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Taiwan premier hints at pay raise for government employees

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following the announcement of a hike for the basic minimum wage, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Tuesday (Oct. 19) that teachers, government employees, and military pers...

Egypt to require virus vaccinations for civil servants

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's government will soon require public servants to have a vaccination certificate or show a weekly negative COVID-19 test before entering their workplaces. The mandate is an attempt ...

Biden appoints Debra Shore to lead EPA Midwestern office

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday appointed Debra Shore, a wastewater treatment official in Chicago, to direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Midwestern office. ...

Puerto Rico aims to cut bureaucracy with new online system

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Tuesday promised less bureaucracy and fewer lines at government offices as he unveiled an online system to digitally connect various state agenci...

UN chief: Afghanistan faces `make-or-break moment'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Warning that Afghanistan is facing “a make-or-break moment,” the United Nations chief on Monday urged the world to prevent the country’s economy from collapsing. ...

Taiwan's public workers set for possible pay rise of over 3%

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Just days after Taiwan labor department's announcement of a decision to raise the country's monthly and minimum wages by 5% in 2022, a cabinet official said a 3% w...

COVID: How is an emergency fund stirring controversy in India?

Major corporate houses, the Indian armed forces and even the Dalai Lama have contributed to India's PM-CARES fund — a reserve set up to bolster India's response to the coronavirus pandem...

Australia to lift 18-month COVID-19 travel ban next month

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has outlined plans to lift a pandemic ban on its vaccinated citizens traveling overseas from November. But no date has yet been set for welcoming international tou...

Dubai opens Expo 2020 to a world still reeling from pandemic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai opened Expo 2020 in an extravagant ceremony Thursday that bathed the site’s signature central dome in light, a symbolic beacon for the city-state’s hopes that ...

AP PHOTOS: Life changing under Taliban, just not all at once

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Life in Kabul has changed in the six weeks since the Taliban swept into the Afghan capital — just not all at once. Some things that remain the same: Traffic...

Afghanistan: Girls' education faces bleak future under Taliban rule

Girls in Afghanistan will have to wait longer to resume studies at secondary schools after the Taliban announced this week that first the group must "finalize things." They will then allow g...

Same goal, different paths: US, EU seek max vaccine rates

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian town of Aarschot has a vaccination rate of 94% of all adults, but Mayor Gwendolyn Rutten worries her town is too close for comfort to the capital of Brussels, where the rat...

Slovenia starts mandatory vaccination for government workers

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia’s government said on Friday that it would immediately start with compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for all government employees, stepping up anti-virus measures that ...

Pay rise expected for Taiwan's military, civil, and teaching personnel in 2022

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) is said to have proposed a pay rise for government employees, teachers, and military personnel in 2022. A Cabinet official told CNA that Su...

Harris: US to provide Vietnam 1 million more vaccine doses

HANOI (AP) — The United States will provide an additional 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses to Vietnam, Vice President Kamala Harris announced Wednesday, offering additional aid to a country c...