Report on China's 'untrustworthy' actors reveals expanding dystopian social credit scheme

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China’s National Public Credit Information Centre released its annual report this week providing data on people and enterprises deemed “untrustworthy” or...

Taiwan's President Tsai responds to insulting English test question

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In response to an English test question at a Chiayi high school that drew national attention over the weekend, President Tsai responded with clever and educational comment...

Mother of imprisoned civil rights activist condemns corrupt Chinese officials

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Chinese political activist, Liu Fei-yue (劉飛躍), who runs the Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch (民生觀察) website was arrested in 2016 on suspicion of subverting state power. ...

Bill to create separate Russian internet gets first approval

MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of Russia's parliament has passed the first reading of a bill to create a self-standing Russian segment of the internet. Supporters say the proposal is ...

Reddit raises $300M in finance round led by China's Tencent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Social media service Reddit Inc. says it has raised $300 million in a financing round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent. Reddit's CEO, Steve Huffman, told CN...

Germany’s participation in Taipei book fair a 'political statement,' says German envoy to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Germany’s participation as the theme country of the 2019 book fair in Taipei sends a strong political statement as both Germany and Taiwan value democracy and respec...

Key moments in Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution

Forty years ago, Iran's military said it wouldn't stand in the way of revolutionaries and returned to its barracks, signaling the end of the rule of the shah. The effects of the 1979...

Calls for Taiwan independence surface on Reddit ahead of feared Tencent censorship

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After news broke that Tencent has made a massive US$150 million investment in the social media site Reddit, many of its users have been hastily posting support for Taiwan's...

Bid by China’s Tencent for Reddit provokes concerns about censorship

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A reported bid by Chinese online giant Tencent to invest US$150 million in social media company Reddit is causing concern about the threat of censorship. The deal might be co...

Taiwan premier urges China to up swine fever prevention while brandishing Pooh toy

Taipei (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) uploaded a video to his Facebook fan page Tuesday morning in which he urges the Chinese government to bolster epidemic prevention measu...

Venezuelan opposition targeted by internet censors

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaido's calls for Venezuelans to abandon Nicolas Maduro's government are booming across the world outside, but the self-declared interim president is ...

Key moments in Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution

Forty years ago, Iran's exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini descended from a chartered Air France Boeing 747 to return to Tehran, a city on the cusp of revolution. The effects of the ...

Popular Qing dynasty dramas censured by Chinese state media as 'eclipsing Xi's glory'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A post from Chinese state media Beijing Daily's microblog late on Friday has left Taiwanese and Hong Kong media, as well as Qing dynasty drama fans, in awe. Some popular dr...

Honduran lawmaker faces defamation trial after naming names

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Days before Honduras' elections in 2017, a former high-ranking official in the national police, Maria Luisa Borjas, held a news conference at which she read from governmen...

Microsoft's Bing blocked in China, prompting grumbling

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese internet users have lost access to Microsoft Corp.'s Bing search engine, setting off grumbling about the ruling Communist Party's increasingly tight online censorship. ...