Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for gl...

Mississippi governor leads trade trip to Uzbekistan

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is in Uzbekistan this week to try to strengthen connections between the state and the country in central Asia. Bryant spokesman Bob...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ May 15 The New York Times on recent abortion bans: All eyes...

Carrefour’s push for cage-free eggs underlines corporate social conscience

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Carrefour Taiwan, one of Taiwan’s largest retailers, has been pushing for cage-free eggs since 2018, and the campaign is having an effect by convincing egg farmers t...

United Nations to offer first report on global biodiversity

Top scientists will tell the world Monday how bad off Mother Nature is. The United Nations plans to issue its first comprehensive scientific report on biodiversity, looking hard at t...

After a year of record droughts, Germany's meteorological office sets up early warning system

The year 2018 was a bad one for German farmers. A record drought resulted in major crop failures, leading the German government to designate the event a crisis of "national dimensions." Som...

Chinese visit to Italy seeks closer ties, stirs suspicions

MILAN (AP) — At the heart of Chinese Premier Xi Jingping's visit to Rome beginning Thursday is a key prize: A deal to make Italy the first major democracy to join China's ambitious Belt and Road infra...

First Vietnamese tourist denied entry to Taiwan for not paying NT$200,000 fine over illegal pork import

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A Vietnamese passenger was denied entry at the airport on Feb. 27 after being caught trying to bringing pork products into the country but failing to pay a NT$200,000 fine. T...

Israeli startups join firms making lab-grown 'clean meat'

NES ZIONA, Israel (AP) — Several Israeli start-ups have joined a handful of companies around the globe trying to develop lab-grown meat, something they see as a solution to the needs of the world's ev...

UN says North Korea has asked for help on food shortages

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says North Korea's government has asked for help from international humanitarian groups to combat food shortages. U.N. spokesman Stephane Duj...

Swine fever hits China's Guangxi, Vietnam

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — African swine fever has hit yet another Chinese province, Reuters reports Wednesday. China’s Ministry of Agriculture confirmed the disease was found on a farm con...

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina hints at last term as prime minister

Just a month ago, Sheikh Hasina assumed office for the fourth timeas the prime minister of Bangladesh. This is her third consecutive term leading the government of the South Asian nation. In the rece...

Sharks drawn to warm waters by Israeli coastal power plant

HADERA, Israel (AP) — A giant power plant with billowing smoke may not look like the most natural habitat for sea life. But the hot water gushing from an industrial plant in Israel's northern city of ...

African Swine Flu: dishonest media in China blamed for inadequate warnings

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The restrictive media environment is to blame for a lack of public awareness of the severe and quickly growing African swine fever crisis in China, according to Chinese re...

Alaska Native tribes seek help from human rights commission

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Fifteen tribal nations in southeast Alaska have petitioned an international commission for human rights for help in influencing the Canadian government to take action against six...