Taiwan ranked No.1 fastest internet speed in world

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is now ranked as having the fastest internet in the world in the "Global League" rankings created by an online website builder review platform. The Dai...

Should Taiwan establish Asia's first Green Deal?

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The European Union (EU) repositioned itself as a world leader on climate issues last December by announcing the European Green Deal and the goal to become climate neutral ...

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...

China faces conundrum on work resumption as coronavirus wreaks havoc

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China is undecided whether to resume work now or delay, as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to ravage the country. Work was supposed to be back to normal star...

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...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Feb. 5 The Miami Herald on Fred Guttenberg, father of a student killed at Mar...

Protesters march in Lebanon to reject new government

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Lebanese marched on Saturday through the streets of the capital and the main northern city to reject a new government named to deal with an economic crisis, which they say la...

Coronavirus leads DBS Bank to adjust forecast for Taiwan’s 2020 GDP

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Analysts at DBS Bank (Taiwan) Ltd. had been expected to raise their prediction for Taiwan’s economic growth in 2020 to at least 2.5 percent Friday (Jan. 31), but due...

US economy grew at moderate 2.1% rate in fourth quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a moderate 2.1% rate in the final three months of 2019, capping a year when growth slowed significantly due to a weaker global economy and trade war uncertai...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 29 The Los Angeles Times on federal spending: The nonp...

Experts say UK should lower salary threshold for immigrants

LONDON (AP) — A panel of immigration experts says Britain should lower the salary threshold for immigrants after Brexit and urged the government to quickly set up new migration rules once the U.K. lea...

Mexico anti-obesity activists win fight for food warnings

MEXICO CITY (AP) — After a decade of fighting for stronger food labeling standards in one of the most obese countries in the world, Mexican activists celebrated Monday over a new rule that will requir...

Greece plans 15-year bond issue to improve debt outlook

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece says it plans to issue a 15-year bond, tapping international markets for financing after the country's sovereign credit rating was upgraded. The Public D...

Heavy security in Beirut as parliament convenes on budget

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces scuffled Monday with protesters near the parliament building in downtown Beirut, where lawmakers are scheduled to begin a two-day discussion and later approval o...

Fitch upgrades Greek credit rating by 1 notch to BB

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fitch ratings agency on Friday raised Greece's credit rating by one notch to BB with a positive outlook, implying that a further upgrade could come in the future. ...