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Auckland lockdown to end as New Zealand tries new virus tack

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Bars, restaurants and gyms can reopen in Auckland from early December but customers will be required to show proof they've been fully vaccinated, New Zealand Prime Minis...

Phu Quoc United Center welcomes the first group of tourists with vaccine passports to Vietnam

On November 20th, 2021, Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province welcomed the first international tourists to Vietnam in the "new normal" after nearly 2 years frozen due to the COVID pandemic. A V...

Moroccans protest vaccine pass required for work, travel

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Protests erupted across cities in Morocco on Sunday against a coronavirus vaccine passport that is required to access indoor activities and travel. Proof of va...

Dad bod FTW, amirite? Dictionary adds hundreds of new words

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Dad bod, amirite, TBH and FTW are now dictionary-appropriate. Merriam-Webster has added 455 new words to its venerable dictionary, including a number of abb...

Taiwan's Medigen not on US list of approved vaccines for Nov. 8

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Starting on Nov. 8, all foreign travelers to the U.S., including Taiwanese, must be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine from a list of approved brands — but Tai...

Taiwan to accept WHO-approved jabs in ‘COVID-19 vaccine passport’ roll-out

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has set out plans to implement the “COVID-19 vaccine passport” that will pave the way for the country to open up its borders. Health Minister and hea...

The Latest: Florida fines county over its vaccine mandate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida has issued its first fine to a county it accuses of violating a new state law banning coronavirus vaccine mandates and for firing 14 workers who failed to get the shots. ...

Florida fines key county $3.5 million for mandating vaccines

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has issued its first fine to a county it says violated a new state law banning coronavirus vaccine mandates and for firing 14 workers who failed to get the shots. ...

Vietnam looks to open up to Taiwan tourists in November

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is among the list of countries Vietnam hopes to welcome back as tourists in phases, starting as early as November. On Wednesday (Oct. 5), officials in Khanh Hoa ...

Weekend Sports in Brief

FOOTBALL LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jon Gruden again said he is not a racist after his Las Vegas Raiders lost their first game since the revelation of the head coach’s 2011 racial remark about...

Brazil's unvaccinated president angry at missed soccer game

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's president claimed Sunday that COVID-19 protocols at soccer matches had prevented him from attending a game. Jair Bolsonaro said he had wanted to go to a Br...

Am I fully vaccinated without a COVID-19 vaccine booster?

Am I fully vaccinated without a COVID-19 vaccine booster? Yes, people who got a two-dose vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot are considered fully vaccinated — even ...

Taiwan to discuss COVID vaccine pass with Japan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — If Taiwan and Japan want to reach an agreement on a vaccination pass, some technical problems still need to be worked out, reports said Tuesday (Sept. 28). Japan has an...

Anger, confusion spread over UK's new COVID travel rules

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Travelers and authorities from India and some African countries are furious — and confused — about Britain's new COVID-19 travel rules, calling them discriminatory. ...

Travel in Canada is a prize for the vaccinated and vigilant

KAMOURASKA, Quebec (AP) — When the pandemic descended, the boundless vistas and insane sunsets of Kamouraska became a distant, unattainable dream for this bicyclist from Virginia. This is one of Quebe...