Taiwan government to provide financial subsidy to quarantined citizens, medical workers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In light of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, Taiwan's government has drawn up a special draft law that will allow citizens placed under home quarantine to re...

Taiwan plans to punish fake news about coronavirus with three years in prison

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Spreading fake news about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak might soon be punishable by prison terms of up to three years, according to government plans under disc...

Japanese economy sinks amid fears about coronavirus impact

The Japanese economy shrank at an annual pace of 6.3% last quarter as growth was battered by typhoons and crimped consumer spending. The seasonally adjusted economic data released Monday by the Cab...

Massive stimulus of NT$60 billion in works for Taiwan post-coronavirus

In a bid to tackle the potential impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak on the domestic economy, the Executive Yuan announced Thursday a NT$60 billion (US$2 billion) bailout plan to help hard-hit...

US brings new charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has added new criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei and several subsidiaries, accusing the company in a brazen scheme to steal trade secrets...

Kaohsiung mayor participates in Cabinet meeting on virus prevention

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) attended a Cabinet meeting on Thursday (Feb. 13) to participate in a meeting with the central government and representatives from fiv...

Taiwan plans NT$2 billion coupon stimulus as coronavirus weakens economy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is considering plans to alleviate the financial burden felt by industries due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (20...

Taiwan mulls measures to bolster economy following virus fallout

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan government is discussing measures on Thursday (Feb. 13) to prop up the country’s economy and help cushion the impact of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). ...

Protests in Lebanon ahead of Cabinet vote of confidence

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes broke out Tuesday between Lebanese protesters and security forces near the parliament building in central Beirut, where the new Cabinet is scheduled to submit its policy statemen...

Taiwan set to participate in WHO meeting online

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed Monday (Feb. 10) that Taiwan will participate in its upcoming two-day international forum in an online capacity using "T...

Secret Service may leave Homeland Security, rejoin Treasury

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is throwing its support behind a plan to transfer the U.S. Secret Service back to the Treasury Department to better focus on the growing threat of online financial cr...

Brazil judge rejects hacking accusation against Greenwald

SAO PAULO (AP) — A judge in Brazil’s capital on Thursday dismissed accusations that journalist Glenn Greenwald was involved in hacking phones of officials, following weeks of criticism that his prosec...

Belarus leader bemoans Russia's halt on oil supplies

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The leader of Belarus complained Thursday about Russia's halt on oil supplies ahead of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss closer economic ties between the two...

Philippine official defends US pact after Duterte threat

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine foreign secretary warned Thursday that abrogating a security accord with Washington would undermine his country’s security and foster aggression in the disput...

Taiwan premier lists four demands for future China evacuation flights

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Thursday (Feb. 6) announced four rules for flights evacuating Taiwan citizens from China due to the coronavirus outbreak, The Storm ...