Latest figures on China's coronavirus outbreak

Update: 2020-02-25 17:00 No. Country/Area Cases Deaths 1 Taiwan 31 1 2 China 77,660 2,663 3 Hong Kong 81 ...

Chinese frog breeding council says humans 'yearn' for wildlife products

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Chinese council that promotes frog breeding has been ordered to cease operations over its opposition to the government’s ban to halt wildlife trade amid the corona...

Rats possible culprit behind Wuhan virus outbreak: HK expert

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As scientists strive to identify the source of the highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19) that has infected over 75,000 worldwide, a Hong Kong epidemiologist has pointed...

Company withdraws application to mine near Okefenokee refuge

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A mining company has withdrawn its request for the federal government's permission to dig up minerals near the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp, saying it plans to sub...

Wuhan virus incubation period lasts up to 24 days: Chinese expert

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The incubation period for the Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) can last up to 24 days, according to a study by renowned Chinese pulmonologist Zhong Nanshan (鍾南山). The stud...

Scientists dive into 'Midnight Zone' to study dark ocean

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean — into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches but life still thrives. ...

Guandong town offers surgical mask bounty for reporting Hubei residents

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A town in China’s Guangdong Province is taking an unusual approach to hunting down people from Hubei, the most affected region in the coronavirus outbreak that conti...

1,400 pounds of shark fins seized at Miami port

MIAMI (AP) — Wildlife inspectors seized 1,400 pounds (635 kilograms) of shark fins at a Miami port, officials said on Monday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the shipment of...

Sperm whale dies after beaching itself north of Mar-a-Lago

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A newborn sperm whale found beached in Palm Beach on Monday morning has died, authorities said. The whale came ashore near Via La Selva, which is about 1 mile...

BP oil spill cash rebuilds eroded Louisiana pelican island

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana island that provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other sea birds is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and the devas...

Bats likely to be ultimate source of novel coronavirus: Wuhan experts

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Scientists across the world are narrowing down the origin of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as evidence showed one virus found in bats to share a similar sequence to 2...

Lawsuit: EPA has dragged feet on oil spill dispersant rules

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups and women from Alaska and Louisiana are asking a federal court to make the Environmental Protection Agency set new rules for use of oil spill dispersants, citin...

Employers must provide masks to migrant workers in Taiwan during outbreak

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — It is mandatory that employers provide surgical masks to migrant laborers in Taiwan whose employment as caregivers necessitates visits to hospitals or other medical instit...

NJ man who admitted smuggling turtles ordered to pay $350K

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $350,000 after he pleaded guilty to smuggling more than 1,000 box turtles out of Oklahoma. ...

WNBA star Cambage devastated by fires in native Australia

NEW YORK (AP) — Liz Cambage was emotional as she talked about the fires that have devastated her native Australia. The Las Vegas Aces star was heading home, after a brief trip to the...