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Taiwan cracks down on tricks to win receipt lottery

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Finance (MOF) will no longer pay out prizes to people who spread out their purchases in order to obtain more receipts for the uniform-invoice lottery, repo...

Taiwan military to design new armored vehicle

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of National Defense’s (MND) Armaments Bureau announced on Saturday (July 31) it plans to develop a combat vehicle armed with a 105-mm cannon that meets ...

Taiwan National Security Bureau employee diagnosed with COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The National Security Bureau (NSB), Taiwan's principal intelligence agency, on Friday (May 28) confirmed that an employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 but said the...

Two drivers at Taiwan government agency confirmed with COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The National Audit Office (NAO) on Wednesday (May 19) confirmed that two of its drivers have tested positive for COVID-19, though both are asymptomatic. As the pandemic...

Watchdog slams UK over secrecy in virus equipment contracts

LONDON (AP) — The British government spent billions without proper transparency in a scramble to secure protective equipment early in the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s public watchdog said Wedne...

UK spending watchdog sounds alarm over EU trade disruption

LONDON (AP) — Britain's spending watchdog warned Friday that there is likely to be “significant disruption” to trade with the European Union at the start of next year even if a trade deal between the ...

Japan Medical Assn: Tokyo Olympics difficult without vaccine

TOKYO (AP) — The medical community in Japan is moving toward a consensus that holding next year's Tokyo Olympics may hinge on finding a coronavirus vaccine. Japan Medical Association...

UK medical drug supply still uncertain in a no-deal Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government watchdog says there is still a "significant amount" of work to do to make sure the country has an adequate supply of licensed drugs in case of a no-deal Brexit. ...

UK's medical drug supply still uncertain in no-deal Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government watchdog says there is still a "significant amount" of work to do to ensure the country has an adequate supply of medical drugs in case of a no-deal Brexit. ...

Auditors criticize Ministry of Defense on sub disposal

LONDON (AP) — Britain's National Audit Office has sharply criticized the Ministry of Defense for failing to properly dispose of its obsolete nuclear-powered submarines. The watchdog ...

The Latest: UK watchdog slams government over ferry contract

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 9:15 a.m. Britain's spending watchdog has issued a damning assessment of the D...

Germany: Auditors slam pricey naval ship repairs

"Severe" mismanagement within the German navy and Defense Ministry led to massive cost overruns in restoration work on a naval training ship, according to a confidential report seen by Der S...

Nearly 2,000 visitors from Southbound countries missing in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Since the start of visa-free treatment for several Southbound Policy nations in 2016, over 2,000 visitors to Taiwan have overstayed their visas and are unaccounted for, announc...

UK watchdog: smugglers to exploit border if no Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — Britain's National Audit Office says smugglers and other organized criminals are likely to exploit gaps in border enforcement if the country leaves the European Union without an agreemen...

Taiwan is the 10th biggest purchaser of U.S. arms

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan spent US$7.5 billion (NTD$229.53 billion) on conventional arms, bought from the U.S. during 2008-2015, making the island nation the U.S.'s tenth biggest custome...