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Lithuania foreign minister says no plans to change Taiwan de-facto embassy name

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis refuted a Reuters report claiming that the Baltic nation was considering changing the Chinese name of Taiwan’s rep...

Singapore, Pacific Alliance countries sign trade agreement

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Singapore has signed a free trade agreement with the Pacific Alliance - made up of Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Chile - those governments said on Wednesday, in a deal they said would ...

Omicron subvariant appears more contagious, but not more severe, Denmark says

COPENHAGEN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron coronavirus variant, which is dominant in Denmark, appears more contagious than the more common BA.1 sub-lineage, Danish Health Minist...

Prince Andrew 'demands trial by jury' in sexual assault case

Britain's Prince Andrew again denied allegations that he sexually abused a minor more than 20 years ago and has requested a jury trial in the civil complaint he faces. "Prince Andrew hereby ...

North Korea fires suspected missiles into sea, South Korea says

South Korea's military said on Thursday that its northern neighbor has fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast. Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the mis...

NATO, US send written response on Russia's security demands

The United States and NATO said on Wednesday that they delivered written replies to security demands that Russia had made. It comes amid heightened tensions and repeated warnings that Russia could be...

Crunch time: Japan's 'miracle' snack gets first price hike after decades

The maker of Japan's Umaibo corn puff is raising prices for the first time, in a shock for fans of the "miracle" snack beloved for decades for its crunch and 10-yen price tag. Tokyo-b...

Hong Kong may maintain COVID isolation until 2024, risking exodus - Euro chamber

Hong Kong may only reopen in early 2024 because of its stringent COVID-19 policies, which could trigger an exodus of foreign firms and staff and jeopardise its role as a financial hub, the city's ...

Taiwan Q4 economic growth seen restrained, full year could exceed 6%: Reuters poll

Taiwan's trade-reliant economy is expected to have expanded at a slightly faster pace in the fourth quarter supported by strong tech exports though unable to match the burning pace of earlier in t...

Spain: More than 300 migrants rescued at sea near Canary Islands

Spain's emergency services on the Canary Islands said it had rescued 319 people among then 59 women and 24 children from seven different vessels. One of the boats purportedly was carrying as many...

U.S. House leaders unveil chips, China competition bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. House of Representatives leaders on Tuesday unveiled a bill aimed at increasing U.S. competitiveness with China and supporting the U.S. chip industry, including $52 billion ...

Lithuania considers modifying Taiwan representation name to defuse row with China

VILNIUS, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Lithuanian officials, seeking to defuse a row with China, are discussing whether to ask their Taiwanese counterparts to modify the Chinese translation of the name of Taiwan...

UK PM Boris Johnson to face grilling over lockdown parties

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will face heated opposition from lawmakers in Parliament on Wednesday, as the backlash over the "partygate" scandal grows. A much-anticipated report is also exp...

Biden warns Putin with sanctions as West steps up Ukraine defenses

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he would consider personal sanctions on President Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine, as Western leaders stepped up military preparations and made plans ...

Afghanistan's LGBTQ community faces growing attacks by Taliban: report

LGBTQ people in Afghanistan are facing a rise in attacks and an increasingly desperate situation under Taliban rule, according to a report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch and OutRight Action ...