March 4, 2020

South Korea’s drastic measures against the coronavirus offers example to US

oonal/iStock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- The South Korean government is offering "emergency child care" to parents dealing with the double challenge of school closures and work-at-home policies as the country battles to fight the fast-spreading novel coronavirus. Drastic measures are taking place this week which include the state subsidizing owners of small and medium-sized businesses so that they could provide flexible hours to employees who have family members to take care of. South Korea’s COVID-1..
March 4, 2020

US forces conduct airstrike on Taliban soldiers just days after agreement signed

KeithBinns/iStock(HELMAND, Afghanistan) -- U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against Taliban fighters in Helmand, Afghanistan, Wednesday, the first such strike since the two sides signed a historic peace deal. The airstrike was conducted as a "defensive" measure as Taliban fighters were "actively attacking" an Afghan government checkpoint, Colonel Sonny Legget, the spokesman for American forces in Afghanistan, said. Taliban forces carried out 43 attacks on Afghan government checkpoints on March..
March 3, 2020

Australia’s New South Wales is free of fires for 1st time in 240 days

iStock(NEW YORK) -- For the first time in 240 days, amid a particularly devastating season, Australia's New South Wales is free of bushfires. The news from the state's fire service comes months after the fires started in early July 2019 and devastated much of the country. New South Wales was particularly hard hit. More than 13 million acres were burned and nearly 2,500 homes destroyed, according to the New South Wales Fire Service. At least 25 people were killed across the country, acc..
March 3, 2020

Queen Elizabeth wears gloves at investiture ceremony amid coronavirus scare

iStock/ErinWilkins(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth wore gloves for an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday in what royal watchers are calling a sign of the times amid the threat of COVID-19. "This is the first time in my memory, and I’ve been covering the royal family for 30 years, that Her Majesty has worn gloves for an investiture," said ABC News royal contributor Robert Jobson. "It is clear that she is acting on advice and her doctors are taking no chances." At investiture ceremoni..