Alcohol rules again loosen as Dubai seeks economic recovery

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai again has loosened laws governing alcohol sales and possession of liquor as the sheikhdom tries to claw its way out of an economic depression worsened by the c...

New Taipei owner of ID number 'A123456789' suffering from years of misuse

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Hsieh Tiao-ken (謝條根), a Taiwanese citizen and the owner of national ID number "A123456789," said he has been troubled by constant illegitimate usage of his card ...

Virus projects renew questions about UAE's mass surveillance

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Efforts by the United Arab Emirates to fight the coronavirus have renewed questions about mass surveillance in this U.S.-allied federation of seven sheikhdoms. ...

14 Taipei KTV hostess clubs open, IDs to go into city data cloud

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After being closed down for over a month, 14 KTV hostess clubs (酒店) and dance halls (舞廳) have reopened in Taipei on the condition they follow epidemic prevention rules and...

As virus cases rise, UAE adjusts to a new normal in pandemic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In a Dubai industrial park, workers weld, drill and build what one entrepreneur sees as key to the near future of this desert city-state amid the coronavirus pandemi...

Taiwan to postpone digital ID scheme due to coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan will hold off on the plan to roll out a new generation national electronic identification cards (eID) as a result of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. T...

Jailed Ronaldinho facing multiple issues off the pitch

SAO PAULO (AP) — Retired soccer star Ronaldinho and his brother are in jail in Paraguay after being accused of entering the country using fake passports. It was the latest in a string of incidents inv...

Vietnamese masseur indicted for raping college student in Taipei spa

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Vietnamese migrant worker has been indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting a Taiwanese college student while her boyfriend was being massaged on the other side of the...

New Taiwan digital eID could exclude gender, national flag

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- National Development Council (NDC) chief Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶) announced yesterday (March 18) that Taiwan’s new national electronic identification card (eID) will be releas...

Taiwan’s MOI mulls revision of uniform ID number for foreigners

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said in an English news release on Feb. 11, reinforcing the government's dedication to revising "the numerical forma...

Taiwan's MAC chief and Kaohsiung Mayor hold strategic dialogue on cross-strait issues

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Jan. 23, the Minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) met with Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) for a public discussion on cross-...

Taiwan's new national ID card to recognize transgender people

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chen Mei-lin (陳美伶), minister of the National Development Council (NDC), said on Wednesday that the government is planning to launch the new national electronic identificat...

Indonesian man searching for long-lost Taiwanese father

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- An Indonesian man is trying to find the whereabouts of his long-lost Taiwanese father who has been missing for 12 years. Fanuel Yasun Polak, 26, who currently works as an e...

Mother, daughter desperate to leave Venezuela flee on foot

PAMPLONA, Colombia (AP) — As night approached, Sandra Cadiz wrapped her shivering daughter in a blanket and prayed for a ride up the frigid Colombian mountaintop known as "the icebox." ...

Taiwan CDC urges the public to get a flu shot before flu season reaches its peak

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—With flu season approaching, Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) held an event on Oct. 15 to urge the public to get a flu shot as soon as possible, according to ...