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10 years after quake, Christ Church Cathedral finally rising

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Christ Church Cathedral was arguably New Zealand's most iconic building before much of it crumbled in an earthquake 10 years ago. The years of debate that followed...

Filipino man finds his long-lost Taiwanese father

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Filipino man on Thursday (Feb. 19) was able to find his long-lost Taiwanese father, who had not been seen or heard from for 26 years. On Wednesday, Chou Eh-chen, 27, ...

Tel Aviv gives foreign nationals, asylum seekers COVID shots

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Dozens of asylum seekers and foreign workers in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv lined up to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday as part of an initiative to...

Vietnamese workers in central Taiwan killed birds with slingshot to attract TikTok viewers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two Vietnamese workers who were caught killing pigeons and sparrows with a slingshot told police they just wanted to gain more followers on social media, reports said Satu...

Democrats start reining in expectations for immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's taken only days for Democrats gauging how far President Joe Biden's bold immigration proposal can go in Congress to acknowledge that if anything emerges, it will likely be signi...

New Taipei mobile library distributes Southeast Asian books

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Taipei City’s mobile library will soon distribute books and newspapers from Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar, reports said Fr...

Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Masks off the minute you step inside. Bars packed and pulsing like it’s 2019. Social media stars waving bottles of champagne. DJs spinning party tunes through multi-...

Taiwanese lawmaker advocates for better environment for job-seeking foreign graduates

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan People's Party Legislator Chiu Chen-yuan (邱臣遠) said Friday (Jan. 15) that the government should create a more welcoming environment for foreign students wishing...

Coronavirus puts Honduras' coffee harvest in jeopardy

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is threatening Honduras’ coffee harvest by keeping Hondurans who would normally travel for the work at home and preventing foreign harvesters from...

Child labor in palm oil industry tied to Girl Scout cookies

They are two young girls from two very different worlds, linked by a global industry that exploits an army of children. Olivia Chaffin, a Girl Scout in rural Tennessee, was a top coo...

After months of calm, Thailand challenged by virus outbreak

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand, which has kept the coronavirus largely in check for most of the year, is facing a challenge from a large outbreak of the virus among migrant workers in a province close to Ban...

COVID: France fast-tracks citizenship for frontline workers

France said it has fast-tracked hundreds of citizenship applications from foreign frontline workers whose jobs expose them to high COVID-19 risks. The interior ministry on Tuesday announced it will ...

Singapore FinTech Firm TranSwap Clinches Brands for Good 2020 Award

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 11 December 2020 - TranSwap, the Singapore-based cross-border payments platform, has been named an Honouree award winner of the Brands for Good 2020. Known for its unyield...

Judge throws out Trump rules limiting skilled-worker visas

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday struck down two Trump administration rules designed to drastically curtail the number of visas issued each year to skilled foreign workers. ...

Coronavirus: Short on doctors, Italy looks to migrants

Italy was hit hard by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the outbreak amplifying existing social problems and inequality in the public health care sector. Years of budget cuts and an aging ...