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Honda taps tech expert as chief to steer in ecological times

TOKYO (AP) — Toshihiro Mibe, a research expert tapped president of Japanese automaker Honda on Friday, promised to steer the company toward new growth by focusing on ecological models and safety techn...

Volunteer paramedics patrol streets of Venezuela's capital

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's deepening crisis has gutted emergency ambulance services, so a group of volunteer paramedics has stepped into the void to offer life-saving help on the tough stre...

Red Cross: 32 killed in motor accident in remote Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Red Cross in Uganda says 32 bodies have been recovered from the scene of a traffic accident involving five vehicles. The crash happened Tuesday night in a ...

Chaos as snow hits Japanese highway, 134 cars in crashes; one dead

At least 134 cars were involved in a series of crashes in Japan on Tuesday (Jan. 19) when a snowstorm struck a stretch of highway and one person was killed and a dozen hurt in the chaos. The crashe...

Scooter crashes into light rail tram in southern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A scooter crashed into a tram in Kaohsiung at 9 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 13), just 29 hours after new sections of the circular light rail line opened to the public. The two...

Taiwan develops software that can identify traffic accident hotspots

The Institute of Transportation (IOT) on Tuesday (Dec. 1) unveiled a software program that uses drone images and artificial intelligence (AI) to identify traffic accident hotspots, which it said will ...

Taipei to clamp down on illegal riding on sidewalks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei Police Department’s Traffic Division will clamp down on those riding scooters and bicycles on sidewalks in the near future, as such offenses accounted for...

As virus spikes, Europe runs low on ICU beds, hospital staff

PARIS (AP) — In Italy lines of ambulances park outside hospitals awaiting beds, and in France the government coronavirus tracking app prominently displays the intensive care capacity taken up by COVID...

Afghan official: 16 killed in separate traffic accidents

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least 16 passengers were killed in separate traffic accidents Thursday in western Herat province. Jelani Farhad, spokesman for th...

Taiwan to focus on improving pedestrian safety

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on Friday (Aug. 21) announced a one-month joint project with the National Police Agency (NPA) to clamp down on dri...

US grapples with pandemic as its origins are traced in China

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — The United States was grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world on Monday, as Florida shattered the national record for a state’s largest single-day inc...

Virus ban gives tobacco illegal drug status in South Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The message was dropped into a WhatsApp group used by suburban moms in South Africa. Amid the grumblings over homeschooling during lockdown, one mom went off topic: “Doe...

Worst virus fears are realized in poor or war-torn countries

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — For months, experts have warned of a potential nightmare scenario: After overwhelming health systems in some of the world’s wealthiest regions, the coronavirus gains a f...

Recreational pot laws may boost traffic deaths, studies say

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. Previous res...

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...