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Vienna returns as world's 'most liveable city'

Vienna has again topped the list of most livable cities, in an annual index published by British weekly The Economist. The city had previously held the title in 2018 and 2019. "Stability and goo...

Petro faces challenges to deliver Colombians promised change

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia for the first time elected a leftist as president, but the slim victory is a cue that a large portion of the country rejects the ambitious proposals of Gustavo Petro, ...

EU dallies on recognizing ASEAN COVID vaccine passports

The EU currently recognizes COVID passport certificates issued by only three countries from Southeast Asia, despite a surge in outbound travel from the region as pandemic restrictions are lifted. ...

West Africa grapples with new wave of military coups

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — It's a pattern becoming all too common again in West Africa: Mutinous soldiers detain a president, then seize control of the state broadcaster to announce they've take...

AP EXPLAINS: Burkina Faso at risk for more unrest after coup

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Mutinous soldiers in Burkina Faso forced democratically elected President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to resign this week, announcing they are now in charge of the West...

Tel Aviv is priciest city, outranking Paris in new report

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Residents of Israel’s seaside metropolis Tel Aviv have for years complained of how expensive it is, with living costs taking a chunk out of their paychecks. N...

Microsoft and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy launch APAC Leaders Digital Alliance

Consortium convenes public and private sector leaders from seven countries to explore cloud-first and digital-native policies for inclusive economic growthSINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 1 December 202...

Japan: Economy and security top concerns ahead of election 

Japan goes to the polls for parliamentary elections on Sunday, just weeks after Fumio Kishida became prime minister and with significant challenges at home and abroad in the forefront of the electorat...

COVID: Will European tourists return to Southeast Asia?

It's little wonder Southeast Asia is now in a rush to welcome back tourists: in 2019, the sector was worth $393billion (€340 billion) for the regional economy. For countries like Cambodia and...

CNN's Fareed Zakaria highlights Taiwan as 'bright spot' for democracy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Monday (Sept. 27) highlighted Taiwan as an unusual "bright spot" in the world amid the "backsliding" of democracy during th...

Economist ranks Taipei 24th in 2021 Safe Cities Index

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei ranked 24th in this year’s Safe Cities Index, released by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Monday (Aug. 23). Denmark’s Copenhagen took the top spot...

Copenhagen edges Toronto and Singapore for top spot in Safe Cities Index 2021

Singapore and Tokyo remain in the top five – third and fifth respectively – with Sydney coming in fourth.The remaining top 10 cities are: Amsterdam (6th), Wellington (7th), Hong Kong and Melbourne (...

China's Xi sets sights on 'common prosperity' after top-level meeting

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) has called for tougher “regulation of high incomes” in a sign the country’s extended campaign targeting its tech giant...

Chinese espionage in Middle East part of wider 'state cyber' trend

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chinese hacker group “UNC215” is behind a widespread cyber-espionage campaign targeting multiple countries in the Middle East, according to cyber research firm...

Thailand moves to strengthen EU ties amid US-China rivalry

European investors are increasingly playing a bigger role in the Thai economy, allowing the Southeast Asian country to diversify trade and business away from the United States and China, analysts say....