drivers advised to leave windows open, reduce coronavirus threat

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taxi drivers are being advised to leave their car windows open after Taiwan reported its first death on Sunday (Feb. 16), of a cab driver who may have contracted the Wuhan...

Mainland China deaths rise to 490, cases exceed 24,000

BEIJING (AP) — Deaths from the new virus rose to 490 in mainland China Wednesday and the number of new cases increased to 24,324, as China moved patients into newly built or converted hospitals in the...

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___ Boeing papers show employees slid 737 Max problems past FAA A newly released batch of emails and text messages shows Boeing employees raising doubts among thems...

Lawsuit forces Uber to stop operating in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Uber said Friday it will stop operating in Colombia, following stiff opposition from taxi drivers’ unions and a lawsuit that said the ride-sharing app was breaking local transp...

Worker help sought to combat Super Bowl human trafficking

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — To combat human trafficking during the Super Bowl, law enforcement officials said Thursday that they need hotel workers, ride-hailing service drivers and security personnel to...

In Afghanistan, jailed Taliban await peace, their freedom

PUL-E-CHARKHI, Afghanistan (AP) — Thousands of Taliban prisoners jailed in Afghanistan as insurgents see a peace deal being hammered out between the United States and the Taliban as their ticket to fr...

Colombia orders Uber to halt its operations after lawsuit

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia on Friday instructed Uber to stop operating after a lawsuit by a group of taxi drivers that accused the ride-sharing app of unfair business practices. ...

The Tokyo taxi driver: Suit and tie — white gloves optional

TOKYO (AP) — Very few countries deliver better service than Japan: in shops, in restaurants, or in taxis. It’s called “Omotenashi” and translates roughly as hospitality — or offering...

Cuba tourists barely pass 4 million, in disappointing result

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s government announced Thursday that visitor numbers will only reach slightly more than 4 million this year, dealing a blow to a faltering economy heavily dependent on income from t...

AIT Kaohsiung chief lauds benefits of learning Taiwanese

Even among polyglot foreign diplomats, Matthew O'Connor, chief of the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) Kaohsiung branch office, may be one of the few able to greet an interviewer in fluent...

AP Explains: Iran gas price protests quickly turn violent

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protests over gasoline prices have swept across some 100 cities and towns in Iran, turning violent faster than widespread economic protests in 2017 and rallies over ...

Venice’s dwindling population faces mounting woes

VENICE, Italy (AP) — One of only four oar makers for Venice’s famed gondoliers, Paolo Brandolisio wades through his ground-floor workshop for the third time in a week of record-breaking floods, despai...

Canada case poses question: Is US immigration system safe?

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (AP) — In the looming darkness, the Nigerian family of four, including two children carrying stuffed animals and a violin case, climbed out of a taxi at the end of a dead-end road in u...

In many parts of Mexico, government ceded battle to cartels

EL AGUAJE, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican city of Culiacan lived under drug cartel terror for 12 hours as gang members forced the government to free a drug lord's son, but in many parts of Mexico, the gove...