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Taiwan to roll out new stimulus vouchers soon: Report

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A new voucher scheme intended to invigorate Taiwan’s COVID-battered economy could be launched in the near future, reports said. The program was originally said to...

FirstEnergy to pay $230M in agreement in Ohio bribery case

CINCINNATI (AP) — The energy giant at the center of a $60 million bribery scheme in Ohio admitted Thursday to using dark money groups to fund the effort, and agreed to pay $230 million and other condi...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2021. There are 163 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July...

A year out, $60M bribery scandal felt in business, politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The arrests one year ago Wednesday of then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in connection with an alleged $60 million bribery scheme have rocked business ...

Musk to opposing lawyer: 'I think you are a bad human being'

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Tesla founder Elon Musk took to a witness stand Monday to defend his company’s 2016 acquisition of a troubled company called SolarCity against a lawsuit that claims he’s to bla...

Taiwan balks at providing child subsidy to foreign resident families

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Despite pledging to offer the same pandemic relief benefits to foreign residents as Taiwanese citizens, the Taiwan government is balking at providing child subsidies for f...

Government raises price of staple bread once more in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — For the seventh time in a year, Lebanon’s economy ministry announced on Saturday new prices for bread, slowly removing subsidies as the country sinks deeper into a dire economic and poli...

Feds dropping case against former Wilmington Trust execs

DOVER, Del. (AP) — After being dealt a stunning setback by an appeals court, federal prosecutors in Delaware have declined to retry four former executives for the only financial institution to be crim...

Watchdog subpoenas FirstEnergy info on payment to regulator

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s consumer utility watchdog is demanding that FirstEnergy Corp. share more information about $4.3 million that was paid to an attorney to end his consulting contract shortly befo...

Supreme Court: Mortgage overseer structure unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the president greater power to fire the head of the agency that oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, ruling that the agency's stru...

EU diplomat: mistrust at core of Lebanon political crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — A struggle for power and strong mistrust is at the heart of the fight between Lebanese political leaders and the deadlock over government formation, the European Union’s foreign policy c...

EU threatens Lebanese politicians with sanctions over crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — The European Union’s foreign policy chief Saturday berated Lebanese politicians for delays in forming a new Cabinet, warning the union could impose sanctions on those behind the politica...

Ohio House expels former Republican speaker in historic vote

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Members of the Ohio House expelled Rep. Larry Householder, the federally indicted Republican ex-speaker, Wednesday in a bipartisan vote that invoked their powers to remove a memb...

MICE industry in Taiwan braces for further COVID woes in 2021

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The coronavirus pandemic could have a greater impact on Taiwan’s exhibition sector this year than in 2020, cautioned the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (T...

Landlords in Taiwan banned from evicting tenants over COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Landlords risk a fine of up to NT$150,000 (US$5,417) for evicting tenants for COVID-19-related reasons, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Friday (June 4) The MOI ...