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President of Taiwanese pro-China group dies from COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The president of a pro-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) organization in Taiwan has died from COVID-19. On Wednesday afternoon (June 16), Chen Li-ling (陳麗玲), spokesperson f...

Malaysian PM switches back to real name after court bungle

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government has issued a directive ordering all civil servants to use the legal spelling of the prime minister's name, after a court earlier squashed a detentio...

Spain's right wing rejects any pardons for Catalan leaders

MADRID (AP) — Thousands of people called Sunday for Spain's government to resign over its plan to issue pardons to a dozen separatist leaders who were convicted for their roles in a 2017 attempt to ca...

Queen Elizabeth honors key women in UK's rapid vaccine drive

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has used her birthday honors list to celebrate those at the forefront of the U.K.'s rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccines over the past few months, which has been credite...

Greece: Unions launch general strike against labor reforms

Large parts of Greece shut down on Thursday as workers across the country joined a general strike to protest a proposed labor reform. The proposed reform — which is being voted on in the Greek ...

Taipei, New Taipei introduce flexible working hours for civil servants

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Flexible working hours will be implemented for civil servants in Taipei and New Taipei from Monday (May 17) until May 28 to prevent large community transmissions of COVID-...

Myanmar military court gives reporter 3-year prison term

BANGKOK (AP) — A 51-year-old reporter for a now-banned online and broadcast news agency in Myanmar was sentenced Wednesday by a military court to three years in prison for his reporting, his employer ...

Opinion: Hey, everyone: Hands off my body — and my choices

It is insane how a piece of clothing on a woman is seen as a measure of society's progress or backwardness. If a country thinks they need to reserve or refresh their morals, or to feel satisfied w...

100 days in power, Myanmar junta holds pretense of control

BANGKOK (AP) — After Myanmar’s military seized power by ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, they couldn’t even make the trains run on time: State railway workers were among the earlies...

India: How COVID disaster dents Narendra Modi's well-crafted image

On March 21, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first big address to Indians on the coronavirus as the pandemic began ravaging the West. In the fervid speech — true to the populist lead...

40% of Hong Kong teachers likely to quit

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Some 40 percent of teachers in Hong Kong plan to leave or are considering leaving their jobs, with a majority of these citing growing political pressure and intervention t...

The Latest: Indonesia bans traveling home for Eid al-Fitr

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia is prohibiting travel during the popular homecoming period to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. COVID-19 cases have been decreasing in the world’s most populous ...

More than 200 NGOs call for UN arms embargo on Myanmar

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 200 global organizations urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar, saying the time for statements has passed and immediate acti...

China's UN envoy: Myanmar violence could lead to civil war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China’s U.N. ambassador on Monday urged stronger diplomatic efforts to resolve the confrontation in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 military coup, warning that further violence could le...

Labor Day in Taiwan sees 3,000 workers decry low pay and pensions

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An estimated 3,000 workers took to the streets of central Taipei Saturday (May 1) to mark Labor Day with demands for higher salaries and to safeguard retirement pay. Th...