With Taiwan's presidential candidates set, poll gives Tsai the edge

Taipei (CNA)-- The first poll taken after the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) confirmed Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) as its presidential candidate has shown him clearly trailing President Tsai Ing-wen...

Record 44% of Hongkongers support Taiwan independence

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As protests against Beijing's hand-picked government in Hong Kong rages on, a poll released by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Program (HKPOP) on Tuesday (July 16) showed that...

Former Taiwan presidential candidates Gou, Lai called upon to form ‘victims alliance’

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwanese opinion poll expert urged former premier William Lai (賴清德) and former Foxconn chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘), who have suffered defeats in their respective president...

Salvadoran accused of abortion faces retrial, hefty sentence

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A young woman who birthed a baby into a toilet in El Salvador was back in court Monday facing a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attentio...

Taiwan party picks mayor over ex-Foxconn chief for 2020 run

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s main opposition party picked a pro-China populist mayor Monday as its candidate for the 2020 presidential race against an incumbent who often bashes Beijing....

Former Taiwan judge pushes for creation of Asian human rights court

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Former Constitutional Court Justice Hsu Yu-hsiu (許玉秀) has invited legal scholars and professionals to Taiwan to take part in the Asian Human Rights Court Simulation (AHRCS, 模擬亞...

Taiwan court confirms death sentence for arsonist who killed 6

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday (July 10) confirmed the death penalty against a man who committed arson on Lunar New Year’s Eve, killing six people including both his...

H. Ross Perot rose from poverty to self-made billionaire

DALLAS (AP) — H. Ross Perot rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty to become a self-made billionaire who twice ran for president with a mixture of folksy sayings and simple solutions to Ameri...

Judge chides US over statements tied to Mueller prosecution

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in the case of a Russian company charged by former special counsel Robert Mueller has chided the Justice Department for public statements related to the prosecution. ...

Nationwide investigation launched to root out China's influence in Taiwan media

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – This weekend the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) launched its official investigation into Chinese influence in Taiwanese media, to ensure that the upcoming...

Hong Kong protesters: Desperation led to legislature attack

HONG KONG (AP) — It was almost noon on Monday when hundreds of protesters outside Hong Kong's legislature voted to break in. Watching from the side, one protester disagreed. They wer...

KMT presidential contenders back continued use of nuclear power

All five contenders in the opposition Kuomintang's (KMT's) presidential primary advocated Wednesday for nuclear energy to remain one of the country's main sources of power, saying it shoul...

Taipei mayor upset at newspaper for 'concocting fake news'

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on Wednesday criticized a pro-independence newspaper for "concocting fake news" related to his upcoming trip to China and said he was against both "red"...

Hong Kong protests may give Taiwan’s leader a boost vs China

BEIJING (AP) — Recent anti-government protests in Hong Kong are echoing in Taiwan, possibly giving the island’s President Tsai Ing-wen a lift in her campaign to resist Beijing’s pres...

Amid sex abuse scandals, Vatican upholds confession secrecy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Amid pedophile clergy scandals, the Vatican is declaring "unacceptable" any efforts by politicians or lawmakers to make priests violate their obligation to keep secret what peniten...