U.S. plans new visa rules to stop birth tourism: CNN

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The United States Department of State plans to change visa rules in order to prevent foreign visitors giving birth on U.S. soil to ensure their children automatically rece...

Hong Kong airline stops pregnancy tests for Saipan travelers

HONG KONG (AP) — The airline Hong Kong Express has apologized for having required some female passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests. The low-cost...

Taiwan's Hualien City forges friendship ties with Japan's Morioka City

Hualien City in eastern Taiwan and Morioka, the capital of Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, signed an agreement Sunday on establishing friendship relations. Hualien Mayor Wei Chia-hsien (魏嘉賢) si...

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2019. There are 41 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 20, 1985, the first version of Microso...

Typhoon spurs federal emergency for Northern Mariana Islands

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal emergency has been declared as Typhoon Bualoi approaches the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Trump administration approved the emerge...

Sex discrimination lawsuit filed against Saipan casino

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (AP) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges in a lawsuit that a Saipan casino discriminates against women workers. The agency fil...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 15, the 166th day of 2019. There are 199 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 15,...

Opinion: Japanese Emperor Akihito's commendable silence

After 30 years, the reign of Emperor Akihito came to an end in a brief, dignified ceremony. It may sound overly dramatic, but the emperor's abdication represents a turning point — and not on...

AP Analysis: New Japanese emperor looks to match father

When Crown Prince Naruhito on Wednesday becomes, by official Japanese count, the 126th person to occupy the Chrysanthemum Throne since 660 B.C., he will be ceremonially armed with the glittering, anci...

Emperor Akihito saw diplomacy as path to make amends for war

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito has had a lifetime mission: Make amends for a war fought in his father's name. Akihito was just 11 when he heard his father Hirohito's voice on t...

Saipan casino to pay $3M for construction worker wage claims

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (AP) — Court documents say a Saipan casino developer will pay $3 million to settle U.S. Department of Labor claims that construction workers weren't paid minimum wages...

Autopsies delayed on Guam due to lack of permanent examiner

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam has experienced significant delays in autopsies since the retirement of the island's chief medical examiner. The Pacific Daily News reported Wednesday that ...

Palau Asia Pacific Air to renew direct flights between Taiwan and Saipan in June

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After a gap of 12 years, Palau Asia Pacific Air (PAPA), is set to finally provide direct service between Taiwan and Saipan in June. At a press conference in Taipei on Thursd...

Chinese workers sue Saipan casino over forced labor scheme

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (AP) — Seven Chinese men allege in a lawsuit that they were victims of a forced labor scheme while constructing a Saipan casino. The lawsuit says the...

Ghosn beefs up defense with lawyer famous for acquittals

TOKYO (AP) — Former Renault-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has beefed up his defense team ahead of his trial in Japan by hiring Junichiro Hironaka, a star lawyer with a strong track record for winning r...