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African swine fever in Malaysia triggers higher fines in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The discovery of African swine fever in Malaysia will cause Taiwan to hike its fines on people bringing in pork from the country to NT$200,000 (US$7,000) from NT$30,000, o...

Biden to order a review of US supply chains for vital goods

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is preparing to sign an executive order to review U.S. supply chains for large-capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors that powe...

Chinese official calls for 'joint efforts' in China-US trade

BEIJING (AP) — China’s commerce minister appealed to Washington for “joint efforts” to revive trade but gave no indication Wednesday when tariff war talks might resume or whether Beijing might offer c...

AP source: PM's cabinet to abstain from China genocide vote

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s House of Commons will vote Monday on whether to declare that China is committing genocide against more than 1 million Uighurs in the western Xinjiang region but Prime Minister ...

China urges US to lift trade restrictions, stop interference

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the U.S. Monday to lift restrictions on trade and people-to-people contacts while ceasing what Beijing considers unwarranted interference in t...

Technical mission introduces Taiwan watermelons to Middle East desert

A Taiwanese technical mission has successfully grown three varieties of Taiwanese watermelons in Bahrain, introducing "Taiwanese pride" to the desert. About 92 percent of Bahrain's la...

Taiwan's KMT collects enough signatures for referendums to progress

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Kuomintang (KMT) said on Saturday (Feb. 20) that it has collected about 600,000 signatures for each of its two proposed referendums— on ractopamine pork and refe...

South Korea to slap anti-dumping tariffs on steel products from Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — South Korea ruled Thursday (Feb. 18) that Taiwan dumped flat-rolled steel products in the local market, paving the way for tariffs of up to 9.51 percent to be imposed acco...

Canada lawmakers to vote on accusing China of genocide

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s main opposition party called Thursday for the House of Commons to formally declare that China is committing genocide against more than 1 million Uighurs in the western Xinjiang...

Taiwan's pork consumption rises despite ractopamine fears

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Predictions that the consumption of pork would fall after the lifting of the ban on ractopamine-treated pork imports from the United States on Jan. 1 have proved unfounded...

Migrants on the move again in Mexico and Central America

TENOSIQUE, Mexico (AP) — In the first Mexican shelter reached by migrants after trekking through the Guatemalan jungle, some 150 migrants are sleeping in its dormitories and another 150 lie on thin ma...

China considering rare earth export controls to target US defense production: Report

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China is considering the placement of export controls on rare earth elements in an effort to damage U.S. industry and in particular defense production, according to a repo...

Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell

Mike Bowen’s warehouse outside Fort Worth, Texas, was piled high with cases of medical-grade N95 face masks. His company, Prestige Ameritech, can churn out 1 million masks every four days, but he does...

Texas freeze leaves millions in north Mexico without power

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Freezing weather in Texas led to a chain of events that left almost 5 million customers in northern Mexico without power Monday as a shortage of natural gas disrupted electricity pr...

Japan formally approves its first COVID-19 vaccine

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Sunday formally approved its first COVID-19 vaccine and said it would start nationwide inoculations within days, but months behind the U.S. and many other countries. ...