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Taiwan to extend COVID relief to 27,000 foreign residents in need

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Cabinet on Thursday (June 24) announced that it will be extending its relief benefits to permanent foreign residents who have been directly impacted by the pa...

Parents to receive NT$10,000 subsidy per child on June 15

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As part of its pandemic relief package, the government will be providing parents a subsidy of NT$10,000 (US$362) per child starting on June 15. During a meeting on Sund...

Taiwan to increase budget for pandemic relief

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan on Monday (May 31) passed an amendment bill to increase the maximum budget for COVID-19 pandemic relief to NT$840 billion (US$29 billion), ...

The Latest: Indonesia bans traveling home for Eid al-Fitr

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia is prohibiting travel during the popular homecoming period to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. COVID-19 cases have been decreasing in the world’s most populous ...

Republicans promote pandemic relief they voted against

NEW YORK (AP) — Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., said it pained her to vote against the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan.” But in the weeks that followed, the first-term Republica...

Biden's disciplined agenda rollout tested by the unexpected

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has taken tremendous pride in methodically unveiling its agenda, particularly the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief measure the president hopes to trumpet over t...

Clyburn: COVID relief bill will boost Dems in 2022 midterms

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With a White House-led public relations push outlining its benefits for citizens, the pandemic relief bill known as the “American Rescue Plan” is on track to be Democrats’ best h...

AP-NORC poll: Americans largely back Biden's virus response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is enjoying an early presidential honeymoon, with 60% of Americans approving of his job performance thus far and even more backing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic,...

Asian shares rise on hopes for US stimulus package

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Monday on hopes for President Joe Biden's stimulus package and bargain-hunting after sell offs last week. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 surged 2.4% in ...

Asian shares rise on hopes for US stimulus package

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Monday on hopes for President Joe Biden's stimulus package and bargain-hunting after sell offs last week. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 surged 2.2% in ...

House passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in a win for President Joe Biden, even as top Democrats tried assuring agitated progressives that they’d revive their deraile...

Asian markets offer mixed signals as investors juggle stimulus, pandemic

Asian markets pointed to a mixed open on Wednesday (Feb. 17), as investors juggle the prospects for an economic comeback and additional stimulus with continued pandemic concerns. Australia’s ...

Activists fear Biden's commitment to higher minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Union activist Terrance Wise recalls being laughed at when he began pushing for a national $15 per hour minimum wage almost a decade ago. Nearly a year into the pandemic, the idea is...

Immigrants, activists worry Biden won't end Trump barriers

HOUSTON (AP) — For nearly 17 months, the Trump administration tried to deport the mother and daughter from El Salvador. The Biden administration may finish the job. They are being he...

World shares mostly higher as investors focus on US stimulus

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly higher on Wednesday as investors bet on eventual approval of a relatively big version of President Joe Biden's pandemic relief bill. The advance follo...