Taipei mayor’s wife, councilwoman spar over Taiwan’s warning to WHO

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Peggy Chen (陳佩琪), wife of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), and a councilwoman have been butting heads over Taiwan's claim that it warned the World Health Organization (WH...

Kaohsiung mayor first special municipality chief to face recall vote

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) will face a recall vote on June 6, nearly 18 months after he began his four-year term at the end of December 2018. The mayor of the southern city, the third largest...

New Taipei mayor boasts highest national approval rating

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) has received the highest public approval rating of all local government heads in a recent poll by Global Views Monthly magazine. Accord...

Taiwan's social distancing seating rules to be relaxed on June 7

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwan goes 45 days without a new local infection of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the country announced its rules on social distancing for seating in most public s...

Taiwan political parties concerned over Beijing's proposed security law for Hong Kong

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Political parties across the spectrum in Taiwan have expressed concerns over Beijing’s proposed national security legislation for Hong Kong, which many fear would fu...

Microsoft Bing translates Taiwan ‘president’ into ‘regional leader'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Microsoft's Bing Translator appears to be incorrectly translating the word “president” in some instances when it is mentioned in a sentence or headline abo...

Taipei mayor apologizes over deadly KTV fire

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) apologized on Wednesday (April 29) over the fire that broke out at a KTV parlor in the city’s bustling Zhongshan District on Sunday (Apr...

KTV chain locations suspended for failing inspections after deadly Taipei fire

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After a deadly fire broke out at a KTV parlor, claiming five lives, four of the popular chain's Taipei locations have been suspended after failing fire safety inspecti...

Taipei mayor orders suspension of KTV parlor after deadly fire

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) ordered the suspension of a KTV parlor and instructed utmost efforts to treat the injured after inspecting the scene of a deadly fire Sunday. There is no need to jump t...

New Taipei pastry chains offer tokens of appreciation to pharmacists

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The New Taipei City Bakery Association on Friday (April 24) gathered 48 local pastry chains to donate boxes of their signature products to 1,133 pharmacies in the city as ...

Han to sit on KMT’s decision-making body, drawing criticism

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The move by embattled Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to become a member of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party’s decision-making body has raised eyebrows among s...

New Taipei government holds simulation of 21-day lockdown

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As New Taipei city continues to add more coronavirus-infected patients, the city government on Monday (April 20) launched a simulation of a 21-day lockdown to prepare for ...

Taipei to expand mask vending machines to 12 districts next week

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on Monday (April 13) announced that ID-based medical mask machines will be expanded to all of the city's districts next week. After Tai...

New Taipei to fine vendors, shoppers for not wearing masks at markets

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Even though New Taipei City and Taipei both require vendors and shoppers at public markets to wear masks, the two city governments are not on the same page when it comes t...

Taipei launches ID-based mask vending machines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei rolled out ID-based mask vending machines on Saturday (April 11) in a bid to reduce the hassle of purchasing the much sought-after protective gear amid the coronavi...