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Taiwan mulls shortened quarantine during Lunar New Year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the center is considering either shortening quarantine or allowing people to quarantine at home during the Lunar N...

Taiwanese mother who murdered own children to be re-sentenced

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A single mother who appealed the death penalty she received for killing her two children last year will be re-sentenced in a second trial on Nov. 11. According to prose...

Popularity rankings of local officials reshuffled in Taiwan opinion poll

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) ranked last among the country's 22 mayors and magistrates in a new survey conducted by CommonWealth Magazine, while Pingtung County M...

Japan leader calls for greater military capability, spending

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for increases in Japan's military capability and spending in response to what he described as growing threats from China and North Korea in a public de...

Japan PM: new disease command centre may come after pandemic

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday his plan to create a government agency to better fight infectious diseases has not changed but will come into existence only after the coronavirus ...

Four confirmed dead, two still missing in New Taipei river accident

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Four people died and two are still missing in a river accident in the Hubao Pond area of New Taipei’s Shuangxi District, CNA reported. A total of 31 people went o...

Taiwan planning on reopening borders to fully vaccinated migrant workers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) on Wednesday (Oct. 13) announced that when a ban on the entry of migrant workers is lifted, those who are fully vaccinat...

Taiwan pop diva’s charitable deed earns praise from Taipei Mayor

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) lauded Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai (蔡依林) for her philanthropic act on Tuesday (Oct. 12) as he promoted the city’s free food service. ...

Taiwan considers loosening entry ban on migrant workers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is considering relaxing a ban on the entry of migrant workers, which it imposed in May when a major domestic outbreak of COVID-19 began. Due to a surge in COVID-...

Shadow contracts, corruption keep the lights out in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, glossy election campaign posters are plastered alongside jungles of sagging electrical wires lining the alleyway to Abu Ammar’s home. ...

Business group: China's tech self-reliance plans hurt growth

BEIJING (AP) — The ruling Communist Party’s campaign to tighten control over China’s industries and use less foreign technology is slashing economic growth, a foreign business group warned Thursday. ...

New Hong Kong electors chosen, with only 1 opposition member

HONG KONG (AP) — The 1,500-member panel that picks Hong Kong’s next leader will have only one opposition-leaning member, according to results Monday from a tightly controlled selection pro...

Voters choose new Hong Kong electors under pro-Beijing laws

HONG KONG (AP) — Select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that will choose the city's leader in the first polls Sunday following reforms meant to ensure candidates with B...

Zimbabwe's older people often sent to homes amid pandemic

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Banana bread was served at a recent birthday party at Melfort Old People’s home, where a group of residents mustered a raspy happy birthday tune. Just a week ...

East Taiwan county providing free sanitary pads to those in need

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Hualien County Government now offers free sanitary pads to those in need at seven social welfare sites as well as menstruation care packages that can last for up to tw...