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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 ...

Silks Hotel Group changing survival strategy amid COVID outbreak in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Innovation and digital transformation are key if the Silks Hotel Group is to stay resilient amid the coronavirus outbreak in Taiwan. The hotel giant’s room sales ...

Taiwan to distribute relief checks on June 4

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced on Thursday (June 3) that COVID-19 relief checks will be automatically sent to those who are entitled on Friday if they opene...

Taiwan to launch NT$4.5 billion art and culture bailout

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Ministry of Culture (MOC) announced Thursday (June 3) it is launching a NT$4.5 billion (US$150 million) relief plan estimated to benefit 70,000 art workers an...

600,000 Taiwan laborers to benefit from new COVID-19 bailout

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) instructed that 600,000 laborers previously excluded from coronavirus cash relief be subsidized, a Cabinet official said Wednesday (Jun...

Parents to receive NT$10,000 subsidy per child on June 15

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As part of its pandemic relief package, the government will be providing parents a subsidy of NT$10,000 (US$362) per child starting on June 15. During a meeting on Sund...

Taiwan coronavirus cash bailout set for approval

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A sweeping NT$210 billion (US$7.56 billion) pandemic relief package is set to be passed at a Cabinet meeting on June 3, with cash sent to qualifying individuals as early a...

Taiwan proposes US$7.56 billion bailout to battered industries amid COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Cabinet passed a proposal on Thursday (May 27) in a bailout effort to prop up the economy as the COVID-19 surge is sending ripples across every sector. Nat...

Greece closer to investment grade with ratings upgrade

Greece moved closer to investment grade late Friday after Standard & Poor’s upgraded its sovereign rating for the debt-strapped country by one notch to BB from BB- with a positive outlook. ...