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Taiwan questions former deputy minister about China infiltration

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) faced questioning about Chinese infiltration but was freed on bail of NT$1 million (US$32,000),...

Taiwan Ministry of Justice denies targeting new residents for election interference

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is not prioritizing new immigrants to Taiwan for its investigations into election interference, the government said Thursday (Jan. 4). As ...

Foreign ministry slams Vietnam's claim Taiwan is 'part of China'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday (Dec. 14) condemned a statement made by a senior Vietnamese official saying that Taiwan is a "part of China." ...

China's push to loosen Mao-era residence rules runs into hurdles

BEIJING/HONG KONG, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Yang Guang's rise from a village farmer to an Audi-driving businessman with two properties hinged largely on one of the most coveted documents in China: an urb...

Immigration to Taiwan has risen by 25% over 5 years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Interior (MOI) on Wednesday (Nov. 8) said that contrary to claims that Taiwan is seeing an exodus of people due to fears of a Chinese invasion, the number ...

Taiwan KMT candidate calls for naturalization of Chinese spouses in 4 years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Spouses from China should be allowed to gain Taiwan citizenship after four years instead of the current six years, Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) ...

Germany: More people moving from cities to rural areas

Structurally weak, that's what we call rural areas where nothing is going on anymore. Villages are populated predominantly by pensioners, where there is no longer any work, no bakery, no grocery s...

Florida governor declares widespread state of emergency ahead of Idalia's expected landfall

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida residents loaded up on sandbags and evacuated from homes in low-lying areas along the Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Idalia intensified Monday and forecasters predicted it wou...

Republicans pick Houston to host their 2028 national convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on Friday chose Houston to host their 2028 national convention, hoping to cement support in Texas even as Democrats are betting that a booming Hispanic population and oth...

Miami, Florida Keys getting additional area code of '645'

MIAMI (AP) — It looks like the singer Pitbull is going to have to add some digits to his ode to Miami's area code, “305 Anthem.” That's because Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys are...

A heat wave has baked parts of the Southwest for weeks. Forecasters warn it's not cooling soon

PHOENIX (AP) — Millions of people across the Southwest are living through a historic heat wave, with even the heat-experienced desert city of Phoenix being tested since temperatures have hit 110 degre...

A blistering heat wave is turning up the pressure on Texas' power grid

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — On another 100-degree day in Texas, Sean Whitaker lingered outside a Dallas cafe after polishing off an iced coffee, having switched off the power to everything back home except h...

Immigration drove white, Asian population growth in US last year

Without immigration, the white population in the U.S. would have declined last year. Immigration also propelled the expansion of the Asian population, which was the fastest-growing race...

Supreme Court tossed out heart of Voting Rights Act a decade ago, prompting wave of new voting rules

ATLANTA (AP) — Within hours of a U.S. Supreme Court decision dismantling a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Texas lawmakers announced plans to implement a strict voter ID law that had been bloc...

US metros are growing, many reversing 2021 drops, new estimates show

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The flight from urban areas that took place during the first year of the pandemic either reversed or slowed in its second year, as last year metropolitan areas in Texas and Florid...