China denies using virus to grow presence in South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters ...

No new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan on Sunday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported no new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country Sunday (May 24), marking the third consecutive day without a ne...

Disinfected dice: Las Vegas casinos getting ready to roll

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Free parking, but no valet service. Bartenders, blackjack dealers and waiters wearing masks. Hand sanitizer everywhere. Yes, dice will roll, cards will be dealt and ...

Coroner: Smoke inhalation killed 34 in California boat fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coroner's reports for the 34 victims who died in a scuba boat fire off the Southern California coast last year show they died of carbon monoxide poisoning before they were burned, a...

Netizens try to save Taiwan warship that fought off PLA invaders

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese netizens are trying to drum up support to save a warship that saw combat against communist Chinese forces from the scrapheap. On May 15, the Taiwan Navy annou...

US Navy issues new guidelines after close Iran encounters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy warned Tuesday it will take “lawful defensive measures” against vessels in the Mideast that come within 100 meters (yards) of its warships, offering sp...

Carrier sidelined by coronavirus heads back to sea this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The USS Theodore Roosevelt will return to sea later this week, nearly two months after the ship was sidelined in Guam with a rapidly growing coronavirus outbreak, U.S. officials said...

Taiwan's Navy upgrades drone fleet

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The military announced on Sunday (May 17) that in response to the January 2019 drone crash and other mechanical failures, its entire fleet of Albatross unmanned aerial veh...

Pirates attack tanker off Yemen coast, causing minor damage

CAIRO (AP) — Pirates attacked a U.K.-flagged chemical tanker off the coast of Yemen in the Gulf of Aden, Stolt Tankers said. The vessel’s armed guards exchanged fire with two skiffs ...

5 Iran tankers sailing to Venezuela amid US pressure tactics

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal between the two...

Boy, 9, is 1st French death from likely COVID-linked illness

LE PECQ, France (AP) — Medics at a hospital that treated the first child to die in France with a puzzling inflammatory condition seemingly linked to the new coronavirus initially thought the 9-year-ol...

US military offers condolences over Iran accident killing 19

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military offered condolences Thursday to Iran over a friendly fire incident in the Islamic Republic that killed 19 of its troops, identifying the weapon use...

US Navy reveals another warship sailed through Taiwan Strait

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. Navy early on Thursday (May 14) posted pictures of one of its warships sailing through the sensitive Taiwan Strait for the sixth time this year. The passage to...

Iran holds funeral for 19 sailors killed in navy accident

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran held a funeral Tuesday for 19 sailors killed when a missile fired during an Iranian military training exercise this week mistakenly struck a naval vessel, the state TV reporte...

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. OFFICIAL VOWS "ANSWERS" IN GEORGIA DEATH The U.S. Department of Justice has been asked by the state's attorney general to invest...