Taoyuan authorities arrest suspected drug dealers from Vietnam

Three Vietnamese nationals suspected of dealing drugs were arrested by Taoyuan authorities at a local bar early Saturday, and another 100 people were brought in for questioning on suspicion of drug us...

Taiwan donates US$400,000 to Vietnam in aid for flood victims

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan donated US$400,000 on Friday (Oct. 23) to Vietnam in aid after the country suffered the severest floods and landslides in decades. Richard Shih (石瑞琦), Taiwan&rsq...

Taiwan seeks solution to rising number of unaccounted-for migrant workers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwanese government on Wednesday (Oct. 21) promised to come up with practical solutions for the overwhelming number of unaccounted-for migrant workers in the country....

Taiwan all at sea on illegal fishing practices

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Fisheries Agency intends to overturn a U.S. decision that censures the nation’s fishing fleets by proving that it does in fact comply with International...

Coronavirus exacerbates India's hunger problem

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a food shortage in India, disrupting local, regional and national food supply chains. "The food stress existed long before the start of the pandemic. It has now ...

Coronavirus: Why handwashing is a luxury for most Indians

Mangal Devi, a 35-year-old brick kiln worker in the northern state of Bihar, has been trying to teach her kids the importance of hygiene and cleanliness for months. She keeps telling them to wash thei...

Saudi Arabia pressures Bangladesh to take in stateless Rohingya

Almost 40 years ago, Saudi Arabia took in tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees who were facing persecution in Myanmar. Now, Riyadh wants Muslim-majority Bangladesh to take back some 54,000 Rohingya....

Coronavirus wipes the shine off India's diamond city

At a first glance, Surat, the economic capital of the western state of Gujarat, appears like any other Indian city. On a closer look, the city glitters – literally. Known as India's diamond ...

Citi's Partnership with UNDP Strengthens across Asia

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 6 October 2020 - Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) - Citi's partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Asia Pacific has strengthened further in 2020...

US classifies fish caught by Taiwan boats as products of forced labor

Fish caught by vessels bearing the Taiwan flag have been classified as products of forced labor, based on the conditions under which the crews work, according to an annual report released Wednesday by...

Thai novelist depicts life of migrant workers in Taiwan in new book

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Award-winning Thai novelist Rewat Panpipat on Friday (Oct. 2) has released his latest book "Birds on a Wire" (候鳥) and said it was inspired by the stories of real...

Business Highlights

___ Pre-election economy: Unemployment falls, but hiring slows WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate has dropped to 7.9%, but hiring is slowing and many Amer...

Ethiopian migrants held in Saudi Arabia call it 'hellish'

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — From a filthy cell in Saudi Arabia, the Ethiopian migrant spoke on a smuggled phone, fearing to give his name. Some 300 countrymen are detained with him, he said. And no o...

Mexican workers send home huge amounts of money amid virus

PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic stopped work for nearly a month at the California farm where Luis earns $80 a day picking tomatoes, but that didn't stop him from sending $800 to family in Mexi...

India's contracting economy rebooting from coronavirus blow

NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of distressed Indian manufacturers and traders are counting on the eagerly-awaited October-December festive season to rescue them from their coronavirus catastrophe. ...