Independent says Australian gov't lost on its refugee stance

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A newly elected independent lawmaker says a tough policy toward asylum seekers is a major reason Australia's conservative government lost its parliamentary majority. ...

Taiwan highly-ranked as good place to live as an atheist: report

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan alongside Belgium and the Netherlands have been named as the best places in the world to live as an atheist by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). ...

Australia aims to remove asylum seeker children from Nauru

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia aims to remove all asylum seeker children from Nauru within two months as concerns escalate about their deteriorating health after languishing on the tiny Pacific ...

AIT Director lauds Taiwan's efforts to foster young talent from Pacific Islands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — During Wednesday's closing ceremony for a Taiwan-U.S. training program aimed at fostering young talent, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Br...

Australia shifts on refusal to send refugees to New Zealand

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister has signaled that he could accept New Zealand's longstanding offer to resettle 150 refugees exiled to Pacific islands as long as the Australian Pa...

Taiwan to send 70 alternative military service conscripts abroad on foreign aid mission

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A total of 70 alternative military service conscripts will be dispatched to 18 countries to provide professional assistance starting Oct. 22 as part of Taiwan’s fore...

Doctors say refugees banished to Nauru are suicidal

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Humanitarian medical professionals expelled from Nauru say asylum seekers that Australia banished to the tiny Pacific atoll were suicidal and their children have lost hope. ...

12 allies call for Taiwan UN membership

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – 12 of Taiwan’s 17 diplomatic allies have so far expressed support for Taiwan’s participation at the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly in New York, U.S. si...

Unwanted by Australia, refugees on Nauru have few options

NAURU (AP) — Surrounded by the shelves and furniture her older brother made, 13-year-old Parnian sits in the small, neat living room where she spends much of her time, recalling the day two years ago ...

Nauru demands China apologize for bad behavior at Pacific Islands Forum

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Nauru President Baron Waqa called on China to formally apologize for a string of bad behavior by Chinese envoys at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) over the past few days. ...

'Insolent' Chinese delegation clashes with Nauru host at Pacific Islands Forum

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At the Pacific Island’s Forum (PIF) being held in Nauru this week (Sept. 2-8), the local immigration officers of the small island nation initially refused entry to t...

Taiwan to allocate US$2 million to aid healthcare in Pacific: foreign minister

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) announced that the government will allocate US$2 million in special funds in aid of medical and health services in the...

Pacific leaders expected to sign new security agreement

NAURU (AP) — Pacific leaders meeting in Nauru are expected to sign a security agreement addressing climate change and crimes such as drug smuggling and illegal fishing that cross borders. ...

Tensions run high over China and refugees at Pacific meeting

NAURU (AP) — Tensions over China and refugees are running high at a meeting of Pacific leaders after host Nauru accused a Chinese official of bullying and temporarily detained a New Zealand journalist...

Taiwan’s foreign minister visits Nauru for Pacific Islands Forum

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) is visiting Pacific ally, Nauru, from Sept. 2 to Sept. 8, and will take part in the affiliated events of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), ...