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New 1990 hotline launched for foreigners in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) launched a new hotline for foreigners in Taiwan on Wednesday (March 2) that will offer services in seven languages. The original numb...

Taiwan grants visa extension to foreigners stranded by COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) —The National Immigration Agency (NIA) announced Friday (May 28) that it will provide another 30-day extension to foreigners stranded by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Wi...

Japan sets June trial for Americans accused in Ghosn escape

TOKYO (AP) — The trial of two Americans accused of helping former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan while out on bail will open on June 14, the Tokyo District Court said Wednesday. ...

Tokyo Olympics Q&A: Should athletes be priority for vaccine?

TOKYO (AP) — It's been six months since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last few weeks, everyone from new Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to IOC ...

Tokyo Olympics CEO suggests relaxed entry rules for athletes

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics officials are proposing that the government relax immigration regulations to allow athletes to enter the country before next year's postponed games and train during a 14-da...

New Zealand eases restrictions, welcomes America's Cup teams

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand government has relaxed border restrictions to allow personnel from American and British America’s Cup syndicates to prepare in Auckland for the famous sa...

Malaysian state kowtows to China, flip-flops on travel ban on Taiwanese

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Malaysian state of Sarawak on Wednesday night (March 4) announced a ban on Taiwanese travelers due to the coronavirus had been reinstated in a reversal of policy it at...

Indonesia detains American journalist over visa regulations

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An American journalist is facing up to five years in an Indonesian jail and a fine on charges of violating immigration regulations, a lawyer and officials said Wednesday. ...

Taiwan looking to block abusive Hong Kong police from entering country

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has not confirmed plans to blacklist Hong Kong police officers, many of whom have been accused of human rights violations during the pro...

Taiwan to impose stricter visa scrutiny on Hong Kong, Macau reporters

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Reporters working for certain media outlets in Hong Kong and Macau will be subject to tougher visa scrutiny amidst reports that a number of HK tourists have been engaging ...

Taiwan to relax international student regulations to improve professional talent pool

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan Premier William Lai (賴清德) said the government is currently promoting draft legislation to make it easier for international students to continue their stay in Taiwan...

Vatican laments often poor working conditions of seafarers

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is calling attention to the plight of merchant seamen and fishermen who may face dismal working conditions and be kept from going ashore when their ships dock in foreig...

Lawsuit against California mirrors Arizona immigration fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration's lawsuit against California over state laws aimed at protecting immigrants makes the same argument the Obama administration made when it went after an Ar...

Austrian president to swear in new government amid protests

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of people are gathering in Vienna to protest against Austria's new right-wing government that will be sworn in. Anti-fascist, feminist and left-wing student gr...

Ruling: Immigrants' bail can't be denied based on detainers

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that judges cannot deny bail to immigrants in criminal cases solely because they are living in the country unlawfully and could be deported befor...