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Taiwan transportation minister to attend APEC tourism meeting in Thailand

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Transportation Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) will travel to Thailand to attend an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) tourism meeting, reports said Wednesday (Aug. 17)...

Chinese ambassador to US claims Washington changing Taiwan Strait status quo

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Qin Gang (秦剛) on Tuesday (Aug. 16) accused Washington of altering the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and warned that it must bear the resul...

UMC founder says Taiwanese would 'rather die' than be ruled by CCP 'hooligans'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The founder of the world's second-largest contract chipmaker on Tuesday (Aug. 16) said that there is a "Cultural Revolution Virus" in China and that the Taiw...

World’s longest-running musical to debut in Taiwan this fall

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — “The Fantasticks,” the longest-running musical in the world, will be onstage in Taipei from September to November this year. The Off-Broadway sensation feat...

South Korean leader: Seoul won't seek own nuclear deterrent

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said Wednesday his government has no plans to pursue its own nuclear deterrent in the face of growing North Korean nuclear weapons capabi...

Taiwan adds 24,669 local COVID cases, 33 deaths

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) confirmed 24,669 local COVID cases on Wednesday (Aug. 17), 204 imported cases, and 33 deaths. At the CECC's daily press ...

Chinese factories close as drought hurts hydropower

BEIJING (AP) — Factories in China’s southwest have shut down after reservoirs used to generate hydropower ran low in a worsening drought, adding to economic strains at a time when President Xi Jinping...

Canadian parliamentarians plan October visit to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Eight members of Canada’s parliament plan to visit Taiwan in October to express their solidarity with the country’s democracy and to develop trade opportunitie...

Former Australia PM says secret powers were needed in crisis

SYDNEY (AP) — Scott Morrison said Wednesday that giving himself extra powers when he was Australia’s prime minister was necessary during the coronavirus crisis, as criticism rose the moves were decept...

Malaysian singer Eison Ai falls to his death in New Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Malaysian singer Eison Ai (艾成) fell to his death from a building in New Taipei City on Wednesday morning (Aug. 17) from an apparent suicide. He was 40 years old. Accord...

Prehistoric fish may spawn in Georgia: 1st time in 50 years

Scientists and students embarking on a census of Georgia lake sturgeon have found three females with mature eggs — an indication the armored “living fossils” may be reproducing in that state for the f...

Foster to remain All Blacks head coach for next World Cup

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Ian Foster is set to remain as All Blacks head coach until his contract expires after next year’s World Cup, saved in part by New Zealand’s Rugby Championship win over S...

UK minister calls on China to seek peaceful resolution to Taiwan Strait tensions

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.K. Minister for Asia and the Middle East Amanda Milling on Tuesday (Aug. 16) urged China to find a peaceful solution to Taiwan Strait tensions. “We do not suppo...

50% of Taiwanese support independence after PLA drills

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In a new poll released on Tuesday (Aug. 16), half of respondents support Taiwan independence and 55% found unification with China less attractive after it conducted massiv...

Texas to execute man for slaying of Dallas real estate agent

HOUSTON (AP) — A man who fatally stabbed a real estate agent inside a model home in suburban Dallas faces execution Wednesday evening, more than 16 years after the slaying. Kosoul Ch...