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Iraqi president: Talks between rivals Iran and Saudi ongoing

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president said on Wednesday that his country recently hosted direct talks between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran on more than one occasion, the first public recognition of...

Hong Kong imports of Taiwan pineapples surge 136-fold after China's ban

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Although China banned Taiwanese pineapples in March, Hong Kong imports of the fruit soared 136-fold, surpassing Japan as the largest importer for the month. On Feb. 26,...

Lebanon detains 2 suspected of drug smuggling to Saudi

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities have arrested two brothers suspected of smuggling drugs in pomegranate shipments to Saudi Arabia, leading the kingdom to ban Lebanese fruits and vegetables, the outg...

Appeals court tells EPA to ban pesticide or decide it's safe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to quickly determine whether a pesticide linked to brain damage in children should be banned, saying t...

Inaugural 'Polish Apple Night' held in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Polish Office in Taipei on Thursday (April 29) held its first “Polish Apple Night” to promote the central European country's apples in Taiwan and expan...

Food Insecurity Experienced in Asia Pacific During Pandemic

68% of those who have faced food insecurity dealt with it for the first time HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 29 April 2021 - Almost 7 in 10 Asia Pacific consumers who have faced "food insecurity" at...

India's deepening water crisis at the heart of farm protests

RANSIH KALAN. India (AP) — Every year, Swarn Singh sows rice in his fields, knowing that the thirsty crop is draining northern India's Punjab of its groundwater. But Singh says he has no choice, addin...

Saudi bans Lebanese produce because of drug smuggling

BEIRUT (AP) — Saudi Arabia will ban Lebanese fruits and vegetables entering the kingdom or passing through it because those shipments have been increasingly used to smuggle drugs, the official news ag...

Japanese juice bar HONEY'S BAR opens the first outlet in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 22 April 2021 - A new healthy and refreshing beverage option in town to quench your thirst and restore your energy. HONEY'S BAR Singapore, will commence its operation on 1...

Mideast's largest mall operator to expand amid vaccine hopes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's largest operator of malls expects revenue and earnings to climb back to pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year and is moving full steam ahead ...

St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island wi...

Taiwan orders new cold chain rules after reports of blackened pineapples in Singapore

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A major Singaporean supermarket chain took Taiwanese pineapples off its shelves last week after consumers found that some had blackened cores, and similar problems were re...

Gogo Herbs Launches Various Eye Health Products to Deal with The Vision Crisis

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 7 April 2021 - Vision impairment has become a harsh problem nowadays, and the demand for eye care products keeps rising due to the challenge of young-age vision impa...

California targets critical farmworkers for vaccinations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The fight to end the coronavirus' devastation throughout California's heartland extends to the Mexico border, where migrant farmworkers heading north to pick lettuce, broccoli, ca...

Palau president has breakfast with founder of Taiwan’s Foxconn

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Palauan President Surangel Whipps, Jr. and his delegation had breakfast with Foxconn Technology Group founder Terry Gou (郭台銘) Tuesday (March 30). The tycoon posted pict...