The Latest: South Africa nearing half-million virus cases

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa is closing in on a half-million confirmed coronavirus cases as the country posted nearly 300 deaths in a single day. South Africa now has 452,529 cases a...

Asia Today: New cases continue to rise in China’s Xinjiang

BEIJING (AP) — New coronavirus cases continue to rise in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, with 57 reported on Tuesday. Beijing also reported its first case of domestic transm...

Vietnam locks down its 3rd-largest city as virus cases grow

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam on Tuesday locked down its third-largest city for two weeks after 15 cases of COVID-19 were found in a hospital, the government said. Public transport i...

3 people sentenced to prison in case of 'missing' Vietnamese tourists

Three people were sentenced to prison Wednesday for helping to hide Vietnamese tourists and secure illegal employment for them in Taiwan shortly after the visitors entered the country last year. Th...

Taiwan presents brands at fair in Vietnamese capital Hanoi

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A “Taiwan Excellence” fair is presenting 16 Taiwanese brand names to the public in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi this weekend, the Central News Agency reported ...

More Vietnamese arrested for trafficking migrant workers to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Five Vietnamese have been detained by the country's Ministry of Public Security in a case linked to the trafficking of 152 tourists in Taiwan late last year, it was announc...

Taiwan Tourism Bureau opens office in Vietnam

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – After more than a year of preparation, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications opened a regional office of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietn...

Taiwan tightens tourism program for Southeast Asian visitors following abuses

A program that makes it easier for tour groups from certain Southeast Asian countries to visit Taiwan has been tightened after it was used in December to get more than 100 Vietnamese into Taiwan to wo...

22 unaccounted for Vietnamese workers, tourists nabbed in Taipei slaughterhouse

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Last night (Feb. 26), 22 unaccounted for Vietnamese migrant workers and tourists were arrested at a poultry slaughterhouse in Taipei, according to the National Immigration Agen...

Most favorite souvenirs to bring back from Taiwan for Southeast Asian visitors

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Chocolate confectionery and taro pastry are among the most favorite souvenirs to bring back from Taiwan for Southeast Asian travelers, reports said. The Lunar New Year ...

Taiwan arrests suspected organizers of missing Vietnamese tourists

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency (NIA) announced today that they have arrested seven people suspected of devising the plan for 152 Vietnamese tourists to go miss...

2 Vietnamese tourists admit to working in sex trade in NE. Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Two Vietnamese women, aged 25 and 37, are suspected of traveling to Taiwan under the guise of "sightseeing" to engage in prostitution, reported UDN. Two Vietnamese...

Nude Vietnamese tourist caught hiding in closet during raid on S. Taiwan brothel

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Vietnamese woman, who came to Taiwan as a tourist but has been working in the sex trade, was caught hiding in a brothel wardrobe raided by police in southern Taiwan's Tai...

Rogue tourists among 11 Vietnamese caught hiding in back of truck in E. Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Some of the missing tourists were among the 11 illegal Vietnamese migrant workers found hiding in the back of a cargo truck on Thursday (Jan. 10), announced Taitung County Poli...

Taiwan extends relaxed punishment for foreigners who overstay visa

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Foreigners who self report that they have overstayed their visa will face a reduced penalty until June 30, 2019, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) announced today. ...