Pandemic pranks off the table on April Fools' Day

World Apr 1, 2020

Pandemic pranks off the table on April Fools' Day

It may be the global day for pranks, but with the world under assault from the deadly coronavirus pandemic, many governments on Wednesday were warning against virus-themed April Fools' jokes — some even threatening jail. The April 1 tradition sees families, web users and corporations ...

Asia deploys innovative, if invasive, tech to curb virus

Business / Tech Mar 20, 2020

Asia deploys innovative, if invasive, tech to curb virus

Electronic bracelets and phones that report your whereabouts, text messages if you stray too far from quarantine and digital detectives tracking where you have been — Asian countries have embraced innovative, if somewhat invasive, tech to counter the coronavirus pandemic. When Hong Kong stylist Declan ...

Best coronavirus strategies: Track, isolate and communicate

Asia Pacific Mar 18, 2020

Best coronavirus strategies: Track, isolate and communicate

Singapore, a tiny city-state of less than 6 million people, had one of the earliest and biggest clusters of cases of the coronavirus in early February, before it began its rapid, inexorable expansion around the globe. Within weeks, the country's tally of infections with the ...

Taiwan again scrambles jets to warn off Chinese Air Force

Asia Pacific Mar 17, 2020

Taiwan again scrambles jets to warn off Chinese Air Force

Taiwan's Air Force has again scrambled to warn off approaching Chinese jets, in the latest rise in military tensions during the coronavirus crisis between Beijing and the island its claims as its sacred territory. Taiwan has repeatedly complained that China has stepped up its drills ...

Taiwan inmates join coronavirus fight with mask factory

World Mar 11, 2020

Taiwan inmates join coronavirus fight with mask factory

Behind the barbed wire-topped fences of Taipei Prison, a small group of inmates are hunched over clacking sewing machines, working overtime to churn out face masks and help ward off the new coronavirus. Usually the men would be making prison uniforms in the bright-lit sewing ...

Baseball's final Olympic qualifying event postponed to June

Baseball Mar 2, 2020

Baseball's final Olympic qualifying event postponed to June

Baseball's final qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed from April to June because of concerns over the virus outbreak that has infected nearly 89,000 people and caused more than 3,000 deaths, mostly in China. The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced Monday the ...