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5 Taiwanese attend Mayday concert despite self-monitoring for COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Five Taiwanese nationals who reportedly attended the year-end concert held by the local pop band Mayday on Thursday (Dec. 31) before their self-health monitoring period ha...

2020 finally ending, but New Year's revelries muted by virus

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other, with pandemic restrictions limiting crowds and many people bidding farewell to a year they’d prefer to forget. ...

[Update] New Year's Day flag-raising ceremony in Taipei will not open to public

[Last update: Dec. 30 at 17:30] TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The flag-raising ceremony at the Presidential Office on Friday morning (Jan. 1) will proceed as scheduled, but it will not be open to th...

Taiwan cancels tourism event after COVID-19 case

Taiwan’s tourism department on Wednesday (Dec. 23) cancelled an annual New Year celebration at the northeastern tip of the island, after a report of the first locally transmitted COVID-19 case s...

Taiwan's year-end celebrations to proceed despite new domestic COVID-19 case

New Year's Eve festivities across Taiwan will proceed as scheduled, despite a report on Tuesday (Dec. 22) of the country's first domestic COVID-19 case since April 12, because the source of in...

Health minister advises overseas Taiwanese to return early for Lunar New Year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Health minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) on Thursday (Nov. 19) emphasized that the quarantine period for returning Taiwanese will not be shortened and that citizens who are o...

New Zealand Office showcases indigenous connections with Taiwan

The New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office (NZCIO), the country's de facto embassy in Taiwan, on Thursday (July 16) celebrated Matariki Māori New Year in Taipei, showcasing the connections betwe...

Counterfeit masks reaching frontline health workers in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day when COVID-19 cases soared, healthcare supplies were scarce and an anguished doctor warned he was being sent to war without bullets, a cargo plane landed at the Los Angeles ...

Almost 25,000 to be freed under Myanmar prisoner amnesty

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar announced Friday that it was releasing almost 25,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty marking this week's traditional New Year celebration. The r...

Virus rattles Chinese communities, canceling new year events

ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) — The rapid spread of a new virus from China has cast a pall across Chinese American communities, with people staying inside whenever possible, wearing medical masks when they mu...

Coronavirus: Death toll climbs, 690 new cases confirmed

A new strain of coronavirus discovered in China claimed 15 more lives since Saturday, bringing the total death count to 56. Figures reflecting developments in the past 24 hours revealed 688 new cas...

Kaohsiung mayor condemned for abandoning supporters

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese woman, surnamed Lin (林), waited outside Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu's (韓國瑜) office on Monday morning (Jan. 20), demanding to speak to the Kuomintang (KMT) p...

For France's Macron, 2020 again brings rocky start, outlook

PARIS (AP) — Emmanuel Macron embarked Wednesday on what is shaping up to be another rocky year for his presidency of France, facing a fresh barrage of anger from critics for using a new year's address...

Taiwan's Alishan Railway opens group registration for first sunrise of 2020

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — To ensure a comfortable environment for visitors to enjoy the first sunset of 2020, the Forestry Bureau's Alishan Forest Railway and Cultural Heritage Office (AFRCHO) ...

Iranian-Americans nurture new generations after revolution

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Minoo Sharifan came to the United States from Iran in the 1970s for graduate school, and like many others, wound up settling in America, starting a career and raising her family ...